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Savvy 03-11-2014 12:16 PM

2014 Currie/Savvy Test Mule
 
We sold the 2012 to make a companion JKC to our 2014 Race JKR. With the exception of the shock package we tried to keep most of the parts built for the JKR on the new JKU. All of the latest greatest parts from Currie and Savvy are going into this build. Will be completed and shown at the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT the middle of April. Then campaign for the next two years or whenever the new Wrangler comes out.

Delivered to Currie (JKC = JK Crawl)
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We plan to make it resemble the JLKR (JK Race)
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Savvy 03-11-2014 01:36 PM

Of course aluminum bumpers will be going on. The front we cut off the front plates so we can increase the approach angle. The winch deck will be welded between the frame rails then the aluminum skin with cover everything up.
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Savvy 03-11-2014 01:47 PM

The front suspension will be a going to be a 3-link. So the upper frame link mount must be changed to support the single upper control arm. Basically have to widen the bracket to accommodate the larger Johnny Joint.

Installed JE Reel drive shafts and companion flanges. Did not have to change the exhaust system. cross over tube.
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Then we added King Air Bumps to soften the hard hits. This is the best air bump installation available. You just need to chop the existing bump stops off and slide these in their place.
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Walle 03-11-2014 02:20 PM

I've been waiting for this...

WhiteOut 03-11-2014 02:56 PM

Jesus.

:drool:

David_M 03-11-2014 06:37 PM

:thumbsup: Got my attention...I'll be watching this one for sure!

Maertz 03-11-2014 07:48 PM

are you moving the front lower mounts further back and up above the frame slightly?

Savvy 03-11-2014 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Maertz (Post 21159281)
are you moving the front lower mounts further back and up above the frame slightly?

Moving them back changes the OEM geometry and expose your links to more rocks. The separation of the arms is critical when building a suspension system. There are a lot of things going on. Pinion dive or movement changes caster effecting the way the JK handles. Anti-squat numbers changes.

The OEM JK geometry (mid arm) is perfect for 40" tires with up to 12" of shock travel. We utilize the OEM lower control arm mounts. John Currie has built and continues to lead the field.

The rear Currie RockJock 70 hi pinion keeps the drive shaft out of the rocks and provide great angles. The Currie JK 4" lift suspension is the premier JK mid arm lift. Here we built 7075 aluminum arms which we can do because the axles are built slightly wider to insure the tires don't get into everything

2" lowers and 1.5" upper control arms
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Maertz 03-11-2014 09:51 PM

Yeah i know how much it changes was just curious. Mine will be stretched in the front so numbers already changed. I was debating moving them up in between the frame and back by the front crossmember. Thought you guys might be doing similar.

Savvy 03-11-2014 09:59 PM

Gothca!

Hard to do a stretch in the front as the track bar and draglink have to shift forward from the steering gear. I would rather triangulate the rear and stretch there as you can get rid of the rear track bar.

Maertz 03-11-2014 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Savvy (Post 21163161)
Gothca!

Hard to do a stretch in the front as the track bar and draglink have to shift forward from the steering gear. I would rather triangulate the rear and stretch there as you can get rid of the rear track bar.

Rear is being double triangulated and stretched also. Front though i will be moving steering box forward and lengthening the intermediate shaft. But yeah the front sucks its a pain to triangulate so hence the 3 link.

Out of curiosity with 12" travel have you guys tried a wishbone suspension? Im sure you have, im still in the air on it. Either way build looks good can wait to see it!

Savvy 03-11-2014 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Maertz (Post 21163553)
Rear is being double triangulated and stretched also. Front though i will be moving steering box forward and lengthening the intermediate shaft. But yeah the front sucks its a pain to triangulate so hence the 3 link.

Out of curiosity with 12" travel have you guys tried a wishbone suspension? Im sure you have, im still in the air on it. Either way build looks good can wait to see it!

Have tried a true wish bone. We like the double triangulated better.

What is your hoped for wheelbase?

Maertz 03-11-2014 10:31 PM

Some of the guys here are running wishbones and swear by them. But im pretty set on doubke rear e link front. Hoping to be around 110 to 112.

Savvy 03-11-2014 10:35 PM

Good WB with 38-40" tires.

Walle 03-12-2014 09:35 AM

I just saw some more pics on Facebook. Those 38s look mean! I am interested in seeing them in action.


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