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JLC08JK 07-23-2013 01:43 AM

Brandon1024 is the Winner of The July 2013 JK of the Month Contest!
It's That Time :thumbsup:

The July 2013
:washme: JK of the Month Contest :washme:

Starts Now!



Jeep: Year & Model: 2011 JK Wrangler Rubicon, Transmission: Stock - 6 Speed Manual


Engine / Performance: RIPP GEN II Supercharger (Tactical Package), DiabloSport Tuner, RIPP LT SS headers, MBRP Off-road SS Exhaust, Flow Master Resonator

Suspension / Steering: Rock Krawler 2.5" max travel, RRD Racing Shocks Front and Rear, RC Dual Steering Stabilizer

Wheels & Tires: 35” Goodyear Wrangler MTR w/ Kevlar, Pro Comp Alloy Flat Blk, 17x9 Rims

Armor: PSC Trail Cage, PSC Brawler Lite Front Bumper, PSC Rear Brawler Bumper w/ swing mount tire carrier, PSC Body Armor, Rocker Knockers w/ sliders, PSC Skid Plates, PSC Aluminum flat fenders, Solid Axle Industries Diff Covers

Recovery Tools: Warn M8000 Winch w/synthetic line, Bubba Rope, 48” Hi-Lift Jack

Misc: sPOD modified with DIY backlit air pressure gauge and map lights, PIAA Fog Lights, Viair 400C Onboard Air System w/ 2 gallon tank, AEV Heat Reduction Hood

The Story

We both had jeeps before we married, had jeeps together, and then went Jeepless for a few years to raise kids. To celebrate 25 years of marriage and an empty nest we decided to gift ourselves with a new 2011 JK. We don’t want anything that looks “monster truck-ish” or “hummer-esque” and knowing that we never want a trailer queen or dedicated trail rig, we are intentionally keeping the modifications and upgrades on the conservative side. Our mods were meant to be dual purposed, making it capable off road but keeping it stable and comfortable on road.


2013 JK Rubicon "Sarge"

Lift: AEV 2.5" Dual Sport Lift
Axle Gussets: EVO Inner-C
Front Sway Bar Links: EVO HD Links

Wheels and Tires:
Wheels (5qty): Black Rhino "Imperial" 17x9
Tires (5qty): Toyo Open Country MT 295/70-17

Front Bumper:
Smittybilt XRC MOD w/ Bull Bar and Mid-Width Ends
Winch: Smittybilt X2O 8000#

Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier:
Rear Bumper: Smittbilt SRC Rear Bumper
Tire Carrier: Teraflex HD Hinge and Tire Carrier
Jack Mount: Rugged Ridge Jack Mount - Modified

Armor and Protection:
Siders: Ace Rock Sliders

Auxiliary Lighting:
Bumper: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Fog Lamp Pack
Windshield: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Driving Lamp Pack
Lower Bumper: Cree High Power (10w) LED Light

Interior and Misc:
Seat Covers: Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers
Tailgate Storage: Smittybuilt G.E.A.R Tailgate Cover
Grab handle: Master Craft Roll Bar Handle
Window Vent: AVS Ventvisor
Tuner: AEV Procal
Tow Harness: Cooltech Tow Harness Kit

Summer Gear:
Mirrors: Rugged Ridge Mirror Relocation
Soft Top: Bestop Trektop NX Frameless Top
Trail Doors: Body Armor Tube Trail Door

Here is "Sarge", my 2013 JK Rubicon in Commando Green. I am considering this my Stage 1.5 build since it decidedly more than just a budget boost lift and new wheels, but also falls short of a 4" long arm lift and 35+" tires (...someday...).

From the onset, the goal of the JK was to have a capable, dual purpose (daily driver and trail) rig. All mods have been done 100% myself and have involved methodical research to execute the build (including the budget, look and emphasis on capability) that I wanted. So far I am completely happy, but also already planning on the next stage of the build!

Since picking it up in December of 2012 (stock and lightly used with 1900 miles on it before being traded in by the first owner for a JKU) there has been a flurry of activity in garage and nearly daily visits from UPS in order to get it ready for EJS and Moab. Having survived that, we have since had it through the mud and rocks of Oregon's Tillimook Forrest and most recently up and down various gulches, cliff hugging trails and vistas in Hells Canyon, OR. Upcoming is a stop at the dunes along the Oregon coast and more treks to the Cascades. Many more adventures await us and I am loving every minute with the JK (yeah..even those that involve wrenches, bloody knuckles, and the occasional expletive).

This month I am trying different pictures to show off the different looks of "Sarge" including playing on the Moab slickrock with the "winter" hardtop, sporting the "summer" Trextop and mud in Tillimook, and nearly naked with the trail doors and safari top over looking the Imanha River in the Hell's Canyon Rec. Area.


2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport

2'' Synergy Coils
Synergy Track Bar
Synergy Tie Rod
Synergy Drag Link
Synergy Frame Side Track Bar Bracket
Homemade Sway Bar Quick Disconnects
Teraflex Rear Track Bar Bracket
Teraflex Rear Sway Bar links
Hockey Puck Bump Stops
AEV Brake Line Bracket
PSC Tie Rod Clamp
PSC Ram Bracket

Raceline Monster Beadlocks With Steel Rock Ring
Goodyear MTR/K 37x12.50x17

Poison Spyder BFH Trail Stinger
Poison Spyder BFH Rear Bumper
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers
Synergy HD Transmission Skid Plate With Cross Member
Smittybilt Steel Fenders

DIY Hydro Steer
Superchip Flashcal
Rugged Ridge Snorkel
DDM 6000K HID's
Anzo LED Tail Lights
Alpine Type S Component Speakers
Alpine Power Pack Amp
2 Alpine 12'' Type R
Alpine PDX-M12 Mono Amp
LED Footwell Lighting
LED Rock Lighting
Dupicolor Bedlined Interior
Homemade Limb Risers
Cobra 25LX
Self Tinted hardtop windows (20%)
Spidermesh top
Bestop Bikini Top
Bestop Duster Cover
Bestop Windjammer
Bestop Soft doors (upper and lower)
Recovery Straps
D rings
Mopar Fuel Mats

I am building a jeep on a budget while attending college and doing all I can to put together a very well built jeep while keeping the price down. I am on the never ending goal of beating the Just Empty Every Pocket stereotype of jeep but even when I get a deal on one thing I just buy more with the extra money in my pocket! Although I continue to fail I love spending time working on the jeep and wheeling with new people! I am also new to the forum and hope to continue to meet new people and come in with a bang! Its not just a hobby but it has become a lifestyle I am forever hooked into it and wouldnt have it any other way!


Mods: 2013 Wrangler Unlimted Rubicon. 3.6L engine with
Automatic Transmission. Stock Transfer case. EVO DoubleD JK Bolt On
Long Arm Kit with Coilovers. King 2.0 Shocks. Artec Kit Gusset Kit.
JE Reel 1350 front and rear driveshafts. EVO Sliders. Teraflex big
bore master cylinder. Proteck skids. Warn Zeon 10-S. Toyo Open
Country M/T 35x12.50R17. Bullydog GT programmer. American Racing 181
ATX Artillery 17x9" rims. Poison Spyder JK Rockbrawler II rear bumper
with tire carrier. Poison Spyder JK Brawler Lite Front bumper with
skid. Poison Spyder bombshell diff covers.
Story (optional): I managed to spend 3 years researching various
lifts/tires/configurations for my JK purchase. I had spent the past 13
years fantasizing about wranglers and Toyotas going offroad with
various lifts throughout the years. Basically everything from BB
lifts to solid axle swaps. I finally had enough money to buy a new
wrangler so I decided I would go all out and get exactly what I
wanted. So I started searching for a 2013 wrangler 4 door unlimited
rubicon with 4:10 gears since I knew I was going to go to 35's
immediately. I couldn't find any so ordered one from the factory
which coincided with the same time I was getting back from
Afghanistan. My Rubicon arrived at the dealer about 5 days before I
returned which was a great relief. With 250 miles on the JKUR, I had
the lift/wheels/armour installed.


The Beauty a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Metalcloak Game changer 3.5” lift with game changer shocks

Stock Rubi wheels
Spidertrax 1.75” spacers
Goodyear 35” MTRs with Kevlar

RiverRaider full skids – oil, trans, transfer case, gas tank.
Ace rock rails
Ace rear tire carrier bumper
Poison Spyder brawler lite front bumper with lower skid
Poison Spyder Crusher flares
Poison Spyder diff covers

Warn 9.5CTI with synthetic line
Trucklite headlights
Uniden 520 CB, Wilson 4ft flex antenna


We’ve been wheeling for several years and all the kids have TJs and I have nicely built 6-speed Rubi LJ called the Filthy-Beast. Wife’s arthritis was making it hard for her to drive the stick so we got the Beauty, an auto 2013 JK Unlimited Rubicon. Being new to the JK scene I spent 4 months researching and ordering parts and then about 2 months building. I love the reaction I get at off-roading events, people assume it’s a mall crawler and spotters assume that I will take the by-pass. My favorite comment after climbing up a nasty hill was “Wow you made that look easy, where’s the guide wire that pulled you up”. Future mods include building up to be able to run 37s, sports cage, half doors.

There it is, another great bunch :thumbsup:
Good Luck To All :PopCorn:

Filthy-Beast 07-23-2013 07:11 AM

Wow a great group of jeeps this month! good luck everybody. :thumbsup:

Hey Brandon1024, I think I saw you at the Cliff's Jeep thing event. I was checking out your Spiderweb shade.

spyder6 07-23-2013 07:14 AM

Now it's mixed up

BlkOpsRubi 07-23-2013 07:50 AM

Nice line up this month! Good luck to all.

Brandon1024 07-23-2013 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by Filthy-Beast (Post 15708151)
Wow a great group of jeeps this month! good luck everybody. :thumbsup:

Hey Brandon1024, I think I saw you at the Cliff's Jeep thing event. I was checking out your Spiderweb shade.

Yup that would be me! Was with Tanimal and a group there! Spiderweb is awesome, I run it all the time. :2thumbsup:

TOGM 07-23-2013 05:43 PM

Kazman, I really like the Commando Green color and am envious of the pictures and great trails that you run. But this month, I have to give my vote to BlkOpsRubi. I may be biased, but with the Supercharger and now with the trail cage, it's extremely capable on the trail. Maybe BlkOps should be painted OD, then it would be perfect to me! :laugh:

AK49, Nice rig and thank you for your service!

DrHolliday 07-24-2013 08:24 AM

Tough choice this month, going to have to think about this one!

442Wrangler 07-24-2013 08:33 AM

I know it's a little counter-intuitive for most people voting in this contest but AveCat gets my vote. He is using a stock Jeep to work and that's not often that people do that on here before throwing heaps of cash into their Jeep.

SilverStreaker 07-24-2013 10:49 AM

Great group of Jeeps this month makes for a hard choice. Good luck to each of you :congrats:

bbusch 07-25-2013 12:33 AM

Wow every rig looks great! Nice job guys all of you made my decision tough.

xflstl 07-25-2013 10:48 PM

Nice Jeeps!!!!!! Voted, but wish I had more than 1 vote to go around.

DrHolliday 07-26-2013 08:35 AM

Black ops got my vote, his rig is the closest to how I'd build it if it was mine!

Good luck everyone!

BlkOpsRubi 07-26-2013 03:56 PM


Originally Posted by DrHolliday (Post 15720599)
Black ops got my vote, his rig is the closest to how I'd build it if it was mine!

Good luck everyone!

Thank you for the vote!

JLC08JK 07-27-2013 04:06 PM

To the top!

TheBoss 07-27-2013 06:56 PM

Voted. May the beast Jeep win.

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