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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Starting my build... Am I missing anything?

So after doing a few minor things to my JK, its time... I was showing some wheeling pics to a female friend of mine the other day and she liked the pics, then told me that it looked "too small" and "dinky"!

So, I've been thinking and reading for a while and this is what I have put together. I'm going to do it in phases for cash flow and to make sure I don't change my mind/directions. However, please take a look at my plans and let me know if I am missing anything. This is a daily driver and sees maybe 5-10% offroad.

PHASE 1:
Falken WildPeaks 37x12.50r17
Mickey Thompson Classic Lock Black 17x9 4.5" BS
Artec Truss, Gussets, Trackbar bar mount, & skids
Metal Cloak Overline Fenders & Rockers
Metal Cloak Bumpstop Kit (3")
Metal Cloak Sway Bar Disconnect Relocate Bolt

PHASE 2:
Yukon 5.38 gears w/ master install kit
Evap Canister Skid
Exhaust Relocation?

Phase 3:
Rock Krawler 2.5" X-Factor Kit
RRD Remote Resi Shocks

What am I missing?

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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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37's on a daily driver?
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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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You're not planning to lift it until after you put 37s on it??
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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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You're not planning to lift it until after you put 37s on it??
I seen that too. I wanted to say somthing just figured he knew somthing I didn't..
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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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You're not planning to lift it until after you put 37s on it??
he could with Mc high fenders do no lift.

If you have been wheeling in hard areas. any issue with stock power steering? if so with 37"s it will be much worse.

I onlt run 35" and the power steering is PITA.

I would be looking into hydro assisted.

the drag link and tie rod bar will bend under these tire alot more.

The larger the tire the more you may get into larger rocks. this becomes a cycle of upgrades that ends when the pocket is empty.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 02:20 PM   #6
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I've only had it off-road a few times and it was just on moderate trails. It did fine aside from a lot of belly scraping. I didn't notice any issues with the power steering, but again, it was very muddy and the trails were moderate.

As much as I'd like to say differently, my jeep is essentially going to be a weekend warrior - much like about 95% or more of the folks on here, I'd say! I really debated 35's versus 37's for a long while and chose the 37's purely for looks - 35's on a JKU just look "normal" to me.

I guess the approach I am taking is get the tires on and protect the expensive stuff first (axle tubes and knuckles), then make it more drive-able (gears), then make it more capable (lift). And, as stuff starts breaking/wearing I reinforce and replace with time. I figure ball joints and steering upgrades are in the future, maybe driveshafts/axles?
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Unread 04-22-2013, 02:21 PM   #7
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and yes, the overline metalcloak fenders should allow room for 37's without a lift - at least for street/mild trail use.
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Exhaust Relocation? I thought that was only needed on new JKs
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Unread 04-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #9
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I don't know if it was necessary, but it seems like a good idea just looking underneath. Thats why i had it as a questionable mod.

It was actually one of my first thoughts when I first crawled under it! I was looking at this: http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_exhaust_kit.shtml
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Drive shafts?
On the "cheap" muffler relocate. Use P/N17263
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I don't know if it was necessary, but it seems like a good idea just looking underneath. Thats why i had it as a questionable mod.

It was actually one of my first thoughts when I first crawled under it! I was looking at this: http://www.cooltechllc.com/jeep/jk_exhaust_kit.shtml
Didn't know they had an exhaust kit. Sounds good. Maybe someone else can confirm for me, but, I really don't think a relo is necessary on the 11.
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On the 2007-11 in general there is no need to modify the exhaust for driveshaft droop. On the 2012-13 over 2.5" or so you should look at either spacers, driveshaft or a crossover exhaust pipe like ours.

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Didn't know they had an exhaust kit. Sounds good. Maybe someone else can confirm for me, but, I really don't think a relo is necessary on the 11.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 04:18 PM   #13
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Cool, thanks for clearing that up for us.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:45 AM   #14
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Axleshafts and I would think about putting a sleeve (outter or inner or both) for those 37s. If you are going to truss it you might as well get that out of the way now and save on labor since the axle is being pulled anyway. Also would reccomend ball joints.

Edit: I also went with HD Knuckes and I have had zero problems not having Hydro assist steering. For a 5-10% off road I really can't see why you would need it. I do have a RK high steer kit.
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then told me that it looked "too small" and "dinky"!
ouch.
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