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post #1 of 7 Old 03-12-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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RCVs & Chromos or Bumper & Winch?

I know we all have huge wish lists for our Jeeps, but I'm having trouble deciding on my next step. I've got a six week summer vacation, and I'll be doing a lot of exploring, camping, wheeling etc. I should have another $2500 or so to play with before my time off....

This is for my 2012 JKRU with AEV 3.5", 35s, sleeved and trussed axle with most of synergy's steering stuff up front (except drag link).

I'm looking at a couple of options....

Option 1
RCV front axles
Factory Ten chromoly rear axle shafts
Teraflex 2 low kit
Advance adapters transfer case linkage
Synergy drag link

Option 2
Front bumper (expedition one core, or poison spyder brawler lite)
Expedition one skid plate under bumper
Warn zeon 10k winch

Obviously option 1 is to fix a bunch of existing weak links, some which could leave me standed. These upgrades will make me feel very confident with the drivetrain in general.

Option 2 is self recovery. I want a new bumper and winch, but the only times I've winched out was when I was doing something stupid because I either had a winch with me, or had a friend with a winch on his rig with me.

A lot of my traveling this summer could be solo, so both options have their own appeal. I don't hear a lot of the local guys breaking axle shaft or joints on 35s with their rubicons, so maybe the RCVs should be a lower priority..? I don't worry much about them when I'm wheeling close to home but how about a few states away?

Anyway I'm just curious to hear some opinions on any of the items I listed, or maybe what you would do first with this setup?

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My 2 cents is a mix of both:
Your driving does not warrant RCV axles IMO - go with Factory Ten for both front and back, you already sleeved and trussed the axle.
Skip the Teraflex 2 low kit, no need for it IMO
Carry some zip ties if your tcase linkage goes or carry some replacement clips
No need for a new drag link unless yours is bent/broken...kind of driving you mention does not seem to warrant this.

Pick up a good front bumper and a winch, do not worry about the skid plate unless you are worried about your front disconnect...

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Change axles when you need to. Chances are, you won't. Get the winch and bumpers. And, I highly recommend Expo 1 over PS. I have Expo 1 and built a Jeep with PS. Expo 1 is WAY ahead of PS on build quality.
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I would get a winch and pumper. I would go with AEV and Warn 9.5.
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Option 3:

RCV front axle shafts
Front bumper
Warn zeon 10k winch

Eliminating the bind and feedback from the Ujoints with the RCV shafts is a great thing.

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Option 3:

RCV front axle shafts
Front bumper
Warn zeon 10k winch

Eliminating the bind and feedback from the Ujoints with the RCV shafts is a great thing.

Thanks for the opinions.

Option 3 is my favorite option, just more money than I want to spend right now. However I just picked up a couple extra days at work which may make up the difference anyway. The u joints binding make me nervous, running in sand and snow and feeling the steering wobble all over the place when turning.

My wheeling is a bit of everything, although not much lately due to work and home projects. Lots of trails around here, dusty, muddy, rocky, some sand dunes, deep snow, etc. Lots of variety except for solid rock like in Utah. However I'm hoping to make a trip to Moab/canyonlands this summer, and I could see a definite advantage in the 2 low setup. With 4.10 gearing and manual trans, I use 4 low a lot off road, but there are a lot of times where I could use 2 low instead and not bind the drivetrain.

The drag link can wait. I just want to swap out the stock piece as I've replaced everything else, and felt a large improvement in each steering piece I replaced up front. The transfer case shift cable can wait as well. The factory shifter just feels cheesy sometimes and I feel like I'm going to break it after reading other's stories.

Or I could bag it all and buy the new composite kayak I've been wanting. Probably not nearly as cool but would provide some entertainment when I'm camping anyway. Lol
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RCVs are nice, definitely, especially with the non-binding and steering capabilities vs. u-joint axle shafts. However, I'd stick to the regular shafts. If you want upgrades, look into a regear, sleeve and gusset install for your front 44 and a winch (Warn M8000). Those would be my top 3 in your case.
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