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2013 JK Wrangler Sport

RIPP Supercharger Gen. II
Magnaflow Rock Crawler Exhaust
Poison Spyder Hood Louver
Yukon 4.56 Gears
G2 Gold Chromoly Axle Shafts (front & rear)
Detroit E-Locker (front & rear)
Synergy Sleeves (front)
Artec Trusses (front & rear)
Artec C-Gussets

Synergy 3" Coils
Fox 2.0 IPF Adjustable Shocks
Fox 2.0 Air Bumps (front & rear)
Currie JJ Control Arms (all eight)
Currie Antirocks (front & rear)
Synergy Tie Rod & Drag Link w/flip kit
Synergy Ball Joints
Synergy Track Bars & Brackets
Synergy Sector Shaft & Steering Box Brace
Fox 2.0 ATS Steering Stabilizer & Relocation Kit
Adams 1310 Driveshafts with HD Solid Spicer U Joints

ARB Front Stubby Bumper
Metalcloak Rear Bumper
PSC Rocker Knockers
Skid Row Engine, Transmission, Transfer Case, & Control Arms Skids
Synergy Gas Tank Skid
Warn Differential Guards
AEV Rear Corner Armor
Warrior Steel LED Tail Lights
Genright 4" Steel Flat Fenders
Teraflex HD Hinge & Tire Carrier
Genright Evap Skid
Poison Spyder HD Crossmember

Trucklite LED Headlights
Warrior Steel LED Tail Lights
Rigid 16" LED Spot & Flood Light
Rigid Dually Spot Lights
LED Interior Lights
DIY LED Side Markers

ProComp MT2 315/70/17
ProComp 7005 Wheels
Currie Steel Brake Lines
Smittybilt X20 XRC8 Comp Winch w/Synthetic Line
Smittybilt Recovery Kit
Viair Air Compressor
Staun Tire Deflators
Body Armor Trail Doors
Spiderweb Shade Bikini Top
Hothead Headliners
Trek Armor Seat Covers & Grab Handles
Drake Hood Latches & Grill Inserts
M.O.R.E. Dead Pedals (driver & passenger)
DIY Upgraded Speakers


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Story: Bought in November 2008. Shortly afterwards I joined JeepForum and started the mods. I do a lot of towing, and was frustrated with the lack of power with the 3.8L so I installed a RIPP supercharger as my first mod. Later I joined a local 4x4 club, and the mods really began. Considering the hilly area in the southeast, I decided to go with a LCOG rig, large tires (37's) / minimal lift (2.5").

This has been a hobby of unlimited options, one I enjoy greatly. Every time I crawl under the Jeep I come up with new ideas. The wife and I enjoy the monthly club rides, Jeep Beach, and whatever Jeep events we can find. Next to being able to go practically anywhere, we love the camaraderie of the Jeep community. Hope someday to make it out west to Moab and play in the big rocks.

2008 JK Rubicon, 2-door, auto, Detonator Yellow

MODS (Not including stock Rubicon features)

RIPP Gen 2, Stage 2 Supercharger with intercooler
RIPP High Altitude Pulley for supercharger (10 psi)
GlowShift Oil Pressure & Vacuum/Boost Gauges
FlowMaster 40 Series muffler
B&M 70268 Transmission Cooler
Coast 1310 Driveshafts
5.38 gears
Nitro no-weld front axle sleeve
Nitro C-Gussets
EVAP Canister relocated over rear axle (DIY)

37x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grappler tires
Black Rock Viper 900 Aluminum17"x8" Wheels, 4.5"backspacing
SpiderTrax 1.5" Wheel Spacers
Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel lift kit
Rock Krawler 2.5" Triple Rate coil springs
Fox 2.0 IFP shocks
Fox Steering Stabilizer
Synergy High Steer Kit
Synergy Steering Stabilizer Relocation Kit
Synergy HD Ball Joints
Synergy Tie Rod
Rock Krawler Spring Retainers
2" bump stops

River Raider Oil Pan, Transmission, Transfer Case, and Gas
Tank skid plates
Nitro Lower Control Arm skids
Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Front Bumper (stubby) with Bull Bar
PSC Rock Brawler Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier
ACE Rock Sliders
DIY Mesh Grill

Warn VR8000-s winch w/synthetic rope
60" Hi-Lift jack
ARB Air Compressor mounted under the hood
D-Rings on front and rear bumper
Tow straps
Tree Saver strap

Cobra 75 WXST CB Radio w/external speaker
3' Firestik CB antenna
Yaesu FT-7900R 2m/70cm Ham Radio
Diamond Antenna 2m/70cm antenna
Quadratec All-Weather ("Deep Dish") floor mats
Tuffy Underseat Security Box
Tuffy Rear Storage Security Box
Roll Bar mounted grab handles
Tinted windows 20%
Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit

Flat Fenders (trimmed stock into flats)
Trimmed Rear Pinch Seam and stock Rubicon Rock Rails w/Sawzall
DIY stirrups that hang out the door to help climb in when off-camber
KC SlimLites 100W mounted on Windshield
35W LED Back-Up lights in rear bumper
Stock fog lights installed in front bumper
Glove Box LED strip light(DIY)
Sears Platinum Die-Hard battery
DIY Fuse Box for accessories
Spiderweb Shade mesh top (Yellow)
Dual soft/hard tops

**********Future Mods*********
Flux Capacitor
PT-6 Turbine Engine
LED Spotlights on Windshield pillars
Move KC Driving lights to rear bumper for backing up at night
Rear View Camera


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2008 JKU
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>> Mods.
>> 2007 JKU rubicon with 107k miles
>> Built 5.7L Hemi!!!! Custom Built by me, custom magnaflow exhaust with shortie headers, motor has cam, new heads, 6.1 injectors, tuned computer, etc etc
>> 545rfe automatic
>> Used the Dakota customs kit for the swap for a better COG and the tuning.
>> Atlas 4 speed now (Not really a rubicon anymore)
>> Tom woods 1350 drive shafts
>> Rear axle. Corp 14 bolt rear. Custom mounts and truss. disk brakes. Yukon chromoly axles. Yukon grizzly locker. 5.38 gears solid diff cover. Shaved about 1.25" off the bottom.
>> Front axle. Ford kingpin dana 60. Grizzly locker, 5.38 gears, solid diff cover, custom mounts, gusseted knuckles, 35spline chromoly axles with superjoints, Yukon hubs.
>> Front suspension. 14" fox 2.0 coilovers, 14" 2.5" triple bypass shocks, 2.0 air bumps, custom 3 link long arm pushing the axle 1.5" forward.
>> Rear suspension. 12" fox coilovers with 8" Triple bypass shocks on a cantilever, mostly Teraflex long arm, currie antirock, 2.0 air bumps. Mounts welded on to move rear axle back 1.75"
>> All mounts and shock towers are built by me and the abs is all in working order.
>> Psc hydro assist with custom 1 ton steering.
>> Raceline aluminum bead locks.
>> 40" toyo open county mts
>> River raider aluminum skid plates
>> Cold air intake
>> Custom front and rear bumpers built by me for weight savings, rear has receiver hitch and front keeps the winch down low.
>> Xrc8 winch with syn line
>> Custom rear tire carrier to hold tire close to tub and two 5 gallon Gerry cans.
>> Aev corner armor.
>> Stock sliders with 1.5" tube added.
>> Psc rocker armor with b pillar skin
>> Hid x 7" lights
>> Cut stock fenders but ordering PS aluminum or making some eventually......
>> Neoprene seat covers
>> 30lb co2 tank
>> Optima red top.
>> Arb 50qt fridge
>> Cb
>> And the usual recovery gear... Straps, first aid kit, etc.
>> Story.
>> Purchased this jeep in 01/2013 fairly well built with 6" Tera long arm, speed bumps, built rubicon axles, bumpers, lights, 37s, etc. It was a very capable built jeep and was wheeled and driven most of the year in the way it was purchased. Sold the axles wheels and tires in November and built the one tons...... And it snowballed from there. I didn't pay much for the jeep in the beginning because it needed a little work and that is why I did one tons so soon, and the hemi, that is another reason for one tons.
>> This jeep is my first jk but I also have a tj unlimited on one tons, a 5.9magnum motor, 40s, etc.
>> With the addition of the Hemi this jeep has become a totally new animal! Runs and drives how they should from the factory. I plan on keeping this one a long time!!!! As of this month also the jeep is no longer a rubicon.... It now has a 4 speed atlas giving it a stupid 167:1 crawl ratio.
>> Hope you all like it as much as I do. Took a 3300 mile trip to Seattle Washington for a job in March as well. Jeep runs like a top and cruises all day on the hwy. The best or worst part is on the Seattle trip I rolled a scale at 7600 lbs, normally weighs 6k but with all the gear in it was a pig. Still ran like a top but sorry for being long winded.


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2013 Jeep JK Wrangler Sport S


4,500 lbs.


3.6L V6 Pentastar

NSG370 6-speed manual
NV241J transfer case

Custom bent and welded exhaust w/Magnaflow muffler
Dana 30 front axle
-Aussie Locker
-Ten Factory axle shafts

-Synergy ball joints

-OME steering stabilizer & relocation
-EVO C2 gussets & LCA skids
Coast 1310 front driveshaft
Dana 44 rear axle, open

-Riddler diff cover
Coast 1310 rear driveshaft
Axle gear ratio: 3.73

Metalcloak 2.5" springs
Fox 4-6" lift 2.0 IFP shocks
Nemesis front lower shock mounts
Rokmen control arms, front lower & rear upper
Currie front Antirock, aluminum arms & frame brackets

Currie adjustable trackbars, front & rear
Teraflex rear trackbar bracket
JKS rear sway bar links
Synergy rear sway bar relocation bracket
Crown Performance brake lines, green
Rokmen adjustable bumpstops
Teraflex front spring retainers

Wheels & Tires:
35x12.50R17 Maxxis Trepador radials
Trail Ready HD beadlocks, 17x8.5", 3.5" backspacing
McGard black chrome lug nuts

Shrockworks stubby front bumper

GenRight aluminum tire carrier
EVO rear d-ring mounts w/ aluminum fascia
T&T Customs rock sliders, modified, w/ mini boatside panels
Poison Spyder body armor, aluminum

Cut OEM flares

Warn VR8000
AmSteel-Blue winchline, green
Shrockworks hawse fairlead
Factor 55 Loaded Prolink, green, for mall crawlin'
Warn 3/8" premium winch hook, for wheelin'
Clevis shackles and straps

IPF headlights with modified ARB wiring loom
PIAA 525 dual beam auxiliary lights
x20 Eagle Eye rock lights, green

Uniden Pro520xl CB Radio w/ 3' FireStik II, PA speaker
Viair 400C heavy duty ADA
Superchips Flashcal
Spiderwebshade, green

Homemade tailgate table
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition
Homemade para-cord grab handles and winch hook holder


EVO rear 2dr corners, aluminum

MaxBilt Trail Tails


In September of 2012, I traded in my TJ for this brand new JK. The very next day, I joined a Jeep club and have been stuck in the "wheel it, break it, upgrade it" cycle ever since. What was going to be a reliable daily driver has become a capable rig that has tackled trails at SMORR, Iron Range, Colorado, and Moab. Pictures are from our last outing at the local Iowa wheeling grounds.


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2010 2dr Auto Rubicon
Synergy 3" coils with 3/4" Spacers front and coil perches rear.
1" BL, Teraflex extended Bump Stops
AEV Geo Correction Brackets on stock control arms front
MetalCloak upper and lower control arms rear.
MetalCloak adj TB's front and rear
Synergy adj draglink
Synergy adj swaybar links front and rear
Rancho 9000 XL adjustable shocks front and rear
35" General Grabber MT's
17" AEV Pintlers
Northridge Grade 8 bolt kit

All the stock Rubi stuff, D44's auto lockers, 410 gears, 4.1 Tc, swaybar disco (can't remember if there is other stuff)
Adams 1310's front and rear driveshafts

Poison Spyder Diff Covers Front and rear
JCR Evap skid
ORF Rear Bumper
Highrock front bumper with bull bar and rock roller
Synergy Rock Slider Tubes welded to Rubi Sliders
ebay taillight guards

Badlands 1200 Lb winch
Synthetic rope 100ft
50ft recovery strap
Harbor Freight snatch block

Dynomax 17263 Ultra Flo Muffler relocated
K&N drop in
Hayden 404 Aux Trans Cooler
Superchips Flashpaq
Optima Red Top Battery

Other stuff:
Bestop Trektop NX
Bushwacker Fender Flares
Teraflex hinged Tire Carrier
License plate and TBL relocated
PIAA Offroad Lights
DIY Mesh Grill, Trimmed Pinch seam and other cheap DIY mods

Stuff sitting in my Garage:
Optic Armor Windsheild
Synergy Ball joints
Synergy Tie Rod
Synergy DL Flip kit

My story:
Growing up I had access to an old CJ5 that was left on our property out in the country by a man who boarded his horses with us. We would take it out to the creeks and have so much fun I was hooked on Jeeps from then on.
Been on the forum since I bought my YJ back in '05. That one was just a beach buggy for our Corpus Christie visits and a fun project for my step son and I to bond. After we got the motor and electrical right we put a 2.5" RE lift and 32"'s on it. Ended up giving it to him when he graduated.
Missed Jeeps too much so bought the JK in 2010 as a second "fun" vehicle. Well, plans change sometimes and it ended up being a daily driver for a year. Really started modding it in 2012, learned alot from the forum and joined a local Jeep Club.
It's been downhill ever since! (Joking, I've never had so much fun modding and wheeling this Jeep!)
85% of the work I have done myself with the help of you folks here on the forum!
Apologies if I misnamed some stuff and I'm sure I've left things out. Cheers!


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Rubicon Sleeved and Gusseted D44 Front Axle
Rubicon Rear D44 Axle
5.13 Gears
Tom Woods 1310 Rear Drive Shaft
Centerforce II Clutch

2" Black Diamond BB
17/58 JKU springs
Bilstien 5100 Shocks (11" Travel Front/10" Travel Rear)
Rock Krawler HD Tie Rod w/Moog Tie Rod Ends
Teraflex Rear Upper Adjustable Control Arms
Rancho Steering Stabilizer Relocation Kit
Set of factory rear swaybar links up front
285/75R16 Cooper Discoverer S/T
16 x 8 Procomp 7069 Extreme Alloys

Front LoD 1st Gen Mid-Width
Teraflex Rock Sliders
Kilby EVAP Relocation Kit
Riddler Diff Covers
M.O.R.E. Oil Pan/Transmission Skid Plate

Cobra 19III CB w/4' Wilson
Radio Shack Handheld CB
Seat covers

Recovery Gear:
Warn M8000
48" Hi-Lift
20' 30,000 lb strap
Tree Savers, Shackles, Snatch Block

Warrior Products Safari Rack
Warrior Products Mirror Relocation Brackets
Bestop Safari Top
Brake line relocation brackets
7-Pin Wiring harness w/ Trailer Brake Controller

Bought it new in July of '07 with the "Rubi-Lite Package", X with the Rubicon locking rear Dana 44 and electric swaybar disconnect. I broke my stock axles trying to get out of my backyard stream, broke 10 teeth off the front ring gear and blew out both rear axle seals. Instead of rebuilding those axles I found a set of built and re-geared Rubicon take offs that I installed under the Jeep. Its favorite place to play is Rausch Creek in Central PA.


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MetalCloak 3.5" Dual Rate Springs
MetalCloak front lower control arms
RockKrawler rear lower control arms
Bilstein 5160 Shocks w/reservoir
Nemesis industries front lower shock relocation brackets
MetalCloak raised rear lower shock mount
ARB air locker rear
Aussie locker front
4.88 Yukon gears
37" Cooper Discoverer STT tires
17" Pro Comp wheels
Synergy Drag Link (flipped)
MetalCloak front Trackbar
Synergy Tie Rod
Front Currie Anti Rock Swaybar
Artec truss (front axle)
Synergy C-Gussett
MetalCloak rear lower shock relocation brackets
SOLID diff covers
Extended brake lines
AFE high tuck Catback exhaust
RuggedRidge Snorkel
Custom front driveshaft
Adams 1310 rear driveshaft
Smittybilt XRC8 winch with synthetic line
JCR Front Stubby Dagger Stinger Winch Bumper
10" led lightbar
PIAA spot lights
Artec Undercarriage armor
Smittybilt SRC rocker armor
Smittybilt XRC fender flares
Uniden CB radio
Firestick antennae
stubby radio antennae
OR-Fab Tire Carrier with Rotopax
SWAG Offroad tailgate conversion
EVO Rear Bolt on D-Ring Mounts
Fire Extinguisher
Amazon heated seat inserts

I enjoy off roading, I do it as often as I can. I enjoy taking new off
roaders on trails they thought they couldn't make and getting them excited
about off roading. Our JK's are a great way to get out and see things that
not everyone will have a chance to see and that is why I built and continue
to build mine.


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2013 JK 6 speed


Axles: D60 front, Sterling 10.5 rear, both from a 2010 F350, 5.38 gears, Yukon lockers, RCV shafts, Reid knuckle, WFO high steer, XRF ball joints, custom WFO drag link, custom track bar and tie rod from Bullet Proof Steering made from TuffDOM 520.

T-case: Rubicon 4:1

Driveshafts: Carolina Driveline 1350 and 1410

Steering: PSC ram, res, pump, and Parker lines and fittings.

Stretch: 3" front, 8" rear

Corner armor: Custom. Compound corner made on press brake.

Suspension: 16" ORI struts all around, double triangulated rear, 3 link front. No bump stops, no rear track bar, no sway bars. Metalcloak joints, 2" x .250" DOM links.

Fuel tank: Custom aluminum fuel cell in rear of Jeep. Raised floor. Rear seat still functional.

Wheels/tires: ATX Chamber Pro II's, 40" Nitto TGs, Monster valves.

Front bumper: VKS pre-runner

Rear bumper: Have to make one yet. Fabbed up a copy of the EVO d-rings for now.

Tire carrier: PSC body mount carrier

Skids: Custom.

Exhaust: Custom with Flowmaster HP-2s (only muffler that would fit)

Towers: TMR 22"

Brackets: Artec, Blue Torch Fab, Ballistic, etc.

Sliders: LoD

Flat belly: Fabbed all new cross members, raised trans, etc.

Electronics: All electronics were maintained and everything works, right down to ABS and traction control. Not a single code was thrown in the making of this Jeep.

And the list goes on.

Story: Before I jump into my story, I would like to note that 95% of the work on my build was done by me. This is not something I do for a living, but a hobby I enjoy. Fuel cell was outsourced and about 75% of the brackets I bought. Had some friends help out on a few things here and there. Other than that, it was a one man show.

Believe it or not, Jeep Forum gave me my start a couple years. Was gone for a while, but thought I'd stop back and catch up. Soon after getting the Jeep, I had 35s and a BB. Hated it. Then an OME lift, then fraken-lifts for a while. Then a MetalCloak Game Changer with 6paks, Rubi axle swap, etc. Realized that no matter what I bought off the shelf, it was all the same and I was far from happy. Pulled it into the garage this past November and 9 months later the beast was born.

The build took far longer than expected. Much of it was a first on a JK, so it was a lot of trial and error and a learning curve. While challenging, I walked away with a wealth of knowledge greater than I ever imagined. One thing unique about my build is I retained the use of the rear seat. It's a family sport. Despite the extra engineering and work, it was well worth it. On the inside, it still feels like the Jeep I bought 2 years ago. The build is not done yet - there are items to fabricate: roll cage, rear fenders, aluminum fender liners, aluminum doors, etc. Who knows what I'll do about the 3.6, but it isn't cutting it. Likely to pick up some 42" sickies next year, so I'll need a lot more power. However, I decided it was time for a break and time to get it on the trails.

It is no pavement pounder. It is in search of the nastiest trails out there. Build, break, repeat is the current chapter.

Was the build worth it? Every single minute. It is absolutely unreal to wheel in it now. Once I discovered that there are magic unicorns in the ORIs, I was hooked.


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2009 JK Wrangler
Unlimited X
Deep Water Blue

Ruffstuff Offset Tie Rod
Adam's 1310 Front Driveshaft
Adam's 1350 Rear Driveshaft
Dyantrac Rear PR 60 Semi-float
5.13 Gears
ARB Air-locker
C-Gussets & Sleeves
Synergy Balljoints
SuperChips Flashpaq 3875
DynoMax Evolution Exhaust

Suspension/ Wheels & Tires
Metalcloak 2.5" Coil Springs
Metalcloak Front Lower Control Arms
Metalcloak Rear Lower & Upper Control Arms
OME Long Travel Shocks
OME Steering Stabilizer
Synergy SS Clamp
JKS Front Adj. Trackbar
Metalcloak 2" Bumpstops
Synergy Weld-on Rear Track-bar Bracket
Crown Automotive Extended Brakelines
Currie Anti-Rock Front Swaybar
Level 8 Bully Pro 17" Wheels
Synergy 1.75" Wheel Spacers
Nitto Trail Grapplers 37/12.50/17

Armor/ Bumpers
Solid Axle Diff. Cover
Crawler Conceptz Skinny Series W/ Trail Stinger
M.O.R.E Flat Fenders
Genright Tire Carrier
EVO Shackle Mounts
Rock Slide Engineering Sliders
Kilby Evap Relocation Kit

Hanma Dually Cree LEDs
Hanma 10" Cree LED Light Bar
Hanma 2" Cree LED Work Light
Led Rock Lights
DIY Grill Mesh
Bestop Trektop NX

Daystar Lower Dash Switch Panel
Daystar Upper Dash Panel
Ruggid Ridge Grab Handles
Rock Hard Ultimate Sports Cage
Kicker Spear Upgrade

HI-Lift 48" Jack
10,000 LB Engo Winch

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