What was I thinking?
This is my first Jeep - an X Unlimited. I came from a 2 seats sportscar for 4 years, so this was a change, but after wheeling with my brother and his modded YJ once, I decided although it is a daily driver (for now!), I couldn't help but mod and hit the ORV as much as possible - good thing its 45 mins away. I started small by converting toward a more utilitarian look and modifications, including extra skids, rubicon rock rails, had the OEM Rubi wheels and 32" tires for a while with small leveling lift, some quick discos that were my first mod. Then I realized I wanted to go bigger and better as many do, so I started by doing the rubicon D44 axle swap with e-lockers and 5.13 gears, etc. At that point it was ready for lift, 35s, bumpers, fender chop, etc. I wheel it regularly at Rausch Creek ORV and drive it to work the next day if I'm lucky! I have logged 46k miles on it in about 20 months of ownership - so yes, I use it, a lot. No plan on stopping anytime soon. Future plans include to get a used Rubi t-case and Winch... When these tires burn out in a year or two will go to 37s and look for another DD.
2008 X Unlimited in Redrock
- Locked Rubi D44s front & rear
- 5.13 Gears
- RCX 2.5" Lift
- 1" Performance Accessories BL
- 35" BFG KM2s
- Blackrock 909 Alloys
- TF Quick-Discos
- Rancho/Warn/Rockhard Dif and Other (Evap etc) Skids
- TF C-Gussets
- ORFab Stubby Bumper with Rugged Ridge D-Rings
- Rubicon Rockrails
- Besttop/Highrock Tire Carrier
- OEM fender chop
- AEV Procal
- KC Slimsltes - windshield mount
- Hellas - bumper mount
- Olympic Tube Doors
- Small odds and ends like the ORE SBS T-case Knob, etc.
One fateful Saturday in March 2010, a spontaneous stop at the Jeep dealership when I had some time to kill one afternoon. Went out for a test drive in a 2dr Rubicon. A couple late nights on youtube and jeepforum.com looking at the pic threads and I was a new Jeep driver. Tuesday the following week, I was signing paperwork to take possession of my 2010 JK Rubicon.
Following some of the advice on jeepforum.com, I wheeled it without mods. Had a blast as the only stocker on many runs in Redington Pass, Martinez Canyon and Sedona AZ trails. Resisting the mod bug wasn't easy, I eventually gave in late April and replaced the factory bumpers with the Smittybilt XRCs and the Warn winch and picked up my recovery gear. Continued wheeling and watching all the other modded rigs and comparing how lift kits performed and the reviews from the drivers. I finally ended up deciding to go with the local favorites, Clayton and BFG.
A ton more late nights researching and putting together the parts list to get the Jeep where I wanted it. By July 10th, I had everything completed and been completely impressed with just how much more fun the Jeep is now.
Mods (Not including stock Rubicon features):
- Tom Woods 1350 front & rear driveshafts
- 5.13 gears
-Clayton 3.5" lift
-Clayton adjustable control arms (8)
-Clayton front adjustable trackbar
-Clayton rear adjustable trackbar
-Clayton hi-steer kit
-Billstein monotube shocks
-JKS quick disconnects
-Mickey Thompson 17x9 Signature Series
-35" BFG KM2's
-Smittybilt XRC front bumper
-Smittybilt XRC rear bumper
-Warn 8.5 winch
Rolled my 99 TJ late in 06, and decided the mechanical upgrades of the 07 rubi made it a better deal, long haul, than looking for an older TJ and building it.
- Switched ground to stock lockers
- OME Lift 3"
- Yoko Geolanders 35x12.5
- RCV front axles, sleeved and trussed
- Rusty's FCA system
- Rubicon Express adj. front track bar
- 1" BL
- SRC front bumper with stinger
- Rockhard rear with luggage and gerry can racks
- ARB diff covers
- Shrockworks sliders (not installed yet)
- Warn Powerplant 9.5 (not installed yet)
- dual battery tray (not installed yet)
When I was younger I thought my Subaru could wheel, and it did to a point. After that I went through college and received me some education, and realized that I needed a vehicle with 4 wheel drive, the ability to be lifted, power for larger tires, etc. While I was in College they came out with the JK Unlimited....I was hooked. After I graduated it took about 3 weeks for me to get a job, move from West Virginia to Wyoming, receive my first paycheck, then drive 8 hrs to Salt Lake City to pick up my base model Rescue Green JK Unlimited. I had hardly gotten out of the lot on the test drive when I told the Salesman that I was going to buy it.
That was 2 years ago. Now I live in Colorado and wheel the heck out of it whenever I get a chance.
-RC 2.5" BB w/shock extensions
-315/75/16 BFG KM2's
-ProComp 7089 16x10
-Mastercraft Grab Handles
-Cobra Chrome CB
KC Slimlights on KC windshield mounts