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wayoflife
02-15-2018, 01:27 AM
For those of you who are new to working on Jeeps, ones with coils and a 4-link suspension system or are just plain curious, this episode of the JL Journal will give you a quick peek underneath JET Li, our brand new 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and with a 3.6L V6 Pentastar motor. Some of the things you'll get to see include the various components that make up the steering system, suspension system, drive train and skid plates and you'll even get to hear how some of them compare to what can be found on a JK. We hope you'll find the information in this short video to be helpful and as always, please let us know if you have any questions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHOod3zcubc

JL JOURNAL is a WAYALIFE Production with a focus on the all new Jeep JL Wrangler. This YouTube video series will highlight every aspect of our Jeep JL Wrangler and of course, all the adventures that it takes us on. We hope that you'll follow us along on our journey.

TrailHunter
02-15-2018, 01:55 AM
Very Informative..... in regards to the axles & links, does anything stand out to you, that may need to be addressed running 37's with hard wheeling...or do you think the stock parts will hold up just fine?

jesse3638
02-15-2018, 01:59 AM
I remember when my JK was that clean underneath..haha. Thanks for the introduction!

Mountainjk10
02-15-2018, 01:59 AM
Question? What's the benefit of moving the steering stabilizer to the axle and drag link?


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RockingK
02-15-2018, 02:05 AM
We are so lucky to have you and Cindy doing this. I have purchased many new vehicles, several before the internet and would see one and crawl on the ground checking it out, then searching the web for photoís video, forums etc. I am considering this vehicle and now have so much valuable information, itís crazy how much value you guys are providing, FCA should be paying you for this$$$$. Thank you again, now to restock on popcorn 🍿.

jeeeep
02-15-2018, 02:16 AM
I do like the shallow oil pan but those transmission lines :thinking:

The DS redesign looks like they may actually last much longer - but wonder how the repezza joint will hold up under the stress of 37's.

Thanks for the stills and the video...should I feel like I need to got out for a smoke...even though I don't smoke?? :shock:

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 02:30 AM
Very Informative..... in regards to the axles & links, does anything stand out to you, that may need to be addressed running 37's with hard wheeling...or do you think the stock parts will hold up just fine?

Everything looks a lot stronger but only time will tell.


I remember when my JK was that clean underneath..haha. Thanks for the introduction!

LOL!! It wasn't Tony clean but it wasn't too bad :crazyeyes:


Question? What's the benefit of moving the steering stabilizer to the axle and drag link?

Honestly, it's how it should have been setup all along. Mounted on the axle and tying into the knuckle is a much stronger setup and really, how a good ram assist is done as well. The only bummer thing is that it still sits below the axle and it will be a rock target.

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 02:33 AM
We are so lucky to have you and Cindy doing this. I have purchased many new vehicles, several before the internet and would see one and crawl on the ground checking it out, then searching the web for photoís video, forums etc. I am considering this vehicle and now have so much valuable information, itís crazy how much value you guys are providing, FCA should be paying you for this$$$$. Thank you again, now to restock on popcorn 🍿.

Cindy and I really appreciate your kind words. We really are so glad that we can help people like you out in this way. :blush:


I do like the shallow oil pan but those transmission lines :thinking:

The DS redesign looks like they may actually last much longer - but wonder how the repezza joint will hold up under the stress of 37's.

Thanks for the stills and the video...should I feel like I need to got out for a smoke...even though I don't smoke?? :shock:

Technically, the cooler lines should be fine but I have personally seen where a renegade tree branch got up into them and tore them out.

Regarding the drive shafts, they should hold up fine to 37's. The front shaft at the output shaft CV is where you'll most likely see a failure when running a lift. As we've seen with the JK's, the steeper angle causes the CV boot to be in a constant state of pinch and that's what ultimately fails.

Steve Williams
02-15-2018, 02:35 AM
Just an amazing job shooting this. I was really impressed by how well you lit everything. Great job! Do you think repositioning the steering stabilizer will set it up as a rock crusher? Might just be the angle of the camera but it looks like the lowest hanging part. Is it as far below the tie rod as it looked? Again, thanks for all the hard work putting this together.


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Trail JK
02-15-2018, 02:50 AM
Wow, looks way more beefy!


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Andy5160
02-15-2018, 02:54 AM
The only thing I noticed is that on minute 3:15 you shaved your head :thumb::yup:

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 02:58 AM
Just an amazing job shooting this. I was really impressed by how well you lit everything. Great job! Do you think repositioning the steering stabilizer will set it up as a rock crusher? Might just be the angle of the camera but it looks like the lowest hanging part. Is it as far below the tie rod as it looked? Again, thanks for all the hard work putting this together.

The steering stabilizer does hang down lower than the tie-rod and even sits below the axle tube. It WILL be a rock target and can only assume someone like Rancho will come up with a relocation kit to raise it up and out of the way.


Wow, looks way more beefy!

Surprisingly, everything really is :yup:

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 02:59 AM
The only thing I noticed is that on minute 3:15 you shaved your head :thumb::yup:

You're actually looking at my ugly mug?? :shock: :cheesy:
Yes, we did shoot this over a couple of days and yes, I did need a shave :crazyeyes:

OverlanderJK
02-15-2018, 03:04 AM
That explains a lot! Thanks for the info!


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Trail JK
02-15-2018, 03:05 AM
The only thing I noticed is that on minute 3:15 you shaved your head :thumb::yup:

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wayoflife
02-15-2018, 03:08 AM
That explains a lot! Thanks for the info!


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Glad to hear it :)


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:cheesy: :crazyeyes:

DannyD
02-15-2018, 03:18 AM
Cool video those c's look big!


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AZVAJKU
02-15-2018, 03:24 AM
Great info, thank you!

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 03:28 AM
Cool video those c's look big!

They definitely are bigger and beefier than the old JK C's.


Great info, thank you!

Glad to hear you're found it useful :)

JKU007FL
02-15-2018, 03:33 AM
Excellent video, improvements across the board, nice to see.
It seems the JL Rubicon can handle 35's with no modifications according to the Dynatracs guys and Fred from Dirt Everyday Day.

wayoflife
02-15-2018, 03:41 AM
Excellent video, improvements across the board, nice to see.
It seems the JL Rubicon can handle 35's with no modifications according to the Dynatracs guys and Fred from Dirt Everyday Day.

Jeep themselves have said that the Rubicon can run 35's stock and wheel with full flex with just their 2" lift.

Sharkey
02-15-2018, 06:51 AM
Fantastic video...keep Ďem coming. ;) Is the sway bar motor the same (i.e. would the no limits work?) Also, do you think you will have to rotate it like on a JK? What about the vacuum pump?

dwvninety
02-15-2018, 08:34 AM
Awesome video....plus the Trump Pence poster on the wall :rock: :rock: :rock:

GeckoJKU
02-15-2018, 01:37 PM
A JL that showed up at a local dealership a couple weeks ago here in Canada has the optional Selec-Trac AWD..seeing the cv style axle made me do a double take lol.

Can make another trip to get more pictures/info on the AWD if needed, only a mile from home (which makes it quite tempting, and how I ended up with my JKU in the first place lol).

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wayoflife
02-15-2018, 03:35 PM
Fantastic video...keep Ďem coming. ;) Is the sway bar motor the same (i.e. would the no limits work?) Also, do you think you will have to rotate it like on a JK? What about the vacuum pump?

So far as I can tell, it is the exact the same sway bar disconnect motor. Not sure about how rotating it up will work but Rubicon's with the steel bumper group do come with a skid plate that should do an okay job of protecting it. There is no more vacuum pump between the frame rails.


A JL that showed up at a local dealership a couple weeks ago here in Canada has the optional Selec-Trac AWD..seeing the cv style axle made me do a double take lol.

Can make another trip to get more pictures/info on the AWD if needed, only a mile from home (which makes it quite tempting, and how I ended up with my JKU in the first place lol).

Yup, the AWD system does come with CV style front shafts. If you can get more pics, that would be cool.

Judesign
02-15-2018, 04:34 PM
Cool video. Thanks for that. Itís encouraging that the designers have made improvements structurally in some of the places we need. And finally tucked the evap lol. Iím wondering if , aside from a lift and regear, if you could slap some 37s on a jl and be on your way?


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wayoflife
02-15-2018, 04:51 PM
Cool video. Thanks for that. Itís encouraging that the designers have made improvements structurally in some of the places we need. And finally tucked the evap lol. Iím wondering if , aside from a lift and regear, if you could slap some 37s on a jl and be on your way?

I think it would need at least some lift. At least, EVO is running a 2.5" lift to clear their 37's. Aside from that, we intend to run ours for a bit with as little help as possible :yup:

Edwrds
02-15-2018, 04:53 PM
Great information


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Andy5160
02-16-2018, 01:38 AM
Glad to hear it :)



:cheesy: :crazyeyes:

:yup::yup:

aggrex
02-16-2018, 03:55 AM
Video was extremely helpful in pointing out the suspension upgrades made on the JL. Informative and educational.

Bear_JKU
02-16-2018, 04:10 AM
Great video as always! Some Interesting and cool improvements made.


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gtony12
02-16-2018, 04:38 AM
Really enjoying the videos canít wait to see more. Best part I will know all about the new JL before I get it...


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rvaught
02-21-2018, 03:29 AM
Awsome information


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