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wayoflife
09-29-2019, 12:08 AM
Day 2 of our Gladiator build started off like yet another Christmas morning only this time, the present we got to open was a wooden crate containing our brand new Dana Ultimate UD60 front axle. Of course, our UD60 rear axle had come in the day before and so new EVO brackets had already been burned in and it was all ready to get installed. Being that there was a change in plans for the front, most of the UD60 front bracket would need to be trimmed off before we could do anything with it. And speaking of those changes, pretty much everything would need to be hacked off the frame as well and so that we could have EVO DTD or Double Throw Down towers burned in.

Now, Day 3 would take us out to King Shocks to have some custom work done to the bypass shocks that would be installing and while we were there, we got to check out how the world's most badass shocks are made. Once we got back to Off Road Evolution, our front UD60 was ready to be installed with our new Synergy tie-rod and drag link. In a nutshell, a ton of work was done to take our Gladiator to the next level and we hope you enjoy seeing the magic as it happens.


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TOPLESS
09-29-2019, 12:28 AM
So much awesomeness! Thanks for taking us along!

Brute
09-29-2019, 01:20 AM
Being the first to install a new suspension is always challenging...and nerve wracking...

WJCO
09-29-2019, 01:21 AM
Fun to watch. That King warehouse is huge! Just curious why ORE used a torch vs plasma for cutting off the brackets? I saw they switched to plasma for the frame cutout.

wayoflife
09-29-2019, 01:40 AM
So much awesomeness! Thanks for taking us along!

You bet! So glad that you're enjoying seeing all this. :yup:


Being the first to install a new suspension is always challenging...and nerve wracking...

LOL - it'd probably be more nerve wracking if it were any other shop working on our Jeep. With Mel and EVO, I always know I'm getting the best :yup:


Fun to watch. That King warehouse is huge! Just curious why ORE used a torch vs plasma for cutting off the brackets? I saw they switched to plasma for the frame cutout.

If you can believe it, this is their OTHER facility :crazyeyes:

The torch allows you to get in and cut brackets off closer to the frame. The plasma allows you to get precision cuts.

cozdude
09-29-2019, 01:57 AM
Those brakes are massive!!!

Out of curiosity, what spring rates are on the rear for the truck? I know the JK coilover came with 200/250 springs in the rear. Iím assuming these are prob 350/400 ish?

benatc1
09-29-2019, 02:28 AM
So awesome! Did walking into king make you hope that's what heaven will be like? Lol. Pretty cool to see a glimpse at what EVO is developing, and awesome to see it happen on your gladiator! Looking fwd to the rest. And oh yea, I almost forgot, if they happen to need a jl to test fit/run that DTD, just let me know lol.

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Bear_JKU
09-29-2019, 06:37 AM
I love seeing everything coming together. Thank you for showing us in such a great way. Awesome video!


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DeJkUnlimited
09-29-2019, 12:08 PM
No words....:clap2:

pop2tu
09-29-2019, 12:33 PM
I think it would be nerve racking to watch somebody taking a torch to my brand new Jeep, but it is looking great. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

wayoflife
09-29-2019, 02:27 PM
Those brakes are massive!!!

Out of curiosity, what spring rates are on the rear for the truck? I know the JK coilover came with 200/250 springs in the rear. Iím assuming these are prob 350/400 ish?

So, we used coilovers that EVO had in the shop and they were way too soft, 150/250. We added a ton of preload just to get it driving. Mel is shipping us new coils and I'm hoping we get them by tomorrow so that we can hit the road on Tuesday. Once installed, we'll be running 250/300. Hoping that'll be enough.


So awesome! Did walking into king make you hope that's what heaven will be like? Lol. Pretty cool to see a glimpse at what EVO is developing, and awesome to see it happen on your gladiator! Looking fwd to the rest. And oh yea, I almost forgot, if they happen to need a jl to test fit/run that DTD, just let me know lol.

LOL!! That was King's new 2nd facility and it was impressive for sure. :yup:


I love seeing everything coming together. Thank you for showing us in such a great way. Awesome video!


No words....:clap2:

So glad you guys are enjoying seeing all this :)


I think it would be nerve racking to watch somebody taking a torch to my brand new Jeep, but it is looking great. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

LOL - if it were anyone other than EVO doing this, it'd be hard. :cool:

TGPJKUR
09-29-2019, 02:29 PM
Just WOW! Just enjoyed watching the first two vids one after the other. I knew the second was coming to an end but I didn't want it too. Thank you for documenting everything you have done with all your Jeeps. Hopefully my learning curve on what I want to do with my upcoming JT will be much quicker than on the JK lol.

wayoflife
09-29-2019, 02:39 PM
Just WOW! Just enjoyed watching the first two vids one after the other. I knew the second was coming to an end but I didn't want it too. Thank you for documenting everything you have done with all your Jeeps. Hopefully my learning curve on what I want to do with my upcoming JT will be much quicker than on the JK lol.

Awesome! Happy to hear you've been enjoying these videos and hope they will give you ideas :)

TrailHunter
09-29-2019, 03:15 PM
Fun to watch it come together... Mels Shop guys do great work. [emoji1417]

Blackhawkip
09-29-2019, 04:00 PM
Great video!! When I saw the Dana axles going in I questioned what happened to Dynatrac. Thanks for explaining and it totally makes sense. It will be interesting how they hold up in comparison. You know Dana is holding their breath since you'll tell it like it is without sugar-coating anything.

Can't wait to see it when it leaves EVO!

sipafz
09-29-2019, 04:20 PM
Watched both part 1&2 and all I can say is wow! Those guys at ORE certainly know what they are doing! Looks great!

frenchjk
09-29-2019, 04:31 PM
Absolutely breathtaking what those guys do!!! :shock::shock:

USMC Wrangler
09-29-2019, 07:06 PM
Keep em coming! I love watching this stuff! [emoji1303]

Brute
09-29-2019, 09:09 PM
So, we used coilovers that EVO had in the shop and they were way too soft, 150/250. We added a ton of preload just to get it driving. Mel is shipping us new coils and I'm hoping we get them by tomorrow so that we can hit the road on Tuesday. Once installed, we'll be running 250/300. Hoping that'll be enough.



LOL!! That was King's new 2nd facility and it was impressive for sure. :yup:





So glad you guys are enjoying seeing all this :)



LOL - if it were anyone other than EVO doing this, it'd be hard. :cool:

I had to go to 300/350 for Brute...

Exodus Jeeps
09-29-2019, 09:12 PM
I had to go to 300/350 for Brute...

250/350 on mine. Rides pretty great but may go to 300/350 down the road. Both springs are 14Ē.


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Brute
09-29-2019, 09:41 PM
Wait until you start loading tools, recovery gear, fluids, camping stuff, fishing gear...RTT...

Exodus Jeeps
09-29-2019, 10:03 PM
Wait until you start loading tools, recovery gear, fluids, camping stuff, fishing gear...RTT...

The rear does not have coilovers, and I havenít fully committed to that idea yet. If I do go with coilovers in the rear it wonít be EVOís kit, and will certainly get a heavier spring rate than the front.

I did come up with a pretty great idea on the spare this weekend that I think youíd like. Once finish the rack design Iíll run it by you.


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jesse3638
09-29-2019, 10:56 PM
So cool to see the evolution of your JT. Can't wait to see it in action and here what you have to say about it's performance. I think I had owned my JK 2 months and it had 1500 miles on it when I lifted mine. It was crazy to think about cutting everything off which is why I did it myself even though I had no idea what I doing...haha.



Fun to watch. That King warehouse is huge! Just curious why ORE used a torch vs plasma for cutting off the brackets? I saw they switched to plasma for the frame cutout.

I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for the answer Eddie.


I think it would be nerve racking to watch somebody taking a torch to my brand new Jeep, but it is looking great. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

That's why I did mine myself rolling around on the floor with a cutoff wheel and grinder. Big difference is it took me 3.5 weeks to get it all done...haha.

jeeeep
09-30-2019, 03:25 AM
so much so fast! maybe there is something to "friends in low places" :cheesy:

The beadlock shot, was that WD40 sprayed under the ring and then the bolt holes on the ring?

Coop
09-30-2019, 08:57 PM
These are great videos! I know itís tough to get the vids put together the way you want and meet your high standards, so thank you so much!
I love the UD60s. These are awesome products, to be sure!!
One hell of a JT build!!


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wjtstudios
09-30-2019, 09:21 PM
Finally getting caught up on this. Such an massive amount of work is such a short period of time. Have the right contacts can make all the difference on getting something turned around in a hurry. Absolutely amazing guys!


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