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    Taking the Plunge!

    I have not been at all active on this forum since joining in 2012, so I’m still a Wayalife newbie So a bit of “re-introduction” first…..

    I discovered and joined this great forum 4 years ago and sought to own a JKU (I was a Jeep Liberty owner at the time).

    In 2013 I “won” a nicely modded Rubicon on eBay and posted about it here:

    http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?3...hat-Got-Away-(

    Since that one got away, I kept searching and eventually won another one on eBay – this time successfully in August last year:

    Screen Shot 2016-11-12 at 9.07.37 AM.jpg

    Came with the following mods:
    • Nemesis Titan Tub Armor and Billy Rocker Rock Rails
    • Coast 1310 Front Drive Shaft

    • Synergy Tie Rod and Drag Link

    • Teraflex Monster track bars front and rear
    • AEV Heat Reduction Hood
    • AEV Pintler Bead Lock Wheels in Argent

    • AEV Snorkel with Pre-filter and River Raider breather hose kit
    • BF Goodrich 35x12.50 17 KM2s
    • Metal Cloak
DuroFlex Control Arms (full set)

    • Metal Cloak 2.5” Springs

    • Metal Cloak Front Bumper
and Rear Bumper with spare tire carrier
    • Warn Power Plant 9.5 Winch with synthetic rope and Flatlink
    • Fox shocks and ATS Steering Stabilizer
    • All EVO Skids


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    Enjoyed this set up for a year. Ran a few Jeep Jamborees and had a blast. But I want to be able to tackle tougher trails. The Wayalife trips featured in Eddie and Cindy’s awesome videos motivated me to seek a more capable rig. SO, with visions of Moby and Rubicat dancing in my head, I decided to Offroad Evolution-ize my JK ☺

    Contacted Drew at ORE who was superb to work with and after understanding where I wanted to take things, he convinced me to go about my build in 2 phases:

    Phase 1 (in progress – dropped off vehicle on 7 Nov, pick up 21 Nov)

    • Suspension upgrade: Double Throwdown EVO FR and RR, EVO lever system
    • King remote reservoir coilover shocks
    • C2 Knuckle gussets
    • Extreme high-clearance long arm kit
    • Drag link flip kit
    • Front control arm skids
    • King bump stops
    • Currie swaybar link system
    • Re-gear from stock 4:10 to 5:13
    • Replace 35x12.5 KM2s with 37x13.5 Toyo Open Country MTs
    • JE Reel 1350 driveshafts

    Phase 2 (Planned for Nov 2017):

    • Dynatrac Pro Rock XD60 Front / Pro Rock 80 full float rear axles (5:38 ARB)
    • Spyderlock 20” beadlock wheels
    • 40x13.5 tires (brand undecided)
    • EVO corner guards w/round LED lights
    • EVO tire carrier
    • EVO rear fascia bumper

    Optional Phase 3 (undecided, tentatively planned for Q4 2018)

    • Hemi or LS motor upgrade
    • Atlas II

    Planning to post updates here as they occur! Also, will be selling the Metal Cloak 2.5" lift, Fox shocks and control arms (tires are spoken for). PM me if interested.

    Cheers,

    -jim

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    Damn will be a very nice rig once they finish with it. Already sounds like it was a nice rig

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    I think it's a great plan! Don't push it too hard until you get those new axles, that suspension system will be begging you to go fast!


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    Welcome. If you aren't already aware, Dynatrac has some new axle pricing as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Welcome. If you aren't already aware, Dynatrac has some new axle pricing as well.
    Thanks! Those are some smoking' deals. I think now Phase 2 may be accelerated

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    Welcome. Sounds like a great build.


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    Well that'll escalate quickly. Haha. Awesome plan, I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

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    Update: Phase I Complete

    Picked up the JK from Offroad Evolution just before Thanksgiving and wow, I'm so pleased with the results

    It's not unusual to be at this early point in a build and wonder "why didn't I start this earlier," but in hindsight it was too easy not to start with all the competing priorities in life. Nonetheless, plunge taken, Phase I complete and no regrets! First impressions came from cruising back home on I-5 and enjoying how well she tracks on the highway (one of my concerns was losing some degree of pavement prowess). Road handling was better than my prior set-up and with the 5.13 re-gear and Pro-cal re-calibration, she felt more peppy when accelerating. At 75 mph she's only some 200 rpm higher than stock.

    With my busy schedule, I have't had an opportunity to wheel her yet, but Hollister Hills is nearby and so I hope to gain some off-roading impressions in the next couple weeks and so post those here in a future update...

    On the way down to ORE, I broke up the monotony of the 5-hour trip with some vlogging to document these first steps. Please excuse my lack of video editing competence, but I'm just learning how to use Final Cut Pro


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    Very nice, congrats the on awesome build!


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