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    The building of Bison

    Should have done this years ago, but now with another major phase underway it is time.

    Quick back story:

    The Jeep started out as a 2015 JLUR and when straight to AEV for their JK350 package.

    Dropping it off at AEV
    IMG_4453.jpg

    Right after I picked it up from AEV
    IMG_4685.jpg

    They did a great job and the quality of the parts and build were outstanding, but very quickly learned that frame down it had a long way to go. Being a daily driver, I did my best to keep the build capable, but able to drive up to my clients homes and not have it raise too many questions. After bending my front axle tube and most of my wheels bombing down dirt roads, I upgraded the axles to Fusions 44/60 front hybrid and 60 SF rear with a set of Hutchinson's and a EVO LA kit. It's been a perfect setup for me for two years and as a DD, it was great being able to go in and out of 4wd almost daily with out having to get out and lock up the hubs. But now with the Ram, the Jeeps becoming less of a daily and needs to become more capable, I.E. 40s! So here's the Plan:

    Phase 1:

    40X13.5X17 Nitto Trail Grapplers

    Hutchinson 8x6.5 Wheels (ordered 6-8 weeks out)

    Fusion 60/14 Bolt Combo (ordered 4-6 weeks out)
    Fusion Elite Kingpin 60 Front Axle Assembly
    - 71.25" Width
    - 5.38 Gear Ratio, Super 60 10.1' Ring Gear
    - ARB Locker
    - 8x6.5 Bolt Pattern
    - JK ABS Kit
    - Yukon Locking Hubs
    - 1350 Yoke
    - Complete rotor-to-rotor
    - Fusion 2.5 Ton Tie Rod & Drag Link

    Fusion Elite 14 Bolt Rear Axle
    - 70.5" Width
    - 13 Bolt Shave Kit
    - 5.38 Gear Ratio
    - ARB Locker
    - 8x6.5 Bolt Pattern
    - JK ABS Kit
    - 1350 Yoke
    - Complete rotor-to-rotor
    Rear Axle 40 Spline Upgrade

    JK8 Brake booster

    Nemesis Notorious Front and Rear Flares

    And a whole lot of trimming. I've always like the AEV bumpers and am going to keep it, but cut down to a stubby. Something like this but with the crush cans eliminated.

    Chopped AEV FRont.jpg

    The back bumper is on the wait and see list. If I can clear it, I'll keep it as is for now. If not, I'll trim the two hoops and remove the water tank leaving the d-ring mounts and the center section. I'll have to remove the reserve fuel tank because of the 40" spare, but the rest should work as is.

    I plan to run the 4.5" AEV springs with my 2.5" King resy shocks and start there.

    Nothing like having two build going to drain every last penny!
    2015 JKU Rubicon AEV JK350
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    Well I definitely can't wait too see this build take off also. You got a lot going on. And I will keep an eye out for some parts up for sale. Lol

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    Very cool. Did that aev package swap the engine too?
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    Can’t wait to watch the build unfold.


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    Gonna be another nice build!

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    Awesome Bill! Can't wait to see it come along! What made you go 14 bolt rear? I know we all talked about it half shitfaced at Drummond (well, some of us were ) but I didn't realize you were jumping on that too. Is Weebz doing the same? Now that I think about it, where's his thread?

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    The building of Bison

    Awesome I have been looking forward to seeing this build phase take shape! Sounds like a solid build plan!


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    I'm excited follow along on this build as well. Awesome stuff happening

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Very cool. Did that aev package swap the engine too?
    I wish, my budget ran out just getting that done. When this engine decides it’s had enough, America’s most wanted in 20 minutes from my house. I hope to pay them a visit someday.


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    2015 JKU Rubicon AEV JK350
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19YJ94 View Post
    Well I definitely can't wait too see this build take off also. You got a lot going on. And I will keep an eye out for some parts up for sale. Lol

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    For sure, too much going on. Sleeps becoming a distant memory. I’ll post up what’s going to be up for sale soon.


    2015 JKUR AEV JK350
    1985 CJ8 Scrambler
    2015 JKU Rubicon AEV JK350
    1985 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler

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