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Thread: Time for my Gladiator to Evolve: My '20 Billet Silver JT Rubicon Build

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    Cool Time for my Gladiator to Evolve: My '20 Billet Silver JT Rubicon Build

    A few months ago I picked up my '20 Billet Silver Gladiator Rubicon. It has just over 1k miles on it now, and I love it. But after wheeling it stock it needs alot to be the Jeep I really want.

    Since I plan to run 37" tires without lifting the Jeep sky high, the first stage of the build will include a Evo Mfg 2.5" Stage 4 Plus suspension kit. I haven't decided on shocks yet, but I'm leaning towards the Fox 2.0 shocks that are similar to the stock Rubicon JT shocks. As for wheels and tires, I just ordered the KMC XD232 Robby Gordon bead lock wheels in satin black. I'm still undecided on tires, they will be Nitto 37/12.50/17 for sure. Either the Ridge Grappler or Trail Grappler. Eventually I plan to install the Evo Mfg bolt on coilovers front and rear, and the Stage 4 Plus suspension kit is a good starting point to prepare for that, since it includes all 8 control arms as well as front and rear adjustable track bars. But, I'll drive it for a year or so on the spring and shock suspension until I'm ready to upgrade.

    I'm planning on leaving the steering and axles stock for now until something fails and requires an upgrade. I live on the east coast now in southern PA where the wheeling generally sucks compared to out west, confined to running trails in privately owned offroad parks. So if I break an axle shaft or something else, all i really need to do is make it back to the parking lot.

    I've got lots on order already, and the build will start once I get home to the USA in a week. I'll be doing everything myself on this one, since no cutting or welding is required on anything.

    Here's the before pics.

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    For those of you unfamiliar, these are the KMC XD232 Robby Gordon bead lock wheels. It's a 17" x 9" wheel with 3.5" of back spacing. They look amazing, and I love that they aren't on what seems to be literally every Jeep out there, like the KMC Machete bead locks.

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    Not sure if I'll be home ij the USA for it, but I really want to take this thing out to EJS to experience it at least once. I lived in AZ for 6 years and never was able to find time to go. Hopefully it happens in 2020.

    My first few posts will be off some small upgrades I've made since buying this Jeep back in September.

    Looking forward to getting this Jeep built and out on the trails!
    Last edited by highoctane; 12-12-2019 at 08:55 PM.
    2015 Anvil Rubicon Unlimited
    Evo Mfg Double Throwdown suspension w/Evo Lever
    Evo Mfg high clearance long arms
    Evo Mfg PR60 high steer w/PSC hydraulic assist
    Dynatrac ProRock XD60 front axle
    Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle
    ARB lockers & 5.38 gears
    JE Reel 1350 front/1410 rear driveshafts
    Evo Mfg rocker/corner armor/bumper
    17" ATX Slabs & 40" Nitto Mud Grapplers


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    Nothing but a Thing highoctane's Avatar
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    The first mod I did before hitting the trails was a beefier FAD skid plate from Evo Mfg. With the FAD being a new thing, I at least wanted to do what I could to keep that area protected.

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    2015 Anvil Rubicon Unlimited
    Evo Mfg Double Throwdown suspension w/Evo Lever
    Evo Mfg high clearance long arms
    Evo Mfg PR60 high steer w/PSC hydraulic assist
    Dynatrac ProRock XD60 front axle
    Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle
    ARB lockers & 5.38 gears
    JE Reel 1350 front/1410 rear driveshafts
    Evo Mfg rocker/corner armor/bumper
    17" ATX Slabs & 40" Nitto Mud Grapplers


    Proud to be one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children 2001 - 2010. Semper Fi




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    Nothing but a Thing highoctane's Avatar
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    My Jeep came with a plastic front bumper. Last month I got a great deal on a JL Rubicon steel bumper. I like the way the Rubicon bumper looks, and I'll run it until I have a reason to get something beefier. Instead of spending a bunch of money on a skid plate for the steel bumper, I instead chose to just rotate the sway bar disconnect motor. It tucked it up pretty well. Eventually I might trim the steel skid plate that came on my Jeep with the plastic bumper, but right now I don't see a need to.

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    2015 Anvil Rubicon Unlimited
    Evo Mfg Double Throwdown suspension w/Evo Lever
    Evo Mfg high clearance long arms
    Evo Mfg PR60 high steer w/PSC hydraulic assist
    Dynatrac ProRock XD60 front axle
    Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle
    ARB lockers & 5.38 gears
    JE Reel 1350 front/1410 rear driveshafts
    Evo Mfg rocker/corner armor/bumper
    17" ATX Slabs & 40" Nitto Mud Grapplers


    Proud to be one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children 2001 - 2010. Semper Fi




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    Subscribed RG’ with trail grappler look really sharp. Ill go that rout for my build.


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    This is going to be good!

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    Looks great!

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    Looks good

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    Congrats - looking forward to seeing your build!


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    Sweet! I'll be watching.

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