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Jeep Talk / Re: Failed Rescue
« on: August 30, 2017, 08:20:41 AM »
Good luck pulling out the heavy diesel truck with the light Jeep.


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Official Events / Re: POKER RUN 2017
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:55:06 PM »
Richard Bermudez - just one ticket


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Official Events / Re: POKER RUN 2017
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:27:25 PM »



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New Member Check In / Re: New member
« on: August 19, 2017, 02:25:23 AM »
Is this better


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Thumbs up approval.

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New Member Check In / Re: New member
« on: August 18, 2017, 08:24:57 PM »
Jeeps look better with mud lol.


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New Member Check In / Re: New member
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:45:57 PM »
Welcome to the club Ryan! Now you gotta get that thing muddy, she's too clean


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Jeep Talk / Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:19:05 PM »
Here's an update that could possibly change someone's mind if they thought the 3.8 was under powered.

http://oppositelock.kinja.com/how-to-score-a-500hp-ls-engine-for-free-1131506504

Interesting concept. With some patience and extra hands, I think this is doable. Selling online can be a PITA. But, you can also make your money back, making it worth the hassle.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:01:50 PM »
I will answer a few questions here for you:

Taking a new Jeep offroad is not hard at all, that's what I bought it for (its only money).  Mine had 2k miles when I did the first lift and tires, then went to Outdoors in the Smokies with some buddies, and AOP with Bham-JK. 

A Rubi axle is a D44 center section with D30 axles.  To safely run oversized tires (even 35's) C-gussets are a must.  I also did weld in sleeves, ball joints, and LCA mounts, and track bar mounts (the last two had to be replaced anyway).

I am into my Jeep for about 4k less than what a stock Rubi costs.  However, I found axles for 2k (which is a steal), and did a lot of work myself.  It can be done, you just have to be patient and do ALOT of shopping and wheeling and dealing.

Lol yea, only money

No matter what I end up with, it's going Offroad, on trails, to parks, and swerved towards every big puddle in my path. So it seems like you went the best route monetarily. Where do you primarily search for axles and other items you got, Craigslist? Did you ever consider a junkyard axle swap?

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Jeep Talk / Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:56:10 AM »
3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

So you're saying you're a fan of the 3.8???

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:55:42 AM »
Here is something I just learned recently.  I have a '13 JKUR, and the advertised D44 in the front aren't true D44's.  I forget what parts are, but someone here can explain it better.  Also if you want the 4:1 Rockcrawler, I think someone posted recently that a place in Bham was selling them.  So if you're looking to build it, Consider these points.

Hmm interesting. I didn't know the 44 up front was different. I'll look into that, thanks. I haven't heard about the 4:1 either. The 4L on mine creeps slow enough for me now. Just wish I didn't have d30 and d35 lol. I'm always worried about them on trails.

The rubicon 44 is a Dana 44 diff with Dana 30 tubes and ends




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Cool, thanks. I wasn't sure of the specifics.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:54:08 AM »
Even the D44s need some modifying to make them safer to use on the trails. It also has a lot to do with how you drive on a trail. The more you drive like a rock bouncer the more solidly built your rig must be.

That's true. I'm nice and easy on my current axles, I plan on continuing to do so. I do plan on beefing up my next set of axles

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:32:33 AM »
To me of bigger concern is getting the 3.6 engine + the best deal you can get rather than worrying as much on Sport or Rubicon.

Although, life happens, and sometimes it is way easier to buy the Rubicon using a car loan and paying monthly than trying to come up with big chunks of money for say axles, transfer cases etc.

But that 3.6 is truly worth the effort. (IMHO).

My .02 cents.

You hit the nail on the head. My worry is if I get a non rubicon and something comes up, I'll be back to where I am now without 44's and locking diffs.

I'll be selling my TJ this upcoming spring to get cash for upgrades. Lift, wheels, tires, bumpers, etc. With what you guys are saying, I'll add non Rubicons to my searches and be on the lookout for a good deal on a 3.6 and see what some shops would quote me for parts and labor on stuff I couldn't do. I can (my ego thinks) do most of the installs myself or with some fellow jeepers.
Definitely suggest that also. Building is usually always cheaper than buying. If I could go back and do it again I would have bought a base model. When I pay mine off I plan on doing exactly that. Hopefully I will buy one, build, then sell and then do it all over again.


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I definitely agree. I'm looking to purchase something that's bone stock, whatever model I go with, so I can customize it to my liking. I've had a blast putting stuff on my jeep and would love to start flipping them if I could. Only issue I'd have with letting one go is the weird sense of attachment I've gotten with my old girl. Maybe when you have to drill out old rusted bolts and catch her inferno red hot metal shavings, that's like some jeep 3rd base or something lol.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 06, 2017, 05:19:48 PM »
To me of bigger concern is getting the 3.6 engine + the best deal you can get rather than worrying as much on Sport or Rubicon.

Although, life happens, and sometimes it is way easier to buy the Rubicon using a car loan and paying monthly than trying to come up with big chunks of money for say axles, transfer cases etc.

But that 3.6 is truly worth the effort. (IMHO).

My .02 cents.

You hit the nail on the head. My worry is if I get a non rubicon and something comes up, I'll be back to where I am now without 44's and locking diffs.

I'll be selling my TJ this upcoming spring to get cash for upgrades. Lift, wheels, tires, bumpers, etc. With what you guys are saying, I'll add non Rubicons to my searches and be on the lookout for a good deal on a 3.6 and see what some shops would quote me for parts and labor on stuff I couldn't do. I can (my ego thinks) do most of the installs myself or with some fellow jeepers.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 06, 2017, 05:08:51 PM »
Here is something I just learned recently.  I have a '13 JKUR, and the advertised D44 in the front aren't true D44's.  I forget what parts are, but someone here can explain it better.  Also if you want the 4:1 Rockcrawler, I think someone posted recently that a place in Bham was selling them.  So if you're looking to build it, Consider these points.

Hmm interesting. I didn't know the 44 up front was different. I'll look into that, thanks. I haven't heard about the 4:1 either. The 4L on mine creeps slow enough for me now. Just wish I didn't have d30 and d35 lol. I'm always worried about them on trails.

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Jeep Talk / Re: Pro's and Cons's of JKUR year models
« on: August 06, 2017, 02:59:24 PM »
Since you are looking to go pre-owned, this may not make much difference, but here goes.

If you were to go new, it seems like one could buy a base model JKU for low/mid 20k, and "self build" it to have better gears, lockers, AND lifted properly with 37's and still get that done with less than the price of a new Rubicon.

I think that is pretty much where Austin is right now.

I have thought about going base and building. My only issue is that would become a bit more costly. I'm guessing around 5-7 for a full set of axles. With a used Rubicon I think I just need to re-gear?

Yea Austin's build is pretty close to what I'm aiming for. I want 37's, lockers, and a MK lift. I may just need to message him.

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