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Vegas_Blue

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I appreciate everybody’s photos as it has helped guide my decisions regarding my own build. Here’s what I’ve done so far. Hope it helps some of you with your build decisions
Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 904FB2A1-4A01-448A-94E3-D1813519797D
Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build EC64A292-2D7C-43C5-BF2A-A4ACC89EE9B3

Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 46AD1DAA-8904-4B10-92C3-C25059553F2D
Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 92701290-335D-4F02-9498-5A634BDEA3F7

Swaybar disconnect skid is shown in this photo. I just cleaned, primed and rattle canned it. I had to remove the two lower factory nutserts on the frame horns so it could fit.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the ride on and off road. Barely any power loss with the tires/wheels. They added about 20lbs per corner. I get 18-19mpg around town (Las Vegas) and probably 20 Hwy (cruising 80mph).


  • warn evo vr10s winch w/synthetic rope
  • Artec Nighthawk front bumper and skid
  • Artec front axle truss w/labor
  • Clayton 2.5” Overland Plus lift kit, Artec rear axle truss, and labor
  • Rock Hard rock sliders
  • Warn Epic Jackhammer 17”x8.5 Wheels (4)
  • Nitto Ridge Grappler 37x12.5 tires (4)
  • Fox 2.0 Performance Shocks
  • Hot head headliner w/sound assassin
  • Center console organizer (Amazon)
  • Antenna (Amazon)
  • roll-n-lock tonneau cover
  • Spare new Vision steel D window wheel and used 37” MT tire ($220 total)
  • Tazer JL Mini
  • KC Flex Era 3 spot lights
  • A pillar light mounts (Amazon)
    Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 904FB2A1-4A01-448A-94E3-D1813519797D
    Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build EC64A292-2D7C-43C5-BF2A-A4ACC89EE9B3
    Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 46AD1DAA-8904-4B10-92C3-C25059553F2D
    Jeep Gladiator JTRD Build 92701290-335D-4F02-9498-5A634BDEA3F7
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Vegas_Blue

Vegas_Blue

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EVO and the Rock Krawler triangulated 4 link we’re appealing. I liked the beefiness of Clayton and their maintenance free CA joints. None of my decision was based on experience with any of these lift kits. They all had good reviews. Ryan at Vegas 4x4 and Off-road suggested Clayton. He used to work for them. Since Clayton was already on my list prior to meeting Ryan, I went with my gut and chose that lift. Got it on sale, too. I also talked to a Clayton Rep on the phone and got a good vibe.
It really tracks and rides well. I’m not hitting my bump-stops like I was with the stock suspension. I can blast through a dip without worry.
But nothing is perfect, as I did get one mild case of death wobble after hitting a rough spot on asphalt at about 35mph. At that time I had the stock Mopar steering stabilizer. Ryan pointed out the play in the Mopar stabilizers (about 1/4” in both directions) and suggested an inexpensive replacement (Monroe I think) which had zero play. Haven’t had any death wobble problem since.
 

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Thanks, I kind of dig that look too.
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