Renegade’s Sting gray Rubicon Build

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It has 2” spacers for the front. I used the 1.5” rear spacers, leaving the .75” for a later purpose if needed.

I think this could definitely be a permanent solution if it meets all of your needs/desires. Forum member @smoverland and I were talking yesterday about how good of a deal it was considering what you are able to do with a JT and only a 2” spacer lift. I still plan to upgrade as funds allow, but this allows me to do pretty much everything I want to do with a daily driven Jeep.

Okay, that makes me confident enough to pull the plug. I may upgrade down the road as well, but that's gonna be 2 years minimum if this works out., Plus, it seems a waste to not take advantage of the factory shocks etc.

I hope to get my JT soon, dealer said it is in transit. I'll post my own impressions once I get it on. Thanks for your feedback





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It has 2” spacers for the front. I used the 1.5” rear spacers, leaving the .75” for a later purpose if needed.

I think this could definitely be a permanent solution if it meets all of your needs/desires. Forum member @smoverland and I were talking yesterday about how good of a deal it was considering what you are able to do with a JT and only a 2” spacer lift. I still plan to upgrade as funds allow, but this allows me to do pretty much everything I want to do with a daily driven Jeep.
I just bought this lift, with the extra 10% off i could not resist. This should hold me over until i decide which lift i want for the long haul.
 

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@Renegade How do you like your Ridge Grappler tires? Do they provide the traction that you expected, or are there any shortcomings? I saw a JK Experience Alaska video where Mel said they have the same traction as a Mud Terrain tire. Would you agree?
 
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@Renegade How do you like your Ridge Grappler tires? Do they provide the traction that you expected, or are there any shortcomings? I saw a JK Experience Alaska video where Mel said they have the same traction as a Mud Terrain tire. Would you agree?
They grip incredibly well on rock when aired down. They leave a lot of room for improvement in mud (it would be nice to have two sets of tires for different conditions). They are smooth and quiet on the road. I’ve used a lot of different tires, and overall, I am very pleased. This is a daily driver and I didn’t want a full-on mud tire due to the noise. My end goal remains 39” KM3s, but that is quite some time away.
 
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This is a pretty bad photo, but I traded some labor for this beauty today (It’s a Rock Krawler adjustable track bar). This gives me some direction on how the rest of my Suspension build might go.

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I got invited to Adventure Off Road Park today for their charity toy ride, and had a great time. I’m hanging up frequently on my rear frame control arm brackets. I’ve got some skids in mind there, as well as hopefully getting my rock sliders built in a few weeks!

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Well, the build has definitely slowed down since a mysterious (not really) disappearance of funds from my bank account occurred around Christmas. A local JL owner helped me out though with a great deal on some upgraded front lower control arms. These are Rough Country adjustable, and were desperately need due to my Daystar polyurethane bushings wearing out after only 5,000 miles.

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Slowly moving along, I’ve added a Metalcloak steering stabilizer and relocation bracket, and Rusty’s lower control arm frame skids. I was really beating those stock brackets up...

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Well, thinks have been a little slow lately because I bent my DV8 sliders, and have been working on getting a replacement. After some negotiating, I put on some Rusty’s Offroad frame mounted rocker guards, and I also trimmed my rear fender flares and modified the inner fenders to allow more up travel (no bump stop extensions). I look forward to testing them out soon.

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And for my final mod of the week (and probably my last for a while), I put on these JKS-spec Fox 2.0 Performance Series Shocks on the rear. They have 10.6” of travel (27.95” extended), and offer a bit more dampening than the Rubicon Fox Shocks.

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