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Having built our 3.6l Gladiator we already have a general idea where we want to end up with this build.
I’ve wanted a diesel wrangler since my first JK in 2012 so when it came time to start over the Diesel seemed like the logical choice.
In the first 150 miles the Diesel feels so effortless to drive compared to the 3.6l that always seems like it’s trying so hard.

First off our previous 3.6l JT
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Current build progress
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We took delivery of our Hydro Blue Diesel 11/30/2020
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Prior to taking delivery we ordered a set of Dynatrac 60/80 axles, 43x15 Mickey Thompson Baja Pro XS tires. The axles are set to arrive sometime in January. We had a set of KMC Grenade Beadlocks on order, but may cancel due to availability and go with another set of Spyderlock’s.
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I picked up a set of used 18” Spyderlock’s with 37” KM3’s that I will be running until the axles arrive. Surprisingly they fit at stock height with minor bumper trimming, but I plan on temporarily installing a small spacer lift and a quake fender chop that we have ordered.
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While we are waiting on axles we will be deciding what bumpers to run, but currently we are on the fence between Motobilt and Artec.

Much more to come :rock:





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Beautiful!

I've got a hydro-blue on order that will look just like that... well it won't come with those tires and wheels!
 
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Why dynatrac instead of for example, fusion?
We were happy with our previous fusion axles, but unfortunately when it came to getting a quote we are still waiting for a response.
Dynatrac was was quick to respond and we’ve been happy with their quality in the past so we decided to pull the trigger with them.
 
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Had a bit of spare time so decided to remove the rear two mufflers(after all the emissions equipment) and make a turn down pipe in hopes of gaining a bit more sound. I made a new flange for the turn down pipe so I can always go back to stock if need be.

Unfortunately all I did was lose some weight and possibly pick up 1-2mpg. I need more time to test but on my normal commute home I got 26.2mpg where I normally get around 24.

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Unfortunately all I did was lose some weight and possibly pick up 1-2mpg. I need more time to test but on my normal commute home I got 26.2mpg where I normally get around 24.
Unfortunately?? Sounds like a win to me!!
 
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Unfortunately?? Sounds like a win to me!!
I really was after the sound, but I’ll take the mpg increase as a win if it stays consistent. I did lose the spare and 30-40lbs of exhaust so maybe that had something to do with it. I’ll put more miles on it and check back.
 

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do you actually hear the exhaust now? or does the butterfly set up still restrict it a lot?
 
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do you actually hear the exhaust now? or does the butterfly set up still restrict it a lot?
The other guys here at the shop joked that it actually sounds quieter without it lol. I noticed very little(if any) sound increase.

I wanted to be able to reverse any exhaust mods if for some off reason it threw a code. I didn’t mess with that butterfly for that reason.
 

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The other guys here at the shop joked that it actually sounds quieter without it lol. I noticed very little(if any) sound increase.

I wanted to be able to reverse any exhaust mods if for some off reason it threw a code. I didn’t mess with that butterfly for that reason.
if they reverse the under hood part of your old hood intake do you think it’d work for the diesel?

not sure if that’s clear or not
 
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if they reverse the under hood part of your old hood intake do you think it’d work for the diesel?

not sure if that’s clear or not
if your referring to the hood vent/scoops then yes but only as a vent(they include both pieces with the S&B kit if you opt not the run the “ram air” portion.)
I’m sure they will release a intake/ram air kit for the diesel in the future. If so I will be one of the first to jump on it as I loved it on the supercharged Pentastar.
 
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Installed a Quake Fender chop kit, and temporarily installed some coil spacers(1.75” front/.75” rear)
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the Artec liners I ordered will fit the diesel without relocating the windshield washer tank.

I also installed a Bestop Sunrider a few days ago.

Bumpers and sliders will be ordered Monday
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I folllow you on Instagram & love the work you do keep up the great building :)
 

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