Red Baron JKU

AMcBride423

Jeep Owner
Instagram: The Red Baron JKU
Figured I would post up my build so far, 2016 JKU Rubicon Hard Rock:
- Artec Industries HD Crossmember with Long Arm brackets.
- Artec Industries Aluminum Belly Pan System.
- Artec Industries Aluminum Inner Fenders.
- GenRight Offroad Aluminum Tire Carrier.
- GenRight Offroad Aluminum Narrow Front Fenders, 4" Aluminum Rear Fenders.
- MagnaFlow Y-Pipe Extention.
- MagnaFlow Loop Delete.
- MagnaFlow Rock Crawler Exhaust.
- TeraFlex Leveling Kit.
- 1350 Adams Driveshafts Front/Rear.
- Yukon 4.88 Gears.
- Yukon Chromoly Rear Axle Shafts.

Plans:
3-Link Long Arm Front with MetalCloak DuroFlex Joints. 12" ORI Struts.
4-Link Long Arm Rear using Synergy Long Arm Brackets, MetalCloak DuroFlex Joints, 2.5" MetalCloak Springs, MetalCloak RockSport Long Travel Shocks.
MotoBilt Front/Rear Bumpers.
Artec Industries Rock Sliders.

Here is a Google Photos link to some of the work I have done since my uploaded pictures appear to not be working.








 
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Pthorpe84

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Staff member
Great looking build. How was the exhaust install? I have got to do something different with mine. Trail has taken a toll on mine. Plus I need to move the Y-pipe behind the crossmemeber for clearance.
 

AMcBride423

Jeep Owner
Google link works and your rig is coming along looking strong!
Thank you very much! Looking forward to some big changes here in 2019!!.

Great looking build. How was the exhaust install? I have got to do something different with mine. Trail has taken a toll on mine. Plus I need to move the Y-pipe behind the crossmemeber for clearance.
The exhaust install was not too bad. Having a lift helped out a lot. I did have to buy new hardware for the flanges as the supplied hardware was not long enough. Other than that, everything went smoothly. I was always hitting my y-pipe on rocks which caused exhaust leaks at the headers for me, have not had an issue since.
 

AMcBride423

Jeep Owner
After New Years I finally got around to pulling my rear differential... What we found was slightly disturbing...seven months after running a dry diff for two hours on the highway, combined with heavy wheeling and two driveshafts going out had caused my rear pinion to start shedding teeth. Dont know how I managed to drive on it so long.
We did a full rebuild of the rear differential, regeared to 4.88 in preparation for my 38s and also added some chromoly rear axles shafts all from Yukon gear and axle. All my drivetrain vibrations that had been plauging me since my trip to WindRock are finally completely gone.20190103_164914.jpg20190103_173729.jpg
 

mclerran11

Jeep Owner
After New Years I finally got around to pulling my rear differential... What we found was slightly disturbing...seven months after running a dry diff for two hours on the highway, combined with heavy wheeling and two driveshafts going out had caused my rear pinion to start shedding teeth. Dont know how I managed to drive on it so long.
We did a full rebuild of the rear differential, regeared to 4.88 in preparation for my 38s and also added some chromoly rear axles shafts all from Yukon gear and axle. All my drivetrain vibrations that had been plauging me since my trip to WindRock are finally completely gone.View attachment 1792View attachment 1793
YIKES!! That’s crazy. How violent were the vibrations? Subtle or “There’s definitely something wrong” noticeable?
 

AMcBride423

Jeep Owner
YIKES!! That’s crazy. How violent were the vibrations? Subtle or “There’s definitely something wrong” noticeable?
They were pretty bad, the vibrations were much worse with the bad driveshafts. After replacing shafts, they subsided a good bit, but were definitely noticable, mostly when the engine was under strain between 1800-2700 rpm. Also, above 70mph everything completely smoothed out which was odd. It was also very loud, which I didnt realise until getting the new gears how much noise the old were making.
 
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