March 13, 2015
So Drew cashed in some of his intel stock at a good time and now has about $5k to spend on some jeep upgrades. The first thing he did was find a set of JK rubicon take offs. And since the guy who works with computers all day has zero online presence I am posting his build thread.
Came with WFO diff covers, alloy rear shafts, 1350 rear yoke, and a HD tie rod for $3k. His big brake kit will swap over and the ball joints feel rock solid. We will probably swap some new spicer u-joints in while it is easy to do so.
Any suggestions on truss? I am looking at the new Artec truss with c-gussets and lower control arm skids but wondering if anyone else has any experience with JK trusses. Not going bigger than 35s any time soon so only more of an insurance policy.
With his remaining budget (~$1600) I was pushing for a 1350 rear driveshaft and maybe some upgraded shocks. Anything else I should be suggesting?
August 5, 2017
I have the Artec rear truss & shock mounts w/skids and half of the C-Gussets (I bought the gussets before I swaped to the Utlimate Dana 44 and only the bottom gussets fit tince the upper part of the C is larger than factory). I have only wheeled a season on them so time will tell.
My lift kit came with the Rock Krawler Bombproof track bar that bends up which significantly interfeared with the new axle diff cover, I bought a Synergy to replace it which interfeared with one of the fins on the front which I minimized with a side-arm grinder, but ultimately changed it out for the RockJock one which I have not wheeled yet but seems to have plenty of clearance when tested in the garage. Those diff covers look similar to the Spicer one that come on my axle, so be sure to check for interfearence with the track bar, you might need to replace it.
And if anyone needs one of my old track bars, let me know, going up on craiglist soon