Extensive JKU Rubicon Build Is Full of Purpose

When this JK Forum member wanted to build a Jeep he could enjoy in the desert and use as a promotional vehicle, he went all out.

By Brett Foote - July 3, 2019
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose
Extensive Jeep JKU Build Is Full of Purpose

Different Strokes

If there's one thing every Jeep fan shares in common, it's the fact that they customize their own rides for their own personal reasons. For some, that means simply building something that looks cool. But for JK Forum member [email protected], this particular Jeep project is designed to do far, far, more than that. 

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Multi-Faceted

Greg runs a Utah-based four-wheel drive enthusiast site called RME4x4.com. So obviously, he wanted to use this build to spread the word of what he's trying to do over there. But he also wanted a Jeep that was reliable and easy to drive on the highway for long trips.

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Diverse Goals

At the same time, this Jeep had to be capable of handling the toughest terrain. Greg likes to take week-long trips to places like Baja, Mexico and of course, Moab. So his build had to have the right combo of parts to accomplish these diverse goals.

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Solid Start

Thus, the base of this build was a 2012 JKU Rubicon Greg purchased with low miles and a 2.5" TeraFlex Budget Boost lift already done. The only problem with the Jeep was the fact that it had been used pretty heavily around Moab already, so some of the suspension parts were damaged.

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Getting to Work

Thus, Greg took the JKU out for a test run and then immediately got to work. The first mods were a set of TeraFlex bumpers, followed by a new TeraFlex Outback suspension system with new springs, speed bumps, limiting straps, and a bunch of other goodies.

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New Rollers

Soon after that was finished, Greg's new wheels rolled in - a set of Quadratec Rubicon Xtremes finished in black. With a set of beefy 35x12.5x17 BFGoodrich KO2 AT tires mounted on them, this Jeep was looking good already.

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Testing... and more Testing

Next up, a TeraFlex Heavy Duty Hinged tire carrier helped hold up the heavier spare out back. And at this point, it was time to test out them new combo. So Greg headed out to some of Moab's more famous spots, including Hells Revenge and Hells Gate. 

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Adding Up

The new combo performed flawlessly, so it was time to get back to the mods. These included a variety of LED lighting, a Warn Zeon 8 winch, and a TeraFlex MP multi-purpose tailgate table for any impromptu picnics. 

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Moving Forward

And the mods just kept coming. Greg has added a slew of new parts since, including rock sliders, a rack with a bike carrier, a Terra 44 HD front axle, DynoMax exhaust, and much, much more. 

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Adventure Seeker

Greg has continued to fortify his Jeep along the way, but he's also been driving this thing all over the place. So be sure and head over here to stay tuned for his future mods and many off-road adventures!

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For maintenance and repair guides for your Jeep, browse our technical How-to articles right here at JK-forum.com!

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