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General information about the various mods available to 4x4 vehicles covering pros and cons to assist in the decision of "Is this the right mod?"

John Stewart

Rock Rails for a JK

With a slight break in a busy schedule, I decided to work on a couple of pending mods to my JK.  I have been looking for some side armor as in rock rails.  Over the past few months, I have been reviewing the various offerings and comparing specifications.  That was no easy task as there are many offerings with varying degrees of appeal for aesthetics and functionality.  And, my goal is to provide protective armor without adding excess weight.

I narrowed the final selection to rock rails by Barricade Off-Road Armor from ExtremeTerrain.  The price was right and shipping was quick.  That is when the fun started.

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JK Security Drawer

I use my JK and frequently wished for additional security due items I carry in order to be fully compliant with California laws regarding transportation of firearms.  I have tried another brand and it is functional but lacks room for more than one firearm. Tuffy Security Products provides two options.  One is a cable connect that can be released allowing the locked case to be transported.  Still, space limited.  The Tuffy JK Conceal Carry Security Drawer answers the need for security and space.

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Backseat Grab Handles for your JK

While strolling the aisles of Off Road Expo, I passed the SpiderWebShade both and noted a new offering from their product line.  While they do produce a quality shade to give the open-top feel while screening the hot sun rays, they are now offering a series of grab handles to complement their product line of accessories for Jeeps.

Picture at right shows the final installed viewed from passengers side.

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Options for the height challenged

Lifting a Wrangler and improving steering for off road and on road performance

Spring-over and High-Steer KitNeed a little extra room to fit those 35 inch tires?  Body lift and spring lift not enough?  So, the decision is down to coil conversion or spring over.  Worried about bump steer and axle wrap?

For the YJ, there is now an option - a spring over lift from Rubicon Express, High Steer System from Terraflex, and a Skyjacker 5th Link.

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When Springs Break (Part 4)

Front spring installedWas it the springs?  Was it the installation?  Was it the combination?  Within a two week period, I had experienced two emergency repair situations with leaf springs; overall, two broken and two bent springs.  The suspension was a not performing as it should.  4x4 isn't much good without a functional suspension system.

The “Spring Saga” began with “Options for the height challenged” which was a spring-over lift for my 1994 Jeep YJ.  As I was replacing a 4 inch spring lift, new springs were necessary.  The basic lift components were Rubicon Express and I opted for Rubicon Express springs which provided 1.5 inch of spring lift in addition to the spring over lift.  And, I was able to remove the two inch body lift and still clear 35 inch tires.  

While the combination was a great performer on the articulation challenges of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, a major deficiency was soon apparent.  After the breaks and emergency repairs, serious questions were in order.  Why should brand new springs break and bend that easy?  What is it about a spring-over that created this situation?

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