Projects and Installations

Project Jeep CJ-7

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Project Jeep CJ-7 with 1 Comment
Project Jeep CJ-7

A number of years ago, I got the Jeep bug.  I even know when and where it was when it hit me.  I was setting up to build something for the offroad, maybe a Toyota FJ-40 or an early Toyota pickup with a solid front axle, when one trip with a large group of Jeeps […]

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Review: Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 3 Comments
Review: Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package

Maximus-3 Build Package Thoughts and Analysis. When we lifted Project Rubicon X and installed a full set of 35″ Mickey Thompson MTZ P3’s we had to do something about accommodating the new 35″ spare tire. There was no way we were going to trust our stock tire carrier with an extension when the weight of […]

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How to Install the Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier

Written by on March 30, 2016 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 1 Comment
How to Install the Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier

In this article, we will be replacing our factory Rubicon X spare tire carrier with the Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package. The Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package, Model: 0400-0300TC-SP, includes the following main components: Tire Carrier Adjustable Tire Mount Center Accessories Mast/Stem CHM (Center High Mount) 3rd Brake Light Additional components […]

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Maximus-3 Backup LED Light Install and Review

Written by on February 28, 2016 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Maximus-3 Backup LED Light Install and Review

Allow me to shed some light. A lot of decisions are based on past experience. This install starts with one of those experiences from probably 15+ years ago. That night on the trails was overcast, dark and chilly with no stars, no moon to help us see. Our destination was a small dead end clearing […]

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Upgrading to the Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package

Written by on February 15, 2016 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Upgrading to the Maximus-3 JK Modular Tire Carrier Sport Package

Bigger is Better! Tire upgrades, it’s the most common modifications Jeep JK owners do and rightly so. New tires and rims can completely change the look and offroad performance of the Jeep JK for the better. The offroad tire market is a literal candy store of aftermarket performance tires with hundreds of great options to […]

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Maximus-3 Winch Mount Installation – Bumper Removal

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 1 Comment
Maximus-3 Winch Mount Installation – Bumper Removal

Bumper Removal, Prep for Maximus-3 Winch Mount Installation In this article, we remove the factory Rubicon X bumper and prepare the frame for the Maximus-3 Winch Mount. Project Rubicon X is about to get a face lift. After a full inventory of our parts and gathering the tools we would require, it was time to […]

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Maximus-3 Winch Mount Installation

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Maximus-3 Winch Mount Installation

In this segment we install the Maximus-3 Winch Mount. With the frame prep work completed, we were about to install new parts! The Winch Mount is a solid, heavy plate with impressive precision laser cutting and welding, and a factory matched powder coating finish making up the 14 pounds of steel. The Winch Mount fit […]

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Warn 9500i Winch Installation on Maximus-3 Winch Mount

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Warn 9500i Winch Installation on Maximus-3 Winch Mount

First and foremost, this page details some steps to get our Warn HS9500i to fit onto our Rubicon X. Most winches are not as large or as wide as the Warn HS9500i. Your best bet is to contact Maximus-3, tell them what winch you have or plan to buy, and let them help you. We […]

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Maximus-3 D-Ring Loops Install

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 1 Comment
Maximus-3 D-Ring Loops Install

As we said in the intro, having D-Rings in addition to the factory hooks are definitely a big plus. Two additional closed loop attach points means that we have options. Whether we are pulling someone else, pulling ourselves or being pulled, we never know what the situation is going to be and multiple tow secure […]

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Maximus-3 Hook Anchor & Hawse Fairlead Install

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Maximus-3 Hook Anchor & Hawse Fairlead Install

It was now time to install the Maximus-3 Hook Anchor & our Rubicon Express Billet Aluminum Hawse Fairlead. Because our winch installation is centered, we will want our Hawse Fairlead to be centered also. The factory cutout on the Mopar bumper is off-centered so we will have to do a little cutting to correct the […]

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Reinstall Bumper & Maximus-3 Hoop Bar

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Reinstall Bumper & Maximus-3 Hoop Bar

Home stretch of the project! Only a few more steps and we’ll be looking at the completed makeover of our Rubicon X front end! We still have yet to install the Maximus-3 Auxiliary Light Brackets, Hoop/Stinger Reinforcement Brackets, mount the bumper, reconnect the factory fog lights and reinstall the factory skid plate. And of course […]

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Review: Maximus-3 Classic Hoop, Winch Mount, D-Ring Loops, Hook Anchor & Light Brackets – Rubicon X/10A/Hard Rock

Written by on September 27, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 4 Comments
Review: Maximus-3 Classic Hoop, Winch Mount, D-Ring Loops, Hook Anchor & Light Brackets – Rubicon X/10A/Hard Rock

Maximus-3 Build Package Thoughts and Analysis. The Rubicon 10th Anniversary, X and Hard Rock packages take the Wrangler’s appearance to a whole new level of sophistication and offroad prowess with the MOPAR Rubicon Front and Rear Off-Road Bumpers and the Power Dome Hood. However as most Jeep owners can attest, the stock Jeep, even in […]

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Installed on Project Rubicon X: Maximus-3 Winch Mount, Bumper Hoop, Hook Anchors & D-Ring Loops

Written by on September 26, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 6 Comments
Installed on Project Rubicon X: Maximus-3 Winch Mount, Bumper Hoop, Hook Anchors & D-Ring Loops

Installation and Review of the Maximus-3 Winch Mount, Bumper Hoop, Hook Anchors & D-Ring Loops The Mopar designed Rubicon X front bumper is a great foundation for a superb, strong and utilitarian styled factory front end.  As part of only a few Limited Addition packages from Jeep over the past three years, it’s a sharp upgrade over standard […]

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Project Jeep Rubicon X

Written by on September 25, 2015 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X with 0 Comments
Project Jeep Rubicon X

Project Build of a Rubicon X Unlimited There’s no denying that the Jeep Rubicon is one of the most capable production vehicles ever to roll off the assembly line.  Powered by the 285-horsepower producing Pentastar V6, the Rubicon is equipped with an impressive list of offroad engineering including: the Rock-Trac® transfer case with a 4:1 […]

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Top 5 Cheap Yet Invaluable Upgrades for your Jeep JK

Top 5 Cheap Yet Invaluable Upgrades for your Jeep JK

Whether you’re into Jeeps or not, you have to admit the Jeep brand has generated one heck of an aftermarket over the past few decades.  Almost any Jeep part or accessory imaginable has been (or will be) produced and sold to die-hard Jeep fans around the world.  So many parts in fact that very successful businesses are […]

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Zombie Apocalypse Offroad Tank-Like Beastly War Machine

Zombie Apocalypse Offroad Tank-Like Beastly War Machine

        Sleeping in suspended animation somewhere in a little borough in Lancaster county in the state of Pennsylvania is a cross between a 19th Century Steam Shovel with caterpillar tracks and a World War I British Whippet Tank.  Built for a zombie apocalypse this monstrous diesel powered rusty steel Rat Rod of a 4×4 with […]

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Project Jeep JK Rubicon X

Written by on April 8, 2014 in Project Jeep JK Rubicon X
Project Jeep JK Rubicon X

Four years. Four long years I’ve been thinking about this.  Back in 2010 I was in the market for a new 4×4.  After 7 years since putting my CJ-7 Project onto the trails I had decided it was time to retire my 1978 Jeep CJ-7 and keep it clean and have some local fun with […]

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Virginia Beach Beast Monster Truck Resurrection

Virginia Beach Beast Monster Truck Resurrection

Way back in the 1980’s when I just got my license, I was all into the offroad scene, especially the car crushing monster trucks that would make their rounds from fairground to fairground. One year, I remember seeing a monster truck that stood out from the rest named Virginia Beach Beast.  This truck was totally […]

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You’ll be amazed at this Mini WWII Willys Military Jeep Go Cart with matching Bantam Trailer

You’ll be amazed at this Mini WWII Willys Military Jeep Go Cart with matching Bantam Trailer

A few nights ago as I pondered the idea of converting my aging riding Lawn mover into a mowerless Jeep lawn tractor, stumbled upon what has to be the most amazing just-for-fun Jeep project I’ve ever seen.  So amazing in fact, that I spent several days thinking about making one myself with all that spare […]

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GrabBars Grab Handles Review for the Jeep JK Front and Rear

GrabBars Grab Handles Review for the Jeep JK Front and Rear

If you’re looking for a high quality, super strong grab handles for your JK that will not require you to cut, drill or hack into your JK’s interior then take a look at the GraBars from Welcome Distributing.  American fabricated from solid 3/4″ round stock steel, these grab bars use pre-existing bolt holes for a […]

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