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LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 07:11 AM
This one is more of a tour of Rex.

Background:
He started as a rescue green 2008 rubi. As I learned to wheel, I went from 33's to 35's, 37s, 39s, and finally 43s. Along the way I had a 4"inch rancho lift, a 6" Terra Flex lift. With the TF I had Evos double throw down shock system--triple bypass front and triple bypass lever in the rear. Rex has a 5,8 hemi and Dynatrac D-60s.

I met Bob from TnT customs on Wheeler Lake trail the day my TF suspension broke off the frame. The flexing cracked the long arm mounts. The welds held, the frame broke. Anyway Bob told me about the suspension he was developing and offered to put it in Rex. So I had them do it. TnT then completely rebuilt Rex. Rex turned into sort of tnts test platform. They design new parts, put them on Rex and see if I can break them. They joke that if the parts are Pat proof (I'm Pat) then the parts are good to sell.

One if the issues that Rex was having prior to TnT was weight. I had heavy steel bumpers front and rear, as well as heavy steel armor underneath and steel sliders. . At the time Rex weighed over 8000lbs. I has broken several axle shaft. My hemi was over heating. To fix this TnT developed and put in Rex Al bumpers, sliders, belly armor. They cut out close to 1500lbs.

They also put in a Jeep Speed Shop radiator. Between the reduction in weight and the JSS radiator, the overheating issue was mitigated.

Ok. Here is Rex as he currently stands:
With the top on (easy trail, DD mode)
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/3uvebezy.jpg

And trail mode (no doors or top):
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/ejazehy6.jpg

TnT guardian stubby winch bumpers front and rear:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/jagu3ume.jpg

In the rear there is are triple bypass shocks and the lever arms and a winch stuffed under that Al armor.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/a2a3eta5.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/ge4ebe6e.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/te4a5ama.jpg

TnT Al sliders. These have taken very heavy hits as I've fallen off ledges and such. They work great.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/mage3a9e.jpg

Triple bypass shocks in front and ORO swayloc swaybar.

Edit: a better pic.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/5uhyjyhe.jpg
Here is the swayloc:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/ty2ana7a.jpg

TnT uses y-link long arms in the front and a 3 link long arm in the back. The lift on Rex is about 3.5".
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/hujeqabe.jpg

Rex has a full set of TnT Al belly armor.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/6u5uryqe.jpg

A Full cage.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/anapazu9.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/buhygy4u.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/any6yzu9.jpg

Removable B pillars:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/ju9y8yzy.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/avy6e6yj.jpg
They attach to cage at top.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/pyme3eje.jpg

speed2005
12-08-2012, 07:35 AM
wow very impressed with your JK. Awesome stuff.
Love the removable B pillar. Perfect for half doors! Do they sell a kit for that?

ECHO
12-08-2012, 07:37 AM
That is a beast of a rig!! Great job

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 07:39 AM
Continued:
Rex has beefed up steering. No more bending of tie rods or drag links or breaking tie rod ends. Again TnT built this:

Notice the excellent geometry. Rex has no bump steer or wobble. He easily drives 75-80 mph no problem. Also it is hydraulic assisted (PSC)

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/jy8ezy7y.jpg

Here is one of the ends.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/uta9yhaz.jpg



Rex has two sets of rubber. Mostly uses 43" TSL/SXs with custom grooving for better grip and flex. These are on 20" Trail Ready double beadlocks. (The other set are 42" BFG red label stickies on TR beadlocks.). You can see the TSL in this pic along with the custom rear TnT Al fender and flare:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/gu2yhyva.jpg

The front flare is a PSC tube modified for Rex.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/6ame5a2y.jpg

Rex has 4 Corbeau seats. Here are the rear.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/esuvanyg.jpg

Rex has RCVs.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/ery3ymam.jpg

In addition the drive shaft had CV joints (1350).

Rex has a 5.8 hemi, an Atlas 5:1 t case, 5:13 gears, ARB lockers. Dual yellow tops. Edit: added pic
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/e6azavud.jpg

Rex was air brushed by "jack the painter". He made a little story book:

Little Rex being chased by big Rex
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/yja6ura7.jpg

Big Rex trapped inside. Little Rex is safe.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/9epu6ary.jpg

Finally big Rex is dead (just a skull) and little Rex got big and happily lives inside:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/ru7useta.jpg

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 07:43 AM
wow very impressed with your JK. Awesome stuff.
Love the removable B pillar. Perfect for half doors! Do they sell a kit for that?

Thx. No kit. Having them off has saved a lot of damage. They are good fabricators up there.

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 07:46 AM
That is a beast of a rig!! Great job

Thanks. It's come a long way. Hardly ever breaks anymore. Its to the pount of being very roubust. It's got 42k miles. At least 30k are off road. And most of those are tougher trails.

e-jeep
12-08-2012, 07:59 AM
Nice beast!!

Algodan
12-08-2012, 08:33 AM
Ya its a Beast ......

Ringer
12-08-2012, 08:34 AM
Great looking rig! I love the creative and unique features like the removable b pillar. Very nice.

myz28u
12-08-2012, 09:04 AM
Wow that thing is a tank

papabearhunter
12-08-2012, 09:06 AM
Excellent rig! Would love to see it in person some time to get a closer look at how it is put together!

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 09:11 AM
Thanks all. Rex wheels really well. I will try almost anything with it.

Papabearhunter. I'll be at Winter on the Rocks in Jan. I'm also trying to get to the Chili challenge in Feb. I'll try to be at EJS from the 30th till the 4th. Otherwise I am here near Boulder. :)

ECHO
12-08-2012, 11:22 AM
Thanks. It's come a long way. Hardly ever breaks anymore. Its to the pount of being very roubust. It's got 42k miles. At least 30k are off road. And most of those are tougher trails.

It has come along since I last saw pictures.. that is one solid machine.. how does the aluminim skids/bumpers hold up compared to steel ?

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 11:38 AM
It has come along since I last saw pictures.. that is one solid machine.. how does the aluminim skids/bumpers hold up compared to steel ?

Thanks. I got frustrated with breakage, so we set out to build a rig that can DD AND do extreme wheeling without breaking. I think we got it. I (really TnT) am building an even better one. Should by end of Jan.

Very well. The Al is more stiff than steel. It does scratch and gouge, where steel scratches. I'll go take a pic of the belly armor after 2 years of use.

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 11:49 AM
Here are a couple pics of the skids. These skids are a couple years old and have taken a beating. But they hold up.

Thus is gas tank and belly skid.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/y4upyha2.jpg

Notice the oil pan skid has very few scratches.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/y6egeze7.jpg
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Here is something (different than skids) that matters:

Notice the long arm mounts are tucked up out of the way. Also on the axle, nothing hanging down.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/aja9esyz.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/eqyjaver.jpg

In these pics ^ you can see the sliders too. I use these all the time as a tool when wheeling, eg, when trying to get around a tight corner ill put the slider on the rock and pivot on it. Right now they need some more black paint, but you can see how they are holding up (scratched and some gouges). When it is warmer ill sand and spray paint them again.

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 12:11 PM
Here's a better one of the belly armor:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/gymupyjy.jpg

LeftHandRubi
12-08-2012, 12:16 PM
Here is an example of dropping onto sliders.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/u8a5e7aq.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/09/bu2e6y6y.jpg

sringer
12-08-2012, 12:57 PM
That's insanely crazy! I want one. Lol


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IBreakEverything
01-15-2013, 10:18 AM
if you do go to the chili challenge could you let me know? there will be a group of us going would love to meet you and see the rig

ManleyORV
01-15-2013, 10:36 AM
Damn dude, nicely built rig.

Southern Discomfort
01-15-2013, 11:51 AM
WOW! Very nice!!!

Bruski
01-15-2013, 12:22 PM
very nice rig love the removable stuff! really slick

jeep2007
01-15-2013, 06:59 PM
I've seen many posts on JKO from you and had seen your rig previously. Awesome build and very knowledgeable. Cracks me up when you say "big guy, big Jeep".

LeftHandRubi
01-15-2013, 11:38 PM
if you do go to the chili challenge could you let me know? there will be a group of us going would love to meet you and see the rig

I will. I'm 50/50 right now. We are trying to plan a small group of rigs to come down some other weekend later in the year too. Not sure when--before or after it gets too hot. We like running Cruces, but not such a fan of the crowds. :)

IBreakEverything
01-15-2013, 11:40 PM
were only about a half hour away so whenever you decide to come down just give me a shout

LeftHandRubi
01-16-2013, 12:02 AM
WOW! Very nice!!!


very nice rig love the removable stuff! really slick

Thanks guys.


I've seen many posts on JKO from you and had seen your rig previously. Awesome build and very knowledgeable. Cracks me up when you say "big guy, big Jeep".

Thanks. Appreciate it. Yeah, i have to watch it. I worry about the weight on the jeep and then I get it in it. :fat:

Settle
02-25-2013, 08:49 PM
Just saw your jeep on xtreme4x4 this weekend during their piece on EJS.

demonjk122
02-25-2013, 09:09 PM
wow...just wow...that is an insane rig.

suffolksam
02-26-2013, 10:28 AM
Holy crap man, this is sick.

tstepjk
02-26-2013, 12:19 PM
Mean build bro!

Nitros
02-27-2013, 06:59 PM
Mate Friggin Awesome Luv This Rig !!!!

LeftHandRubi
03-02-2013, 02:49 PM
Mate Friggin Awesome Luv This Rig !!!!


Mean build bro!


Holy crap man, this is sick.


wow...just wow...that is an insane rig.


Just saw your jeep on xtreme4x4 this weekend during their piece on EJS.

Thanks guys. Yeah, I had forgotten we did that. Fun to see.