Jump to content
theksmith

Late to the Party: theksmith's 2016 JK Unlimited Rubicon (Gadget)

Recommended Posts

@scottL and i took a quick trip to visit The Rolls area on Friday afternoon. it was recently re-opened after the Bush fire and you can get in via the 4-peaks or Pobrecito entrances, but the Butcher Jones gate is not open. hopefully that will cut down on some the yahoos you usually see partying at the coves.

 

 

i think this might be my favorite photo of Gadget flexing ever, thanks for taking it Scott!

 

ACtC-3cUO9ogyalwBq9odKJsfBN-LWXYa1mMaEMW

 

 

here are some more i took while we were out.

 

ACtC-3dtdyCMwc1b6j6AOaOYhkDKATYIfDCd1mxK

 

ACtC-3fZ4UQdctLreT7R0dGrG2_oPxbwEzVcjCmq

 

ACtC-3eybFVOhkySt963kA-zAPj2BxK3jraN_5lr

 

ACtC-3foeS534EGXp98nW2Mj3nWAPdP2QrPlpR5_

 

  • Like 5
  • Love 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful!  
Gotta love AZ sunsets.......and Jeeps 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I LOVE that picture of Gadget! Wow, that sky though!!!! I also really like the sunset shot of both Jeeps. Hell-to-the-ya about closing Butcher Jones gate to cut down on the riff-raff at cove 1 especially! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we took Gadget up north to get a Christmas tree the other weekend.

 

ACtC-3fa74qxqAdm4Usc-NDvlgpIBoEsnc7icGwC

 

 

i noticed my Teraflex shocks were rubbing on the frame an small amount at full flex even though the tops of them space outward to supposedly prevent this.

 

ACtC-3d9G2ISF-nrf7xO52UnKFbwyc_o0RvO6m5h

 

i already had a pair of Metalcloak outboard shock relocation brackets that move the bottom of the shocks out for the same reason. i'd never taken the time to make sure they would fit with my current factory wheels plus 1.25" spacers. turns out they do just barely clear the tires.

 

the brackets also move the lower mounting point up about 3/4", which with my current bump-stopping and shocks was fine (i had enough compression left to still not bottom out the shocks).

 

ACtC-3c_cqKZK_r2OJOvVhwbAo6SzKsFEYcGf12w

 

i like that the Metalcloak brackets brace to the spring perch so the extra leverage of outboard mounting doesn't rip your stock brackets off the axle. this is a better design than many similar bolt-on mounts.

 

you can see the shocks lean away from the frame a fair bit now.

 

ACtC-3c-CGgDB8vjLZQcCCr9Mvz-kPqVXHnYU5UP

 

then i took the Jeep out for some flex tests to make sure tires/shocks/frame/brake-lines/etc. were all playing nice together. there was a beautiful pastel sky sunset while airing back up - gotta love AZ winters!

 

ACtC-3dVg139_EyCAnvS5Q_FbpKyiJ0B7xORfByC

 

 

and Gadget hit 111,100 miles the other day!

 

ACtC-3fqvmv1eDDBQz912WwyIwxNMlDjSd-VQ5jr

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by theksmith
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nnnice on the shock fix metal cloak seems to have quality stuff & whoa on 111k miles K!! mine just flipped 180

CFEB5983-82A1-45B0-AD09-6EAFA17AE245.thumb.jpeg.0be8b3ff9919cc64492682c110dff2d8.jpeg

  • Like 2
  • Wow 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ACtC-3dFmLZRfc2GALs6syayiZbzVGz1TZOkJ2BQ

 

i put Gadget on truck scales and she's 5,720 pounds with 3/4 tank of gas and all the normal tools & spare parts i carry.

 

the stock curb weight for a Rubicon Unlimited is 4,521 pounds - so all the skid plates, bumpers, big tires, winch, heavy duty suspension components, fridge, rear storage, compressor, and tools/parts add up to around 1,200 lbs.

 

with the other 5 gallons of fuel i'd be at at 5,751. plus 7 gallons in my water tank brings me to 5,809. add my own weight and we're over 6k. that's not even including camping supplies, food & drinks, an extra 4 gallon fuel container, or a passenger.

 

though it's well over the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 5,700 pounds, i'd say she's probably lighter than many other overland rigs.

 

Edited by theksmith
  • Wow 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Surprising just how quickly the weight adds up

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

God, I wonder how much Clifford weighs fully loaded vs. stock GVW. 😯

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, theksmith said:

ACtC-3dFmLZRfc2GALs6syayiZbzVGz1TZOkJ2BQ

 

i put Gadget on truck scales and she's 5,720 pounds with 3/4 tank of gas and all the normal tools & spare parts i carry.

 

the stock curb weight for a Rubicon Unlimited is 4,521 pounds - so all the skid plates, bumpers, big tires, winch, heavy duty suspension components, fridge, rear storage, compressor, and tools/parts add up to around 1,200 lbs.

 

with the other 5 gallons of fuel i'd be at at 5,751. plus 7 gallons in my water tank brings me to 5,809. add my weight and we're over 6k. that's not even including camping supplies, food & drinks, an extra 4 gallon fuel container, or a passenger.

 

even though that's well over the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 5,700 pounds, i'd say she's probably lighter than many other overland rigs.

 

 

I've always been amazed at how little official "payload capacity" we get on these rigs. It always feels small to me.

 

I'm sure lawyers are the reason. 🤔

Edited by 4x4tographer
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, dzJeepChic said:

God, I wonder how much Clifford weighs fully loaded vs. stock GVW. 😯

 

 

 

i'd guess 1 metric shit-tonne.

  • Haha 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...