Boys and Girls... I just got back from my first Jeep Jamboree! The Texas Spur in Llano, TX was awesome and let me tell you, if you've got a Liberty 4x4, ... Show moreknow this... with some minor mods, and some skills, you can hang with any mildly modified CJ, YJ, TJ or JK you want!
I scheduled my trip in February with the encouragement of my dealer sales manager. In order to be ready (I grew up in a CJ-5 so I know what can happen), I ordered and installed my 2.5 inch lift, Moab wheels with MTRs and worked to improve my undercarriage protection. This paid dividends!! I also knew I'd want to be informed of trail/route info via radio so I installed my CB radio and picked up an antenna. I got thinking about the objectives- functional, clean and sharp with only necessary add-ons (like a CB antenna) so I fabbed a cool little mounting bracket for it. Looks cool for a CB antenna, huh?
Anyhow, function first... then looks! Got both. I also fabbed up my front skid plate and it works... and looks great!
It was really pretty amazing how capable this thing is. We did some stream crossing...
and a heck of alot of rock crawlin'.
Just know, the Jeep Liberty KJ represented well. Those who wheeled with us saw and those who didn't heard and they, as well as I, were surprised at the cool and somewhat outrageous abilities of such a mild mannered little grocery getter! Show Less
Well, I've made some more up grades that are worth sharing.
I'm most excited about my new Super Rock Sliders. My dealer built 'em for me. I t... Show moreold them exactly what I wanted and they went to work on 'em. And I must say, they turned out great. Take a look. Before on the left After on the right
If you can't tell right away where the visible improvement is, that's great! That's sort of the point. See, as I've said before, I like my stuff functional yet clean and stealthy. So an untrained eye can hardly tell. But when a trained eye sees it, they can really appreciate it as a well built rig. By the way, "rock sliders" are skid plates that protect the undercarriage of a vehicle from large objects you have to drive over like rocks, logs, etc. "Rocker panels" are the bottom part of the body below the doors on each side of the vehicle.
See, I was planning on attending another Jeep Jamboree with the intent of "pushing" the limits of my rig a bit. I wondered really just how capable it was. All I can say is, it's a good thing I had these made beforehand! This Jamboree was in Arkansas at the Superlift Offroad Park in Hot Springs, AR. Man, was it different than the last one in Llano, TX. Not that it's better, just different entirely. In Llano, the rocks are big, like a roadway or overpass. In Arkansas, the rocks are small, like a couch or coffee table... with a few thousand golf, tennis and volleyballs in between. As you can imagine, both terrains have their uniqueness. The problem with the Arkansas rocks is... they can get caught up underneath you. "Purpose built" took on a whole new meaning this time around. Had I bought the other kind of rock sliders, I would have certainly done major damage to my Jeep. I also would have been hung up for quite a while. The others are like ladders, with crossmembers to get caught on and gaps to let jagged rocks and stuff jab up into. Like these.
Yes, they protect the rocker panel from major damage and let you grind over large stuff, which is fine. But they don't really improve your rig's capability. Mine on the otherhandare like "boat sides" or "turtle shells" because they go all the way from one side to the other and they actually add 4 inches of ground clearance at the rocker panel as well as protect them and the door sills from any and all damage coming from the underside. They enable you to continue "sliding" forward with momentum without getting "jabbed" to a hault from underneath. Take a look.
I'm not saying the others are bad, they are just different. I guess one upside to owning the others is that they are less expensive. Anyhow, this is just another way to do something and I think they work pretty well... and look great too.
The other recent upgrade was the little baby sliders I had installed on my control arm brackets. The factory does a fine job but can't really spend the time to fine tune some things like the individual. Besides, we all use our rigs differently.
I don't have a great "before" shot but this is one. In the following pic, you can see the low hanging rounded control arm mount here next to the muffler?
Although it's the other side from a different perspective, you can see in this pic that I had the radius cut off and welded a little bitty skid plate to it. This enables me to keep moving too, instead of getting a rock hung inside the bracket which basically prevents you from backing up should the need arise (and it will). Show Less