When JK Wranglers were first introduced, we immediately went to work modifying the new Wranglers using our TJ experience. All this work made JKs handle like TJs, not bad, but not stellar, either. The JK platform affords much better suspension geometry out of the box than any Jeep ever made, so we were going backwards in most cases.
Fast forward to now. Most have discovered that with a few exceptions, such as the front axle housing, the JK doesn't have to be modified that much or lifted too high to work great on- and off-road. When Cody Currie, brand manager of Black Rock Wheels built his new JK Unlimited X, he knew this and proceeded accordingly.
While Cody kept it simple, he didn't want to scrimp on quality. He used Currie Enterprises' progressive coil springs and Johnny Joint control arms. Quality King reservoir shocks handle the damping. Currie's new F9-44 front and rear ends were built, dispensing with the JK's axle housing woes.
A set of 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KM2 tires were mounted on 17x8 Black Rock Viper aluminum wheels. Cody is the brand manager for Black Rock Wheels and is one of the reasons Black Rock has exploded onto the scene. From steel wheels built in the USA with available custom backspacing, to good-looking, strong aluminum wheels, Black Rock has your wheels.
A Currie Enterprises front bumper was used. The bumper was designed with the TJ in mind, so the JK frame needs to be trimmed to fit the bumper. This gives Cody's JK a different look with the smaller bumper - a great look, in our opinion, as many JK bumpers are very large. Lightforce lights light the trail at night.
During our photo shoot, this JK worked. It worked on the highway and the trail. Its simplicity is its strength. Sweet.
Vehicle: 2008 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited X
Owner: Cody Currie
Hometown: Anaheim, California
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmission: 42RLE automatic
Transfer Case: NVG231
Low Range Ratio: 2.72:1
Front End: Currie F9-44 with high-pinion third member
Rear End: Currie F9-44
Ring and Pinion: 5.29:1
Front Differential: Detroit Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: Currie Rock Jock control arms, coils, and Antirock with King reservoir shocks
Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KM2
Wheels: 17x8 Black Rock Viper 900
Backspacing: 4.5 inches