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2008 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon - Trailrunner

Left Front Angle
Phil Howell | Writer
Posted October 1, 2010

Slow. Fast. Fun.

I like two-door JK Wranglers. I like the way they look and the way they work on the trail. I also like dual sport 4x4s that work as daily drivers and trail vehicles. Therefore, when I found a good deal on this 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon, I snapped it up. The Trailrunner, a JK that can go fast like a prerunner and still tackle tough trails, is about to be born.

The Wrangler came with pretty much everything on it, including navigation. This will be good for entertainment on long backcountry forays. It has the 3.8L V-6 with 42RLE automatic tranny, NVG241OR Rock Trac transfer case, and the Rubicon 44 front and rear ends with E-lockers and electronic swaybar disconnect. I plan to build this in stages, with Stage I including bolt-on parts and minor fabrication.

I took the JK to Mount Logan Off-Road so they could install their Bombproof Axle Kit that addresses the weak inner knuckles and tubes of the JK 44. An RCV Performance Ultimate Dana 44 JK Rubicon Front CV Axle kit replaced the OE axles. While this was being done, JKS control arms and track bars were installed, as were KORE coils and KORE/Fox reservoir shocks. An R-SE swingaway tire carrier bumper and a Shrockworks stubby front bumper with a Warn PowerPlant HP winch guard the front and rear of the Jeep. A set of 37x12.50R17LT Goodyear Wrangler MTR with Kevlar tires were mounted on 17x8 Black Rock Viper wheels.

The JK then went to Kevin Hawkins for the installation of a PSC JK Extreme Duty Cylinder-Assist kit. Kevin is a ram-assist expert and enjoys installing the systems on everything from Jeeps to buggies. As a result, the PSC system works great and the Trailrunner's steering is flawless. Currie Enterprises' beefy new CurrectLync tie rod and drag link were also installed. Being a believer that lighter is better, a pair of Teraflex aluminum rocker guards were procured that are light, yet strong.

The Trailrunner was now in my garage. It looked good, but was generating Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs). P0055 and P00F9 kept popping up. I couldn't find what P00F9 was, but P0055 was supposed to be HO²S Heater Resistance (Bank 1 Sensor 3) according to an Internet search. This was a downstream O² sensor problem, so I changed both downstream O² sensors, cleared the DTCs, and started the Jeep. The Check Engine light immediately illuminated. P0055 and P00F9 were there again. I could also smell gas fumes every time the JK was started. I always use a Kilby vapor-recovery canister relocating kit when building a JK and this Wrangler was no exception. The Kilby kit was installed the same as all the other kits had been, but when I pulled on the rubber hoses that went over the plastic hard lines, they moved easily. Hose clamps cured the gas fumes. Guess what? No more DTCs, either. I bet P00F9 means a fuel system leak. P0055 may have something to do with that, too, as neither code has returned. Maybe the internet key to DTCs has a GM code description and Chrysler uses the codes to mean something else? Who knows?


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RCV Performance
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PSC Motorsports
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JB Conversions
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Misch 4x4 Products
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