2001 Jeep Wrangler Buildup - Building A Brawnier BrutePosted in How To on April 1, 2010 0) (
Last month, we featured the parts and partial installation of the GenRight Legend Extreme suspension system, which was fit to our 2001 Jeep Wrangler AEV Brute. This month we'll finish up the suspension installation and also install some of GenRight's body armor components.
As discussed in Part I, the GenRight Legend Extreme system lends the ability to reposition the front and rear axles to stretch the Wrangler's wheelbase. We were able to move the front axle forward a full 5 inches, which greatly opened up the front wheel wells for the large 40-inch tires. Previously, the front tires limited suspension flex as they'd press into the rear of the front fender openings before the bump stops would even hit the pads. While this didn't greatly impede overall ability (we'd typically back-up and try another line), it was a bit annoying that we couldn't use every last drop of available flex like we could when we ran 35-inch tires.
Once the Legend Extreme suspension components were in place we opted to update the front end by adding GenRight's high-clearance Stubby front bumper with a 1 3/4-inch tube front winch and grille guard, and Boulder Series front tube fenders. We had previously installed a GenRight fuel tank and GenRight rocker guards so the new items created a well-rounded look for the vehicle. And best of all, all GenRight products are made in the U.S.A.
The Boulder Series tube fenders are available with 4- or 6-inch flares, or no flare at all for ultimate clearance from trail obstacles. They create a larger wheel opening to prevent tire rubbing, which created even more space for the 40-inch tires to stuff in to as the suspension flexes. GenRight tube fenders are built from 1/8-inch laser-cut and CNC-bent steel plates and 1 1/2x0.120-inch-wall tubes. The fenders are MIG-welded in a precision jig to assure an accurate fit. They retain the stock fender-wells and include three choices of aluminum side panels; plain, louvered, or perforated. The fenders include new hardware and detailed installation instructions.
The Stubby front bumper offers a compact design that fits tightly against the frame and wraps inward on the ends. The bumper is constructed from 1 3/4-inch steel plate and is available with or without a 1 3/4-inch-diameter stinger- or trail-style hoop. There are also two heavy-duty tow points welded in place.
The GenRight rocker guards are six inches tall and extend under the body for maximum protection from wheel well to wheel well. They are made from 3/16-inch-thick steel and fit snug along the body so no ground clearance is lost. The guards include flush mount hardware so there are no bolt heads to get gnarled, and are coated with a black powder coat finish. GenRight rocker guards are available for many Jeep applications and can also be equipped with a welded-on nerf bar/step.
We're very impressed with all of the GenRight products. Each looks as good as it works and the design concepts show great forethought and trail experience, having been tested on some of the most difficult off-road trails in the world. Check out the photos to see for yourself.