How It Works Immediately after finishing the build we packed up the Jeep and drove to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari, where we wheeled all week before driving home. Despite our lack of time for a shakedown run, the Jeep performed flawlessly. We are still enjoying the awesome ride-thanks to the new Bilstein 5160s-and couldn't be happier with the BFG KM2s. Even after some heavy-duty trail use and a few hard crashes over terrain at high speed, our ProRock 44 is as true as the day it left Dynatrac, with even our alignment holding steady over the course of our trip. We hit several trails and enjoyed 100-percent reliability. All buttoned up and ready to go, we drove Project 'Con Artist to Moab and back-a 1,600-mile trip.All buttoned up and ready to go, we drove Project 'Con Artist to Moab and back-a 1,600-mil For those of you who are interested in fuel economy numbers, we recorded an average of 13.3 mpg and a tank-high of 15.6 mpg during the Moab trip. Project 'Con Artist continues to be a testbed for new products, and because of that it is somewhat of a Frankenstein vehicle. Despite all of this, it retains everyday drivability and exceptional off-highway capability. With no bad manners, it represents a truly multi-purpose vehicle. Thanks to advancements in off-highway technology, we have been able to build a comfortable daily-driven 4x4 that has never let us down on a trail-a tribute to just how far this sport has come. Note that the unique shape of the ProRock 44 housing allows for maximum ground clearance. Dynatrac also included its stout nodular iron differential cover for additional protection.Note that the unique shape of the ProRock 44 housing allows for maximum ground clearance. On the steering front, we went with a set of Reid Racing high clearance steering knuckles. The knuckles raise the tie rod 1.5-inches to bring it out of harm's way and closer to the axle centerline. You can see that the mounting ear (arrow) for the tie rod is higher on the Reid knuckle (left) when compared to the stock knuckle (right).On the steering front, we went with a set of Reid Racing high clearance steering knuckles. After installing the Reid knuckles, we positioned the ProRock 44 to be mated with the front of the 'Con.After installing the Reid knuckles, we positioned the ProRock 44 to be mated with the fron With everything pulled apart, we took the opportunity to send our JounceShocks back to Light Racing for a once-over. They rebuilt the units and sent them back within a couple of days.With everything pulled apart, we took the opportunity to send our JounceShocks back to Lig Because of the Pro Rock's thicker axletubes, we returned to the Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty Front Track Bar and used the necessary drop down bracket on the frame-side to complete the component changeover.Because of the Pro Rock's thicker axletubes, we returned to the Rubicon Express Extreme-Du Here we are installing the suspension arms to the ProRock 44. Before this step, and while everything was apart, we freshened up the Rubicon kit by swapping out the bushings and checking all of the joints.Here we are installing the suspension arms to the ProRock 44. Before this step, and while The next step was the installation of the Superior Discovery Series axleshafts and the factory front brakes. The Superior shafts use the same large U-joint as the factory Rubicon axle, which has mistakenly been referenced in the JK community as a 1350. It is actually just a bit smaller.The next step was the installation of the Superior Discovery Series axleshafts and the fac Because of the extent of frontend modifications and to give us some flexibility, we ordered our ProRock 44 without sway bar tabs. Here you can see the tabs that we welded on as well as the Evo Manufacturing HD Endlinks that we used.Because of the extent of frontend modifications and to give us some flexibility, we ordere We then reinstalled the existing Poly Performance drag link and tie rod, along with our new Bilstein monotube steering stabilizer.We then reinstalled the existing Poly Performance drag link and tie rod, along with our ne Due to all of the modifications we made to our steering setup, space was a premium. The bigger body of the Bisltein necessitated that we make this special steering stabilizer mount. On a stock setup, the steering stabilizer is a direct replacement part.Due to all of the modifications we made to our steering setup, space was a premium. The bi The finished frontend assembly is visible here. You can also see the Rubicon Express track bar installed. Also note the new position of the tie rod that gives it increased ground clearance over stock. Believe it or not, there were no major interference issues and everything worked well together.The finished frontend assembly is visible here. You can also see the Rubicon Express track The last order of business was to install our new BFGoodrich KM2 tires. We ordered a set of five 37x12.50R17 tires and had them mounted on our Walker Evans wheels.The last order of business was to install our new BFGoodrich KM2 tires. We ordered a set o SOURCES BFGoodrich Tires P.O. 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