2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - Lucky '13: Part 1

    Wrenching? Yes. Fabrication? No

    Phil HowellPhotographerKevin BlumerWriter

    Lucky ’13 is a 2013 JK Wrangler Rubicon built by Currie Enterprises around the concepts of timeliness and simplicity. The crew at Currie has put together plenty of all-encompassing, high-zoot Jeep builds over the years, but they also know sometimes it’s better to get out in the dirt sooner rather than later. As such, Lucky ’13 was destined to be built using readily available upgrades that install with minimal drama. Custom fabrication? Not this time.

    Phil Howell took the initial delivery of Lucky ’13, which originated at Classic Motors of Richfield, Utah. Phil’s experience with Classic Motors was a pleasant one, and he’d recommend this dealer to anyone. From Classic, Phil then made a beeline to his home shop where front and rear Expedition One bumpers were bolted on. A Warn ZEON 10-S winch found a home inside the front bumper, ready for recovery duty.

    Since Lucky ’13 is a Currie project, Phil’s tenure with the 2013 Rubicon was brief. Bumpers and winch in place, he handed the Jeep and the keys over to the Currie staff. John Currie and marketing director Brian Shephard put the Jeep on the lift in the studio section of the new Currie shop in Corona, California. This took place in July, a time of year when Corona is just a few degrees cooler than a sunspot. With the studio’s A/C set in the mid-60s, long sleeves were just about mandatory during this photo shoot and installation session. Too-cool air conditioning was a good “problem” to have.

    Though famous primarily for its custom axle assemblies, Currie also has an extensive lineup of Jeep suspension systems for both the JK and the TJ Wrangler. Keeping timeliness and simplicity in mind, the Jeep received a short-arm suspension kit that utilizes stock mounting points for the control arms, and simple add-on brackets for the front and rear track bars. This 4-inch lift system provides room for up to 37-inch-tall tires and affords plenty of flex. The Currie control arms are naturally equipped with genuine Currie Johnny Joints. The Johnny Joints provide bind-free suspension flex, help isolate noise and vibration, and are cheap to rebuild when the urethane inserts begin to exhibit wear.

    Most of the Currie suspension lineup is available a la carte, enabling customers to incrementally upgrade as needs arise and budgets allow. After the initial suspension system was in place, a pair of Anti-Rock sway bars and a Currectlync steering system were added. Custom axle assemblies weren’t part of the initial build, but Currie now offers a JK-specific heavy-duty front Dana 44 housing that will soon be on board this Jeep.

    Follow along as we highlight the Currie suspension, handling, and steering upgrades. If you’re after timeliness and simplicity, Lucky ’13 makes a great blueprint.