Wednesday, 3 January 2018
The Build Intro
Now that I have given a small explanation of why I built my baby Jeep, its time (well past the time and I apologize) to discuss how I built my baby Jeep and with what. Some of the parts and accessories have been provided through sponsorship, some have not. I endorse all of the products that I am running and very grateful to all who have been a part of this project. The following is a few quick details on the major and most popular mods.
The Bumpers and all the armour are custom made by Flatbroke Offroad Ottawa. They are marine grade aluminum on a steel mount. The tow points are part of the mount as is the trailer hitch receiver. They have saved my vehicle many times and are approximately 65 lbs lighter than a steel bumper. I also have custom made steel rock sliders that extend the ENTIRE length of the rocker panel and I have custom aluminum skid plates that have a metallic bed liner with gloss finish on the oil pan\ front transmission, rear transmission\gas tanks.
The roof rack is a 64” extended rack. I started with 52” universal cross rails available on Amazon or eBay. The basket is one of three identical options; 1. Arksen 64” 2. Cabela’s Roof basket with extension 3. Curt 64” Roof basket with extension.
There are 2 – 4” LED Pods on the front of the roof basket and two on the front bumper with amber covers. There are 2 – 1x6 LED pods on the front of the roof basket and 2 on the rear. There is a 24” curved LED combo light bar on the front bumper
The Current tires are 215\85r16 E Rated Good Year Wrangler Duratracs on 16x7 Black Rock 942 D-window soft 8 Rims.
***My recommendation For the Patriot is 225/75r16. 28.5 is the largest diameter I recommend for both stock and lifted Patriots. Spacers or offset wheel may be required. Changing wheel size will affect your speedometer and the wear and performance of your vehicle. It is a risk and must be done in consultation with an automotive professional.
The Current Lift is a Custom Setup. I am Using KYB Struts with Murchison STU Coils and a custom made strut Spacer cnc cut by Lorint Fabrication. The strut spacer is ¼” stackable plates that I chose to weld together and to the strut mount plate for maximum strength, I have 5 plates for 1.25”. I have a sway bar end link drop bracket in front, Mevotech front control arms, Moog rear lower control arms, Moog adjustable control arms, Mevotech adjustable rear upper control arms. This is not something I recommend for everyone. If you would like to lift your vehicle by any means it is necessary to get the help and advice of a professional and others who have lifted the same vehicle before. For Patriot owners I can be reached through my Facebook page and there is a myriad of information and experience from the members of the Facebook groups; “Jeep Patriot Canada” and “Jeep Patriot Aroud the World”
There are two Lifts I endorse; the first is Murchison Stu Coils and the Second is Performex spacer. Both can be found online. These two products do not REQUIRE any extra parts nor are there any common issues with the included parts. They will each lift a Patriot approximately 1.5”.
There are a ton of extras from CB radio to rain guards to a portable winch and small stuff like seat back storage. I will update more very soon.
I am currently working with several companies to create a proper lift for the Patriot. This new lift will include aftermarket parts that are already available and will include new parts that I am designing. I am creating a new lift to first and foremost address the issues that have plagued so many of us with the current lift offerings, including CV axles and suspension geometry. Secondly I plan to make a lift that will exceed the current 1”-2” offerings and will accommodate all of the weight associated with overlanding. I will have more details in the coming weeks and will hopefully release the first views of the lift on a larger platform.
If you plan to modify any vehicle please be safe, be careful and consult an appropriate automotive professional.