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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

We started with a completely stock low-mileage USED 2014 Limited 4x4 EcoDiesel that I picked up at a local Ford dealer in August of 2015...with the intention of towing the XJ to events.



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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

This one started out like most builds do...progressive. Was fine driving a luxury vehicle with vented seats and great fuel mileage. Then it was...let's see what 20" rims and 32" tires looks like...



Then it was...let's see what a 2.5" lift looks like...should add some Mopar Rock Rails while we're at it (those things are a PIA to install, 8 hours later)!

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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Seeing what Jeep did with the concept vehicles I knew it was possible...cutting sheetmetal was always part of the plan. The suspension however was originally going to be steel spring with spacers or OME.

The back-story on the air suspension...we had been taking my 91yo grandmother to breakfast about once a week, at least until the 2.5" lift and rock rails went on...the Jeep was just too big for her after that. So my girlfriend suggested air suspension so we could lower the Jeep and gramma could get in. Well, that just opened up Pandora's box and off I went...

I knew GC's came with Quadra-Lift so I started researching parts. First thing I bought was the tank (ebay) because it fits cleanly under/behind the rear seats...



Next was the front struts and rear bags which I purchased new from a friend at a local Jeep dealer. So far, everything I've purchased is factory Mopar parts and direct bolt on.

You may notice the RRO upper control arms...



We considered using some kind of spacer in the rear but the bags didn't need it.

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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Next was air management...QL systems are closed loop and use nitrogen to maintain pressures inside (at least) the front struts. I chose Accuair e-Level package with Touch Pad for a few reasons, the main one being ride height control...the system uses sensors at each wheel and a computer to track and correct preset ride heights. We have (3) preset ride heights with infinite manual adjustment between the full range of the air springs. Ride height at start means every time I start the Jeep it automatically raises to normal ride height (NRH) and I'm ready to go.



Our system uses (2) Viair compressors, VU4 solenoid unit, 3/8 Poly and copper hard lines (tire well) and push-to-connect fittings. It’s basically plug and play, we just had to figure out how to connect to the Mopar stuff but that wasn’t difficult.



Here you can see the wheel sensors, front struts...we're using an RRO 1.75" spacer on top of these.



The rear...switched out shocks for 6" travel Bilsteins...we're using the RRO lift kit shock spacer here.

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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Next was to open up wheel houses to fit 35” tires. The goal here was to have clearance at the lowest possible ride height so that in case of air suspension failure we could at least drive safely off the road and get help. This includes removing the stock plastic ‘flares’ and about 1.5” of sheet metal and plastic from bumpers.



Up front this includes removing the pinch weld seam and more.





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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

The rear posed its’ own set of challenges, not so much to do with clearance but with unit-body structure (quarters and doors). This is where the professionals were worth their weight in gold.











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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Next up, flares to tie it all together. Now, I tried to contact Jeep through every social media platform I could think of…nothing, nada, no response. So, we made our own…but I really like what they did so we emulated their design while adding a little ‘flare’ (pun intended) of our own.







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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Week of JB16 we were installing the winch cradle...which I modified to fit horizontal center of the 'newer' front fascia ('14-current I believe)...



Behind there is a 10,000lb Smittybilt X20 with wireless remote...although to use the remote you have to toggle a switch on the solenoid, which is hidden behind the bumper...I'll be working on this...for now the controller is tucked in next to the master cylinder.



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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

All that was left was finishing…and believe me when I tell you it came down to the last minute! This was like a SEMA or Overhaulin' build...we were programming the Accuair system in gate 70 of the Daytona International Speedway while registering for Jeep Beach 2016.







Lowest Ride Height..."All Down"



Setting 2 Normal Ride Height...



Setting 3 Maximum Ride Height...



A HUGE thank you to GodSpeed Rides for working with me on this!

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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

what is this wheel/tire setup? also assume you did the RRO 2.5 lift?

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This one started out like most builds do...progressive. Was fine driving a luxury vehicle with vented seats and great fuel mileage. Then it was...let's see what 20" rims and 32" tires looks like...



Then it was...let's see what a 2.5" lift looks like...should add some Mopar Rock Rails while we're at it (those things are a PIA to install, 8 hours later)!

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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

Hi Rob, that is a great looking rig. About skid plates, what did you use besides the rock rails for undercarriage protection?
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Re: White Rhino a 2014 EcoDiesel on 35's

looks amazing. and i may steal the idea on how they painted the front grille. lol

mine will never be that amazing. but i do hope mine looks half as badass as yours did before all the extreme mods began. looked sick with just the lift and 33s. with rock rails

i must say im jealous for sure.
is it in the plans to black out inner fenders? i think that would just button everything up.

amazing work.
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