Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Off Road Expo 2017

Off Road Expo has come and gone again and in our opinion 2017 featured some of our favorite builds to date!


Our most involved project for the show was Chuck's 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty. Carli Suspension provided us with a custom built 4.5" Dominator 3.0 system. On 2005-2016 Ford Super Duty trucks, installing 3.0 shocks was a bit more straightforward. The factory coil buckets on earlier trucks are held on with rivets. Once the factory rivets are removed, custom fabricated coil buckets that allow for shocks larger than 2.5" in diameter can be installed using grade 8 hardware. On 2017+ trucks, the factory coil buckets are welded on and the frames are boxed. As a result, the factory buckets have to be cut off by hand, a process that took almost two full days (we didn't want to remove any material from the frame itself). Carli supplied us with custom coil buckets designed specifically for this build that allowed us to weld them on both outside the buckets and in the center of the buckets, increasing strength and rigidity.


While the fabrication portion was fairly involved, the final outcome looked almost factory, with the exception of higher end components throughout.  Ultimately, the truck ended up with a Carli Dominator 4.5" system, Carli fabricated radius arms, 20" custom powder coated Trail Ready beadlocks, 38" Toyo Open Country MT tires, custom paint work by Autobahn Collision Center in Torrance, CA, and Baja Designs lighting throughout. Not only did this truck turn out beautifully, the ride quality is incredible. Keep an eye out for more on this build in the near future!

Here is a finalized picture of this truck in our booth at the Off Road Expo in Pomona, CA.


Another vehicle we showcased was Rhino's 2007 Mega Cab. This truck has had just about every combination of high end Dodge Ram suspension underneath it. We have tested countless parts on this truck but its age was beginning to show. After an engine meltdown, the truck went down for almost a year for a full rebuild. Heavy off road usage was starting to show on the body so we turned to Tony at Autobahn Collision Center in Torrance, CA to freshen up the truck's appearance. The outcome was stunning, with the fitment of the aftermarket fiberglass fenders looking factory. We utilized 17" Trail Ready beadlocks with world series rings and 40" Toyo MT tires. Fitment is difficult compared to 37's and we had to do some serious pinch weld/cab modification to retain drivability.


This truck is also running Mercenary Off Road front and rear bumpers, Baja Designs lighting, and a Carli Unchained Long Arm system. We are finalizing some last details on this build and look forward to having it in the dirt soon!


Carli has been putting a lot of time into fine tuning their upcoming Jeep JK suspension systems utilizing our shop 2015 Rubicon. We have been pleased with the outcome! This build features a Carli Jeep JK Pintop 2.5 system, Trail Ready 17" beadlocks, 37x12.5x17 Toyo MT tires, Wilco front and rear bumpers with tire carrier, a Dynatrac Pro Rock 44, RCV Performance axle shafts, a Warn Zeon 10 S winch, Baja Designs lighting, and more. We are looking forward to getting this Jeep on the trail and providing some additional feedback.

We will be updating with several more builds soon!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CJC Shop Mega Cab Build

We recently picked up a 2012 Mega Cab shop truck to replace our 2010. We jumped at the opportunity to purchase this truck as it came in a very unique color - Sagebrush Pearl. Here is a picture of what it looked like brand new:



This truck was purchased from an employee of Carli Suspension, so naturally it had something unique in terms of suspension. We purchased the truck with a Carli 6" Unchained IBP system with the front and rear shocks finished in black/gold. The rear IBP shocks are remote reservoirs with internal bypass features rather than the traditional external bypass tubes. Here are some pictures of the truck as we received it:




The truck had a nice look to it but we wanted to make it a little more current. The new 2016 Sport model trucks have a nice look to them and we wanted to do something similar with this one. We sent it to our friends at Autobahn Collision in Torrance, CA for a bit of an overhaul. The factory grille, headlights, front bumper, and rear bumper were removed. The grille was replaced with a 2013+ Laramie grille and the headlights were replaced with the factory black Sport style headlights:



Autobahn Collision then cut the bottom center lip off a second front bumper and welded it to the open section of our truck's bumper, resulting in a flat lower section of the bumper all the way across rather than the opening that the 4th gen trucks come with:



Baja Designs non-flush mount SII lights were frenched into the rear bumper to serve as backup lights:



We also replaced all of the badges with 2016 Sport style black badges. At this point, the truck had a considerably different look to it:



We've always liked to stuff bigger tires under our builds, so we felt it necessary to replace the 37's underneath with something bigger. We decided to go with 20" Trail Ready Simulated Beadlocks and 38x13.5x20 Toyo Open Country MT tires. In order to match the green/bronze color off the truck, we opted for a bronze powdercoat finish on the wheels. The color is Triple Bronze by Prismatic Powders. Here is how they turned out:



Lighting wise, we wanted to keep a relatively subtle look while outputting tons of light. We went with Baja Designs Squadron fog lights, our new CJC Off Road 30" OnX6 Arc Brackets with integrated tow hooks, and a Baja Designs 30" OnX6 Arc light bar:



The truck was then taken to Off Road Expo in Pomona, CA:




To say we are excited about how this truck turned out is an understatement. We have many more updates to come on this build and look forward to sharing them!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer 2017

This summer has been our busiest yet here at CJC Off Road. We'd like to share some of the highlights from the last few months:


This Mega Cab 2500 features a Carli 2014+ Ram 2500 Leveling KitCarli 2014+ Adjustable Track Bar18" Method NV wheels, & 35" Toyo Open Country ATII's.


We put together this brand new 2017 Ram 2500 Sport with a Carli Suspension Ram 2500 3" lift Back Country 2.018" Method Grid Titanium wheels, and 315/70/18 Toyo Open Country MT tires.


This was a fun one. We took a 2015 Ram 1500 Hemi 4x4 and added a Carli Ram 1500 Performance 2.5 system, Method Machined Double Standards, and 34" Nitto Ridge Grappler tires. The ride quality improvement on this truck was substantial.


This 2017 F250 Super Duty was the second truck we installed a Carli 2017" Super Duty Pintoip 2.5 Leveling System on. We paired the suspension setup with 18" Machined Method NV's and 37x13.5x18 Toyo Open Country R/T tires.


This local customer picked up and installed a Carli Ram 3500 Pintop 2.5 3" Lift on his brand new Mega Cab. Fuel forged 20x9 wheels and 37" Toyo Open Country MT's top off this awesome combination.


This brand new 2017 Ram 2500 sports a Carli 2014+ Ram 2500 Leveling Kit, 18" Method NV's, and Toyo 35x12.5x18 R/T's. This setup provides amazing value for the price, with improved ride quality and handling while retaining factory weight capacity.


Another 2017 Ram 2500, this one with a Carli Suspension Ram 2500 Back Country 2.0 kit, AEV Black Salta 17" Wheels, and 35" Toyo R/T tires. This truck rode significantly better than stock and the wheel/tire combination looked great!


This customer installed a 2014+ Ram 2500 Carli Commuter 2.0 on his 2015 along with 18" Method Double Standards, and 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers.


Carli's Ram 3500 systems provide a nice option for those that tow heavy with their trucks. The add a packs included in the 3500 kits are designed to retain factory weight capacity, allowing for front and rear ride quality improvement without sacrificing payload. This particular truck has a Carli Ram 3500 Back Country 2.0, 18" Fuel wheels, and 315/70/18 Toyo Open Country MT's.


This is an updated picture of one of the first Carli 2014+ Ram 2500 Pintop 2.5 trucks we put together. It now features 20" Method Bronze NV's and 37" Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires.


This crew cab short bed Ram 2500 features a Carli 2014+ Pintop 2.5 2500 system17" Method NV wheels, and 37" Toyo Open Country R/T's. With minor inner fender liner and pinch weld trimming, this truck clears 37" tires on 4.75" backspacing wheels.


2016 Mega Cab 2500 Sport model featuring a Carli 2014+ Commuter 2.0 3" Lift, bronze 17" Raceline Defenders, and 37" Toyo R/T's.


This customer in Texas's Ram features a Carli Dominator 3.0 3" lift system, an Addictive Desert Designs bumper17" Method Double Standards, and 37" Toyo R/T tires.


This Ram 3500 Mega Cab has a Carli Ram 3500 Fox 2.0 Leveling Kit, Fuel Vector wheels, and 35" Fuel tires.


All the way from Brazil, this truck sports a Carli Ram 2500 Pintop 2.5 system, 17" Method Con 6 wheels, and 37" Toyo Open Country MT tires. This truck gets abused in the dirt on a frequent basis and has held up incredibly well.


This is a repost of Kevin's 2015 Mega Cab 2500 featuring a Carli Pintop system, 17" Trail Ready Beadlocks, and 37" Toyo R/T's. This truck was purpose build for expedition use and has certainly met the expectations of the owner!


This 2016 Mega Cab 2500 Sport Blackout Package edition runs a Carli Pintop suspension it, 18" Method Double Standards (+18mm offset), and 37" Toyo MT's. This setup only required trimming of the plastic lip on the bottom of the back of the front flares and the very bottom of the plastic inner fender liners. The minimal trimming was worth it to achieve this combination!


Brand new 2017 Ram 2500 with a Carli Leveling Kit, 18" Black Method Grid Wheels, and 35" Toyo Open Country ATII's.


One of our Alaskan customers installed a Carli 2017+ Back Country 2.0 system on his 2017 Ford Super Duty. This truck gets frequently used both off road and for towing purposes. Carli's add a packs allowed for an improvement in ride quality while retaining towing capacity in the rear.


This 2017 Ram Power Wagon is sporting a Thuren Overland Front Suspension Setup18" Method Vex Titanium wheels, and 37" Toyo Open Country R/T tires.


This truck is one of our favorites. Our friend Miguel set up his new Mega Cab with a Carli 3500 Pintop system, bronze Fuel Anza wheels and 37" General Grabber X3's.


Chris 2017 Ford Super Duty rides night and day better than before thanks to a Carli Pintop 2.5" Leveling System. 18" Method Grid Titanium wheels and 35" Toyo R/T's round out this awesome combination.


This new Mega Cab 2500 features a Carli Commuter 2.0 system, Carli Ram Fabricated Radius Arms, 17" machined Method NV's, and 37" Toyo R/T tires.


This is another picture of Ron's 2013 Ram 2500 featuring a Carli Commuter 2.0 systemCarli High Clearance Control Arms, 18" Method NV's, and 37" Toyo MT's.


This truck is one of our favorites. This Ram 3500 features a Carli Pintop 2.5 3" Lift system, Carli Fabricated Radius Arms, Carli 2013+ Full Progressive Leaf Springs, 18" Method Vex Titanium wheels, and 37" Toyo R/T tires.

We have many exciting updates to come in the near future. Off Road Expo is around the corner and we have some awesome builds to look forward to!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Carli 2017+ F250/F350 Super Duty Suspension Systems

Now that Carli's 2.5" 2017+ systems have begun hitting the market, we thought we'd provide an overview of the components included in this system as well as provide information such as heights/wheel and tire clearance/etc.

This 2017 F350 Lariat was brought to us to have a Carli Pintop 2.5 (2.5" height) system installed. The owner has opted to upgrade to Carli's fabricated radius arms. Since this trucks tows a heavy fifth wheel setup, we decided to utilize Carli's rear add a packs. For wheels, we chose Method 18" Standards with black OMF rings. For tires, this truck is running 37x13.5x18 Toyo Open Country R/T's. We are extremely pleased both with how this truck rides/drives and how it looks!

We get a lot of questions about how these trucks will fit into garages etc. We measured this truck before and after the kit/wheel/tire installation and came up with the following measurements.

Before - Front Fender from Ground - 41.5"  /  Rear Fender from Ground - 44.8"  /  Bed Rail to Ground - 59"  /  Roof Height at Tallest Point - 81"

After - Front Fender from Ground - 45"  /  Rear Fender from Ground - 45.5"  /  Bed Rail to Ground - 59.5"  /  Roof Height at Tallest Point - 83"








Before:


During:



For more information regarding Carli's 2017+ Ford Super Duty suspension systems and components, click here.