2016 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock

The 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock is the 3rd JK Wrangler to join the list of Jeeps.  The Rubicon Hard Rock was introduced in 2015 as a spin off to the Rubicon X which was a spin off of the awesome 2013 Rubicon 10th Anniversary.  In the fashion we will keep this Jeep in an “everybody” Jeep style.  We will focus on the types of modifications and enhancements that most Jeepers can afford and keep the Jeep able to be a daily driver as well as an awesome trail Jeep.


Trip to AOAA

And now the Jeep and options…

  • 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock
  • Hydro Blue
  • Automatic
  • 4.10 gears
  • Dual Tops
  • Remote Start

The Hard Rock package comes with so many standard features there wasn’t much to add.  Some of the highlighted features…

  • Heated leather seats
  • Alpine premium sound
  • Steel bumpers
  • Front and rear lockers
  • Electronic disconnect front sway bar
  • so much more
sweet hood styling

sweet hood styling

The Jeep was custom ordered and arrived at Sands Auto in Quakertown, PA 31 days after ordering.

Future plans

We love Teraflex products and we decided to outfit this Jeep with many components from Teraflex.  Teraflex has been making premium Jeep products since 1996.  They have been known for their innovative products that solve problems and improve the Jeep in many ways.

Teraflex Goodies



We ran the Goodyear Duratrac tires on the 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and had awesome results with them.  goodyear-wrangler-duratracThis tire is so universal on a Jeep, it works wonderfully in all kinds of driving.  It was natural that we would use these again.  This time we are opting for the 315/70/R17 size which essentially is the 35″ tall tire.


The Rubicon Hard Rock wheels are so good looking on the Jeep we are going to retain them.  This saves money and keeps the Jeep in a stock-mod look.  While the tires are spec’d to be mounted on at least an 8″ wheel many Jeepers have run these tires on the stock 7.5′ wheels with excellent results.

3 Stages

Installing the 35″ tires on the stock wheels requires spacers to prevent rubbing.  We installed a set of Teraflex 1.25″ Wheel spacers to take care of the problem.


After the lift was installed the Jeep tended to wander a bit from the reduction in caster angle.  We installed a set of Teraflex Lower Sport Flexarms to correct the caster angle.

Bumper Modifications

The Hard Rock includes a steel winch ready bumper that is begging for a winch to be installed.  We installed a hoop, winch mount and light brackets from Maximus-3.  Maximus-3 JK Bumper Mods.

Maximus-3 Bumper Mods, Winch, and Lighting


As part of the bumper project we installed a Warn VR10-S winch.


In addition to the winch a set of KC HiLiTES 6″ Pro-Sport Gravity LED Lights Model 644 we added for extra lighting and good looks.


Off Road

We’ve taken some opportunities to run Jeep through the woods at AOAA and as expected its performance was flawless. 

AOAA Feb 2017


AOAA Feb 2017

AOAA Feb 2017

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