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Unread 09-21-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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04 Rubi Build Thread

So I guess I will start my build thread on my 04 Rubi.

As for the back story: I started looking into a jeep after I got to college and joined/help create the off road club here, DWC Mud Runners. So after being riddled with "When you buyin a jeep" I began my search. After first and second semester when by I looked at and almost bought 2 jeeps but both fell out and I couldn't get them. During the summer I then found another very promising jeep with 4" lift and 33's and when I went down to bring my deposit someone else ended up getting it

So then I somewhat gave up and was angered and what not, my brother took over the seach for me and found an 04 Rubi that was up near my school.

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I sat down and talked with one of the sales guys and he told me the price on lot was 16,900. I told him that I saw it online for 15,900 and he said no problem. Then I talked about what was wrong with the jeep blah blah blah needed tires, a small rip in the soft top (which happily doesnt leak), and some minor rust spots. I offered him 13,500 which his eyes just about popped out of his head, but end of the month and they needed to move 22 cars in 3 days . I signed the paper work and told him I would be back the next day to drive her home. Ofcourse I could not wait, called back in about 15 min and told him to have it cleaned and ready to be picked up in about an hour which was fine.

So I finally had her home and the first thing I did was take off the top and doors and went for a nice ride and found the first puddle I could find on a dirt road near my house, because a dirty jeep is a happy one.

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Then it was taking out the carpets and then the GF wanted to go for some ice cream and so I took the top down and doors off and somehow the weather guy f*cked up and it poured, go figure the weather guy got the forcast wrong so then I ran for the close underpass and put the top back up. Note the icecream on the dash

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Unread 09-21-2008, 05:43 PM   #2
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Then came time to start tinkering with the jeep and since for a stock Rubi you can only use the lockers in 4Lo I modified that very simply which can be found here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f140/rubicon-unleleashed-bypass-factory-locker-limit-switch-598853/

After that I went out and played with some friends at night at a local wheelin place. Messed around a bit not knowing how amazing jeeps really are even stock.

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After about a week or so I began the search for a lift, with the help of JF I laned on the Rubicon Express Superflex 4.5". I went with this lift because of the posibilities of it, looks good with 33's can fit 35's, and with tube fenders and a 1" BL, 37's. So I was told about Red Rock 4x4, which jason was an awesome help highly recommended! A+ on that place.

In a few weeks I had my lift waiting for my on my door step and could not wait to get to work. If anyone is planning on putting in a lift I recomend that you do it yourself you can save money and you learn that much more.
So here are the before and after shots:

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And then a little fun on the front lawn:

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Unread 09-21-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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So after waiting about a week for some time, I got to take her out and see how she preformed on some rocks and mud.

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Unread 09-21-2008, 06:47 PM   #4
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Since then I have added some hockey puck seat risers
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Unread 09-21-2008, 07:59 PM   #5
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Unread 09-21-2008, 08:06 PM   #6
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Looking nice, lift turned out great!

Funky spare you got going there.
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Unread 09-21-2008, 08:11 PM   #8
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I have the full size, just waiting to buy my bumper, getting the BERSERK bumper from groundpounderfab.com
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I have the full size, just waiting to buy my bumper, getting the BERSERK bumper from groundpounderfab.com
Be sure to get some good shots, I'll be ordering that bumper!
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Looks great, I've always loved the look of Rubicons in general, and this one looks awesome!
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Unread 09-22-2008, 09:18 AM   #13
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So I figured I would give a note as to what my plans are for this jeep, the build will be over a period of 2 years hopefully.

Engine/Drivetrain:
3.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel
NV4500
Dynatrac Pro 60's

Wheels/Tires/Lift:
4.5" RE Lift (DONE)
1.25" BL
36 or 37's (Swampers?)

Armor:
Tube Fenders or AEV Highline
Road Amor Matrix Front Bumper (Or one I make that is similar)
Berserk Rear Bumper
Custom Rock Sliders (Based off raskulls)

Recovery:
Warn 9.5ti Winch
Possible Rear Winch

Electrical:
CB - Uniden 510xl (DONE)

Other Goodies:
Homemade Snorkel
Windshield Light Bar (Design Started, based off of Delta SkyBar)
Reverse Lights
Rock Lights
Front Lights (See the Road Armor Matrix Bumper)

So those are my idea's with more to come as always
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Unread 09-22-2008, 09:20 AM   #14
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I forgot to mention, between installing the lift and going wheeling I got my vanity plates GDTIME, it stands for Good Time, although my friends like to laugh and say God Time
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Unread 09-22-2008, 12:05 PM   #15
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On Saturday the 6th, I was away and it was my college club's first trip of the year... My roomate/ the president did not have his jeep yet at school and I allowed him to use it for the day.. 6and this is what happened, broken axle drivers side and a u-joint cap came off the passenger side:

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So he ordered a new shaft and u-joint. Then when it came we took it all apart and found that on the passenger side the outter shaft had been messed up aswell, so I bought that side because it could've been caused by me or him, so now thats on its way to me and should be here tomorrow.

I have pictures of the fix but not on my laptop so you'll have to wait till I get those.
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