06 Rubi Build...and stuff
I am copying this from another forum so some of the dates will be off.
Well I finally sold my CJ this past Friday (4/27) and now ready to do some work on the Rubi. The Rubi has a 4" Fabtech lift that was on it when I bought it. So far I got a new hinge pin and remounted the swingout tire carrier(as you can see it is about to fall off, and did break the rest of the way but didnt fall completely off), took off those chrome step bars, got 5 new tires and wheels, and got a winch plate and mounted my winch.
I wanted to make some doors so when I get my soft top I will have half doors with 'Emergency' uppers. I want some doors in case I get caught in the rain or whatnot. We plan on taking some longer trips and all during the warmer months and want to be doorless/topless as much as possible but still need the option to have doors and the top up in case of rain. I am not a huge fan of the soft doors because they flap so much and are so expensive for what they are, so I decided to make myself some 'cheaper', lightweight, hard doors. I made the frames out of 1/2" EMT conduit, and the lower (half door) section is covered with 1/8" ABS (thanks to Ghost for the source) and the window portion is 1/16" lexan. The half door portion is great! With the windows installed it gets a little noisy at highways speeds, but I only plan on having those on if it is raining and such. I am making a rack that will go on the inside of my spare tire carrier to carry them, and making some kind of fabric covers for the windows so they dont get so scratched so bad I cant see out of them. I need to figure out something beter for weatherstripping the uppers, but this will do for now.
Also installed a double cardan driveshaft and rear adjustable upper control arms (Rock Krawler) should be here the end of this week so I can get rid of these driveline vibrations! Since I sold my CJ I ordered some other stuff!
Supertop NX Softop
Delta H4 Headlight conversion
Viair Portable compressor
and a few other odds and ends
I'm gonna have a guy in our club build me some sliders and do some cage add ons!
and Brown Santa Came!
I built a box to go below my seat to hold my pistol when it cant carry it in somewhere. It is all 1/8" steel. I also made a bolt blocker of sorts. I just finished it last night and need to look at the bolt blocker some more to make sure it is going to function correctly. My seat is the flip seat on the driver's side too so there isnt much room, but the box fits my G23 just right! :D
DIY Spiderweb Shades
I made a sun shade/screen similar to the spiderweb shades. It was simple to make and cost about $35 in parts.
I also installed Delta Headlight conversions with Zenon bulbs. Much better than the stock candles! Bright white light not blue.
All of the bigger mods are put on hold for a little while, so just doing a few minor things along the way.
Build looks good so far. I really like your homemade doors. Your reason behind making them were exactly why I bought some.... and my lack of skills. Anyways, you are really close to my favorite (and possibly only) ORV park in Louisiana. It is Catahoula Recreation park in Sicily Island, about 2 hours from Raymond. PM me if you want to go and I will try and tell you the next time I go. Keep up the build.
Rock lights! These are some bright little lights!
love the OD .40! my dad has an OD g26 and g34 both 9s
jeep is looking great. i want a rubi! :drool:
Drop Down Tailgate Conversion
I decided to convert my tailgate into a drop down style tailgate from the swingout factory style. I did this for a few reasons, 1) It is much more functional this way. Gives a built in work bench/place to sit. 2) My tire carrier has the ability to adjust the height of he hinge to allow for sag, but if i adjusted it up to where it needed to be I couldnt open my tailgate because the tailgate hinge would hit the top of the tire carrier hinge! It wasnt too difficult, but a little time consuming.
Drop Down Tailgate Conversion
And a few more pictures...:D
Edit: I bought some replacement tailgate cables that work much better than the ones I had made. They ones I had made were slipping some and a little too long.
I posted a few things I was wanting to do, but never really told a direction or what I was wanting to do. So here is a list of Mods(some will likely change) and my direction.
I plan for this jeep to be a daily driver for a long time. I want to be able to drive this jeep on trips for long distances, wheel some moderate trails and drive home with minimal damage! And be able to drive it every day to and from work(60 miles round trip). And it keep it riding/driving as good as it does now(which is very good, except the annoying vibrations from my other thread).
These mods will likely be done over the next two years(maybe sooner, but we will see:):
Savvy Control Arms(have rear lowers and rock krawler rear uppers right now)
Currie Trac Bar
Currie Ultimate Steering
Rugged Ridge Steering Box Skid
Currie Bump Stops
Rocker Guards/Steps - Make my own
Undercover Fab Works Underbelly Skid
Savvy Corner Amor
Roll Cage - make my own
T&T Tube Fenders
Diff Covers - UCF
Savvy Gas Tank Skid
35 " tires (I like the KM2s I am running now, but we will see when the time comes)
Alot of the things I have done so far are somewhat inexpensive things that make it more comfortable for me to use my jeep for what I like, and drive it every day.:cool:
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