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post #1 of 135 Old 05-05-2010, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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2004 NC Rubicon Build (Pic Intense and Video Added)

Ok....


Here's what I started with.






I added some wheels and tires I had sitting in the garage.







I would like to end up on 35's with a long arm kit. I've got a $5000 budget. I need direction! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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post #2 of 135 Old 05-05-2010, 09:17 PM
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You already have a great platform to start.

Rock Krawler LA suspension
Rock sliders
Front and rear bumpers- Expedition One
Superwinch EPi9.0 winch
OR-Fab sport cage
Skid for gas tank
BFG KM2 35x12.5x15
Procomp 8179 wheels

Check my mod list below to see all the little things I did to my JK Jeep. Some things I have done you won't need due to the fact you have a Rubi TJ and mine is JK unlimited.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.
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post #3 of 135 Old 05-10-2010, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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I got a couple things done before the big rush of parts start showing up.

I started with the audio... I love a nice sounding system and the Jeep was FAR from that.

So... I went with a Sony head unit with USB port for my Ipod.





Followed up with some Infinity 5 1/2" speakers for the sound bar.





Some not pictured Pioneer 4" x 6" front dash speakers.



And a Diamond Audio Competition 10" sub with a Crossfire 200 watt amp.





That gave me the sound I wanted so I left it at that.


Next up, I picked up some Mopar grab handles.





A Smitybilt XRC rear bumper with spare tire carrier and D - rings.





A Bestop Super Top.





And picked up 5 of these:








The lift, skids, front bumper, winch, lights, etc. will be here this week!!!
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post #4 of 135 Old 05-10-2010, 06:17 PM
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It will be interesting to see it lifted with those tires.
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post #5 of 135 Old 05-10-2010, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I can't wait!!

I went with the BDS 3" short arm lift, JKS 1.25" BL, OME steering stablizer, Mopar diff. skids for the front and rear, skid row gas tank skid, Hyline steering box skid, RockHard front winch bumper, and Warn M8000 winch.
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post #6 of 135 Old 05-10-2010, 08:54 PM
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Nice set of mods. I like your sound system.
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post #7 of 135 Old 05-11-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Nice set of mods. I like your sound system.

Thanks Karlo! It's got a pretty good sound for a Jeep.




Oh yeah, I picked this up today.


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post #8 of 135 Old 05-12-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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O.k..... So all of this stuff came in today.






I guess it's time to get to work.
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post #9 of 135 Old 05-13-2010, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I got a couple things done tonight. First, I gave it a quick washing to get some of that mud off. Then I started on the front. My Rock Hard Bumper came in today on FedEx so I wanted to get it and my M8000 mounted up. Here's the outcome.....






What do you guys think?
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post #10 of 135 Old 05-14-2010, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Got some more done tonight...


I picked up a set of these bad boys!




And some KC windshield frame light mounts....




Here's the outcome.....





And the Jeep is now a "floater". I dropped the wheels and tires off to have the new 35" MTZ's mounted and balanced.






Now all that's left if the suspension lift, body lift, and steering stabilizer.


Anybody close by wanna come turn some wrenches this weekend?
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post #11 of 135 Old 05-16-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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So I had a chance to turn some wrenches today.


Here's the pics.


Out with the old...






Springs in....





Old Man Emu Steeing Stablizer installed...





Quick disconnects ready to rock....





And my favorite, the BDS 9500 shocks....





The front went very smooth. No real issues to contend with. I was on a roll at that point so I jumped on the back. I got the lower shock mounts removed and went for the uppers to get the old shocks out of the way. Then........ POW! The inboard shock mount bolt snapped the head off when I was trying to remove it. I founght that thing for two hours and couldn't get it out. Any suggestions? Miracle tools?
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post #12 of 135 Old 05-19-2010, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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O.k. Update time....

I finished up the rear suspension install. Got the 35's mounted, balanced, and installed. Installed my Rock Sliders. Here's the pics.









What do you guys think?


Up next is the 1" body lift, steering box skid, diff. cover plates, and fuel tank skid. I've got all the parts, I've just got to get time to spend some quality garage time.
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post #13 of 135 Old 05-19-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I also got to get some poser shots today. It's my first time flexing it since the lift and tires and I'm pretty pleased. The body lift will definitely give me that little extra clearance I need.

Time for the pics.....














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post #14 of 135 Old 05-20-2010, 05:49 AM
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Nice ride...are you running stock control arms?
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post #15 of 135 Old 05-20-2010, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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Nice ride...are you running stock control arms?

I sure am. I was told that 3" or lower and you didn't need to change the uppers or lowers. I'll swap them out to some Terraflex in the future, but for the time being, I'm gonna give the stockers a shot and see how they hold up.
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