2005 LJ Rubicon Build: Daniel's money pit
Well after a year and a half of spending and modding I reckon it's time for a build thread... To start off I'll tell you a little bit about my background and Jeep timeline. When I turned 16 I got a 2003 Jeep Wrangler x, which is where the Jeep bug first bit me. I gave it a budget boost and 33's and quickly found out that there was a lot more to the Jeep than just throwing big tires on it. I kept it basically in this form other than some bumpers and other random items until I got rid of it for my current vehicle, which is a 2005 LJ Rubicon in the red flavor. When I got it, from my father, he had done a budget boost in the rear and ome 933s up front with OME shocks and a smittybilt winch, xrc bumpers front and rear, and smittybilt sliders, aluminum radiator, e-fan. It's had 33's on it since either me or him have owned the vehicle(40k miles) and has been a great vehicle for me to learn a little in the off-road world and also get me to NCSU for school and back home.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working on it and making it a more capable rig both on and off the pavement. So I guess let's get down to what I have done to the Jeep since the title has been in my name.
I have added the following things to the Jeep, not in this order necessarily, over the last year and half.
Savvy Under Armor
Metalcloak Upper control arms
Metalcloak Rear adjustable track bar
Tom Woods Rear Driveshaft
OME 934/949 Springs
ZJ V8 Tie-rod
Replacement Moog front trackbar
Drilled and slotted rotors(Was a gift) and upgraded pads
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
Custom exhaust work to clear tummy tuck
That's all I can think of at the moment, but will update with any further modifications...
What's on the docket...
This friday I will be dropping the Jeep off to have some HD lower control arm mounts welded onto the front axle since I crunched one of them wheeling. I will have the metalcloak lowers installed at the same time as this.
Metalcloak armor (painted to match vehicle, and will likely have the whole Jeep sprayed at this time
Savvy oil pan/engine skid
Chromoly front/rear shafts
35" tires w/new rims (preferably Hutchinson Rock Monsters in argent)
Possible regear to 4.56 if necessary