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Unread 11-23-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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2006 Khaki LJ - aka. LlCoolJ

So I just picked up my first jeep. But not necessarily new to them. Looked for a while for this LJ Rubicon and pretty damn excited to get it. Great condition with 90thousand KM and only a little surface rust that I will take care of soon.

First two shots are from the drive home.
It has a 2.5 OME lift and another OME Body lift--not sure how much. Strangely the rear looks higher than the front. But the springs in the back are super stiff, so that may be why. Or the winch in the front is super heavy? Either way I want to level it out.

The tires are 33" Maxxis Big Horn.

Doing some research now on 35" MTR's or... really tempted to do 37" if I can find the AEV highline fenders. Will keep it on the Moab wheels. Loving the 37's because they somehow look narrower than the 35s. If I could get the MTR's in 10.5 width I think I would jump the gun on that.

Since picking it up last week, I've installed a Smitty bilt tire carrier, removed the bullbar, added new battery and took it for a spin on our first snow storm of the year. Looking for a mopar rock front bumper. but most of all highlines!

Let the buildage begin!
-ghost.

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Unread 11-23-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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Looks like a good start. I love the Mopar bumper you want.
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Unread 11-25-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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Very cool Jeep. Did it come from Ottawa?
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Unread 11-26-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
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Great Start ! Looks clean, I love my Rubicon, its the TJ version but its impressive stock. I bought the Mopar Rock bumper and VERY impressed with the quality and fit, I liked that its "factory" approved and still heavy duty.
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Unread 11-26-2014, 06:26 PM   #5
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Yes, bought it from a gent in Ottawa. He was very reluctant letting it go haha and definitely took care of it.

I'm looking for a used Mopar bumper first. That way I can powder coat it to match the rear. And investigating some heavy duty suspension components. Liking what I'm reading about the Currie sway bar and tie rods.

35s MTR's have been ordered (next week they should be on!) I wonder if I will need spacers.

Wooo...
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Unread 11-26-2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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Nice LJ. I had the Mopar bumper you are talking about on my TJ, and it won't play nice with the Antirock you are looking at. Even if you trim the bumper to fit it the strength of the recovery hooks would be severely compromised.

Just FYI
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Unread 11-27-2014, 08:21 AM   #7
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Awww bummer. The bumper gets in the way or what? Any photos to show that? Is it just the mopar bumper that doesn't work with them or a lot of the wider bumpers dont?

What was your solution?
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Unread 11-27-2014, 08:47 AM   #8
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Awww bummer. The bumper gets in the way or what? Any photos to show that? Is it just the mopar bumper that doesn't work with them or a lot of the wider bumpers dont?

What was your solution?
The bumper has a plate that covers the hole in the crossmember where the Antirock slips through. I don't have any pics on my phone, but I'll check my PC later. Only a few bumpers like the Mopar and ARB do that.

My solution was to sell it and get a better bumper. It had a lot of things I didn't like about it anyway.
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Unread 11-27-2014, 08:53 AM   #9
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What did you go with.

I also like the warn bumper. Just looking for something simple and small and somewhat oem-ish.
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Unread 11-27-2014, 09:22 AM   #10
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What did you go with.

I also like the warn bumper. Just looking for something simple and small and somewhat oem-ish.
I went with the Rokmen and really like it. Theres a ton of great bumpers out there though.
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Unread 11-27-2014, 09:57 AM   #11
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Looks great, how do you like the anti rock system? How is it on the road.
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Unread 11-27-2014, 11:52 AM   #12
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Looks great, how do you like the anti rock system? How is it on the road.
I don't drive it much, but on mine it's not really noticeable on the road unless you take a turn way too fast.

Offroad it's fantastic.
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Unread 11-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #13
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Hmm. I will unfortunately do mostly city driving. I will look into other options. For now, just need some slightly larger and new tires.

These aren't doing too good in the snow.

For now, new owner taking too many photos
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Unread 12-07-2014, 05:58 PM   #14
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Anyone have any experience with this kit on our TJ's.


http://www.tandrperformance.com/trbigbrupkit.html

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Unread 12-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #15
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Anyone have any experience with this kit on our TJ's.


http://www.tandrperformance.com/trbigbrupkit.html

You looked at the VANCO big brake kits? They are a little cheaper and have a good reputation around here.
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