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bbusch 07-19-2010 07:52 PM

bbuschs' stealth Rubicon build
*edited February 2013

Well I started this build ten years ago now (as of 2/8/03) and have plenty on the agenda for the next two years. I am going for a stock look only large with the upgrades to handle 37" tires under somewhat extreme conditions (for a trail rig anyway). I am focused on keeping this a daily driver (even tho it's not) as well as trail and Tahoe winter worthy. I enjoy a comfy nice interior with lots of luxury and a great sound system. At the moment I am preparing her for a complete break down so she can get a new paint job frame up. Dark Graphite Slate Metallic paint w/flat black accents is in consideration vs. Tuxedo Black w/billet accents to match my truck.. in the mean time all the details are being gathered in prepairation. Currently on the hunt for an AEV non highline Heat Reduction Hood and I am gathering the parts to do a 5.5" Nth Degree/Genright stretch. Once the stretch is completed and all the parts are gathered for painting I will be replacing the front axle with a Pro Rock 44 and four linking the rear PR Dynatrac 60 keeping the width stock (roughly 60.5"). Eventually I will be going with a V8 (probably settle on a 6.1 Hemi but want a 350) and tranny/Atlas tcase combo that will fit (with a flat TT) while being capable of handling all that power. I have seen plenty of clean well funded projects (some of which get lots of attention on the Forums) but I have yet to see one as well thought out and clean on the interior as this rig given this style build. An AEV Heat Reduction Hood may be in the future before I paint her but no flat fenders going on in this build, it's just not my style. Hope you enjoy my TJR build and that it may help some with thoughts/direction for theirs.

03 Rubicon been building her for over ten years now, couple of posers heading to and from Rubicon Springs.

Poser in front of Lake Tahoe

Some of my upgrades and accessories listed below

HID lighting (no longer, switched to phase 7 LED's posted later in this thread)

Custom built flat Nth Degree Tummy Tuck

bbusch 07-19-2010 08:13 PM


Alpine stereo along with plug-ins below and air guage w/switchs for OBA and Swayloc activation

Alpine PDX 5 Amp puts out 75w x4 RMS plus an additional 300w RMS mono

Sierra Mountain Enterprises Jeepods house 6.5" Focal Polyglass speakers

LED lights in em too

Rock Hard cage

Both front and rear bumpers are the air reserve for the OBA

Prestige Billet hood hinges, antenne housing, hood footman loop and bumpers

Prestige Billet tailgate hinges and rear LEDs

Under the belly it's equivalent to running 40" tires, been running the Nth LA 4.5" lift for over six years now.

Snow Duties!

Warn 8274-50 winch and SDB 210 lights

*Observation Point on the Rubicon Trail

Rear flex shot, Bilstein 7100 reservoir shocks and half doors off my 97 TJ.

Time to head home

*Everything under the rig is well protected.. under carriage protection was the first of many upgrades I directed funds. When I started the build spring of 2003 I had the idea of it being tucked up as much as possible, the one inch Tera alum. bl and JKS one inch mml helped me accomplish much needed clearance since my plans were to stay stealth and only run 35 inch tires. With the internal lift I was able to run a TT that is completely flat (slight sump for the t case angle) as well as a Kilby gas skid. Other skids include a Kilby steering box skid, JKS front LCA mini skids, Nth oil pan skid, Nth rear Slider, Crawltec front diff cover and custom bumpers I built.

shark02 07-19-2010 10:11 PM

Wow. I LOVE your jeep. :drool: also, how do you like your HID setup? do you know of a good place online to purchase such a kit?

bbusch 07-19-2010 11:14 PM


Originally Posted by shark02 (Post 9816864)
Wow. I LOVE your jeep. :drool: also, how do you like your HID setup? do you know of a good place online to purchase such a kit?

I really like the HID's, you can get them at the link I placed below. Thanks for the comments. :cheers2:

Lighting : Skinny Pedal Products!

gixxerphil 07-19-2010 11:19 PM

what kind of hood hinges are those?

spretzel23 07-19-2010 11:30 PM

hehehehe you said dutie:D
Just kidding, nice jeep. I really like the bumper/OBA set up.

karlo 07-20-2010 12:29 AM

After 7 years, your TJ is now a real offroad machine. I like all the mods especially the sound system.

Toms87 07-20-2010 12:55 AM

Awesome jeep. I have only been building mine for about 2 years and get withdrawal if I don't drive it, I can't even begin to imagine how attached you are after 7 years.

bbusch 07-20-2010 12:56 AM

Thanks for all the comments, I am very happy with my rig. :cheers2:

Posted a link below for access to the hood hinges, you will have to call Eddie to order them he doesn't have them posted on his site.


bbusch 07-21-2010 05:56 PM

Few more pics....

One of my Favorite upgrades, the Alpine CDA 9855 had it since Sept 05.

Back in May 2010... geesh!

Just a poser summer 2009 on the set of KM2s

Rubicon Springs... my style of Motel

Hood Shot... bout to twist over that rock to my right (coming down Cadillac).

Pics are from summer 2007... before my Warn hub/axle conversion (5 on 5.5 bolt pattern now), also previously sporting the 9.5ti winch.

Laredo-Alex 09-24-2010 01:30 PM

Hi bbusch,

very nice Rubicon!!!

Can you tell me where i can buy these speaker pods?

Iceman3535 09-24-2010 01:57 PM

Can you post some more pics of your onboard air set up please?

djflyy 09-24-2010 10:25 PM

Looks like a great build man! Photos made me :drool::drool:

TedderX_ 09-24-2010 10:35 PM

You've got some money wrapped up in that thing.

Very nice!

unlimited94 09-24-2010 10:47 PM

That thing is sexy man, love the beadlocks!

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