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dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:21 PM

***Black Booty*** 2005 Rubi LJ - SW Florida
Figured it was time to post my build here since it's been going on for almost 2 years.

It all started with a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser loaded that I got in 2006 when they first came out. Doing the 3" lift and 20" rims with now 35" tires, I still love that rig, BUT, it's just to wide for the tight trails here in SW Florida and I really wanted a removable soft/hard top option and a solid front axle. So I started looking for my next vehicle. I was hoping that the new FJ's would have come out with the open top after seeing that they had one at the SEMA show. But due to the bad economy not only did they not do a drop top, they cut production and threatened to stop production all together. So I started looking at jeeps, the 4 door caught my eye and I was in love! UNTIL I DROVE IT!!!! What a underpowered engine they had in them. My 1975 Ford Pinto had a more responsive power plant living in it. So the JK's were ruled out totally.
On a trip back up north to visit family I finally got the balls to stop in on a 1975 Toyota FJ40, asked the owner if he would sell it ,( I had moved originally from and had been watching this specific FJ prolly for 10 years.) I did a short test drive and made the cash deal. It was on the car hauler truck and shipping down home to Ft Myers the next morning.
So I got my removable top and solid front axle after all. The classic off roading rig needed little TLC to keep playing in the dirt so I repaired, improved and played and got use to the hard, stiff and very bouncy ride along with no AC or Power steering. After I started adding up the dollars it was gonna take to restore this to premium condition I thought maybe I should look for a newer lower milage jeep with the comfy creature comforts that I enjoy.
So, after researching "the used jeep thing" I found out that the Rubicon LJ was the real way to go for me. Rubicon options and the extended wheel base for better off roading and plenty of storage. After a month or so of stalking Craigslist hourly I saw the ad only after it was posted for 30 minutes. A realtor had it, original owner garaged and spotless. Only 21,000 miles. Never offroad and it showed that. I called and was there within the hour with cash and he came down to my offering. The rest is history and I prolly have sunk way more in upgrades than I originally paid for the vehicle, easily.

the pic's start here....... enjoy!
Purchased February 2010 this is how it came......

It's been one hell of an education building my Booty over the past 2 years. I have learned a ***** load about jeep's, suspensions, steering, navigation, winching, etc.... and thanks to all of the great people who have schooled me especially one in particular, kinda funny his initials are JP. I have met many great JEEP owners through our local and not so local clubs and events that I have participated in and visited with.
Hoping you enjoy my shots, I love photography as much as Jeepin so there's gonna be lots of them.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:25 PM
My FJ 40, sad to say I did sell it but kept the Warn winch which now resides on the front of my Booty.
I found a hard top and stand in Tampa...

north50 12-05-2011 04:27 PM

Having seen this sweet jeep in person in it's present state Im looking forward to this thread and how it got there. And of course the future things you'll do to it. You have one of the nicest LJ's I've seen.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:28 PM

Then I found a set of OEM steel doors that were just painted and the colors matched perfect. Craigslist find.....

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:35 PM

I love Craigslist.......
Found a local Sheriff in Naples that was selling a CAI, Performance Chip, magnaflow exhaust, and complete floor liners/matts. They were on his wife's LJ for a week and he said she was going way to fast with that stuff installed, so he removed it without telling her.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:42 PM

I still have my FJ Cruiser and might just break out the sawzaw to replicate this little model.


dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 04:52 PM

Now I can't wait long at all, I researched until my fingers wore down the laptop keys, and my new found jeep friends got tired of answering all of my question. I've never read so much in my life until I stated educating myself about what will work perfectly for my offroading needs.

So, the next addition was a Teraflex 5" long arm lift, 5" LCG Pro, along with 4:88 gears.
Gas tank skid and 35" MTZ's. I did make a big mistake to use the local 4x4 shop who installed 2 other lifts for me. Did a great job then, but the new young KID installer just didn't care enough to be a perfectionist like I like.


dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 05:00 PM

They had a hell of a time routing the exhaust but luckily I was there then so they redid their first try.

Tom Woods driveshaft....

My first set of 4:88 gears..... after 30 minutes they went bad.... kid installed.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 05:04 PM

Looks good, but like any other lifted black jeep.

I found a Safari top, duster and windjammer on Craigslist....

Started thinking about marketing, naming my creation......
one of my jeep advisors was using the Pirate theme so it got me thinking......

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 06:21 PM
at my buddy's Pirate garage.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 06:26 PM

obstacle course at Pirate's garage....

I did my graphics a week before Jeep Beach 2010.

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 06:32 PM

found a small leak in my rear axle.

I installed my Kilby Rock sliders.....

New PIAA light's.....

relaxing on the Sanibel causeway....

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 07:01 PM

picked up my High lift extreme jack....

Installed 2 more PIAA's on the bumper....

Hookin up the lights....

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 07:09 PM

jacking up the trailer with the Booty on it has taken it's toll on that bolt.

Gettin ready for a trip to GA to meet up with the Northern GA Jeepers

installed the new larger 160 amp alternator .....

Playing on some local pipes

dirtycruiser 12-05-2011 07:18 PM

got a new Mopar winch plate to attach my FJ winch......

Got my new/used rear winch bumper, installed my new Warn M8000 winch.
I bought the rear bumper from a good buddy who actually designed and built it along with the tire carrier.

Bought his front bumper also, pre powder coating.

Doing a test color paint job....

The Booty is looking pretty good!

The time now is 10:46 PM.

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