Brutus is my 2006 LJ... I bought Brutus back in February of last year as a every day driver but like most all of you it wasn't long until I was driving every back road, unimproved forest 4x4 road and trail. I knew right away that Brutus was in need of improvements or the poor boy was going to get pounded to death! This is Brutus the day I brought him home
The LJ had a 2" budget boost and 33" tires when I bought it but other than that it was stock.
Now I'm definitely NOT wealthy so it took some time to scrape some coin together to get this build going. I have been saving for a year now, took on a second job, and got a little lucky with a dividend payout to start this. I love wheelin but I also equally love hunting and exploring as well so I need to build a very balanced Jeep that is a great everyday driver, something capable of long extended trips, and also something that would tackle 95%+ of the trails out there.
With all that in mind this will NOT be some custom cut and fab build but one of finding the right parts that just work right for a multi use jeep that is driven every day!
This build will start slow but trust me it will get pretty good
Very first mod Went out Tuesday morning and ol Brutus wouldn't start. I guess the age of the old battery and the fact that it was -8* outside was more than the Walmart Everstart could bear
So I got a jump and headed to Littleton, CO to a shop called Rokmens, maybe you heard of them? And picked up a new Optima and installed it right there in their parking lot
While I was at Rokmen's I decided that I had worked and saved enough and it was time to start building Brutus... I decided to bring home one of Rokmen's Mercenary front bumpers. I have to say, this thing is not only great looking but way over built! The lines and stout construction is only surpassed by the beauty of the welds! Seriously, the welds on this thing are so nice I had a hard time taking it to powder coat today, I only hope that they still show a little through it???
I have no doubt though this bumper will take a serious beating, be a great platform for a winch, and last a lifetime
I picked up my bumper from powder coat this past weekend and was going to install it but then I thought, "this is just not going to look right without a winch"
So back to Rokmens it was, that shop is going to bankrupt me!
I picked up a COMEUP 9.5RSI winch which is COMEUP's top of the line model that is fully sealed and submersible. It also comes with synthetic rope, a nice aluminum hawse, and is remote controlled These have been used on the Rokmens Freak Jeeps for some time now and used hard and they have nothing but good to say about them.
If the high dollar winch wasn't good enough a few other items out of Rokmens followed me home too...
I figured I should just go ahead and finish off the front bumper area so I picked up a Currie Anti-Rock sway bar and a Currie Forged HD steering system. I also picked up a Rokmen 1" body lift and a JKS 1" motor mount lift....
I recruited my friend Rob to help with the install of it all on Friday with the promise of cold Coronas
Going over my list of things I needed for the install tomorrow it hit me.... I forgot to get a dang trac bar! So I went back down to Rokmens where they were working late on builds and cool enough to sell me a trac bar at 845 at night,they close at 5 Thanks guys
I have ol Snoop guarding the stash night and day until we get it bolted down
While there I snapped a couple pics of a build they are doing to share with you all. Its a 06 LJ that they have stuffed a 5.7 Hemi into and a set of Spyder 9s along with a full on custom suspension and steering...
Half of me wishes I had the $$$$ to just give them my LJ for the same treatment but the other half says doing it yourself makes it not only more fun but more rewarding when wheeling it
Do everything yourself, much more rewarding. For a second there I thought that Hemi was in your jeep!
I agree and put 12 hours into Brutus today and the test drive was all the reward I needed, but I have to say the Coronas were good too
Originally Posted by sbaird95
VERY NICE purchases so far! will be watching this build!
Thanks, I've always been one to wait until I could afford some quality rather that just buying anything... Like I said, I took on a second job to help fund my Jeep and my first job pays pretty well! More to come!
Rokmen is the best. Hands down. I am actually kind of glad I don;t live that close to them or they would have a restraining order out on me for drooling over their creations. Welcome to the LJ world.
I really do feel very lucky living close to Rokmens, Dave and Jeff (owners) are the best and have huge passion for the industry and what they do Even though Dave and Jeff aren't building my Jeep they take the time to explain what will and won't work for my needs and even today when I ran into a snag with installing the Anti-Rock Dave was right there on the phone and told me what to do.... And I know how busy they are, I was there 3+ hours after close and they were still full on working but then again they took the time to sell me a Trac bar! GREAT SHOP! GREAT GUYS
Originally Posted by AngryTJ
So what is your end goals for the lj? I know you want it to be able to drive on long trips and wheel on the weekends but what's the list of parts your planning to get it there?
The name Brutus came from where I want to go with it... I want it to be brutally strong without over kill. There may be some steps to get to where I want to go but Im building it to run 37" to 40" tires though I'll probaby never go over 37's. The whole drive train will be replace here soon but build time on these components right now are 10 weeks out and I have to source a TC. Hopefully all come together by summer but I'll put it all right here for all to see.
As for what exactly is going in, well you got keep reading, I can't give it all away on page one :-)