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Unread 08-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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Copart LJ Build

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Last year we won the right to pay more than anyone else for this 2006 LJR on Copart. She was rolled had 59k miles and best I could tell was in decent condition. I was offshore in the Gulf of Mexico at the time so the my wife and brother in-law drove down to Bakersfield to pick her up. That's her being loaded.

It's had a few minor improvements over the last year so I'll try to catch up on those. Bear with me since I'm not much on typing/posting this being my 1st post on here.

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Unread 08-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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Survey the damage.

1) Destroyed hardtop
2) Busted windshield
3) Bent fenders
4) Dented hood
5) Rear passenger tub corner smashed down.
6) Dented windshield frame
7) Horrible engine knock that I was hoping was the flex plate.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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Not a cracked flex plate

Well I couldn't find anything wrong with the flex plate so I dropped the oil pan. Just great, extra parts. the good news was I found a 57k mile 2005 engine in Reno for $500 bucks.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 07:34 PM   #4
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Test run

Got her running and drove to Santa Cruz for a Craig's List soft top. All went well so we took her to Shuteye Peak. It's above Bass Lake and worth the trip.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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Started wasting money

Installed a rokmen tailgate and led taillights. after a trip to Bald Mountain I wanted bigger tires but I'm not sold on a lift and I wanted to keep it on the lower side anyway. I was thinking rokmen hi line but decided on aluminum instead. Might as well throw in some jk lights and cut the bent bumper while and I'm at it.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 08:34 PM   #6
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Those Jk turn signals are sweet man! How'd you go about making the hole?
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Unread 08-12-2015, 09:02 PM   #7
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Thanks John,
I used a 3 1/8" hole saw and it's the same plug.

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Unread 08-12-2015, 09:29 PM   #8
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Tires

Installed hood pins and much needed set of 315/75R16 Falken Wildpeaks. Took to shuteye testing again. Although the fenders and antirock gave some room in the front the rear was rubbing.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 10:37 PM   #9
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The shovel and the dirt that was in it.

Added a JKS body lift, more offroad MML and savvy under armor. Had concerns with driveline vibrations but it hasn't been an issue. I do have more vibrations at idle but I think it's the MML. I should have checked it before the skid install.

The stock skid is ridiculous. I am still planning to buy the oil pan skid but I took a picture of the old tranny skid with the savvy skid just to see the gain. Thank you savvy.
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Unread 08-13-2015, 08:51 AM   #10
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Mild trim

The tires sling mud in the jeep. I cut the stock fender flares and trimmed the tub just to the inside of the bolt holes.
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Unread 08-13-2015, 09:19 AM   #11
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Great job saving this from being parted or crushed. Bummer about the bent rod and crushed hardtop. Those are not cheap replacements

That's an awesome shot of the TT vs. stock skid...jeep looks great!
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Unread 08-13-2015, 10:00 AM   #12
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Unread 08-13-2015, 01:26 PM   #13
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Unread 08-14-2015, 05:59 PM   #14
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Inner fenders

PSC Inner fenders on, I still need to build some brackets for fuse box and what not. Keeps the engine compartment clean but holds the heat in.
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Unread 08-14-2015, 09:52 PM   #15
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Man I thought I was sold on Metalcloaks, but those Rokmen Fenders sure do look nice! How did those PSC inner fenders fit with them?

P.S. Nice find with that soft top. I guess I haven't been looking hard enough because Santa Cruz is basically in my backyard!
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