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Unread 01-06-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Dezert's AZ Backcountry LJ Build

Time for a new build with a new Jeep! As some may know, I bought a 2006 Rubicon LJ the first weekend in 2014. Had to travel to Colorado to get it, but it's well worth it! Came with a ****ty 2" budget boost in the front and a 3-3.5" lift in the rear. So it sits stinkbug style. Has a Rokmen Engine skid, Warn rear tire carrier, and 255/85/16 KM2s. 6spd manual and tons of fun!

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The night I bought it in CO (first picture of ownership):


And a daylight shot before I drove it back to Flagstaff:






Today I just swapped the winch and stubby over from my other TJ:




The adjustable front tracbar will be swapped too in preparation of some metalcloak 3.5" front coils to level this out.

Should be a fun build! This will be my DD and wheeler since the other 2 jeeps are being sold

I don't really want to give future additions right now since I am new to this LJ still. But definitely 1.25"-1.50" wheel spacers to widen these moabs, Metalcloak coils, 5100s, and probably a 1-1.25" BL for a tummy tuck way down the line



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Unread 01-08-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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Nice rig, Im jelly. Always loved LJ's, its like wheeling a topless 2 door XJ with a frame haha.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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Nice rig, Im jelly. Always loved LJ's, its like wheeling a topless 2 door XJ with a frame haha.
Exactly! I couldn't stand being out of a wrangler, but I liked the room of my XJ. SO, LJ it was!

Got some goodies ordered up today.
*Poison Spyder Steering Box skid
*Low profile roller fairlead

After the steering box skid, everything should be armored
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:51 AM   #4
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Nice rig, Im jelly. Always loved LJ's, its like wheeling a topless 2 door XJ with a frame haha.
Actually Jeep claimed the LJ was to replace the 2 door XJs when it was first released.

Looks like a pretty LJ. Look forward to some updates.
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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I like it. I'll be following
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
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Good looking LJ , welcome to the club .
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Unread 01-09-2014, 11:27 PM   #7
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Went super extreme today and put some rugged ridge floor mats in. I know, too much to handle.

A guy at work wants my km2s and he's got 315/75/16 Duratracs with 1k miles on them. But it's on an f250. I want 35s so bad but so much to do to run them!
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Unread 01-10-2014, 09:45 PM   #8
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I would leave it as is and just enjoy it for a while .
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Unread 01-11-2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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I would leave it as is and just enjoy it for a while .
Saids the guy who was discussing the currie 60...
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Unread 01-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #10
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Saids the guy who was discussing the currie 60...
That is on hold until next winter . Trying to get mine wrapped up and ready to go for the spring trip .
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Unread 01-12-2014, 10:35 AM   #11
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Nice clean LJ... have fun with it
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Unread 01-12-2014, 11:17 PM   #12
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What are your plans for it?

Clean beautiful LJ. Im getting back into mine
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Unread 01-14-2014, 08:04 PM   #13
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^^^This... every day of the week^^^

I have enjoyed the **** out of my LJ Rubi... Here's to hoping you have the same experience with yours!
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Unread 01-14-2014, 09:32 PM   #14
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Installed the low pro roller fairlead. Need to adjust it some, but it's much better than that giant roller



Got the poison spyder steering skid in. Waiting for a good time to install that




As for future plans: 3.5" metalcloak coils or 3" savvy coils. 1-1.25" body lift, flat skid, gas tank slid, real slider with step, corner guards, eventually 315s. And steering. Long list of stuff that will take awhile. Main one is paying it off first
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Unread 01-16-2014, 02:39 PM   #15
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Can't go wrong with the 3 inch savvy coils. I was gonna get the MC coils, but didn't want to do a SYE/DS yet. If you do get the coils from savvy, get the shocks that he has tuned for those coils. I believe he's working on a set of foxes and ranchos.
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