After 6 months of research I found my 06 Golden Eagle. Prices locally were ridiculous for the mileage/shape jeeps were in. I wanted a rubicon of course, but since last winter, prices have skyrocketed. We picked it up out of Tulsa OK. It had 29,xxx miles, 6 speed, hardtop, and a dana 44. It has a few minor scratches, no dings to speak of, and less than a dime size spot of rust on the body and frame. I'll keep this jeep as long as the Good Lord will allow me. I can't see myself owning anything else as my own personal vehicle.
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and a day or two after I got her home
Last edited by Ironwind1972; 07-08-2009 at 02:48 PM..
I was on a budget from the very beginning. Even before we bought a jeep, I knew how much I had to spend on the lift/tires. I was ready to make her mine. After hours of reading, research and pricing, I decided I didn't have the funds to go any larger than 33's. So to keep my factory axles in tact and keep my Golden Eagle rims, I worked my build around these factors. I decided to go with RC's 2.5 lift.
As you can see, the front springs are around 4 inches larger than factory unloaded
The rear springs
I did the install by myself. I had some problems getting the springs back in their perches. For some odd reason I didn't have the factory spring retainer clips still on the jeep. I ended up dropping the front and back trac bars to get more droop and had to drop the lower control arms in front to get the much larger front springs in. I rented a spring compressor, but they are a joke to work with. The factory rubber shock bushings from RC are too thick. It's a complete pain to get your nut started. I ended up using my old bushings that were still in good shape. I have to say, I was impressed with the amount of lift I gained. I didn't measure before and after, but have much more clearance than I anticipated. I hope I don't lose too much clearance over time as my springs settle.
Last edited by Ironwind1972; 07-08-2009 at 02:49 PM..
After my spring lift was on, I added a 1.25 inch body lift (don't forget the locktight !). The body lift was the easiest install by far. I don't like body lifts, but rationalized mine with the possibility of doing a tummy tuck and/or a gas tank tuck later on, plus not having to install a SYE. I was not going to do a transfer case drop so a MML was the way for me. They are a complete pain to install alone. If you decide to install one, get a friend to help. There is much more work involved than you'd think installing two aluminum spacers. There is a lot of motor shifting to be done to line everything up correctly. Read the instructions first and get the tools you need before even starting. After the hard work was done, I was ready for my tires. I decided to go with 32x10.50x15 TSL Radial Super Swampers. Mine is a daily driver, so the radials were a must. They are closer to 33's with full tread. They also have some hum to them on the road, but not near as bad as regular Swampers.
Still very aggressive looking and performing
Pictures just don't do them justice
Last edited by Ironwind1972; 07-11-2009 at 12:24 PM..
I also have the .75 pucks up front and some decent disco's. It's a work in progress as money allows. With all the lift and tires I gained around 7 inches total. I've barely had enough time to test her out yet. I played around some yesterday and was impressed with the flex of the 2.5 springs. The main bad thing about this kit is the poor powder coating. You no more than look at it and it starts to flake off, otherwise I'd recommend the kit for a good budget build. My transfer case wouldn't go into 4 low after everything was installed. After adding a lowering bracket, filing a linkage end, and bending one of the arms on the linkage, she shifts fine now.
As she sits now....
I usually am not one to take my top off, but I wanted to celebrate and give my wife something to enjoy too
I'm 6'5", the hood comes to my lower/mid chest area
I'm a sight see'er, so I want my jeep to be ready for anything, anywhere. I want to go where most can't and see things most don't. It's my home away from home. I always keep my recovery gear with me......ya never know where you'll end up.
Last edited by Ironwind1972; 07-11-2009 at 12:28 PM..
Yea its an edition. It was 2006 only though so TJ owners could be more like us CJ owners. J/K
Nice build and reminds me on the Rubicon with the lift but we have a 4" and 33x10 Swamper MTs.
It is also nice that you found one with an eagle on the hood. That was a delete option and most people didnt get the eagle.
You're right. We looked at a patriot blue Golden Eagle locally, her's didn't have the eagle on the hood. For some reason the blue just didn't sit well with me. I mainly got the Golden Eagle edition for the dana 44, but who knows, maybe it will be worth a bit more for being a special edition.
that jeep is sick. i have never seen a golden eagle edition before(if its even an edition) so whats next?
Thanks! Hopefully...lockers. The 3.73's aren't too bad with the 32's, so I'll run them for a while. I'd like to get a stinger up front with a winch. I'm sure it will be a little here, a little there. How generous the wife is feeling will determine how much how soon....