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Unread 02-20-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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Happy Wife, Happy Life - 05 LJ Rubi Budget Build

Nothing extreme here, keep moving. Just another boring LJ build. It's my 5th Jeep, so hopefully after several iterations, I'll get it right this time.

I picked up the Jeep in January 2013. 127k miles on it, so I've got some maintenance issues to deal with before the fun stuff.

2005 LJ Rubicon - 6spd

Completed Stuff:
New OPDA with stripperguy kit
Ken White's version of the Rubicon Locker bypass with some trick 12voltguy switches, his stuff rocks: http://www.12voltguy.com/home.php
All four new O2 sensors, the good NTK ones of course
Picked up some Safari Straps off Craigslist for the dowgie
2" hybrid BB consisting of JK shocks, spacers, bumpstops, yadda yadda yadda - Decided against this after scoring a used 3" BDS kit
Install my super Craigslist find of the year - 33" KM2's on the stock Moabs with the help of some BORA wheel spacers, these guys rock as well: http://www.motorsport-tech.com/bora.html
Put a transmission in it that works(reverse is kaput) - Done! With a donor trans from Gerald at Savvy.
Oreilly's AGM Battery
Iron Rock Offroad front adjustable control arms
Crown Steering
New Multifunction switch

Current Action Items:
Change all fluids.... blah
CB


Future List: (in no particular order)
Give her a name
Bumpers
Tummy Tuck
1"ish Body Lift
Winch

As you can see this is gonna be a "low-budget" build for now. I'm sure it'll morph into fitting 35's with some fenders on down the road. For now, I'm gonna wheel what I brung, and have some fun.

See ya!

Here is what she looked like when I found her here on the forum.


I promptly sold the hardtop and installed a chrome grill so that I make it home on time, every time. I know, I know, chrome grills are my thang. STFU


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Unread 02-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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And here is a picture of the happy wife back when she was young.



I'm just kidding.... here she really is out enjoying the old TJ. I miss her. Oh, and my wife of course.


And a few more of the old TJ, you can tell I missed it. Told you I liked chrome grills...




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Unread 02-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club.
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Unread 02-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club.
X2 , and fwiw I like the chrome grilles .
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Unread 02-21-2013, 04:14 PM   #5
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X2 , and fwiw I like the chrome grilles .
They look good on dark colored rigs..... Sometimes.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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They look good on dark colored rigs..... Sometimes.
I agree , but I am biased
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Unread 02-22-2013, 08:02 AM   #7
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Chrome grills rock. When I get a 5 car garage one of these days I'll have an old original Laredo CJ7, maroon, chrome grill and all....

Back to the build....Just scored a 3" BDS suspension off the classified section thanks to Garza!! I wasn't really happy with using spacers so this is gonna fit the bill just right.
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Unread 02-24-2013, 04:29 PM   #8
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Got the lift installed yet?
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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:45 PM   #9
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It'll be here on Tuesday. Most likely will have it on the Jeep before next weekend...
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2007 JKU - SOLD
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Unread 03-03-2013, 08:35 PM   #10
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Got the lift installed today. Thanks again to Garza for hooking me up with it.

3" BDS kit with front lower arms. First impression is really good. My stock shocks were toast and felt like I was floating down the road. The BDS kit came with their basic 5500 shocks and really firmed up the ride, but not overly so.

So.... now comes the snowball. I have a set of 33's waiting to go on this beast, but 35's look so good... hmm...

Oh, and another CL SCORE!! Notice the half doors. I sold my full doors and netted a sweet profit.

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2007 JKU - SOLD
2005 LJ - In the mail, hope I like it. Everybody's doin it, here is the build: [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/happy-wife-happy-life-05-lj-rubi-budget-build-1481914/[/url]
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Unread 03-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #11
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The lift looks good ! Garza is a great guy to deal with , I got some of his scraps too .
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Unread 03-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #12
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Did I mention I'm really liking the extra room in the back of this thing? Got the tires mounted on Friday.

Looking better every day...



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Looks damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn good!
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Unread 03-10-2013, 08:56 PM   #14
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Looks sharp man I recently lifted mine with the 2" bds.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #15
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Did a little unintentional light wheeling. Did I mention I HATE mud??
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