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Unread 12-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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LJ named Dixie

Well, I'll start with a little history on myself and then on to my new toy.
I have wanted a jeep for as long as I can remember. My grandpa had two cj7's from the time I was born til I was about 12. I got to drive them up and down some hunting trails when I was little and have wanted one ever since. All year long I like to hunt or fish so I have always needed a truck and other than owning an XJ for a while in high school, I never could really pull the Jeep trigger until now.

So here is my first wrangler. A 2005 LJ Rubi. Picked her up with 51k miles for $15,500.

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My current goals for her are simply to have a fun, good looking vehicle that has good road manners, but can still put up with me when my redneck side starts to take over. For the most part she'll see pavement and late-night dirtroads, with a hunting trail or two tossed in when she needs the exercise. My wife will be driving her on the weekends, so everything performance and suspension wise will have the goal of being dependable, safe, and long-lasting.

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Unread 12-26-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Well, after a little lookin around on JF and some advice from a few fellers in my noob thread I ended up with with the Old Man Emu 2.5" lift with ZJ front coils, heavy TJ rear coils, and the upgraded OME shocks. A couple of orders from the basic Internet sites and some haggling on Craigslist got me this stack of goodies.



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KC 800s, SpiderTrax Wheel spacers, KC slimlites-130w, windshield brackets, mirror brackets, switches and vent mount, door tamers, headlight bezels, rear corner guards, new brakes.
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Unread 12-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Sweeeet!
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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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That is a good looking LJ , and with that pile of parts added on its going to look even better .
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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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So I'm gonna move pretty quick withese next few entries. I started the build last week and have had to take a break due to Christmas with the family and obtaining a slight illness.

I took a power washer to her just before putting her in the garage. That's when I realized that the previous owner spray painted the flares. After cleaning all the paint chips off the side of her, I put her in the garage and stripped her down.


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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #7
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I ALWAYS forget to take before pictures on projects, so I went overkill on them this time here's another of her sittin next to the truck for a height comparison.

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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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That is a good looking LJ , and with that pile of parts added on its going to look even better .
Agreed. I'm loving the build, but I'm fired up to se her done.
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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:45 PM   #9
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Now that we're caught up, here's how she sits now. Got the front installed Sunday night, and as long as I'm feeling up to it, the rear will get a boost tomorrow. At the very least I'll be sanding down the flares for a proper paint job. Hoping to have the suspension and body lift on by Monday and tires will be on by the first of the week.

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Any suggestions on tires or anything else is more than welcome. I'm currently leaning toward Nitto Terra Grapplers for a few reasons. Price: 5 tires, mounted, balanced for $1000. Also I want all-terrains, the Toyo MTs on my truck throw rocks like crazy and I can't imagine that being fun in a door-less Jeep on a dirtroad.
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Unread 12-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #10
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id get different, better corner armor instead of that dinky little diamond plate BS. if you're going to drill into the tub you might as well do it right the first time
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Unread 12-26-2012, 07:39 PM   #11
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I like the gray top. the combination with the white seems to work!
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Unread 12-26-2012, 07:50 PM   #12
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You could get some Toyo AT in 255/85R16 they are some great tires. Nice LJ I never go to Bella Vista but if I do I will be sure to wave.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 05:07 AM   #13
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id get different, better corner armor instead of that dinky little diamond plate BS. if you're going to drill into the tub you might as well do it right the first time
Thanks for the advice. Your right, I know these dont offer much protection and on anything that requires me to drill or make permanent changes, I'd rather do it right the first time. In this case, she won't be seeing many serious rocks so they'll be more cosmetic (if they even get installed). Picked em up for $25 on CL and polished the back side of them. Planning on using the high quality double sides tape to instal. Not the cheap 3m crap, but the same stuff used by vent visor to hold on their window vents. If it doesn't work, not a big deal cause like I said its more of a cosmetic thing
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Unread 12-27-2012, 06:19 AM   #14
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I like the gray top. the combination with the white seems to work!
Thanks bud. I would have rather had tan, but its not too bad
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Unread 12-27-2012, 09:30 AM   #15
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Very nice LJ for the price. Good luck the build.
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