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Unread 01-22-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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My 2004 Jeep Rubicon Build...new to this JEEP thing!!!

This my jeep i just purchased a month ago...it is a 2004 jeep rubicon with 120,000 miles...i paid 8000 dollar cash for this beauty and love it...i am ready wanting to build this jeep right so i could use all the advice i could get...when i bought this jeep it came with a hardtop and a 4.5 rubicon express lift...and if you know your jeep the rubi comes with front and rear Dana 44 and 4.10 gears...well we will see how it goes!!!
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Unread 01-22-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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wow good purchase cant weight to see what you do personally i would go lcg (low center gravity) lower it an inch or two put hi line fenders on it re gear for 35 inch tires then i would armor it all the way around personal i like tnt customs currie enterprises teraflex and metalcloak
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Unread 01-22-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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Unread 01-22-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Nice! What's the plan for your jeep? I agree with JeepJoe4 that it would look sweet with some Metal Cloaks.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #5
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i never heard of metal cloaks before but i looked it up and they are awesome but i cannot afford those because i am currently a full time college student but would love to...i have very little to work with but i am very good at making fast cash by selling stuff lol...

My plan are to pretty much replace everything (happy and sad at the same time) due to the fact jeep parts are so expensive but i want a hobby and something to be proud to say i have built...but i have a skill of finding things at the right price...

Anyways i plan to fix some of the flaws on the jeep which are the front bumper, tires, shocks, and the front stabilizer....

the jeep was a great buy i think but it does need some TLC...The engine of the 4.0 are beast...the tires are almost bald, the front bumper was bent really bad, the shocks are really old looking and the front stablizer has a dent on it...also to include to say the hardtop had damage to the hinge(i will put up a pic of it.)

please follow and give me more guidance...i will be putting more pics and about to order some stuff from quadratec really soon....
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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:37 AM   #6
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here some pictures of the hardtop...and the damage part
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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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in order to speed up the process i have decided to sell the hardtop, the rubicon fender flares, and the bald tires and the bent front bumper.....will keep u guys updated on how it goes
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Unread 01-23-2011, 09:27 AM   #8
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GOOD NEWS: i have a buyer for all the items i listed...
i got 850 for the hardtop and 125 for tires(33x12.50)nearly bald, 150 for the flares and 25 for the bumper...
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Unread 01-23-2011, 11:22 AM   #9
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i remember when you would be able to get 1500 for a damaged top sold mine for an lj last year for 600
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Unread 01-24-2011, 06:59 AM   #10
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wow thats too low for the lj top!!! if it was me i probably would of kept it
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Unread 01-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #11
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today i just went and bought a warn bumper from a friend (100 dollars and it basically brand new) I also went and upgraded to bigger tires for 800$ (35x12.50 general grabber with the red letter) these tires are really sick!!! and i placed a order thru quadratec for rubicon express mono tube shocks and stabilizer...i also had some wide pocket laying around but not to crazy about them so gonna probably buy the bush wacker flat tube style for now!!!

Ps: i sold the hardtop and it is 10 degrees outside in virginia!!!lol
i have a guy interested in trading a soft top with tinted windows for the wide pocket flares so im probably gonna take up on his offer!!!
Here is some pictures....
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Unread 01-24-2011, 05:07 PM   #12
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i also tinted the lens for the turning signals and i polished the mickey thompsons... i didnt put the fenders on the rear so im gonna take the front ones off....
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Unread 01-24-2011, 05:23 PM   #13
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please let me know what you think so far
thanks Jeep Forum!!!
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Unread 01-24-2011, 07:04 PM   #14
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I really like the improvements. Keep up the good work!
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Unread 01-24-2011, 07:11 PM   #15
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Looking like a good start.

Swap the seats from your RX-8 into it I'm actually debating doing that to my TJ soon, either that or a set of Recaros.... meh.
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