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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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My LJ Rubicon "built not bought" build thread

Hey JF! So I have been soaking in amazing information from you guys since before I owned my jeep. And now that I have had my LJ for a while I'd like to see what you guys think about my build, afterall I got most of my ideas from searching this forum for countless hours So here it goes.

Previous owners mods:
17" Eagle Alloy wheels
295/70/17 Nitto Terra Grappler A/Ts
2" budget boost on all stock suspension
Body Armor Bumpers
Warn 9000 winch
High Lift mounted on front bumper
Custom made Swing away tire carrier
Windshield light mounts
Custom Sliders welded to frame
Bushwacker Flat 6" fender flares

This is what I have done to the Jeep so far:
4" Lift with custom Mid-Arms I built.
1" body lift with 1" MM lift-all custom made
custom made belly up skid with 1/4" steel
Bilstein 7100 14" w/ res. shocks all around
Outboarded rear shocks
Extended Front shock brackets
Front Diff. Cover 3/16" steel
Full length bikini top
Red/Black Neoprene seat covers
Cobra CB Radio
Custom rear lock box that matches the carpet
Grab handles
Custom Stinger
1 1/4" spidertrax wheel spacers
Limit straps up front
Hockey puck bump stops up front
JKS Sway bar quick disconnects
Customized swing away tire carier with gas can mounts, HightLift mounted and upper rack attatchment.
Banks Ram-Air Intake
Banks Monster exhaust
Probably more Im forgetting

I will post all the pictures of how I did it for everyone to see


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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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Here is what it looked like when I first picked it up. And of course I had to take it wheeling asap so I snapped some pics of my first trips out to local trails in SoCal
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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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So the first thing I ended up breaking was the stock front sway bar links so I went over to ORW and picked up one of my best mods, JKS sway bar quick disconnects
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Unread 10-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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It didnt take long before I really wanted to lift it. After searching JF for more countless hours i decided to go with a 4" lift. Not long later i ended up picking up a standard Skyjacker 4" used for $500 with bilstein 5100s and a 3" body lift that the guy gave me. I ended up upgrading the control arms and adding some Rustys flex joints on each. I also cut down the 3" body lift to make my 1" body lift that I installed later on.

Here are some pics of me installing the lift
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Unread 10-31-2012, 05:30 PM   #5
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Here is how it looked all installed
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Unread 10-31-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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time for some flex test with the new lift
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Unread 10-31-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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After wheeling a bit with the new lift I decided I wanted a Belly-up skid, this is where once again I found amazing information on JF that I ended up using and tweaking a bit when I fabricated mine. I went ahead and installed a 1" body lift and built custom 1" motor mount lift spacers out of aluminum.

Here is some pics of the beginning stages of the fab work.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 06:09 PM   #8
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In order to get the bends in the 1/4" steel I had to cut more than halfway through it and place it on some 4"x4" wood and jack up my dads full size diesel truck on top of it.. needless to say with 2 cuts more than halfway through the steel it didnt wanna bend till my dads truck was fully in the air. Once i had the bends where i wanted them I welded the inside where cut the bends and then welded on the angle iron.

Here are pics of the finished product. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. It ended up giving me at least 2" of more clearance and only cost 115$ in steel. By the way im a cheap college student, and I love doing all the work myself.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 06:13 PM   #9
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Oh and for those who are wandering what the HB stands for on the belly up, me and my dad came up with it since we wanted to sign all the fabrication we were doing to our jeeps(my LJ and his CJ8) so it stands for "Hatch Built"
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Unread 10-31-2012, 06:16 PM   #10
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Any plans to extend that belly skid forward? Did the previous owner replace the factory Rubicon stickers?
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Unread 11-01-2012, 01:17 AM   #11
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Yes, I have extra 1/4" steel and I plan on extending it to cover the motor, just haven't had time yet. With the 1" MM lift my motor sits pretty far out of the way. And yes the previous owner changed out the Rubicon stickers on the hood, not to sure why but it doesn't look too bad.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 04:54 PM   #12
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Man sweet Jeep looks great.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #13
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Great work. Love the DIY theme you have going on I cant wait to see what the next thing is you make.
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Unread 11-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #14
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Nice work on the tummy tuck . At first glance I though the Rubicon sticker was photo chopped in ...
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Unread 11-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #15
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Thanks guys! I should be able to post some pics of the most recent work I have done now. Building your own long arm kit is so much fun, it took me a whole weekend of working almost nonstop
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