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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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Nikson's 2006 LJ

"... fantasies are meant to stay just that - fantasies, only real dreams are meant to come true!..."

In my few years of experiencing with Jeeps (YJ, TJ, XJ, JK, and now LJ), I've found myself liking the LJ probably the most, as a lot of others on this forum.

It offers plenty of interior room, as well as great frame design with body being separate, opposite of what XJ has to offer. Although, I have to say that before this, my XJ was my favorite for some time...

This is how it was before I've sold it. Everything was done on my own, except few things, such as lift that I ended up purchasing rather then building.

Front View



Rear View




with time going by, I've basically came to conclusion that it is necessary to build a worthy JEEP for any use, either its trail runs or a long trip to Rubicon or Alaska...

So, after searching few days online, I came across this, ended up purchasing it at a California auction in beginning of February, 2011.

This is how I got it off the delivery truck...



and this is how it looks after about 3 months in a garage. Most of the working has been done in past couple of weeks since it has warmed up a bit here in Oregon, Dont like the cold while working in the garage...



The whole idea of this build is to see what could be done on my own (seing what "one" is capable of, and just simply be able to build a VERY CAPABLE 4x4 vehicle, that would be a pleasure to drive.

Like with any other hobby, most people would agree that money is not an object when you have a certain idea in mind, and those receipts get tossed into a folder that only your tax accountant needs to see how much was everything...

With this said, I will post step by step process of the build, hope to keep it interesting, and answer any questions that anyone might have.

Info on the current setup:

2006 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon w/AUTO

35x12.50R15 BFG KM2
15x8 HUTCHINSON Rock Monster
DOT approved beadlocks w/ 3.75 backspacing

Truck-Lite 7" LED headlights

Currie 1" MML
Currie 1" BL

Advanced Adapters Transfer Case (NG241) Cable Shifter



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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
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Nice LJ. Me and my dad did the same as you and bought my LJ from a salvage auto auction. Are those 6 or 7 inch flares? I have 7 inch flares and its a love and hate relationship.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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Nice LJ. Me and my dad did the same as you and bought my LJ from a salvage auto auction. Are those 6 or 7 inch flares? I have 7 inch flares and its a love and hate relationship.
Thanks... hard to keep it from getting sloppy...

Those are Rugged Ridge 7 inch... love & hate - have to agree...

I am on my 6th week on waiting for the Currie lift, so I am just holding off on any trimming or strong opinions because of that.

I figured that ones its lifted 4 inches, the view will definitely change, and only after fabricating the bumpers & sliders... I will be able to make a reasonable decision on trimming the flares, or just leaving them as they are...
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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I'm definitely crawling this thread to see how it turns out and that is one sexy XJ you had.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 10:21 PM   #5
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I'm definitely crawling this thread to see how it turns out and that is one sexy XJ you had.
it will be great... and i definitely miss that XJ
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Unread 05-10-2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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damages during delivery...

once the LJ was delivered, and put into the garage...

had to fix few things before getting it to the local Jeep dealer for the frame work...

Delivery guys didnt want to take the blame for doing these things...

1. Scraped/damaged hardtop during loading/unloading



2. Transfer Case shifter had been pulled out of its location, link under the tub was yanked out (I guess they were trying to get it into Neutral in order to move it)



3. Busted the tranny shifter (that part still confuses me, why they couldn't just turn the key, press the brake pedal & get it into neutral)...



... Word of advise ...

Inspect the vehicle & get everything in writing from anyone that deals with delivery of your vehicle, otherwise, you will have to deal with it all on your own.

In my case, as I was getting vehicle onto my property off the delivery truck, he loaded the chains, and just left, without even providing me a receipt for the $$$ he took for delivery. He wouldnt unload the car until he got paid...

I've tried contacting the company few times and file a claim w/their insurance, but GOOD luck getting ahold of anyone...

Another life lesson learned hard way...
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Unread 05-10-2011, 11:59 AM   #7
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Another rebuild thread...




Looking great so far. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:03 PM   #8
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I have yet to see you around town. Great looking LJ thou!
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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:13 PM   #9
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frame work prep...

once in the garage...

started taking it apart, getting ready for the frame check at the local Jeep dealer...

verdict:

Busted PS can, cracked transmission cooling line, broken fan shroud, bent steering link... and some other minor things...





new dipstick... original got busted off by A/C line movement during accident...



extraction... (feel like a surgeon)



I have found that some rubber ear plugs do great for preventing fluid spills from attached lines (power steering / brakes / tranny fluid)



removed the fan for "less" of sharp objects to bust my fingers & knuckles...
(a 13mm hand wrench & some plyers do a great job)

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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:17 PM   #10
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power steering

power steering was pretty simple - on / off part...

have to get some things out of the way in order to reach some nuts/bolts, but not too terrible...



new one ready to be "clipped"



also, it was a great time to replace a "one time use" parts with something a bit more reliable (in my opinion)...

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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:20 PM   #11
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Another rebuild thread...
Looking great so far. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
LOL... true to that...

What I personally havent found thou, is a lot of guys dont post enough pictures of certain parts, so for anyone not familiar with a certain part - they have to dig for hours & ask a lot of people...

I like taking pictures (can you tell?)
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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:21 PM   #12
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I have yet to see you around town. Great looking LJ thou!
You can come over & help me!!!

This way you get first hand experience... LOL

P.s. you welcome to visit if you like "technical" stuff...
P.s.s. ever come to Salem Jeepers meeting at Roberson's?
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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #13
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tranny shifter & Red Top Optima

replaced the tranny shifter & put in a new Red Top, since original battery got a chip in the corner, and leaked out partly...

Well, for the M8000, Red Top is a great choice...



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Unread 05-10-2011, 12:42 PM   #14
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seats & covers

Jeeping buddy Andrey suggested that I remove my seat covers & send them to him for a little upgrade...

Some Genuine German leather w/Custom badge...

Hey, its free - cant complain... (just pay the S&H) LOL



few minutes with some minor tools... and...



had a little help from my bro-in-law during the process...

so ended the night with some "balalayka" & game of poker...

(I am not too good... but heck... its Authentic)



...p.s.... we were a bit drunk... so dont be too judgmental on the attire...

couple of weeks later... Russia was hard at work...

factory cover next to the leather...



something like this I guess...









Andrey said that this leather will withstand any torture I might throw its way (not that I ever get in there with a "dirty" a**), but as long as there is no direct sunlight hitting it for days... he said it will outlast all the other parts of the Jeep...

I guess we will have to find out...

and last, but not least... headrest part of the front seatcovers, getting a custom badge...

I like...

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Unread 05-10-2011, 02:59 PM   #15
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I have a suggestion. Seeing how you bedlined your fenders and grill, you should make it a theme and go all out with it. Flares, sliders, bumpers, hardtop. Anything that isnt khaki!
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