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RubiconRazorbac 06-06-2009 03:46 PM

Rubiconrazorbac build thread
I love reading builds and figured I'd start one since I've got quite a few things to do to the Rubi. I've got an idea of where I'm going, but I'm sure it'll be a work-in-progress for quite some time. Plus, I'm sure I'll change my mind about what I'm going to do as it goes along (at least that's what everyone tells me).

The outline of the build will be on the next post and that's where I'll keep everything summarized.


RubiconRazorbac 06-06-2009 07:38 PM

So here's what's on tap for the build:

This list will be frequently edited as parts are made, bought, installed, removed, thrown away, or planned.

Currently Installed
Rough Country 1.25" Body Lift (Rough Country)
Rough Country 1" Motor Mount Lift (Rough Country)
Currie CV Driveshaft (Savvy Offroad)
Currie 4" Suspension Lift w/Antirock
Rancho RS9000XL Shocks
Currie Currectlync HD Steering Upgrade (Savvy Offroad)
Rock Hard Front Bumper w/Angled Hoop (Northridge4x4)
Superwinch LP8500 (Rokmen)
Rokmen Recovery Kit "D" (30' Strap, Tree Saver, 2 Shackles) (Rokmen)
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers (
315-75/R16 Mickey Thompson MTZs (JC Whitney)
Front Black Magic Pads (Black Magic Brakes)
Front Centric Premium Front Rotors (
Rear EBC Greenstuff Pads & Centric Premium Rear Pads(
Savvy Offroad Gas Tank Skid (Savvy Offroad)
LoD Xtreme Duty Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier (LoD Offroad)
Teraflex Foglight Wire Extensions (Teraflex)
Interior LEDs (
Metalcloak Arched Fenders w/6" Flares (Metalcloak)
LED Turn Signals (Metalcloak)
Savvy Offroad Aluminum Rockers (Stainless Steel Slider) (Savvy Offroad)
Savvy Offroad Full Corners (Factory Flare) (Savvy Offroad)
Alpine CDA 9886 (Crutchfield)
Savvy Offroad Tub Rails (Savvy Offroad)
Savvy Offroad LED Taillights (Savvy Offroad)
Pacer LED License Plate Light (Savvy Offroad)
Savvy Offroad License Plate Bracket (Savvy Offroad)
Corbeau Baja RS Seats (Northridge 4x4)
Corbeau Rear Seat (Northridge 4x4)

Bought but not Installed
Poly Performance Cage
16" Vanco Big Brake Kit (Savvy Offroad)
Savvy Underarmor
Swaybar endlink relocation bracket (mrblaine)
Tie-rod flip knuckle insert (go-fer-it)
TJ w/mini buttons Winch Controller (12voltguy)
IPF H4 housings (Quadratec)
IPF Fatboy II bulbs (Quadratec)
Headlight Heavy Wattage Wiring Harness (
Savvy Offroad Ultimate Heat-treated Chromoly Tie Rod
Rancho Steering Stabilizer
Viking Offroad Synthetic Winchline w/Thimble
Synergy Suspension Ball Joints
Timken Unit Bearings
Savvy Offroad Aluminum Trail Doors
12" Fox 2.0 w/reservoir shocks
Synergy Suspension Front coilover shock mounts (to be used with the Fox non-coilover shocks)
Ram, Cooler, & Brackets for hydro assist from Black Magic Brakes
Clayton Front 3-link Truss
Savvy Off-road mid-arm suspension upgrade
LED Lighbar for Front Bumper
LED Backup Lights
Rigid SR series 50" light bar w/Poison Spyder brackets (Poison Spyder)

Still need to make or buy
Superior Front Axles
Transmission Cooler
Windshield Light mounts & lights
Re-gear to 5.13!!!
Speedo correction--Truspeed?

I don't think I've missed anything. The end goal on this is to be able to run 35s very well offroad and as a daily driver. Most offroading is getting to fun camping spots with the kids, or into the backwoods to hunt & fish. However, my wife and I would REALLY like to drive out to Moab or the Rubicon for a week for a kids-free vacation sometime!

RjAndJeep 06-07-2009 02:53 PM

this looks like a good start for a build:2thumbsup::2thumbsup::2thumbsup::2thumbsup:: 2thumbsup::2thumbsup::2thumbsup::2thumbsup::2thumb sup::2thumbsup::tea::tea::tea::tea::tea::tea::):): ):);););)

GOLENJEEPTJ 06-07-2009 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by RjAndJeep (Post 7363866)
this looks like a good start for a build:2thumbsu2thumbsup::tea::tea::tea::tea::tea:: tea::):):):);););)

The 14 year old is starting again?:drool::aban:

RubiconRazorbac 06-07-2009 05:53 PM

Finished the RC 1.25" Body lift & MML. MML was a big PITA.

RubiconRazorbac 06-08-2009 06:26 PM

Pics of the Body Lift
Before and after 1.25" Body Lift and 1" Motor Mount Lift



My Pit Crew...

RubiconRazorbac 06-14-2009 03:01 PM

Rock sliders are installed. Very easy with the directions from RC. Took about 4 hours by myself but would go much faster with an extra set of hands. The self-threading bolts are difficult to start, but I used an impact wrench to get the threads started, then ratcheted them down and torqued to specs. For less than $200, I'm more than happy with the result. However, if I didn't already have the stock rocker guards, I would have bought the guard/sliders that bolt to the tub (something like the A to Z fab).

spyder6 06-14-2009 03:45 PM

i wish i had those 03' wheels! those are sexy as hell!

Best4x4 06-14-2009 03:59 PM

With the Rubicon you can change the Tire size via the Jeep DRBIII Scantool. Not sure if 305 is an option, but I know it had 33x12.50R15 as an option.

Savvy 06-14-2009 05:53 PM

Nice Rubi! Your dealer should be able to calibrate the speedo if you don't have access to the Scantool.

Contact me about you Currie steering.


RubiconRazorbac 06-14-2009 06:57 PM

Thanks Gerald. I was going to wait a couple of weeks on the Currie, but I may have to pull the trigger if you've got a deal! PM'd you.

Stonz 06-14-2009 08:14 PM

That type of bulid is exactly what I'm after as well

RubiconRazorbac 06-20-2009 12:58 PM

Just finished installing the front end of the Rough Country 2.5" Suspension Lift. Some notes:

1. PB Blaster was my friend. I've been spraying it on every other day for a couple of weeks now. Honestly, I didn't think I'd need it since the Jeep isn't old (2003) and is about as rust-free as you can get in the Midwest. However, the shock mounting hardware would've been a nightmare if I didn't use the Blaster.

2. For some reason, I did NOT have the spring retaining clip on the driver's side. Unless someone tells me it's detrimental not to have it, I'm not going to worry about it.

3. Doing this by myself was difficult and frustrating, but not impossible. Removing the springs was easy. Putting in the new ones sucked. I disconnected the swaybar AND the lower control arms. I jacked up one side as high as it would go and dropped the side I was working with until the brake lines were at their limit. Still couldn't force the springs in. So I went to Autozone to borrow a spring compressor. Well, everbody on this forum that recommends the Autozone spring compressor is doing it as a joke or they've never used them. I honestly think it's a way for the experienced guys on here to haze us noobs! It'll compress the springs alright, but once you get the springs on the perch, there is NO WAY to get the compressor out of the spring. So, I took the spring back off and sat and stewed for a few minutes--threw back a cold beer--then came up with my own spring compressor. I looped two sets of heavy-duty ratchet straps through the springs and tightened them down until I could get the springs in. Worked like a freakin' charm. There is no easier way to do this!!!

4. Once the springs were in, getting the new shocks on was a piece of cake. RC puts new hardware for the top mount in which was great. The lower shock mounts use the old hardware which was just fine. Everything went together as it should.

I still need to install the JKS trackbar and quicker discos before I start on the rear end of the lift. I'll do that later this afternoon.

I'll post some pics when I finish the whole thing tomorrow.

Lessons learned: Ratchet straps, PB Blaster, COLD Beer, and a good impact gun are your friends!:cheers2::2thumbsup::thumbsup:

wushaw 06-20-2009 09:11 PM

You didn't use the correct spring compressor, there are a few different types and the one you needed is a two piece unit that goes on the outside of the spring that you alternate from side to side compressing a little at a time and once you get enough compression then ya install her and reverse the uncompressing.

RubiconRazorbac 06-20-2009 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by wushaw (Post 7443319)
You didn't use the correct spring compressor, there are a few different types and the one you needed is a two piece unit that goes on the outside of the spring that you alternate from side to side compressing a little at a time and once you get enough compression then ya install her and reverse the uncompressing.

That would've been nice. If only they had that at Autozone today:brickwall.

The ratchet straps did work great though. But I don't think I'd use anything but the heavy duty ones.:thumbsup:

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