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AngryTJ 09-29-2011 08:40 PM

Tarantula_TJ Rubicon Build
UPDATED 12/19/2013***

I purchased this Jeep back in 2011 with the intent of a mild build and enjoying some offroading on the East Coast. Through Jeepforum I met a small group of guys that invited me to go wheelin for my first time at Rausch Creek, PA. Little did I know how I would get so hooked!

As the obsession grew my game plan was always to have a weekend warrior that would be able to drive to the trails, take a beating, and drive home. With that in mind I started to dig into many projects I would have never imagined trying on my own. I also received help from some great guys out there to get the rig where is it today. Like all of you my jeep has become part of my life.

Back in June I had the opportunity to take a cross-country trip to Colorado and Moab. What made the trip so unique was being able to drive my jeep from CT over 2,200 miles out there and wheel with a bunch of other forum members for 7 straight days! It was one of the greatest experiences a jeeper could have and I'm extremely happy with how the jeep performed. I hope to make it an annual trip to wheel with so many of the great guys on this forum and explore different parts of the US and the wheelin terrain it offers.

I still have a few things to do to the rig but I’m almost at the point where I can just wheel, repair and repeat. If you have any questions about my rig feel free to ask. Thanks for looking!

• 4.0 I-6 w/ Brown Dog 1” MML & custom Hendrix hiline hood covering it up!
• 6 speed w/ Lopro mount
Transfer Case:
• NV241 w/ Novak shifter
Front axle:
• Dana 44 locked w/ Riddler cover, Superior Shafts, Synergy Ball joints, Alloy axle seals & lower CA skids
Rear axle:
• Dana 44 locked w/ Riddler cover, TnT Truss & Superior Shafts
Gear Ratio:
• 4:11
• Custom stretched rear 4-link 98" WB
• 1” Daystar BL
• OME 930/949 coils
• Front and Rear Antirock Swaybars
• Savvy Alum front upper and lower alum control arms
• 12” outboarded rear Bilsteins
• 35x12.5r15 Goodyear MTR/Kevlars
• 15x8 Alum Raceline Monster Beadlocks
• Warn 9.5ti w/ Viking synthetic line. Poly Front half Rollcage w/ custom rear additions
• UCF ultra high clearance tcase skid & engine skid, UCF Windshield armor
• Savvy Alum front bumper
• Warn Rear bumper w/ tire carrier
• Rokmen Sliders & Steering skid
• PSC 3" flare Defender Hilines w/ matching rear flares
• Genright Stretched corners & EXT tank
• JKS adj front track bar
• Tom Woods Driveshaft
• Currie Steering w/ Savvy tie rod
• 4pt harness'
• Balistic Fab Battery tie-down box
Awaiting install:
• Evo Front axle sleeve's
• Vanco Big Brake kit
• Front tie rod flip w/ raised sway bar brackets
• Gusset front axle C's
Final Mods list:
488 gears
Hydro assist
3 link front suspension
Yukon Zip or ARB lockers

The starting point:

Where she sits now

kashoggio 09-29-2011 09:15 PM

Pic of new build please :)

AngryTJ 09-29-2011 09:15 PM

UPDATED: 3/27/2013***
Throughout the build you will see me go through my Phase I build plan, change my mind several times and show you what my current plans are.
A lot of what started on the jeep as been removed and replaced with something better.


4 in zone lift
Black Nitro shocks
Black nitro steering stabalizer
jks adjustable track bar
Quigley driveshaft
warn front and rear bumpers w/ tire carrier
Mickey Thompson 285/75/16 MTZs
Extended brake lines
UCF ultra high clearance steel Engine & Tcase skid
1" Daystar Body lift
1" Brown Dog MML
RC Xflex CA's
UCF Lopro transmission mount
Novak Tcase Shifter
Currie Ultimate Steering w/ Savy Tie Rod
Currie Front AntiRock
Dana 44 Riddler Covers
Spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers
Rokmen Steering Box Skid
Rokmen Mercenary Sliders
Half Doors

PHASE II no particular order for this phase which started in the winter of 2011 and lead into the spring of 2012:

35x12.5r15 Goodyear MTR/Kevlars
Raceline Monster Beadlocks
Superior front and rear axle shafts
Poly Performance 4 link Single triangulated Rear Suspension- started pg 60
Bilstein Shocks - purchased 11" travel 5100 fronts & 12" travel 5125s for the rear
Outboarding rear shocks w. Ford shock towers
Genright 4" Front tube fenders w/ Alum inner fender
Rear TNT 44 truss
Savvy Front Bumper
Savvy Gas tank skid
Rear Antirock

Then came PHASE III Started collecting parts in the winter of 2012 and building into spring 2013
Sleeve and gusset front 44 axle
Vanco Big Brake Kit
Poison Spyder 3" Defender hiline fenders
Genright Stretch corner armor w/ PSC defender 3" flares
Rokmen Alum Strykers
Tom Woods longer Driveshaft
Poly front Roll Cage & custom rear additions - pgs 99-100
Regear to 4.88
Front Alum Savvy Control Arms
Front lower control arms skids
Warn 9.5ti Winch
OME 930 front and 949 rear spring swap & Evap Cannister modification - pg 102
Genright EXT tank to allow 5in stretch - pgs 102-104
Rear Stretch - pgs 104 onward
Tie rod flip
Raise front upper shock mounts

kashoggio 09-29-2011 09:17 PM


AngryTJ 09-30-2011 07:32 AM

Lift, tires, and shocks, have been ordered! :thumbsup:

AngryTJ 09-30-2011 07:33 AM

Also picked up a front Warn bumper with brush guard and winch plate as well as a Warn rear bumper with tire carrier off another Forum member. pics to come :)

AngryTJ 09-30-2011 08:31 PM

Bumpers arrived!

Going to sand and prep for paint

Sgt.Fuzz 09-30-2011 09:39 PM

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razorback84 09-30-2011 10:21 PM

Good looking starting point

AngryTJ 10-02-2011 09:37 AM


Originally Posted by razorback84 (Post 12253107)
Good looking starting point


Sanded down and painted the rear bumper and tire carrier
^ rear bumper finished painting

AngryTJ 10-02-2011 09:38 AM

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Another pic of the tire carrier and preparing the front winch plate and brush guard for paint as well

AngryTJ 10-02-2011 09:41 AM

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Also grabbed some RC rear upper Adj control arms to adjust the driveline angle from a forum member

ryanraben 10-02-2011 09:47 AM

Very nice and clean looking Rubi

AngryTJ 10-02-2011 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by ryanraben (Post 12258162)
Very nice and clean looking Rubi

Thanks alot

Just found an awesome deal on Currie Rock Ribz Rocker panels and couldn't pass it up! Amazing price I cant wait for them to come in

AngryTJ 10-03-2011 07:49 AM

May be picking up the Jeep today once the Rear upper control arms are installed. :)

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