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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #1
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Unlimicon Build

In the process of updating

Hey everyone,

I figured I'd start a build thread for a few reasons.

1. Keep track of my upgrades/maintenance.
2. More reason to buy new stuff!

In the summer of '11, I decided to get the Jeep I really wanted. Misty, the 2006 Unlimited Rubicon!



So this is where I'll be starting this build.

And this is where she sits today.



2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Drivetrain Specs:
Stock 4.0L I-6 engine
Stock NSG370 6-speed manual transmission
Stock NV241 Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case
Stock Dana 44 front and rear locking axles
Stock axle shafts
Stock 4.11 gears
Tom Woods Double Cardan Rear Driveshaft
Spicer Front Ball Joints

Suspension/Steering/Brake Modifications:
Stock Rubicon suspension lift (for now)
Stock Rubicon shocks (for now)
Daystar 1" BL
Brown Dog Offroad 1" MML
ZJ Tie Rod
Currie Anti-rock Sway Bar
Monroe SC2928 Magnum Steering Damper

Exterior Modifications:
Rokmen Mercenary Winch Bumper
2x Smittybilt D-rings (Front Bumper)
2x Smittybilt D-rings (Rear Bumper)
Bestop Bikini/Duster Combo
5x 32” Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs on 15” Painted Cragar wheels
A to Z Fabrication sliders
Dirtworx custom rear bumper

Lighting Modifications:
Sylvania Silverstar Headlights
4x IPF 968

Engine Modifications:
Banks Intake
Banks Headers
Banks Catback
CATCO Stainless Catalytic Converter

Interior Modifications:
Quadratec Floor Mats
Wet Okole Seat Covers
WarmSeats Waterproof Seat Heater (Driver only for now)
2x Daystar Switch Panel
4x Daystar Rocker Switches
Quadratec Grab Handles

Recovery Equipment:
9.5k lb Quadratec winch w/ synthetic cable
Jump-N-Carry Portable Jump Starter
48” Hi-Lift Jack
Hi-Lift Jack Handle Keeper
Hi-Lift Jack Off-Road Base

Electrical/Audio Modifications:
Pioneer GM-D8604 Class FD 4-channel amplifier (100Wx2, 200Wx1)
Polk DB5251 (Nalin adapters in front)
Polk DB651s (Sound Bar)
12” Ported MTX Subwoofer

Misc.
GM fuel filler hose modification

Have, still need to be installed:
Rokmen Steering Box Skid
Bushwacker/Xenon Flat Fender Flares
WarmSeats Waterproof Seat Heater (Passenger Side)

Ordered:
Hyline Offroad Hood Louver

Eventual purchases:
4" Currie Suspension Lift
Shocks for lift
5x 35" Goodyear Wrangler MTRs
Vanco Big Brake Kit
UCF skid plates
2x Gas Cans
CB Radio/Antenna
Battery
Gas tank skid plate
New soft top w/ 2-piece soft doors
Rokmen LWB Aluminum Trail Corner Armor

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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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I'll start off with a little background. When I was 16, my dad and I split the cost of my first Jeep. I learned to drive stick on my '97 Wrangler Sport. Bought it with a 4" suspension lift and 33s.



I used and abused this Jeep offroad, running into trees, mud pits, the works.



I had a lot of fun with it, but being in high school at the time working part time at an ice cream shop, I simply couldn't afford gas at $4.50/gallon.

Sold the Jeep to buy a 2000 Maxima 5spd. Quick car, fun to drive, but I missed the Jeep. Moved to Alabama to go to school at Auburn University for a year, and then transferred back home to UConn. When I decided to start commuting, I bought another Wrangler!



Bought it stock with around 182k miles on the odometer, planned to have it as a second vehicle. Plans never go as planned, and the transmission died in the Maxima so the Jeep was then a daily driver.

Got some Christmas spirit!



I had this Jeep for a year or two, put on a lot more miles, and finally sold it to a friend and bought Misty.

Well when I bought the Jeep, I knew already that there was an exhaust manifold leak. Unfortunately, being a college student and having a little more in payments than I could handle, I waited to replace the manifold until emissions were due. Unlimicon already had a Banks catback exhaust, so I ended up getting a set of Banks headers from quadratec. Naturally, installation never goes as smoothly as you'd like, so it took a few hours longer when I didn't realign the intake manifold correctly and put the gig back together.

Since I had waited too long, the crack in the manifold to deteriorate the precats, which clogged the main catalytic converter. Breaking down on the Mass pike is not fun, even with AAA, at 9pm on a Sunday night. After waiting at a rest stop for an hour for the tow truck, I learn that he is affiliated with the pike, and can only drive me off the pike. Now it's 10:30, and he finally gets me to his shop and tells me I can go ahead and call the next tow truck.. What? I had to get a separate tow truck to being me back home. I finally get home around 2am with work at 7am. Had to buy a new catalytic converter assembly, but being the cheap guy I am, I made the mistake of getting a low quality piece, which had welds that were too hot. The assembly broke at the hanger causing another leak. I was able to ride it out until I bought a new assembly, and luckily everything is great now!

The tires on the Jeep when I bought it were getting a bit bald, so I got a used set of tires for a great deal, but they were a bit small and lame...



That summer, I decided to paint the headlight bezels as well. (kind of tough to tell)



Next step was to paint the grille black! One of my favorite, cheapest upgrades.





This past summer, I was able to get some better socks and shoes for Unlimicon, as she desperately needed them.



That is pretty much where she has been. Did a little bit of off-roading..



And lastly this past weekend, my friend and I had some fun during the blizzard..



But not much fun digging her out..



Well next up on my long list of plans will be seen after I get my tax return.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
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Waiting on my tax return as well... what are your future plans?
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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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Looking good, here's mine

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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Waiting on my tax return as well... what are your future plans?
Well let's see, for starters:
  • UCF Skid Plate System
  • Front bumper - deciding between the ARB Bullbar and the Body Armor front formed winch bumper
  • Winch
  • Rear bumper with spare tire carrier - looking at the Body Armor again, but wish it had a trailer hitch
  • 1" Brown Dog MML
  • 1.25" Zone Offroad Bodylift
  • Deciding between the 3" and 4" Zone Offroad suspension lift
  • 35" Duratracs mounted on the stock moabs

Mind you this isn't all being purchased with the tax return!

And then just general maintenance and beefing up the necessary components
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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Nice looking LJ , I am thankful we dont get snow like that in NC ...
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #7
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Nice looking LJ , I am thankful we dont get snow like that in NC ...
Thanks! The snow is nice for a little while, but then I'm ready to take the top back off.
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ARB ruins your departure angle and is retarted heavy.
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Thanks! The snow is nice for a little while, but then I'm ready to take the top back off.
Spend a winter like that; see how you feel.

Nice rig. I'll be watching.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 05:41 AM   #10
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ARB ruins your departure angle and is retarted heavy.
I assume you mean approach angle. The way I see it, a 100lb bumper on a 3000lb rig is only 3.3% of its weight. Add or subtract 50lbs from the bumper, and youre talking about a difference of +1.5%

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Spend a winter like that; see how you feel.

Nice rig. I'll be watching.
I feel honored to hear such kind words from the man himself. Have I mentioned how nice it is to have a top on my Jeep?
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I assume you mean approach angle. The way I see it, a 100lb bumper on a 3000lb rig is only 3.3% of its weight. Add or subtract 50lbs from the bumper, and youre talking about a difference of +1.5%
Yes, approach angle (late night post). This is your rig and thread, do what you please. Just giving you a heads up. I've read a few occasions of them being swapped out due to weight and bulk.
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Yes, approach angle (late night post). This is your rig and thread, do what you please. Just giving you a heads up. I've read a few occasions of them being swapped out due to weight and bulk.
Yeah, it's something i have to consider. Another thing against the ARB is the lack of D-Rings. It's one thing to want this bumper, another to spend the money on it.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 07:35 AM   #13
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Hold that thought, just looked again and it seems to have the D-Ring mounts, but just look smaller.
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Its pretty $$$
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So I have a little chipmunk living somewhere on my jeep. I don't know what is cause of it is, but it's more prominent in the morning when it's cold out. Sounds like it's coming from the front right..
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