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Unread 12-22-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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4x4Brit's Yellow LJ Rubicon

So, thought it was time to start a build thread for my 2006 Unlimited Rubicon that I bought back in October with 40k on it. It was AZ owned with no heavy wheeling apparent. I drove down to Kingman from Vegas to buy it as I was having a hard time finding what I wanted here.

Here's a pic from the day I got it sitting, in my driveway:

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

It was stock apart from the 265/75/16 AT tires and what looks like a smittybilt lockable steel glove box. It was badly in need of a rotation and had a small oilpan gasket leak. A good friend helped me with the gasket change. We got the rotors turned to solve a little vibration under braking and changed the fluid in both diffs. It's great having friends so knowledgable about Jeeps, I've learned a lot from them regarding maintenance and doing some work myself.


So, the plan? Here's the current parts want list, subject to change of course

Currie JJ Control Arms
TNT Custom Front Tube Fenders w/ 3 Inch Flare
Genright Rear Tube Fenders
ZJ Tie Rod
LOD Offroad Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier
Metal Cloak Front Bumper #211001
Genright Rocker Guards
UCF Deep-Cover Skid

Here's how it sits right now:



Installed:

35x12.5x15 Maxxis Big Horn
Black Rock Wheels 909 Type D
UCF No Body Lift Deep Cover Skid
Midland 1001Z CB
Teraflex Brake Light Antenna mount
36" Firestik CB Antenna
4 Polk DB-521 Speakers w/ Nalin Dash Adapter Plates
3 Inch Currie Springs
Currie Front and Rear Bumpstop kit
Currie TJS Front Adjustable Track Bar
Currie Rear Track Bar Relocator Bracket
Currie Rear Extended Sway Bar Links
Currie Front Anti Rock
Rancho 9000XL Shocks
Rancho Steering Stabilizer


Have some ideas on what you would do different? I am all ears and open to input / constructive criticism.

Thanks for looking.


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Unread 12-23-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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The LJ Rubi is a very nice platform to build off of. Congrats on your purchase.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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Thanks DaFuzz, its been fun so far. It's amazing how well a stock Rubi wheels and its only going to get better

Another shot right after I blacked out the headlight bezels.

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Unread 12-23-2011, 03:57 PM   #4
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Very cool, I love yellow Jeeps and an LJ was going to be my next after my TJ but the JK was the same price with more features that I wanted.

Plans look good but couldn't you just run the 35s with the metal cloaks?
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Unread 12-23-2011, 05:12 PM   #5
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Very cool, I love yellow Jeeps and an LJ was going to be my next after my TJ but the JK was the same price with more features that I wanted.

Plans look good but couldn't you just run the 35s with the metal cloaks?
I got close to buying 2012 but it would have meant trading my car which I didn't want to do. Now if I break something, I can still get to work. Picking up a used JK Rubicon instead of the LJ was too pricey for me.

You are right about the metal cloaks and I did think about it for a while. The 3" will give me some more clearance and won't look too shabby either.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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The Teraflex antenna mount:

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The results of wheeling a few weeks back. I think my resale value may have taken a hit here Beadlock?!

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Unread 12-27-2011, 05:30 PM   #7
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Delivered today from Savvy Waiting on the front springs to come in and my Rancho 9000 shocks. Here's what I got:

Currie 3" Progessive Rate Springs
TJ/LJ REAR TRAC BAR RELOCATOR BRACKET
JOHNNY JOINT® ADJUSTABLE FRONT TRAC BAR
Jeep Wrangler Extended Sway Bar Link 3"-4"
TJ/LJ FRONT ANTIROCK® SWAY BAR KIT
TJ/LJ/XJ/MJ FRONT POLY BUMP STOP KIT
TJ/LJ REAR POLY BUMP STOP KIT

Once I get the front springs in, the real fun begins. Install!
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Unread 12-31-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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Just a couple of pics. Rancho 9000's got here, waiting on front springs and then it's install time.



Out in the dirt

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Unread 01-22-2012, 01:34 AM   #9
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Update time; spent the last few days being helped by friends with the install of stage one of the lift. We put in 3 inch Currie Springs, Currie extended rear sway bar links, Currie bumpstop kits for front and rear, Rancho 9000XL shocks and a Savvy rear track bar relocation bracket.

Currie front adjustable trackbar and Anti Rock are going in tomorrow along with a new Rancho steering stabilzer. Second stage will be a full set of Currie JJ Control Arms and some kind of HD steering upgrade. Hope to get that in before the summer but have to do tires, rims and brakes first.

Only had time for some cellphone pics sat in my friends drive:







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Unread 01-22-2012, 08:24 AM   #10
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Good start and nice jeep
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Glad you put up a link to the build. You've got a great LJ with a TON of potential!

Did you ever end up contacting Adams DS near you? I finally got my SYE installed and the shaft/sye/kit worked perfectly. Couldn't be happier with their customer service, delivery time, and knowing there's a lifetime warranty on all the parts.
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It was badly in need of a rotation and had a small oilpan gasket leak. A good friend helped me with the gasket change. We got the rotors turned to solve a little vibration under braking and changed the fluid in both diffs. It's great having friends so knowledgable about Jeeps, I've learned a lot from them regarding maintenance and doing some work myself.
Tell me about your oil pan gasket replacement....I need to do mine (plus a rear main seal). When you dropped the oil pan, were you able to jimmy it out of there without taking the exhaust off?

Also, did you do it on the ground jacked up or with a lift?

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I got close to buying 2012 but it would have meant trading my car which I didn't want to do. Now if I break something, I can still get to work. Picking up a used JK Rubicon instead of the LJ was too pricey for me.

You are right about the metal cloaks and I did think about it for a while. The 3" will give me some more clearance and won't look too shabby either.
I understand man, I would have loved an LJ to be honest but it wasn't in the cards.

Pictures look good, when are you gunna get new meats for that puppy?
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-3.25" RC spring lift, Eagle alloys 125s, 33x12.5x15 Cooper STTs, XRC8 winch with stock bumper mount

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-4" RC spring lift, 33x12.5x15 Firestone M/Ts, Eagle alloys 125, and a 4 cylinder to boot

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I was looking all over for a yellow lj rubi before i got my impact orange lj. I was i didn't settle for it and keep searching for the rubi. but i guess that will be my next jeep
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Unread 01-22-2012, 07:48 PM   #15
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Good start and nice jeep
Thank you sir!

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Glad you put up a link to the build. You've got a great LJ with a TON of potential!

Did you ever end up contacting Adams DS near you? I finally got my SYE installed and the shaft/sye/kit worked perfectly. Couldn't be happier with their customer service, delivery time, and knowing there's a lifetime warranty on all the parts.
Haven't found the time yet but I will. I keep going back and forth on whether I want to get the Tom Woods drive instead. Having been under my Jeep a fair bit in the last four days, I can see that it is not too complicated to make the switch.

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Pictures look good, when are you gunna get new meats for that puppy?
Once the tax refund comes back, it's on New rims also. Hoping to find some Pro Comp 7032 in 15x8.

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I was looking all over for a yellow lj rubi before i got my impact orange lj. I was i didn't settle for it and keep searching for the rubi. but i guess that will be my next jeep
I wasn't really looking for any particular color, just that it be an LJ Rubicon. Glad I waited it out and found one as I have used the lockers quite a bit. That said, I really like the Impact Orange you have. Eye catching. I would just build yours up to make it a non Rubicon Rubicon if you get what I mean
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