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Unread 12-03-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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My 06 Rubicon Unlimited Build Plans.

Here is the deal.

Completely stock 06 Rubicon Unlimited with 32000 miles, Dual top option.

My build goal is to have a Jeep that rides reasonably well and is capable of tackling most of what I will encounter in Central Louisiana. The current plan is:

1. Smitty Built XRC front bumper with Warn XDI9000 winch. In Process DONE
2. M.O.R.E. 1"Body lift and 1" Rubber Torsion MML. In Process Body Lift is in, with some mods
3. Undercover FAB Tummy Tuck. Done
4. OME LJ 2.5" Lift with Shocks.

5. BF KM2 LT285/75-16 on stock Moab wheels (with or without spacers as needed.)

This being said, I know I will probably need the following.

1. DC rear drivshaft (CV shaft)
2. Upper adjustable control arms.
3. Longer lower control arms.
4. ?????

Lots of knowledgable people here, constructive criticism welcomed.


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Unread 12-03-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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Ok Ladies and Gents, the Warn Winch and Smittybuilt front bumper are on.

I spent about an hour doing the mounting, and about an hour doing decent wire routing and protecting.

The Warn instructions state that I need to wrap the wire using about 1000 lbs of weight. I didnt do that as I ran out of daylight. The wire seemed fairly tight, however I will spool it off and respool as recommended just in case.

I will post before and after pics tomorrow.

If any of you see anything else I need from my original post, please speak up.

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Unread 12-03-2009, 07:44 PM   #3
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Plans look good. I would add track bars, sway bar links, and control arms to the list next.

Currie arms
Currie track bars
Currie anti-rock front sway bar or quick disconnect links
Currie rear links
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Unread 12-04-2009, 08:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the update.

After driving the Jeep with the winch and bumper, synthetic line is in my immediate future. I do not like the additional weight on the front, too much out of balance.

This build is proving once again, that even a mild trail vehicle takes some planning, time, and money.

I am so enjoying being a Just Empty Every Pocket owner. )
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Unread 12-04-2009, 09:08 AM   #5
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This being said, I know I will probably need the following.

1. DC rear drivshaft (CV shaft)
2. Upper adjustable control arms.
3. Longer lower control arms.
4. ?????
I have the same vehicle, same lift and same size tires but didn't need to do any of these things.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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I have the same vehicle, same lift and same size tires but didn't need to do any of these things.
You also don't NEED taller suspension, bigger tires, etc. But who wants to keep the shovel? Not me.

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Unread 12-04-2009, 10:08 AM   #7
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You also don't NEED taller suspension, bigger tires, etc. But who wants to keep the shovel? Not me.

What I meant was that I didn't need to do the other mods he stated that he did need. Still trying to get rid of the shovel!!
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What I meant was that I didn't need to do the other mods he stated that he did need. Still trying to get rid of the shovel!!
When you do a tummy tuck, you will likely need a SYE. With that comes upper adj. arms and a CV shaft. And sure, you don't NEED longer lower arms, but if you're going to purchase adj. rear uppers, why not just go all out and buy the full set of Currie arms? It's discounted over $100 when you do that....
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Unread 12-04-2009, 11:59 AM   #9
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Now I get what you meant...maybe I should think harder!
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THERE you go.....


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Unread 12-04-2009, 03:25 PM   #11
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When you do a tummy tuck, you will likely need a SYE. With that comes upper adj. arms and a CV shaft. And sure, you don't NEED longer lower arms, but if you're going to purchase adj. rear uppers, why not just go all out and buy the full set of Currie arms? It's discounted over $100 when you do that....

He will absolutely not need a SYE. The Rubicon comes with a 241 transfer case that does not have a slip yoke.

Although all Jeeps are different, he has an Unlimited and probably won't need a new drive shaft. I've lifted and TT'd both of my Unlimited Rubi's without a new one.
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CV shaft or not

With the extra length you have on the LJ (LWB) you may not need the CV shaft. With 2.5" of OME and about 1.5" from the tummy tuck you may be fine on drive shaft angles.

It is a completely different story on the TJ (SWB) That much change makes a CV shaft virtually a requirement.

I personally have and an 06 Rubicon TJ

2.5" OME
1" Body Lift from Currie
1" Motor Mount Lift from MORE
Belly Pan from from Rokmen (slickest install in my opinion as long as you stick with short arms.)
4 new control arms also from Rokmen (rear uppers are specifically for CV shaft)
CV Shaft from Tom Woods
Teraflex adjustable Track bars front and rear
JKS Quicker disconnects
Rokmen Engine&Tranny and Gas tank skids round out the armor
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He will absolutely not need a SYE. The Rubicon comes with a 241 transfer case that does not have a slip yoke.

Although all Jeeps are different, he has an Unlimited and probably won't need a new drive shaft. I've lifted and TT'd both of my Unlimited Rubi's without a new one.
Damnit, how did I miss that? I'm well aware of the 241's fixed rear yoke.

On the subject of the drive shaft--with 2.5" of lift and a tummy tuck, it's a big fat MAYBE. I would upgrade to the CV shaft and adj. control arms if I were you anyway.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 08:25 PM   #14
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Damnit, how did I miss that? I'm well aware of the 241's fixed rear yoke.

On the subject of the drive shaft--with 2.5" of lift and a tummy tuck, it's a big fat MAYBE. I would upgrade to the CV shaft and adj. control arms if I were you anyway.
Agreed, seeing as this is new to me, I am attempting to do this in phases with plans and desired results, starting with the simplest things first and then adjusting the next plan to get back to target as I move forward.

I.E. Once the MML, BL, and TT are done, I will know the "new relationship" of the axles to the TC. Then develop the plan on the lift and it's requirements.

I am still leaning towards the 2.5 Old Man EMU springs and shocks.


I still have this as the goal, A very well mannered Jeep on the road paved or not, and some flex to handle light trails as to be expected in Central LA.
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Unread 12-05-2009, 08:13 AM   #15
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I have an '06 LJ Rubi with at least a 2.5 spring lift and a TT and no drive shaft was needed. The LJ has a lot longer drive shaft and the Rubicon version has an even longer shaft. I would like to one day upgrade to Rokmen control arms as the stock units are made of sheet metal. If I do go to adjustable control arms like the Rokmen short arms, then I would install a dual cardan shaft so I can rotate the rear axle pinion up away from the trail a little.

Can't go wrong with the OME springs. I suggest you get the ZJ front and LJ rear springs. The ZJ springs are happier with the winch. I don't have them and regret the mistake. One day I will replace the OME HD springs I have with ZJ/LJ.

A new skid is a must on an LJ. That belly hangs down pretty bad.

The 285's should not require a spacer.
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