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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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My Rubicon build from the begining

Well here it goes my Rubicon build from stock, to mild and soon to be wild. Figured I have the time and a little pacience so I'll give it a try. It all started with a crash . I didn't thing much of it until I ended up in the hospital 4 months later with an infection from hell! I wasn't able to drive let alone get into my old CJ7 so i decided to sell it.


About a year later I realized how much I missed having a jeep and decided it was time for another. I had no intentions on buying what I did but....... I got the Rubicon. I wasted no time and called Jensen telling him it was game on, I was really on because he recieved that very call from fordyce. I was there later that night.

Before the first payment was made the jeep was rolled and all fear of door dings was gone. Days later the bank (chrystler Financial) called and said that since I put 0 down on my loan and I couldn't prove my income that if I didn't come up with $2000 to put down they would have to take the jeep back. " LOL sucker I already rolled that ***** and if you plan to come get it you better bring something to un bury it from the mud"............. I never heard back from them and re-financed. Good bye 10.9% APR , hello 3.9%.

Here are some shots dicken around at P. City when it was stock...



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The hunt for 33's soon began...

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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:36 PM   #2
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i soon found someone who wanted trade my stock wheels and tires for 33' MTR's on black steelies.


Out came the sawzall, Chopped the front fenders and threw in some CJ turn signals, also added some LED tail lights and a rack. I wheeled like this far at couple years at least. Heres some more pics....











Ok. What do you notice in the last pic? yeah I'm stuck but I din't mention adding a CJ tailgate yet. Well that was added because when we were at fordyce I got stuck in a mud hole on the way back from Wh3. A friend was behind me and and I was holding up the show.. "just push me!" well ask and you shall receive, I was now "unstuck" and the tail gate was "unrepairable",lol.
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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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The next set of photos are what brought the Rubicon to its next mod. A snorkle.



At this point I think, hey this is pretty cool....



At this point I'm starting to change my mind.....



And at this point all I can think is the amount of water DUMPING over my door!!!



We made it across and up to the top. I opened the tailgate and water flooded out. I think I pissed my pants, but it didn't matter because they were aready wet lol.
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So I wanted to a a snorkle but but didn't want to buy a $300 ARB one.

I had already smashed up every corner of the jeep and I'd probably just rip it off or smash it so why not run it in the cab? Well thats what I did and it only cost $25. It's been on FOREVER and I have no complaints or cares about any noise it makes.













SNORKLE DONE!
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Well by now the hunt was on for the next step and Mods. decided I wanted to run 35's with only a 2 inch coil spacer and thats it, otherwise completly stock suspension. Those plance were brought to a hault when the Rubicon was involved in a accident. I T-boned someone in a parking lot as they ran a stop sign. I hit them and they spun me around. I was bummed.

















They basically replaced the entire front end and steering components, and they reused my hood. I decided to work a deal with the body shop it went to. I saved them money buy getting poision spyder tube fenders over the OEM's..."FREEBIE!" The accident was declared the other guys fault and I paid nothing out of pocket. THANKS DUDE!
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Now back on track it was time to stuff the 35's under the still stock suspension. But 35's weren't enough. I had 5.13's installed and also decided to do a home brew highlined hood. I had done some reading on this but hadn't seen it done with tube fenders. The AVE highline kit was $2000 and still only included sheetmetal fenders.

This is were it all started....



Shortly after I had the fenders off



This braket was in the way and handled accordingly...



TA-Da!


Had to do some cutting to clear the headlights...



And removed the Poison spyder original gusset...





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Now the so called problem I had read about was the stock airbox because it mounts to the fender and after being raised 3.5 inches it would hit the hood. Solution...... recess it into the fender.

Put it on


trace it up


cut-it-out!


Fender re-installed 3.5 higher than before.



air box installed in cutout



We have clearance!!




I got the drivers side buttoned up and it was time to chop my freshly painted hood!

Here it is sitting on the fenders at their new heigth.



Lay out my tape





GET SOME!!!!!!!



The result was worth the 2 days it took me to do! A highlined hood with tube fenders!! hell yeah.


Side view with 33's





BAM! Side view with 35's






You can see were the rock sliders used to be on the fenders...Not gonna cut the mustard!




So I turned these two pices of angle that were found in a field....




Into These...

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now it was time to test our results...










The fenders are the bump stops....... needs more trimming




Gotta love the extra 3.5 of clearance with no suspension lift! Room to spare!!!






After geting home decided to make a couple more things.

A decorative piece for our mantle



And I took the stock rock slider that I removed




And made a radiator skid out of it




Before:



After:
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Now time for some punishment pics!!




Fordyce WH3















But carnage was inevitable!!!!






Good thing I carry spare's we gotta drive this turd home!!!






Back in the game!!!!

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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:49 PM   #10
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Having seen a friend roll (from his passenger seat) figured I didn't want to smash my my hood and radiator since I drive to and from the trail. He mangled the raditor and it over heated so bad it ran like a diesel and lock up on the drive home!


So I called up Dan Trout and got me some Fishmouth Fab







THANKS DAN!!
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Since I got married, I have installed the RE long arm kit. and now have upgraded to 36's. Now I am in the process of ditching the Currie steering I have in favor for a setup using all Chevy rodends. I got a few other goodies and now that were current in the progress of the heep I'll keep it updated, here is the next batch of goodies waiting to go on. I threw some clear powder on the cover instead of black.


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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:58 PM   #12
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Always have a good helper!!

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Well there it is...

Out with the old...




And in with the new!!!!



Way beefier than before! and Currie can suck my *** on a $50 rodend (EACH!), I paid just over $60 for all 4 of these. Raised up the tierod about 3 inches higher than it was before.
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Unread 06-22-2010, 12:00 AM   #13
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OK so I got the new cage (and new license plates), so out with the old...










And in with the new!!!!!











Next project......FUEL CELL!
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Unread 09-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #14
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Firstly, Badass Jeep.
Second, What springs did you switch to?
Third, How come nobody has posted in you build thread?
last. Badass Jeep.
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Unread 09-21-2010, 05:07 PM   #15
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nice nice. any updates?
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