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Savvy 06-12-2008 09:37 AM

Unlimited Black Hole
Yesterday I purchased a salvage 2006 LJ from daveysjeeps. This has less than 15k miles. It might make a nice daily driver. I wanted something to work on as I am nearing completion on the 2003 project and have completed two other Jeeps (that I sold) to fund my addiction.

The left front is wasted as well as the TC. The TC is cracked and will be replaced with a 241. Dave (daveysjeep) told me that a lot of Jeeps with front end damage have cracked TCs. The front axle LCA mount and arm needs replacement. Obvious body panels will be installed. New airbags are needed.

Over the course of the month I plan to take this stock LJ and upgrade the drive train. My first thoughts wre just to install Rubi D44s and the TC in and be done. Body work and interior completed.

I'm leaning towards a Clayton Long Arm kit with 35s. We'll see as we get deeper into it. I should receive it here in CA the end of the month.

JAW_WRANGLER 06-12-2008 10:14 AM

Sweet man, looks likes it will be a fun project vehicle! Keep us updated

irondan 06-14-2008 08:33 AM

How much did you pay for that, if you don't mind me asking? I myself have been thinking about going that route for my daughters first jeep. I have plenty of time to do it.(6 years) P.M. me with the cost if you don't mind. Thanks:)

Savvy 07-02-2008 10:32 AM

Paid $7500 plus $850 shipping to California

The LJ arrive last week while I was on vacation so it gave me time to make a list of what I'm going to do.

The big ticket items will be:

The sheet metal (just installed)
Rubi Transfer case (have it)
Axles (4.88s) (have them)
Air bags.

Got the sheet metal on today.

Savvy 07-03-2008 05:31 AM

Decided to pull the D30 front axle and swap in the D44 4.88s. I wanted to look at the damage sustained from the original crash and found some interesting things.

UTWeezul 07-03-2008 05:51 AM

That CA bracket on the frame looks nasty! Can't wait to see how this Jeep turns out! You seem to work quick

Savvy 07-03-2008 06:13 AM


Originally Posted by UTWeezul (Post 5408545)
That CA bracket on the frame looks nasty! Can't wait to see how this Jeep turns out! You seem to work quick

Lying on my back, I hit it with a 3lb pounder and it didn't budge. I really don't want to heat it up to bend it back. Once I get it on the rack today to replace the transfer case I'll fix it.

spyder6 07-03-2008 06:16 AM

just grind them of and go long arm

Savvy 07-03-2008 06:28 AM


Originally Posted by spyder6 (Post 5408601)
just grind them of and go long arm

That is the plan! But, for now I need it rolling so I can do the drive train modifications. Since I'm taking the transfer case out I'll probably do an auto swap as well. I already have a 4 speed auto and all of the necessary parts to do it.

Problem is we are doing a Rubicon trip on the 18th and I have to do a bunch of little stuff on the 03 that might require the rack. So, I don't want to get this thing in the air and not finish in a couple of days.

Savvy 07-04-2008 04:56 AM

Got the front D44 with 4.88s, 35s and HD steering in. I had to take this shot before I started on the rear.

Benny 07-04-2008 07:09 AM

Leave it like that...ahha. Looks good man, wish I had the bucks to do that right now.

spyder6 07-04-2008 08:01 AM

i remember when id look at guys projects with 35's with my stock rubicon and think that they were so big and cool looking - now i have that same feeling when i see 37's and i cant wait for my 35's to wear out so i can make the jump

damn everyone and all their pictures

Savvy 07-06-2008 05:57 PM

Today we got a lot of work done on the LJ. Nik Vallens helped me install a 241J Transfer case and the rear D44 with 4.88s. Installed a Full Traction 4" lift until I can get me long arm kit. All that is left is to wire up the compressors and build some bumpers.

Dmcastino 07-06-2008 06:17 PM

I absolutely love your projects and reading through your threads. Top notch rigs :thumbsup:

Savvy 07-06-2008 06:27 PM

Thanks for the kind words! They are appreciated. All of the hard work seems a little easier once it done. Can't wait to do the auto swap and long arm. I'm on the fence between Clayton and Poly Performance. I like the 3 link front with panhard and 4 link triangulated rear. After we get back from the Rubicon I'll start working on the LJ some more.

I got to take those steps off and put some rockers on! I ordered some sniperfab corners ($103.) So we can play a little bit. Mostly, we can tow it behind the motorhome whe we travel.

The time now is 12:13 PM.

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