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Unread 01-03-2007, 09:47 PM   #16
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rockhog, your rig is sick looking. please do not post any more pics because I am about ready to start knocking off liquor stores so I can afford one.
I needed that......thats so funny I laughed my ***** off and woke up the kids. The star is a magnet for California fear I'll get stopped by some overzealous cop-per or chippie. certain places here with that will certainly get their attention. Haven't had problems yet, so the plan is to give it time. The pics without it are actually older photo's. The hood star was just recently made and I'm putting the "07JK4" in military font on the rear qtr panels. I've also thought of taking the Rubicon stickers off and replacing them with military font as well.



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Unread 01-03-2007, 10:25 PM   #17
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Can't say anything, other than "FREAK'N AWSOME MAN!" Well done, what kind of lift is that?
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Unread 01-03-2007, 10:47 PM   #18
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Nice seeing a new Rubi doing what it's meant to do.
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Unread 01-03-2007, 11:24 PM   #19
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Beautiful!!!!!!!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 03:25 PM   #20
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Ok. Don't be shy. Please tell details. Lift height/manufacturer, tire and wheel sizes, etc. I'm extremely impressed. That thing is too sweet.
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Unread 01-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #21
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Damn! That is one bad-*** looking JK. Lots of potential there! I love the cage around it. It shows that 4 door JKs aren't just for Yuppies/Soccer Moms.

Looking forward to seeing some JKs on the trail this year.

So THAT is where the snow is.... Sunny California!
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Unread 01-04-2007, 04:34 PM   #22
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How does the engine handle those 38.5" super swampers? Did you regear it yet?
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Unread 01-04-2007, 07:25 PM   #23
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that thing is so sick makes me wish I could afford a JK
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Unread 01-04-2007, 09:46 PM   #24
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Looks like the axles are holding up - seems you need to push'm harder, in even more difficult terrain. Of course keep a photo journal for us to drool over, give us the details of the conditions that did'm in, and educate us on what improvements you'll add in repair/replacement. Outstanding job so far though. Your JK is a true off road machine, and you sir, are no poser.
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Unread 01-12-2007, 03:55 PM   #25
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So what are the specifications on this thing? Are those stock rubi 44s or something else? I thought I saw some orange under there which screams dedenbear knuckles, but there isn't a real great view of them... Not sure... 38.5s on stock D44s and no hydro steering assist. Are the new JKs THAT much better or is driving that thing hell + kaboom on the drivetrain?
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Unread 01-12-2007, 09:26 PM   #26
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Yes they are stock, and obviously not "kaboom" if its been on tons of trips, rock piles, snow, hills, mud, and sand.

(btw, if you haven't already heard or read, the axle shafts in the JK's are 32 spline, and when compared to my dana 60, 32 splines, they were the same diameter. They are THAT much better.

It's somewhat of a modified 4" lift, to more like a 6.5 in the front, and 4 in the rear. the 38.5 are ok, but honestly, it still needs gearing badly (gears will start shipping in Feb.) Exo cage is made from 1.5" DOM .120 wall, and the stinger is 1.75" DOM 1.50 wall. Bumbers were all hand made. i honestly think the U-joint is gonna be the first to go, but like you, I'm amazed everytime I take it out, or see action pictures of someone elses, and it didn't brake!

As far as hydro assist, I've learned to deal with it since in CA here, it is not street legal. But with the proper use of the front lockers, the wheel can be relatively easy to manuever.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 02:01 AM   #27
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Wow, that's great to hear JK Rubicons have 32 spline shafts. Just got to worry about u-joints/Ring and Pinion now though. I didn't mean to sound negative there I just was in a bit of disbelief. I didn't know steering assists are against the law in CA, but is your rig currently legal there? I was under the impression that only full hydro was illegal. Anyways great rig and keep us updated.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 10:45 AM   #28
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Your right about the full hydro, but there are tons of new cops here who cant tell the difference and theyll write you even though, happens to almost everyone here. Other than the no mud flaps, it is currently legal. And you know Murphy's law, if they stop you because they notice the hydro, they will right you for everything. When I go to pismo, CHP usually post at the gates inspecting tow rigs with tape measures and rigs that are being driven into town. So it would just be one more thing to worry if I want to take the rig into town.

I too am woried the u joints will be the first to break, pretty sure that will be the case since the ring gear is beefed up on the JK's as well. But I am definately, without a doubt impressed. I had plans for DynaTrac ProRock's already had gotten the quote's before I finished this rig. But honestly, for what I do, I decided they would be a waste. But those that are full timers, sponsored, competition jeepers will and should disagree. But for me with the kids.............SAWEEEET!!!!
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Unread 01-13-2007, 03:39 PM   #29
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Thank you for the pictures! I decided to get the 4dr JK for my next jeep but my wife wasn't really all that excited, until she saw those pictures. I had planned on getting 35" tires but seeing yours makes me want to go to 37s.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but to run 37s on a Rubicon I would need:
4" lift
Re-gear
Steering Upgrade (my preference would be no hydro-assist, we'll see what the aftermaket comes up with).
Upgraded U-Joints.
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