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post #1 of 67 Old 07-08-2010, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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STONER's build thread (06 Rubi)

I have had my TJ since new in 06 and have been building it over the past four years. Its current state includes: 4" lift with currie short arms, 35" Krawlers, ford 8.8 w/OX, factory front Rubi 44, TnT fenders, rokmen armor, and so on.

Current state:



The next phase is in progress. Im guessing the project will take a few months (4-5) to complete but as any one knows Jeeps are never done and plans always change. Over the past year I have been saving every penny and really trying to decide what do with my Jeep. I told myself if I m going to keep it Im going to build it the way I want it. I finally settled on a build plan and started gathering parts 3 months ago. I have collected enough parts to start the next phase which will include:
5.3 LSx swap with 4L60E
DIY long arm with complete suspension rework
37's
misc upgrades

I have already started a build thread on another forum and will move most of it over here. The goal is to share as much information and tech as I can on a LSx swap.


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post #2 of 67 Old 07-08-2010, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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The parts...
2004 5.3 with drive by wire 60K


Remaned 4L60E


AA radiator


Ballistic joints


Misc parts

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I modded the 5.3 wiring harness myself. I was going to send it off to be reworked but found a great write up on lt1swap.com on how to do it yourself and save some money.

I laid out two 3'x4' plywood boards and stripped the harness and stappled it to the boards with zip ties keeping all branches seperate and plugs in their places. This made it very easy to pull wires and test for continuity.









Pulling wires from PCM connectors



Pink wires pulled and labeled


PCM wires pulled and labeled. The PCM can be programmed to control a fan relay.


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Some pics from the weekend

Getting started



Almost ready to come out













Anyone want to buy a low mileage 4.0 and 6 speed?


What the hell have I gotten myself into....




Old motor mounts gone








Getting the new mounts in place





Exhuast clearance... I think the truck headers are going to work. Might have to trim here and there.






One common problem with this swap is the A/c will hit the frame. There are two solutions to this. One is to notch the frame and the other is to buy a high mount bracket and a different style A/C compressor.
A buddy notched the frame for me so I wouldn't have to buy a high mount A/C kit and new compressor.








Final result of the weekend.




Overall the swap was pretty easy, we encountered no major problems and spent of the day sunday trying to find problems with fitment. Everything went in smooth almost as if the TJ was made for the V8.

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post #5 of 67 Old 07-08-2010, 03:42 AM
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thats one sick TJ man. i look forward to seeing the end result

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Very nice Rubicon! CRAWLED
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you make the v8 swap look too easy man, lol, got me thinking about it


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Thanks for the replies guys.



So far this project has been pretty easy and straight forward. I still have to tackle all of the wiring but honestly dont think it will be hard at all. I bought a subscription to alldata.com for both the TJ and the donor truck. I have been looking over the wiring diagrams the past few weeks getting myself ready for when I have to wire everything up in the Jeep. I can say that this project would not be possible without all of the information alldata provides its been a very strong resource as far as wiring goes.

The fuel system:
I lucked out here. The 05-06 TJ's already provide enough pressure (58PSI) to run the 5.3 and since the Jeep and my 5.3 are returnless I only have to get a couple of clip on AN fittings to finish out the system.

Air conditioning will come later. Im thinking that since I have eleminated the computer out the A/C system I will just use the A/C panel switch to control a clutch relay and a clutch cycling low pressure switch to the clutch relay ground.

The last of the parts will get here Monday and I can really start to nock alot of things off the todo list.
I originally thought the project was going to take at least 3 months but I think I could easily finish it within another solid month of work.

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post #9 of 67 Old 07-10-2010, 11:11 PM
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how much you want for that 4.0? and looks good, should be a badass jeep

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looks great,
crawled.
how much u want for the 4.0 parts?
im intrested. pm me prices

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This thing is badass. Keep up the good work!
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post #13 of 67 Old 08-11-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got some pics and progress updates. I have started on the main wiring harness. I finished all of the interior wiring and pedal swap that took much longer than I thought.
The gauge cluster is coming together. I am upgrading the Autometer gauges to red LED's and having a hard time finding bright enough LED's for the tach and speedo.
I am also making my own version of the sPod and and working that into the rest of the wiring harness.
There is still plenty to keep me busy the next few weeks with all the wiring. Once the wiring is finished the swap will be pretty much complete minus some misc things like A/C lines, power steering lines, intake, and front driveshaft.

Pics.

Lokar shifter




Im taking advantage of the DBW and added cruise control




Computer and TAC module mounted to passenger fender


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Looks awesome, can't wait to see some video of it in action!

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nice build so far

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