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I wasnt going to do a build thread but I have hundreds of pictures that I figured I would at least post up. Its Jeep porn as my wife calls it. :laugh: A little about me. I am a bonified 4x4 nut. I am on my 3rd Wrangler, second Rubicon, and Solid Axle swapped a newer Bronco with E Lockers, trying to make if feel like a Jeep. Ended up selling it and buying another Rubicon. Love working on my vehicles. And I love my tools tools tools. I have a 180 Mig Welder, large assortment of tools, 4 Jack stands, air tools air tools air tools! My family and I are military, I love this forum, and of course love Jeeps.

Here is where I am currently:
315/75R16 Maxxis Bighorn MT on Moabs with Spidertrax spacers
BDS {3" Springs, Rear sway bar Links)
Doetsch Tech Shocks {DT3000)
ROKMEN {JJ Adj. Upper/Lower CA, Gas tank Lift/skid)
JKS {Track Bars, CV Bracket, Quicker Discos, MML, 1"BL)
Procomp 2000 Steering Stab
Coast HD 1350 Double Cardan
Novak NP241OR 4WD Cable
UCF TumTuk
ToysbyTroy Winch STINGER
Rampage Recovery Rear/Tire Carrier
Stealth Alpine Audio System/500wRMS Kicker L5 Sub
Burned on Clayton Rear outboard shock mounts.
Rear back up lights installed into the rear bumper recesses

Here is the short term:
Front Upper and Lower Control arms (rears are done for the CV and tumtuk)
JKS front track bar
Bump stop correction

And for the Long term:
4.88 or 5.13 gears, overhaul kits, installed by me
Outter axle seals since Jeeps screwed that up with plastic dust covers and inner axle seals (when needed, good for now)
Rockers Guards (sell rubicon rockers)
Corners and Front Fenders
Winch
Done

Currently Stance : By the numbers ---- Mod ---- Description

CLEARANCE
17" ---- Tummy Tuck ---- UCF ground clearance
17" ---- Gas Tank Skid ---- ROKMEN ground clearance
11" ---- Axle Clearance Front ---- From the lowest point (diff)
10.5 ---- Axle Clearance Rear ---- From the lowest point (diff)
73" ---- Overall vehicle height ---- @ the top of the windshield
34.5" ---- Height Tires ---- Maxxis Bighorn MT
12.5" ---- Width Tires ---- Maxxis Bighorn MT
3.75" ---- Backspacing ---- Spidertrax 1.25" Hub Centric on Moab 16x8
5" ---- Top Tire to Fender Clearance ---- Stock (Metal Cloak, TNT, other)
3" ---- Lift ---- BDS
1" ---- Motor Mount Lift/Body Lift ---- JKS

SHOCKS (Doetsch Tech DT3000)
4" ---- Front shock piston showing ---- Bump stop limited
6" ---- Front piston droop ---- Shock limited
10" ---- Front Travel ---- Untested
2.25" ---- Rear shock piston showing ---- Bump stop limited
7.75" ---- Rear shock piston droop ---- Shock limited
10" ---- Rear Travel ---- Untested
? ---- Ramp Score ---- Untested
94" ---- Wheelbase ---- Stock, Rokmen Upper Lower Arms

OTHER
? ---- Operating Weight ---- Bumpers, skids, vehicle, full tank, winch, driver
12.4 ---- Hwy/cty MPG ---- on 33's with exact speedo, 35's untested
73,xxx ---- Mileage ---- Feb 2012
13,000 ---- Price Paid ---- Feb 2011

Current Stance: By the Pictures

 

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Good job all quality items
Thanks Kash, still a ways to go.

Control Arm Beef

ROKMEN left CURRIE right (uppers)

ROKMEN (lowers) 1.75"!



Tracking Fix



Tummy Tuk




Gas Tank


Drive Shaft 1350 Double Cardan



Tucked the Rubicon air pumps above the driver side frame, isolated with rubber stand-offs




Front Armor Recovery


 

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Installed the back up lights on the same fuse as the reverse lights, these lights call for a 15 amp fuse but I have them on the same circuit as the 10 amp and it didnt blow. I dont think the lights are drawing a full 110 watts per set, should be around 10 amps if 10x12=120 watts. Soldered all connections so they dont rust or corrode free.





 

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Nice job on the Jeep. You take great picture looking forward to the ROKMEN rockers install picture.
Thanks, I hope to do the Sliders sooner than later but you would be surprised how well the stock rockers do.
 

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DB Drive k112d4 in a ported .75 cu ft (1 cu ft total with port) ported. Very loud and I got it at a pawn shop for 50 bucks. Just needed to use my pneumatic nailer to fix it up, sealed with new caulk and recarpeted it. Vioala, super cheap and very good quality sound for cheap. It fits perfectly between the baby seat mounts on the back floor and can be removed for extra storage. The amp is out of the way so I can just unhook two wires and take it out for cargo. I figured the air space for 40Hz tuning. It hits hard enough to move my eyes in their sockets. Weird feeling and it doesnt distort with the 500 watts RMS, sub is only rated for 300 RMS. For 50 bucks this sub is incredible.






 

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Did you use the UCF low-pro mount for the TT?
no, in my opinion and experience poly bushings on motor or transmission mounts makes the vehicle shake horibbly especially with a CV double Cardan driveshaft. To keep a nice ride I kept the stock rubber trans mount. I did have to dent the body in one area above the front output on the Tcase, otherwise no issues, I also used an acetilyne torch to modify and heat the exhaust pipe to bring it down to stock location and cut and welded the mount to make the catalytic work on our rigs.

Cut the UCF for my exhuast to fit better


Then heated the pipe with a torch here to bend it down into place.


Cut and ground down trans/catalytic mount and moved it down 1 inch.





Cut and smoothed the UCF for my exhaust muffler, things are a bit different in the rubi since the transfer case is a bit bigger.





Here you can see the catalytic sits in its new location with the modified mount and all is well. This took a few days of working on it off and on after work. Be prepared to take the time and make it right. I rewelded this thing twice, once at 2 inch overlap and finally at 1 inch overlap.


Even with a 1 inch body lift and the UCF tummy tuck with the "extra clearance", 2 1/2" skid I still hit the body, you will need to dent the body below the driver seat hidden under a reinforcement panel, it doesnt mess with the cab at all but under the jeep there is a bit of a dent, no biggie, just used a pry bar.
 

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Subscribed to your thread. There's a lot of good information here. Thanks for sharing.
 

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KevKaos said:
Subscribed to your thread. There's a lot of good information here. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks man, when I get zome more time I want to post up my other 200 pics of the build. Have to still install my Novak shifter cable.

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I bent the crap out of my shocks while I was watching the pinion/driveshaft alignment. I could not get them to straighten out enough to use again so... Totally ruined 90 bucks worth of shocks. They were brand new. Both sets of shocks were bought from Doetsch Tech and I told them I needed shocks for 3 inches of lift both times. So not sure if they were out of stock of the DT3163 but I was sent the longer DT3231.

The DT3231 is 22.50/13.50 9 inches of travel.
The DT3163 is 21.50/13.00 8.5 inches of travel.

Both are for the rear, I am glad they sent me the longer shocks, just gives me a little more flex out back. :)

 

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Heres the new sub I picked up locally for 200 bones. The Kicker L5 sub, crazy bass in a small space. You wont regret it! This is neigbor hood bass with 500 watts rms, you looking for something substantial this is it. The port adds 3dB, essentially the same as doubling your amplifier power.




 

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Cut and rotated shock mounts. WIth 3 inch springs I now have about 15 inches between the stock location at the frame and the new location of the shocks on the axle. I gained 3 inches of clearance and went back to my stock rear rubicon high pressure shocks. The rubicon shocks measure 19 inches extended, 12.25 inches compressed. Went from 9 inches of travel out back down to 6.75 using the Stock rubicon shocks and putting the Doetschtech shocks in storage. It will still stuff nicely and I have removed the bump stop extensions.

My welds suck but they are strong. WOrking on getting shielding gas, this was with my 180 amp 220 volt mig on flux core.











 
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