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    Project once more with Feeling

    Or the second comming of J33PJ33P

    So it's time to replace my dearly departed JK and blow all that insruance money on mods.

    Picked up the new to me 06 LJ Rubicon yesterday, I'll have a stock pic tomrrow. First order of opperation: get the damn hard top off (don't think it ever has been off before... it wanted to stay put.)

    The plan:
    off the hop:
    bedline the tub
    clean up some small under body rust (get em while they are small)
    get the smoke smell out (gah it's infesting my cloths, driveing with the top down helps though)
    staangs skid
    TMR long arm possibly with a bit of stretch (I think I'll pop for the aluminum arms, Tim let me hold both and I'm telling you it's worth about the weight of a passanger)
    some sort of drive shafts (probably end up with woods)
    about 3-4" of lift (open to spring/shock sugestions on road ride is the most important thing here to me)
    1" body lift and 1" MML to accmidate staangs belly up skid.
    35" tires (thinking MTR Kevlar but MTZs are also not out of the question, opinions?)
    PSC hydro assist
    Rock Jock 60s with ARBs and 4.88s (thinking JK width so they can be transfered to somthing else several years do the road)


    Down the road: some may happen this summer or next winter
    home made bumpers (gota get that cheep chiness winch going)
    Fix the bent tail gate
    tera 2low or a rubi crawler (2low is cheep, rubi crawler gives me options...)
    lock boxes and slide out drawers in the trunk to keep my crap from growing legs
    snorkle
    bunch of extra lights
    get my hella ecodes mounted
    TJ Apex edition seats
    heated seat kit once I get the apex seats
    power window kit (I'm lazy and I fill up the entire space with my body... there's no room left to crank windows)
    power lock kit (see pervious but skip the part about my size)
    alarm (can we get the kind with flame througers in canada?)

    Probably won't see a lot of acton on this thread for a while as I'm in the get quotes on parts stage. The initial build (suspention and axles) will be done by someone else as I don't have the time, space, tools or skills for it. I fix computers, I'm good at it. They built Jeeps, that's what they are good at... just makes sense to have the parts that can kill you done by someone who knows a bit more about it. That and I need to keep working and driveing, this is/will continue to be my DD so I need it done fast. If i do it myself in evenings and weekends it will be anything but.

    Step 1:
    get a stafty and etest so I can keep driveing. the catch is the tires are almost gone (donsn't bother me a lot as they will be going away but it may bother a mechanic)
    2010 JK Unlimited Sahara, rubi axles, 35" duratracs, OME lift: Written off, RIP.
    2006 LJ Rubicon Lots of stuff from TMR installed by CT Motorsports (see profile if you want to know) project once more with feeling
    Quote Originally Posted by igotafrigginjeep View Post
    Listen to the wise Drizit
    Hey he said it not me.
    There Must have been a time when we could have said no.

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    Subscribed. Where the heck did you find a Rubi LJ? (and how much!! I want one).
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    Stoney creek, found it in the auto trader. Cost wasn't to bad for an lj with only 55k on er.

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    Curious to see another build of a DD - I know that since I DD mine, I can't have it on stands for weeks waiting for parts to come in and it will be nice to see someone else doing the same!

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    Ahem!! Ahem!! I still don't see a picture of this supposed "Jeep"
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    Yah yah... ok quit your nagging...

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    hmm got more glare in that shot than expected better pics later

    Now for the first mod...
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    Ok its sort of maintenance more than a mod since the original corroded and well the original factory battery... but its AGM so its an upgrade

    Ok this one really is a mod
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    Not worthy of a build thread I know but it's all I've got till the quotes come back.

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    Nice JEEP!!! get it ready we are going to test it out in a month I have the perfect trail.

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    If you ever need some help let me know. I'm near you.

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    I think you made the right move, bailing on the new JK.
    The LJ has gotta be the best jeep ever made.
    Now, your pockets are full for mods.
    Looking forward to seeing your LJ on the trails
    2010 Rubicon 2dr wimp wagon

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    I'm glad you finally got the insurance deal all sorted out and back into a Jeep Driz. I'm working on the same problem lol.

    Since you are still in the planning stage I would keep your eyes open for when the Metal Cloak Dual rate 3.5" lift springs come out. Basically the upper part of the coil is a really soft rate and acts like a budget boost. The difference is when you unload the coil it will extend like a slinky. Pair those springs with the OME Long travel shocks and you should get lots of flex without unseating the coils with a good ride.

    P.S Bring it out to coffee

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    OK got a bit more done today still in a holding pattern for the big stuff.

    Well there's the problem.

    All the bearings in one cap had turned a pile of rusty dust and the grease hole in the center felt almost like it was filled with solid metal not grease. Tuffy under seat box goes in next. (Not quite as big as I expected but it will still hold my GPS and face plate.
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    Driveshaft u-joint in the rear?

    If so, I have seen that on mine twice now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by igotafrigginjeep View Post
    Driveshaft u-joint in the rear?

    If so, I have seen that on mine twice now...
    It was the driver side front axle u-joint. @Drizit - Thanks for the invite to help you out with this.

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    SHE-IT!!! I haven't seen that yet...fawk me, that thing must have been bad for a long time...

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    I think so Jeff. I was starting yo think the return to center issues were castor related... turns out it was just that joint as it steers great now. They other side will need to be done as well but not yet, the play is so minimal you can't see it and its even hard to feel. Now I have to go check my rear drive shaft joints.

    And dft thanks for coming by those c clips would have sucked big time to do solo.

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    One U-Joint at a time??? This could take a while...

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    Its cracking me up too,
    why not replace both of them Drizit?

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyToronto View Post
    Its cracking me up too,
    why not replace both of them Drizit?

    Billy
    For 2 IT guys I guess one U-Joint is a full days work...

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    For two first timers and crap load of ignorant rust/gunk. These two IT guys managed to "git r done" in about 3hours including an oil change.

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    Sounds like you have a good solid plan. Looking forward to seeing it sit on 35's

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