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    How I spent my weekend

    Howdy ya'll

    Well after over a year of collecting and hiding parts, and waiting for the well used extended warranty to expire, it was time to gain a little altitude (Not in the Canadian ZJ way ) so here are some pics for those who are interested. It all starts out with a well used '04 Rubicon we ordered built for us. All that means is the original window sticker has our name on it, and we got to wait an extra 4 months for them to build it.

    The first pics are just a few reference pics of it stock.
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    so how did you spend your weekend?
    setting up poser shots? LOL

    just kidding she looks beauty now
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    Pulling it into the shop for her operation. My intention was to photo document the whole lifting process for people on the site considering doing a mild lift, but I'm sure most of you know what it's like when wrenchs start turning (and bolts start spinning). What your seeing here is the installtion of a Rubicon Express 3.5in Superflex kit, with a BDS adjustable front track bar and 3/4in poly spacer in the front to compensate for the Smittybuilt bumper and 12000# Titan winch. We also squeezed a Warn steering box cover in there too. Oh and the shocks are ProComp ES3000's and if you are considering doing a similar lift, I would strongly recommend upgrading to a better model, as I will be doing very shortly, these are just crappy temps.

    As far as difficulty and recommendations, I would strongly suggest you pre oil all components you will be working on for several days before you start wrenching. We were able to remove most things without too much difficulty, but the drivers side lower control arm bolt at the axle did not want to come out after removing the retaining nut, and the factory shocks didn't really want to leave their upper pearches, so we had to play with Mr.Grinder and Mr.Cutoffdisc.
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    a weekend well spent... it look great now Lugz...
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    Next we moved to the back end for the other half of the lift kit, and the rear tire carrier. If you look real carefully, you can see a Bunnie under the back end, who will probably kill me for that. I really do want to thank Kevin and Cheryl for ALL their help with this, It would have been alot harder without them. One thing I didn't do with this kit is install the transfer case drop kit, as I have heard from some that you can get away without it on a Rubicon. So I decided to try it out and see, and there does seem to be a little bit of driveline vibration at certain speeds that I'm not to crazy about. But before I do that, I am going to replace my bent front drag links for beefier straight ones, and get the tire checked for balance (picked them up used for a good price). I had delivered all the parts to the shop except for the new tires, which I have been hiding over at a friends place for a year, so my first drive was with the stock tires from Hamilton to Orangeville. It actually wasn't to bad and tires were just big enough that it didn't look totally rediculous.
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    And finally, with the new 33's on and a couple of mandatory poser shots to check out the disconnects. It wasn't a hugh rock, just the best I could find while bored. The pics in this group shows with the sway bars still connected, and the rear tire just touching the outer edge of the flair.

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    looking good Lugz...

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    And now with the sways disconnected, to show you the advantage. Again as previously mentioned this was just a bored pick with the biggest rock I could find at the time, but I really wasn't looking. As an added note, after seeing her with factory 31's and then moving to the 33's, she seems shorter I know it's only because of the fender gap, but wanna lift it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LugNutz View Post
    Again as previously mentioned this was just a bored pick with the biggest rock I could find at the time, but I really wasn't looking. .
    ahh... it looks like the rock right beside that one is bigger Lugz LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by LugNutz View Post
    she seems shorter I know it's only because of the fender gap, but wanna lift it again.
    i know the feeling... believe me...


    nice job mang

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    she's some purdy....I was lucky #2 pitboy to see her.....Looks good Hollywood
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    Lookin good

    Keep the grease to those SF balls and they'll be happy for a long time

    Not sure what shocks your thinkin of changing to but my TJ with the same lift and the MX6's rides firmer than it needs to I find with them set on the softest setting


    Quote Originally Posted by LugNutz View Post
    I know it's only because of the fender gap, but wanna lift it again.
    37's fit at that height

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    hey Lugz do you belong to a club .....

    If so you should get some decals and represent LOL

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    I was actually thinking about going with the MX-6's hoping to dail them in just right, but I guess I should be looking at a few others then, thanks. I do find the ES3000's too stiff as well and dont think they can keep up with the weight of the 33's and steelies. Anyone else out there got anything they would like to recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TUGGER View Post
    hey Lugz do you belong to a club .....

    If so you should get some decals and represent LOL
    I do, Rubicongrill.ca and yes there is a PB sticker on there if you look at the cowl, windshield sticker is coming with the new windshield.

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    ouch lol.....

    I was just ribbin ya.....I forgot about the windshield....

    Tony has a club eh......I prolly cant join...you prolly have some hot and spicey anitiation lol

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    i dont mind the MX6's... i only have them in the front tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by LugNutz View Post
    (Not in the Canadian ZJ way )
    I guarantee my way was a bigger thrill

    lookin good lugz!

    when you coming down to the rubi to show her off?
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    Just may have her down there tomorrow night.

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    That a pretty jeep, like the bumpers for the buggy look
    Ok lets go wheel'n.
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