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    Unlimited buildup

    After selling my TJ I decieded to buy and build a rubicon. After many days of contemplating I chose an LJ rubi. The extra room and added wheelbase sold me. So my search began, after only finding 3 LJ rubicons with manual trans in ontario and two were yellow my choice ways easy seeing I did not want yellow again.

    My plans for the build up were clear after the learning curve of my TJ. As most builds go I can only do a little at a time as budget allows.

    The day I picked it up bone stock. And pics of old yellow
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    Theres nothing like bringing home a new jeep and stripping off all the garbage that should have never been there. First thing to go was the gay ss side steps, carpet, rear seat & seatbelts, hard top and bumpers.
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    Front bumper

    My plan was to build everthing possible for this project. I removed my superwinch epi9000 from my tj before it sold so my first project would be to fab up a new front bumper with a winch mount. I wanted a stinger style but nothing to extreme to look out of place on a stock jeep. Im not sure if my license plate is visable enough but am going to leave it till somthing is said.
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    nice so far keep em coming
    rockin the 95 xj custom 4inch lift and 285/75/16 bfg mud terrain km2 and bds discos R.I.P

    98 xj 4.0L 5spd 4.5" zone lift and m/t sidebiters looking for 33s

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    Rear tube bumper

    Continuing with the tube bumpers this is what I came up with for the rear. It features a compact high clearence design with recovery points, trailer hitch and a wrap around tube to protect the larger than normal rear tub. Also had to trim the stock tail pipe which stock out like a donky dick.

    Next project sliders!
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    that is some awesome work dude. you deffinatly got some skills

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    Rock sliders

    My next project was rock sliders, The cost to by sliders for LJs are sky high and I was not happy with having some that were just like everyone else. Having access to laser cutting is one of the best fab tools I have and makes jobs like this easy. The plate is 3/16 with 1 5/8 tubing for the rails. I had the unlimited cut out because the factory sticker was covered up and tack welded a light ga piece of stainless behind for a custom look. Gave them a coat of bed liner and done. They came out better than expected and look great for fraction of the cost of odering from any supplier.

    My plan is to put 33" tires so that I can keep the factory 4.11 gears. Not sure what Im going to do to clear them at this time. I am considering a 4" lift or tube fenders in the front and opening the rear fender up and keep the suspension for a factory ride. Also plan to fab up some kind of tummy tucker skid plate to improve ground clearence.
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    I picked up a used set of 33 x 12.5 x 15 MT baja claws with rims and thought these would be great for a bead lock project. Spent a couple hours on cad and came up with a design I was happy with, sent it over to the laser shop and had a set 4 cut from 1/4" mat. It took a few hours to clean up the wheels and weld on the rings. I gave the outer rings a coat of duplicolour wheel coating and started the install. I used 1 1/2 x 3/8 button head bolts with nylon lock nuts for my local fastenal. After about 1 1/2 hours a piece had them mounted up and ready to go. I also used 8oz of sand for balancing which i picked up at the local tire shop. Ive never lost a bead in my life but have not gone into singal digit pressures either. I hope the will make a good addition to my project. Now I just need to figure out how the fit 33"s on a stock jeep.
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    Smart build, and top notch fab.
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    Dude those are kick ass sliders
    if posible could you take a pick of the under part of the slider
    i would like to see how you tied it into the frame
    thanks
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    Soft top

    Sold the hard top for a good buck and replaced with mopar half top since no one makes an aftermarket soft top and this jeep will never see winter. This will be my spring and fall top and just a bikini for the summer.
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    Found some info today about production numbers of the unlimited. In the 2 1/2 years of production there were only 27000 unlimiteds built total and only 12596 were unlimited rubicons. Im sure once you add my colour and manual trans to the list this jeep becomes pretty rare. Its almost a shame to cut it up now it may be a worth something down the road.

    Back to the build up I picked up some more goodies. Poison spyder crusher corners, Flowmaster super 44 offroad muffler, Mopar trail guide GPS. I have been shoping for a lift and seriously considering the new RC 4". If anyone has any info on this lift I would love to hear the reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Head View Post
    The plate is 3/16 with 1 5/8 tubing for the rails.
    I'm sure the plate is strong enough but will the tubes support the weight of the jeep from a high lift?

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    I have some very similar BDS rockers that will.

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    Ordered my lift shoud be in next week, Thanks sketchy rhino. Looking forward to ditching the stock suspenion. Will post up some pics before during and after.

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    I was This Close to a TJ Unlimited before I bought my Pathfinder. I am going to have to settle for living vicariously through your build. Looks great! Keep us posted.

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    update

    Got my lift friday and I have to say I am impressed, RC has really steped up with there kits. Going to start the install sunday. Heres a few pics.
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    Lift install

    just finished up the lift install, every thing went pretty well with only a few issues. I am waiting on my shocks and have some clearence issues in the front end. My track bar is contacting my diff cover and drag link is contacting the swaybar bracket. I think I need to play with the links to rotate the axle for clearence and get it a little closer to spec before I take it in for an alignment. Overall Im very pleased with the out come and the jeep looks great and flexes well.
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    Looks good Trevor! You dont waste any time .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy-jeepster View Post
    Looks good Trevor! You dont waste any time .
    Thanks, I dont have alot of time to waste on my own stuff. You should post up some pics of your new parts.

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