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Old 11-29-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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My new Obsession 04 Rubi

In college I had a 94 xj with a 5.5” RK LA lift and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately I had to part with it due to lack of cash. Now that im 5 years past the college days and have a good job its time for another obsession. After looking for a year or so I found an 04 Rubicon with 14K on her that came with a hard and soft top.

Plans so far (subject to change a lot)
Metal Cloak Arched Fenders - Installed
Rear Corner Armor - Manufacturer undecided
RK 3.5" X Factor LA lift - Ordered
Shocks - Bilsten 5100
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft - Need to order after lift installed
1.25 Savvy body lift - Ordered
Savvy Gas tank tuck -
35 X 12.5 X 15R BFG KM2'S on black steel procomp rims - Ordered
Smittybult XRC 8 Winch - installed
Upgrade Brakes - Manufacturer undecided
Build front and rear bumpers myself - Front done and installed need to start back.
New rocker panel protection - Manufacturer undecided
Line X bed -
Gearing-

Old XJ.





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Old 11-29-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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The first thing we did was rip out the carpet and take off the tube step sides, the plastic armor, the front jugs, and remove the rear hitch.


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Old 11-29-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Then we popped her cherry





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Old 11-29-2011, 11:17 AM   #4
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Installed the Metal Cloaks. Took two of us 30 beers and two nights after work in my driveway. Install was very easy. My only gripe about the fenders is that the arched tube rubs my hood a tiny bit when closing it. Also took off the rear fender flares








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Old 11-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Nice pickup. I'm buying my first (owned all by myself) TJ sometime soon and I'm still in college. Once I get out I plan on putting a lot of work into it.

Is it now your DD?
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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In college I had a 94 xj with a 5.5” RK LA lift and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately I had to part with it due to lack of cash. Now that im 5 years past the college days and have a good job its time for another obsession. After looking for a year or so I found an 04 Rubicon with 14K on her that came with a hard and soft top.

Plans so far (subject to change a lot)
Metal Cloak Arched Fenders - Installed
Rear Corner Armor - Manufacturer undecided
RK 3.5" X Factor LA lift - Ordered
Shocks - Bilsten 5100
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft - Need to order after lift installed
1.25 Savvy body lift - Ordered
Savvy Gas tank tuck -
35 X 12.5 X 15R BFG KM2'S on black steel procomp rims - Ordered
Smittybult XRC 8 Winch - installed
Upgrade Brakes - Manufacturer undecided
Build front and rear bumpers myself - Front done and installed need to start back.
New rocker panel protection - Manufacturer undecided
Line X bed -
Gearing-

Old XJ.

New TJ
Got a question
Did u have a hard time removing hinges??
I'm planning on replacing my doors and windshield hinges getting parts in coupla days what's the best way if they're stuck or won't budge I don't want to strip or have them break off inside thanks
Nice rubi I had a 2003 inca gold
Now I got a black TJ 4.0 stick
Rubi was tboned they repaired it but it was nvr the same so I sold it
Can't wait to c ur complete thanks for ur time ;-)
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:55 AM   #7
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Thanks. I have a national grid company pick up which is my dd. The four door Titan is used for towing my boat and rhino the jeep is just for four wheeling and nice days.

I did not have to remove my window or door hinges but if I were you I would start spraying them daily with PB blaster if you have any doubts. Also make sure you use the correct size socket right off the bat.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:05 PM   #8
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nice! gonna sub to this one..keep posting updates as you get everything installed
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #9
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Over the weekend i found time to finished the front bumper and installed the winch. The winch was a breeze to install and very self explanatory. The bumper took around 8 hours for my buddy and me to build. We first took some plastic board and mocked up what we wanted it to look like then we cut up, welded and grinded the metal smooth. Overall it came out great. Sooner than later im going to get a small bar bent up to go over the winch.

Sorry for the crappy final picture when we got done with mounting it it was dark out then we went wheeling. But when i thought about it i am only home when its light out on the weekends so i rinsed it off and took a picture in the dark anyway. Ill post a better picture this weekend from a futher distance.

Oh i also have to lower the fairlead mount a bit right now i have it centerd with the spool but i think it should be lowered becuase the cable spools off the bottom.











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Old 11-29-2011, 08:51 PM   #10
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nice build, should be good to see it progress!
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:49 AM   #12
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Thanks guys!
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:23 PM   #13
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Rock krawler called a little bit ago......MY LIFT IS IN. Im going to pick it up on my way home from work tomorrow. So over the weekend ill rip my rear axel off and bring it over to rock krawler to weld the cradle on. I can weld i just dont feel comfrontable welding on my axels or frame. Then I just need to find time to install the lift.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:40 PM   #16
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Black magic and centric rotors or vanco brakes

Do the locker mod.
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Why don't you tummy tuck before ordering your rear driveshaft all your missing is the skid plate. Already got SYE BL and Control Arms.
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Why don't you tummy tuck before ordering your rear driveshaft all your missing is the skid plate. Already got SYE BL and Control Arms.
Rubicon don't need SYE's. They have a flang output.
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Rubicon don't need SYE's. They have a flang output.
I said Already has SYE BL and control arms. All his missing is the skid plate. An since his planning on ordering a new driveshaft it'll prevent him from ordering another one down the road when he decides to tummy tuck.
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Rubicon don't need SYE's. They have a flang output.
I think he was just referring to the rubi stock output being an sye equivalent.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:08 AM   #21
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The rk kit comes with a skid plate. It even increases your clearance a bit.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:09 AM   #22
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Yeah you can see it up against the wall in the picture on the right
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As a fellow Rubicon owner I'm curious to see how you like your new set up. A couple or friends of mine run the RK long arm kit and it works awesome on both of their Jeeps. Good luck with your build! That front bumper came out really nice by the way!
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:32 PM   #24
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Thanks! I started installing the kit today after work hopefully I'll have it done by mid next week.
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Tires came today 35 x 12.6 x 15R



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Nice rubi and nice build, should be a badass rig when you're all done with it. I had a similar situation, had a jeep in college, sold it, missed it, and just bought an 06 rubi this past weekend...only i was lucky and only had to wait 2 years after graduation Cant wait to see the progress, keep us updated
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Thanks. Yeah I tried to fill the void with some other toys but it just wasn't the same.
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Nice build, more more more!
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Thanks. Yeah I tried to fill the void with some other toys but it just wasn't the same.
I hear you there for sure!
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Here is my rear truss welded up.






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