Purchased a stock 2005 Black Rubicon with about 60000 miles and it didnt stay stock long. The plan for the build was make a reliable weekend warrior that still drives great on the road.
First order of business was a 4in zone offroad suspension lift, 33in Mickey Thompson MTZs, and a front and rear used Warn bumpers.
sanded and repainted^
Did some wheelin at Rausch
Then started the winter upgrades:
-Currie ultimate steering
-1" body lift & 1" mml
-Savvy Alum front bumper
-Superior Front/Rear axle shafts
-Undercover fab ultra high clearance tcase and engine skid w/ lopro tran mount
-5 Raceline Alum beadlocks
-5 used 35x12r15 Goodyear MTR/ks
-Riddler Dif covers
Also ordered some 12" bilstein shocks for the front and back with the plan to outboard the rear shocks
Got some things done.
-installed engine skid
-mounted locker pumps to new tcase skid
-adjusted novak shifter
-got my new savvy bumper in the mail, painted and installed it
-repainted my upper half doors
-Decided to make another change with my rear suspension going with a midarm 4 link and collecting parts over the next month or so.
Modified to provide more strength and length from axle tube for outboarding of shocks
Outboarding shocks and corrected spring perches
Improved ground clearance
Front axle sleeves came in
Got some Savvy Alum front control arms
Got the exhaust welded and installed. Painted it with high heat VHT flat black.
Dumped the exhaust right after the skid
flexed it out. Shock body was hitting the frame and not allowing the shock shaft to travel properly. Had to make some relief cuts in the towers and bend them outward to get the shock about a 1/2in outward. Clears fine and everything got welded back and painted.
Ran a bunch of blacks and one red. Jeep did awesome rear suspension performed great and the rear antirock really helped the jeep feel controlled on off camber trails. Overall an awesome time :headbang:
Had a blast this weekend at Rausch!
Setting out on the trails
Carnage report: A ton of scratches on my skids and sliders, bent a front lower control arm mount a little, the diffs made out with rocks on many occasions but other then that just dirty as helll and running great!!!
ITS GO TIME!!
Starting a new job in a couple weeks, new year, and an epic west coast wheelin trip planned for June-ish Ive decided to pull the trigger and open up the wallet to get this jeep "finished"!
The following is either here, on its way, or will be ordered in the next week to get the ball rolling on big changes: Genright EXT tank. 19g capacity and allowed 5in stretch
Genright stretched corners
Comes with a YJ style Gas filler to compensate for the stretch and still allow me to mount my stock flares.
Brand new Vanco 16" Big Brake Kit from a forum member. Spoke with Blaine who said the 16" kit will fit my 15" racelines since they have 3.25" backspacing I just have to be careful where the sticky weights are.
Poly Front half cage
Will be doing my own rear half additions Rokmen Fairlead
Amsteel 3/8" x 80' orange winchline with black safety thimble
Daves Customs Unlimited Shock Towers
Two 2" Coreau 4pt harness'
Planning to run a shoulder bar using bushings at the ends to allow for it to be removable when the backseat is needed. Its time! Hobart 140
Falken Rocky Mountain AT x 4 (285/75/16) Going to be using these as a street tire
The cage will be going in first toward the end of January then surgery on the rear to allow for 5in stretch will start in February.
Im planning to do something very similar to what a friend tried originally when he stretched.
LETS DO THIS!!
And now your up to date! Hope you enjoy it from here on out