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Old 01-02-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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The Taranchula Rubicon

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.


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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^


lift installed
Did some wheelin at Rausch







Then started the winter upgrades:
-Novak shifter
-Currie ultimate steering
-1" body lift & 1" mml
-RC CAs
-Front antirock
-Savvy Alum front bumper
-Rokmen Sliders
-Superior Front/Rear axle shafts
-Savvy GTS
-Rampage top
-half doors
-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

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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Most recent pics


Enjoyed some sun
Got my rampage top installed

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.
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Looks good so far, nice job.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #5
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Ordered parts to address the rear suspension and do a midarm 4 link rear:
TNT Truss

Ford shock towers

Lower control arm brackets

DOM

Frame side upper control arm brackets

Box-o-JJs and lower shock mounts

Currie rear antirock, front lower control arm skids, upper control arm mounts for the top of the truss and bilstein shocks are all in
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #6
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Before pics:



Got my superior front and rear shafts in

Started tear down


Cutting all the brackets off






Once all brackets were cut off and grinded down the build started to take place


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Upper mounts in place and cycling the suspension





built upper and lower arms

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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Back on her own weight





Ready for paint


Off the shelf shock bracket
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #9
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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

[B]
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.
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installed rear antirock

Here are a few shots from my friends camera, I'll be loading mine up tonight










BFG hill went down then up

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38B winch hill, was very wet couldnt make it





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

Chuck rippin through the water


Flexin out
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Heading through Trail 20 black








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Checking the rear flex



Tried being brave...didnt make it far haha




And then the rain came

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #14
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Start of a Red trail



fun little playground



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Old 01-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #15
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BFG hill on the way down







Scott before his endo

Chuck heading down


Mike heading back up


Me heading up


We got an amazing day on sunday after all the rain saturday afternoon
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:13 AM   #16
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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!!!
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Decided to go with the Genright steel fenders with 4" flare and alum inner fender


the original lip from tube to the top of the fender

Welding the lip





Took a grinder to the welds



Got my first lesson on welding and ran a few beads...not bad for my first time I think



Bondo'd the tiny cracks and imperfections
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Caulked the underneath to prevent water and dirt from getting in there and causing it to rust


Prepped for paint

inner fenders


Painted inner fenders


primed fenders

edges came out great

painted fenders


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Old 01-02-2013, 11:22 AM   #20
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Install time



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Old 01-02-2013, 11:22 AM   #21
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Scored a Warn 9.5ti on ebay for an amazing price of $450 to my door! Doesnt come with the synthetic line pictured but does have a brand new steel line and fairlead just needs a new clutch lever




winch came in, also got some rokmen steel corners and aluminum strikers!



Put my hard doors on and took the rampage top off to throw the hardtop on for winter
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:23 AM   #22
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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

Moabs x5

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
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nice work..thats a sweet rubi..
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Thanks man Ill be starting my cage in a couple weeks so stay tuned
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looks like a fun build there.
your buddy with the red TJ have a build thread some where as well?
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What tire is mike running?
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looks like a fun build there.
your buddy with the red TJ have a build thread some where as well?
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maxxis creepy crawlers
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great built thread, looking forward to the rest.
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great built thread, looking forward to the rest.
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Great photos, beautiful Jeep, and nice place to wheel!
Thanks guys. I did a rollcage on my jeep this past weekend ill try and post up pics at some point today.

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