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Old 08-21-2013, 01:02 PM   #61
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^what schmuck removes the correct decal and throws on a wrong one?

glad you are going thru your classic Rubihara and making it look correct.

can't help you on the paint blending other than to take it to a shop.


and literally 65 minutes ago I passed a Rubihara going the opposite direction about 5 miles from my house.....that chrome grill and khaki paint are easy to spot once you know what to look for.

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:27 PM   #62
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who knows why the stock stickers were removed... didn't make sense to me either.

I ended up using some rubbing compound to clean up the paint to the point where a very faint outline could be seen.... and I knew where the sticker outline was so I think I was being overly picky.

Stickers went on easy. They had built in guide with indexing marks to ensure they were aligned correctly.


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Old 08-22-2013, 03:33 AM   #63
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much better!
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #64
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After several months of pretty intense searching, I finally picked up my first LJ. It is an '05 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Sahara and has been and AZ Jeep since new. It is number "0002 of 1000", 6 spd, w/ the hard top and has 38K miles. Some of those miles are from being towed behind a motor coach which is evident from the tow setup that is on the front of the Jeep (I will keep the tow setup on it). I plan to keep the Jeep stock as I have several CJ's to take on the trails. I am still debating if I want to keep the aftermarket bumpers that are installed or go back with stock ones. The high lift jack hood mount will be removed as well. So far I have only added the correct rear tire cover and black husky floor liners. Being a CJ guy all this plastic is new to me, but I am really happy with my purchase!











Only two dents on the Jeep are on the front lip of the driver's side fender:


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Old 09-19-2013, 12:07 AM   #65
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Nice find!!!
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:31 AM   #66
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wow, sweet! 0002 of the 1000 just puts this one over the top! congrats to you.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:23 AM   #67
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Nice find, when flat towing it does not register miles...
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:32 AM   #68
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Thanks! I just learned the TJ/LJ's don't register miles, I guess I am used to my old mechanical speedos.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #69
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I'll take that hood jack mount off your hands
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Does anyone know the part number for the '05 LJ Rubicon Sahara fender flares? I am needing to replace one of mine and am having a tough time finding a direct replacement that is the same color.
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Does anyone know the part number for the '05 LJ Rubicon Sahara fender flares? I am needing to replace one of mine and am having a tough time finding a direct replacement that is the same color.
There should be a part # on the back of the flare...
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I will pull the flare off tonight to check it out and see. Does anyone know if the color is molded into the flare from the factory or if the flares were originally painted? They do not appear to be painted.
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I will pull the flare off tonight to check it out and see. Does anyone know if the color is molded into the flare from the factory or if the flares were originally painted? They do not appear to be painted.
I believe that they were molded to be a lighter color than the normal flares.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:53 PM   #74
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All this time I thought it was Saharcon. I'm # 115. Bought it with 79K from a guy in Eugene, OR so we call him "Eugene"! I use it for my daily driver. We pull our teardrop with it and do moderate wheeling. Getting an LJ was a good move. The RSU was an extra treat.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #75
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I got my badge last week!!! #231, also the correct side stickers too!!!
I'll post pics once they're installed.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:20 AM   #76
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glad to read you folks are preserving the pedigree on these jeeps.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:23 AM   #77
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I bought mine without really realizing what it was - just liked the color combo & the price was right. After a few weeks of modifying i did a total 180deg turn and decided to leave it unmolested. Fortunately everything i did was bolt on, but i foolishly sold the wheels to finance some new 33's & DC2's.

If anyone has or knows of a wheel set please PM me. I've contemplated taking a set of stock Moabs to a wheel refurbisher & have them paint & polish them - can't see that being cheap though for 5
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I've had mine just a little over a month, had to drive about 500 miles to pick it up. #416. It has been well taken care of. I've had two TJs, a JKU and then this one, its my favorite so far.

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Just picked mine up last week #330 no chrome grill or side decals but the plate is still intact also stock wheels still on the jeep for now, I was going to sell them after i put new ones on but now i wonder if that would be a mistake
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:33 PM   #81
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^save those factory parts, imo they will help you get a better price should you ever sell.

is the chrome grill on these LJ's a bolt-on piece? if not I wonder how yours is missing the chrome grill.

congrats on #330.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:43 PM   #82
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is the chrome grill on these LJ's a bolt-on piece? if not I wonder how yours is missing the chrome grill.
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Yes its just a chrome layover.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:29 AM   #83
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Just bought my first jeep, a 2005 rubicon unlimited with the sahara package from my boss. Mine didnt come with a interior numbered badge tire cover or tail light guards but has the exterior stickers with the star and laurels. I have a 6 speed manual tranny which is not very smooth shifting from 1st to 2nd, and 3rd gears. I beleive this is the NSG370 tranny made by mercedes. Can anyone tell me if this is a common issue. Trying to figure out what is going on with this thing.
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I have a 6 speed manual tranny which is not very smooth shifting from 1st to 2nd, and 3rd gears. I beleive this is the NSG370 tranny made by mercedes. Can anyone tell me if this is a common issue. Trying to figure out what is going on with this thing.
I would say it is 'not uncommon' to have shifting issues.
mine got alot better with a fluid change to Royal Purple Synchromax.

Here is where I heard about the fluid change helping to smooth it out :
Chrysler NSG370 transmission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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Hi my first post I have number 270 got it 2012 off EBAY 24586 miles love it
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I have a 6 speed manual tranny which is not very smooth shifting from 1st to 2nd, and 3rd gears. I beleive this is the NSG370 tranny made by mercedes. Can anyone tell me if this is a common issue. Trying to figure out what is going on with this thing.
2005 is the 1st year of the NSG which is also the notorious year of the bad shift fork, typically affecting reverse and occasionally other gears. Difficulty into gears is fairly common with this transmission and can sometimes be cured to some degree swapping to "higher grade" gear oil like RP. Incase your problem only worsens, specifically being difficulty with reverse, make sure to search for the TSB on this forum that lists the proper way to fix the problem.

Also, double check and make sure your shift boot isn't the problem
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I feel your pain. I experienced this situation when I got my 05 LJ it popped out of 1st and reverse 3-4 times. I changed the fluid to RP and the combination of fluid and getting to know and feel of the tranny we've had no problems and buttery smooth shifting.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I guess the mechanic I talked to wasn't blowing smoke up my tailpipe when he said these are crunchy when shifting. The original owner ( my boss) had the tranny changed out at about 55,000 miles. the Jeep has 59,000 now so thats good to know I don't need to have it redone. I am going to change to the royal purple syncromax. Ive heard you can also use a slightly higher viscosity. Any thoughts from the the true experts out there?
I want to thank my996duc1 for the link to the rubicon sahara registry. I called the number gave them my vin# and found out I had #921 of 1000.They even gave me the part # to order it through a dodge dealer which I am going to tomorrow.
my996duc1 I saw your incredible build on your LJ and saw you changed out the soft top.
I have a hard top but would like to get a stock soft top. Would you be interested in the sale of the original soft top. The jeep I have has really not been offroad but maybe a couple of times. I probably won't abuse it too much myself, but I still want to do some mild mods to it. I have already given it a 2" body lift and 2 1/2" suspension lift which gave it a much better look than the squatty looking stock condition it started with. I also ordered some larger wheels and tires which will now fit. I hope to have them within a week or two. I am sure once I feel confident I won't tear the under carriage out from under it I will be looking to start learning about some offroad activities.
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Magvice ^DM Jerry Bransford or see if he pops in if want some advice what fluid to put in or if you have questions on the viscosity. A few popular choices just for a heads up are RP synchromesh, Redline MTL, and (me personally)Valvoline's version of Synchromesh.
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Also, if your still having problems going to reverse make sure you go into a forward gear then reverse..... Good luck 😜

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