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Old 04-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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So I took the plunge and purchased the Rubicon Express SF 4.5 kit. I just got my LJ is January and after all the crappy roads and potholes, the BB Skyjacker that was installed has slowly gone terminal on me. I've decided to start this thread to document my build up process.

The goal: Reliable winter DD and fun weekend, camping, trail toy.

What I've got already:
-RE SF kit w adjustable arms all around, adjustable rear track bar, and Bilstein 5100s (en route)
-TW driveshaft and SYE to be installed
-33x12.5x15 Uniroyal Laredo (ready to sell)
-Currie Rock Sliders

Not much, but I think it will be on its way to becoming what I want. After the lift I'm hoping to do the following:

-4.88 gears
-Chromoly shafts front and rear
-Selectable lockers
-HD steer kit
-Brake Upgrade (Vanco)
-Stubby front bumper
-Oversized Tire carrier
-35 inch KM2s or GW MTRs
-Skid plates
-MCE or Metalcloak fenders

This is insanely $ list, but hopefully within the next 2 years I'll be able to get most of it done. Hoping to keep this build alive in this thread.

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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A little update. So, I have a hard time keeping things "as is" for long. I removed my spare tire and license plate carrier to clean up the rear. I love the spare tire look, but I'd like to get a proper tire carrier instead of dragging my 33in spare on the stock carrier and possibly damaging my hinges. No hassles from the cops yet. I removed the milk jugs from and rear. Also, I was getting a funky whine from the alternator and I swapped it out for a Dakota 136 amp alternator.






Got my first batch of parts for my lift (RE 4.5 SF) today. Super stoked and these new parts are super beefy! Just waiting for my Bilsteins, rear arms and SYE/Driveshaft. Hoping to knock it out in a few days, but I have a knack for turning a 2 hour job into 4. So I can only imagine how this could go. Estimating it could be a 4-8 beer job.




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Old 04-25-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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Got the last of my parts in (lower control arms, SYE, driveshaft, shocks)! I used 4x4GroupBuy and they were pretty helpful. They answered all my questions and delivered everything when they said. It was a ton of f'ing parts so I was pretty impressed. Next step is collecting up my tools and diving in head first. I have a buddy who is pretty mechanically inclined who is coming to help out, as well as good weather. I'm slowly transitioning to riding my bike everyday so its the perfect time to throw the Jeep up on the jack stands.

I'm using an impact wrench from my gf's dad, so hopefully that will help the process along (along with a mega sized bottle of PB blaster). My major concerns are installing those massive springs and the SYE/driveshaft are making me wet my pants a little. I've never taken a apart a critical transmission piece like that before...so, needless to say I'm nervous about it. Hopefully the next update comes halfway through the install.



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Old 04-25-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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[/IMG]Nice i did same thing u did, i added a tummy tuck with mine tho but 4x4groupbuy are awesome, 4hrs for front and 4 for rear is what it took me over 2 days. get some high jack stands and u might be lucky enough not to need coil compressors since the drop on those arms are insain. i love my lift

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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have a shop do it mine charged 200 since i supplied the SYE and Drive shaft, and 160 for the alignment since i it was all new parts going in. still saved me 2g for just a lift instal since i did that myself,

rent the coil compressors from ur local auto shop ie pep boys, O rileies, napa,
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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Progress. Slow and steady wins the race...right?








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