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Old 04-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Rubicon Build (lots of pictures!)

Hi Everyone. I lurk on this website a lot. Thought I would share some pictures of my mild Rubicon Build

Got my 2005 Rubicon in November of 2009
It was completely stock and in very good condition throughout
I drove it stock all that winter but by spring the mod bug had stung me again (I had a lifted YJ when I was 16)

Heres the Jeep summer of 2010.
4x Roo-Lite 75W Lights
9004 Conversion headlights
Blacked out headlight bezels w/ Guards
Tinted Windows
Cobra CB/PA
Spare tire in the back of the tub
Hurst Shifter
Bull Bar
10K front tow hooks
LED 4" STT / License Plate / Marker Lights
Thrush cat-back exhaust

This picture of my Jeep was for the Winnipeg Free Press, who ran an article about our club RRJC (Red River Jeep Club)



Oh, please excuse the tires. The mediocre Cooper ATR's came on the Rubicon from the lot I bought it off. They were brand new so I didnt complain. (Salesman was telling me all about how the tires are Rubicon Specific....really?)

Some wheeling shots from last summer:



Yes, I got stuck. ha. Lockers will only dig you deeper sometimes.





POOR SPOTTING! (The Girlfreind almost had to change her pants when this happened. It was her first time out wheeling...)




Candid shot she took while going out for a run on a Sunday morning


We had a Hallowheeling Run close to Halloween. Bonus if you came in costume:


Then winter 2010 came and I bought a Beater. (dont flame me. with the amount of salt that gets thrown on the roads here, it will melt your frame in no time.) Its also -40 CELCIUS here for a few months and thats not nice to an engine or anything for that matter.

BUT I had plans for the spring.
Painted the rims
AND got new tires installed:




285/75 R16 GY Duratracs. Amazing tire, btw.

And I bought a set of Xenon flat fender flares, to clear the tires.









And heres everything put on. Could not be happier. Havent taken it out to play yet, I might have to put a small spacer to eliminate the rub when it flexes, and adjust my steering stops, but other than that I think it looks pretty meanacing.

Thanks! (I'm sure there will be more mods very soon...it never ends)

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Old 04-01-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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Looks Great

What a diff your tires and rims made in looks. Did you lift it at all?

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Old 04-01-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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What a diff your tires and rims made in looks. Did you lift it at all?
I know! The rims really set it off. And paint is cheap!

As for the lift, not as of yet. I wanted to keep it low, so getting the cut out flares really helped with that, and It's farily subtle in my opinion. I gained over 2 inches with the tires alone. Still might do a spacer lift or a set of ACOS in the future though.
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I have a 2" puck in front, 1" in back. Clears my 32s with stock flares easily and looks nice too. Id like to get fender flares like you have there...what did those set you back?
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:47 AM   #5
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dude sweet ride!

question, what is that little red light right beside your license plate? second to last picture
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:53 AM   #6
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I have a 2" puck in front, 1" in back. Clears my 32s with stock flares easily and looks nice too. Id like to get fender flares like you have there...what did those set you back?
I got them shipped from 4wd.com for $335. They were on sale. I needed to drive to the border to get them as shipping to Canada is outrageous.



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dude sweet ride!

question, what is that little red light right beside your license plate? second to last picture
Those are 1" LED lights. They act as my markers on the side. To avoid, ahem, hasses with the boys in blue, you need to have side markers in Manitoba. The stock box light has a side marker built in. Try and find my reverse or license plate lights.... trust me they are somewhere on there.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:17 AM   #7
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Love the rims!!
What kind of paint and what's the process?
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:27 AM   #8
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Love the rims!!
What kind of paint and what's the process?
Its been done before and im sure it will be done again hahaha.

Duplicolor Graphite Wheel Coating.

I hand sanded the clear coat off the rims with 320 grit sand paper and ScotchBrite pads for the tougher to get to areas. That took 3-4 hours and was worth it. PREP IS EVERYTHING!

Then I cleaned the rims with degreaser and rolled them into the paint booth, taped everything off and layed down 3 coats of self etching primer.

After that I applied 3 coats of paint, about 15-20 mins in between (smoke break!)

And then hit them with 3 coats of the Duplicolor Clear.

Baked them at 170F degrees in the booth for about 2 hours
then came back the next day and unmasked them.

Hoping they hold up well. Its honestly a rattle can job that cost about $45 to do. If they scratch or whatever its not hard for touch up either.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:32 AM   #9
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Vary nice looking Jeep Congrats.
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once you get out and go wheeling, like those above pictures, you're going to see it rubs pretty bad with those 33s, especially if you disconnect the front sway bar.



You'll need 2" bumpstop extensions front and rear to avoid that. Or a 1" BL and 1" front and ~1.25" rear bumpstop extension. Add a 2.5" suspension lift if you want to regain the uptravel. Adding a spacer over the top of the springs won't do anything to help....you still need to fix the bumpstops .

Looks good though- the wheels are pretty nice. I like the Duratracs, great tire.
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once you get out and go wheeling, like those above pictures, you're going to see it rubs pretty bad with those 33s, especially if you disconnect the front sway bar.

You'll need 2" bumpstop extensions front and rear to avoid that. Or a 1" BL and 1" front and ~1.25" rear bumpstop extension. Add a 2.5" suspension lift if you want to regain the uptravel. Adding a spacer over the top of the springs won't do anything to help....you still need to fix the bumpstops .

Looks good though- the wheels are pretty nice. I like the Duratracs, great tire.
Thanks. 99% of the wheeling I do here in Mb I dont have to disconnect my swaybar links. We are a land of flat, open praries. hahaha. I will be doing the bumpstops regardless, and probably throwing a small spacer in there for good measure. It's my DD and sees quite a bit of pavement. Probably an 80 / 20 split.

Ideally I wanted to put a 2.5 OME into it, but it was more budget freindly to do this. (I'm working to build a trail rig so this will tie me over until then )
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Nice jeep
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really clean build so far. keep it up!
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Really nice! I think I'm gonna steal a few of your ideas! lol
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:04 PM   #15
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Looks great, btw dont feel bad about parking it for the winter... I just got my 03 Rubicon and it will be sitting out all future winters. I have a rusty Sidekick 4x4 for winter
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Looks great, btw dont feel bad about parking it for the winter... I just got my 03 Rubicon and it will be sitting out all future winters. I have a rusty Sidekick 4x4 for winter
I do love winter beaters but it just does not cut a jeep.....

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