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Old 05-04-2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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#658/1000 Rubicon Sahara Unlimited Build Thread!

Finally picked it up last Fri and thanks to TJlongworth and his neighbor, we were able to get a ton done. I have alot to write but will keep it semi short for now.

Day after I bought it

With TJlongworth and my TJ


De-chromed with bumper off the TJ


Chrome grille was a bit too shiny so I decided to mount this to hide most of it


Rear Dirtworx bumper installed

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Old 05-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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Getting to use my newly istalled winch to help get TJlongworths fathers VW bus out of the garage


Front suspension and tires installed


Finally a pic of it all bundled up sporting a soft top on the mini rock garden behind TJlongworth's house




Its getting late but I promise to grab some better pics tomorrow when its not dark!

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:08 PM   #3
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The pics make it look so easy :-)
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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That's it? Looks good bud.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:09 AM   #5
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Beautiful. That is one tuff rig!
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:17 AM   #6
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That looks awesome! Love the way LJ's look lifted. Reminds me of the J8.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:46 AM   #7
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You can take that chrome off the grill if you want. You just have to take the headlight bezels out and a few other screws I think and it pops off.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:37 AM   #8
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You can take that chrome off the grill if you want. You just have to take the headlight bezels out and a few other screws I think and it pops off.
unfortunately, i don't think it does. i had the same ugly chrome grill and after futilely trying to remove it myself, i had two more mechanically inclined people try it and also asked a local jeep dealership. these things are bolted and i think even glued on in the factory, not easy to loose. i then just had it painted to match the body color.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:54 AM   #9
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Damn that's ugly.


the lift really makes those LJ's look great. However I'm still lost, I thought Sahara= painted flairs. I think you have a counterfeit rubi/sahara
(not really. But it should, in my mind, have painted flairs.)

I'll get that grille off for you.

step 0.5 - video tape the following
Step 1, find large tree
step 2, tree saver and little pulley on tree
step 3, run winch line through pulley and back to the front grille.
step 4, stand on the brakes and turn on the winch.
step 5. thank me by posting the video.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:03 AM   #10
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I like it. Good work! If I had it to do again, I would look for a LJ as well.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:35 AM   #11
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Nice Jeep! Thank you for ditching that chrome bumper! I appreciate it!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:42 AM   #12
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Nice westfilia. What year is it? Im restoring a 1979 for my father as we speak.
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:57 PM   #13
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wow looks great.. good thing you already had all the parts to swap over
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #14
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and is that an XRC front bumper?
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and is that an XRC front bumper?
No

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That looks great. I can't wait to get a little more air under mine. That chrome grill will pop right off after removing a few screws.

Oh and BTW. I had to laugh at the VW, I used to park mine sideways in the garage as well.
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Yes, the chrome has to go.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:34 PM   #18
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Thanks guys! Here are the daytime pics as promised.





On the down side I now know what true death wobble feels like. I can tell you I prob stained my boxers a bit. You cant say your jeep has DW unless you think that you are going to die and the only way to stop the craziness is to somehow pull over and come to a complete stop. If your "wobble/vibes" stop without you coming to a complete stop you do not have death wobble!
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lol well i hope your underpants are alright.. did you have it balanced and aligned yet?
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lol well i hope your underpants are alright.. did you have it balanced and aligned yet?
The rims and tires came off my TJ and also have balancing beads in them so I kinda figured they were set. I was holding off on the alignment until after I bought the new track bars but I guess that cant wait.

Here is the thread I had posted on it.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/two-...sap-50295.html
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:32 PM   #21
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I love ljs and this one looks great great so far. I had nasty dw for a long time before I found the correct combination. Good luck.
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It really does look good. What exhuast do you have on that? It looks like its hangin low.
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Looks good man! LJ is definitely the way to go. I had a hard enough time finding my 06 with low miles let alone finding a Rubi...nice!

Look like you are running DPG's OME Ultimate Kit.
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If they want the westy vw out of there I am allways looking for another one.
cancer is eating my 2 westy campers. let me know if they want to sell it.

nice rubi also
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Lookin good Jp!
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Looks great man. You wanna come up here and help with my lift?
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Looks great man. You wanna come up here and help with my lift?
The luck we had doing my lift you may be better off not having me around!
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The luck we had doing my lift you may be better off not having me around!
Dude we've all been there. Nothing is EVER as easy as it 'should' be on a Jeep. 'Just take this off, unscrew this, replace this, and your done.....'. Not true. Ever. If it goes too easily Im worried I did something wrong.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:08 AM   #29
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Ok well I havent updated this for quite some time and I have done a little work and have quite a pile of parts waiting to go on....

Installed some 4" Xennon flat flares over the summer



MP CB mount with Uniden PRO 520XL after my Midland went up in smoke.


4" Firestick mounted on my rear bumper
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #30
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Parts sitting in my living room waiting to go on.... Hopfully before Christmas!

-Rokmen gas tank skid, belly up skid, and engine skid (gas tank and belly up are at the powder coater and Im still waiting on the engine skid to arriver even though its almost been 4 months)
-Rokmen rockers (at the powder coater)
-Riddler front and rear dif covers
-Currie HD steering kit
-Clayton complete upper and lower control arms
-Rokmen Stryker corners (need to weld on the stryker tube then send out for paint)
-JKS 1.25" BL
-M.O.R.E 1" MML
-JKS front control arm weld on mini skids
-Currie front and rear adjustable control arms
-Banks exhaust
-Banks intake
-Hella fogs in the front
-Hella lights in the rear for reverse lights
-Custom rocker switch pod
-Olympic mountaineer rack that I am making the frame longer to work on an LJ


Now I just need to get off my A*$ and start installing everything

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