Brutus, the 2004 Rubicon - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Build Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 07-16-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Brutus, the 2004 Rubicon

Greetings all!

I figure it's about time to start a thread to plan and track progress of various mods to Brutus, the 2004 Rubicon (Bruticon?). Since purchasing Brutus in April, all I've done is drain/replace fluids (I like to start fresh), clean the TB/IAC, hit a few forest roads around the Big Bear area, and enjoy the So Cal summer weather with the top down, but I plan on starting with the lift in the next month or so.

The stuff that came with Brutus:

-3" BL
-Eagle Alloy 15x10 wheels
-33x12.5 Yokohama Geolandar AT-S tires
-Skyjacker Hydro shocks

The stuff that I plan on purchasing and installing as the budget allows:

-Zone 3" lift along with a 1" BL that I've already picked up.
-JKS front adjustable track bar
-Currie Antirock swaybar
-Rokmen High Clearance belly pan and engine/transmission skid.
-Dirtworx rear bumper/tire carrier and probably front bumper.
-Some form of on-board air system for airing back up

That's it for now, though I'm sure more fun things will be added as I go along.

Advice and suggestions are welcome!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	The Jeep's First Offroading Trip - 73.jpg
Views:	156
Size:	104.5 KB
ID:	1308330  

davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-16-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Cole Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SE P.A.
Posts: 173
Love that white!

__________________
97 TJ Sport, Stone White
The pin stripe adds 10 HP!
Manual
4in ProComp Suspension
33in BFG Muds
Cole Man is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2014, 01:20 AM   #3
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cole Man View Post
Love that white!
Amen!
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-03-2014, 01:27 AM   #4
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Update #1:
The lift and front trackbar have officially been ordered and should be arriving this next week! Now to figure out a Saturday/Sunday with nothing else going on to install it...
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-08-2014, 05:24 PM   #5
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Zone lift and JKS trackbar have finally arrived! Unfortunately I have to work this weekend, so installation will have to wait until next weekend...
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-14-2014, 06:22 PM   #6
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Officially starting the removal of the 3" BL and installation of the 3" SL/ 1" BL tomorrow after work! I've already begun spraying down every nut and bolt with PB Blaster, so hopefully it will all go smoothly... My girlfriend is on camera duty, so I'll post as we go.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2014, 03:55 PM   #7
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Well, my girlfriend decided to hang out in the pool and the air conditioned house instead of sweat in the garage with me so no in-progress pics, but all that really matters is the end result:
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Jeep Post Lift.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	191.6 KB
ID:	1404066  
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2014, 04:26 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 79
looks great. where are you at in socal? I just picked up a tj and am located in newport/cdm
vdog0531 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2014, 04:28 PM   #9
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
A few things to note:

1) Removing the 3" BL and components required to make it work was kind of a PITA (thanks PO!). On the flipside, installing the 1" BL was fairly easy.

2) The instructions that came with the Zone lift were very clear so the installation was fairly simple and straightforward. Same with the JKS trackbar.

3) The fan rubbed ever so slightly on the bottom of the fan shroud, so I did drop the transfer case a bit to angle the fan up until I get around to the MML. Other than that I haven't noticed any vibes.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2014, 04:32 PM   #10
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by vdog0531 View Post
looks great. where are you at in socal? I just picked up a tj and am located in newport/cdm
Thanks! I'm in Brea (North Orange County), but I'm usually down in Newport a few nights a week at my girlfriend's place.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-18-2014, 04:38 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 79
nice! If you ever wanna meet up to get some dirt on the tires, or for a beer, shoot me a pm. Would love to meet some fellow jeepers in the area!

Vernon
vdog0531 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-19-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Sounds good, man! I'll send you a pm in a bit!
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Today's excitement: Ordered all new u joints (only needed one but I figure I may as well replace them all while I'm at it) along with a ZJ tie rod, drag link and tie rod ends.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2014, 11:52 PM   #14
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
I've been noticing a weird clunking sound that lasts for a second when I take off from first and after shifting into second. After doing some searching and reading, I bought a replacement transmission mount from Napa and voila, the noise is gone!
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-21-2014, 11:54 PM   #15
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Looking good, now I just need some time to hit some friggin' trails!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20140820_193635_resized.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	161.9 KB
ID:	1414106  
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
Cole Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SE P.A.
Posts: 173
Lookin good man!
__________________
97 TJ Sport, Stone White
The pin stripe adds 10 HP!
Manual
4in ProComp Suspension
33in BFG Muds
Cole Man is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2014, 10:06 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
EatTacoCatTea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Richmond, TX
Posts: 948
Hehe Brutus...hopefully there is no betraying involved Ceasar

Nah nice looking Jeep man. Keep up the build
EatTacoCatTea is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2014, 11:07 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
Jeffk1975's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 245
Very nice!
Jeffk1975 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-22-2014, 11:29 AM   #19
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by EatTacoCatTea View Post
Hehe Brutus...hopefully there is no betraying involved Ceasar
Ha, hopefully not, but I guess we'll see what happens come March...

I thought I might be clever and do a custom license plate with some variation of "Et tu Brute", but it turns out that EVERY possible spelling that I could think of has already been taken.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-25-2014, 11:59 PM   #20
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
The ZJ tie rod, drag link and ends all came in today, so I spent my evening removing the old and installing the new. I'd post a pic but the SD card in my phone decided to take a dump. I'll try to post a pic up tomorrow. In the meantime, Mr. Conway Twitty:
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2014, 05:38 PM   #21
Jeeper
 
-Hogzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: The Great Corn Desert
Posts: 33
Great project ..... looking forward to your results.
-Hogzilla is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-29-2014, 11:22 PM   #22
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Finally remembered to snap a pic of the new tie rod and drag link!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20140829_191105_resized.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	198.4 KB
ID:	1438033  
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-29-2014, 11:34 PM   #23
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
In other news, I just ordered 4 Bilstein 5100 series shocks from Autoplicity for under $290 shipped
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-30-2014, 07:43 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 608
How the install go on the ZJ conversion? Thinking about doing it myself.
__________________
06 TJ, 3.5'' Metalcloak lift, Bilstein 5100's, 33x12.5x15 KM2's, Black MT2, Carolina DS, SYE, Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, Novak Cable Shifter, GenRight G3 4'' Fenders...
GSXRMAN14 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
EatTacoCatTea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Richmond, TX
Posts: 948
Quote:
Originally Posted by davep85 View Post
In other news, I just ordered 4 Bilstein 5100 series shocks from Autoplicity for under $290 shipped
Good choice. I run the 5100s and love them. Excellent on and off-road
EatTacoCatTea is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-30-2014, 01:03 PM   #26
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by GSXRMAN14 View Post
How the install go on the ZJ conversion? Thinking about doing it myself.
It wasn't bad at all, only took a couple of hours working by myself and taking my time. A 4 lb hammer, pickle fork and pitman arm puller make it pretty easy. My pitman arm puller is still buried in a box from moving, so it took me quite a few whacks with the pickle fork and hammer to get the bolt out that holds the steering stabilizer to the drag link.
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-30-2014, 01:23 PM   #27
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by EatTacoCatTea View Post
Good choice. I run the 5100s and love them. Excellent on and off-road
Awesome! I'm looking forward to them and to getting rid of these crappy Skyjackers!
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-15-2014, 12:43 PM   #28
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
davep85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Brea, CA
Posts: 60
Installed the Bilsteins this weekend, and all I have to say is HOT DAMN they ride nice! I'm heading up to Big Bear for 6 days starting on Thursday so we'll see how they hold up to wheeling.

Next on the list: Install the Brown Dog 1" motor mounts (should be here in a couple of days), order and replace the 2 busted skid plate nutserts, and replace all u joints. The fun never stops!
davep85 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-15-2014, 12:55 PM   #29
Jeeper
 
EatTacoCatTea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Richmond, TX
Posts: 948
Quote:
Originally Posted by davep85 View Post
Installed the Bilsteins this weekend, and all I have to say is HOT DAMN they ride nice! I'm heading up to Big Bear for 6 days starting on Thursday so we'll see how they hold up to wheeling.

Next on the list: Install the Brown Dog 1" motor mounts (should be here in a couple of days), order and replace the 2 busted skid plate nutserts, and replace all u joints. The fun never stops!
Make sure to show off those stickers that came with the shocks

EatTacoCatTea is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Vendor Spotlight (Deals & More)
Jeep Parts - Jeep Wheels - Jeep Soft Tops
» Recent Threads

» Popular Tags
2.5 2014 advice audio axle bestop body lift build bumper buying camping clutch electrical engine exhaust fenders for sale frame hardtop hard top help advice jeep jeep tj jeep wrangler jeep yj jku leak led lift lift advice lift kit lights manual mods newbie noise oem outdoorx4 parts quadratec radiator rims rubicon rust sahara shocks soft top speakers sport springs steering stereo stock subwoofer suspension suspension lift swap tire tires tires and wheels top transfer case transmission unlimited wheels wheels and tires winch wiring wrangler wrangler tj
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:29 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC