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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.