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Old 02-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Well I just purchased my newest Jeep, a 2006 Unlimited Rubicon, khaki metallic, and am loving it. Thought I would share and keep everyone updated on how I plan to personalize it (built up from the previous owner) and make it mine.

First things first, a name is in progress, currently debating between Cleo, Lucy 2(first Jeep was Lucy), and Isis, I am open to suggestions!

Now here is the current list of modifications:


2006 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited
Khaki Metallic in color. Only 59,*** miles!
4.0 Engine w/ Automatic Transmission/ 4:1 Transfer case/ Dana 44
Axles/4:10 gears
Front/Rear air locking differentials
Superior Cromoly Axle Shafts
RUBICON EXPRESS 5.5 inch Long Arm Suspension System (full kit w/skidplate)
*Recently lowered using brand new 4" springs for a more stable ride
and lower center of gravity but 5.5" springs included with sale.
ACOS coil spacer/bumpstops in front (Jeep sits perfectly level)
RUBICON EXPRESS Sway Bar disconnects
CURRIE ENTERPRISES Currectlync Heavy Duty Steering System
TOM WOODS C/V Driveshafts
37"x12.50" SUPER SWAMPER IROK radial tires (30% tread or more) on 15x8
Black Rockcrawler Wheels
Custom Front Bumper w/WARN M8000# Winch and HELLA Offroad Lights
Brand new Roller fairlead and Winch Cable (not pictured)
POISON SPYDER CUSTOMS 'Rocker Knockers' rocker protection w/ tube sliders
Poison Spyder rear corners
ROKMEN Rear Bumper w/ 3/4" tow points and 2" receiver hitch
EMP Gas Tank, Radiator, Steering Box Skid Plates
Stainless Braided Brake Lines
K&N Air Filter
RUFF STUFF Specialties 1/4" steel Differential Covers
SPIDERTRAX 3/4" Wheel Spacers
Flush Mount LED Taillights
MAGNAFLOW Muffler
Great shape and super reliable.
New Rampage Soft top


I plan on selling the tires, wheels, and wheel spacers as well as the fender flares, I am searching for the best pair of 35's (or 37's) and wheels to pair with, and buying Metal Cloak tube fenders. I also plan to bedline the interior, switch the gears from a 4:10 ratio to 4:88 ratio, rear tire carrier.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:05 AM   #2
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Hey, nice LJ!!! Congrats! Mine is Khaki Top ;-)

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Old 02-22-2014, 11:11 AM   #3
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Do yourself a favor and pass on 4.88 gears. Go with 5.38s unless you want your rig to be terribly under geared. I run 4.88s with the 42rle and it is a joke.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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Well, I finally decided to go with my gut and what advice my technician decided, I upgraded my gears to the Yukon 4:88's and had them installed last week. The pull now behind the Rubicon is far greater than what was originally installed. Runs smoothly and shifts even more smooth.





Spent a day out at the shop and had a chance to remove the rear corner armor to find the right side had rust stains (no physical rust) and the left side had specs of rust and rust stains. Cleaned up as much as I could, we sanded/buffed the corner pieces down and re-painted them with the rustoleum bedliner textured spray and they look brand new.






Got around to painting the rear bumper as well as the poison spyder rocker panels, as well as the rubicon express long arm suspension lift and undercarriage with the rustoleum bedliner textured spray as well. Also painted the door handles; They cleaned up very nicely!













Removed the fender flares since I had sold them, discussing and potentially ordering tube fenders tomorrow if my fabricator doesn't have time to fabricate new ones.





Replaced the factory Rubicon and Unlimited stickers from silver to black, added a customized NC4x4 sticker in black.





Tomorrow we'll be knocking out the track bar bushing, the rear lights needed rewiring, sanding, buffing, and painting the front bumper and which mount.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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Currently looking for new tires, I've heard I should go back down to 35's or just keep it at 37's, Been looking at BF Good Rich KM2's. but the S.O. is really wanting me to put Kumho Road Ventures on it....debating on wheels as well. The current one's are steel and I've heard I need to be considering Aluminum wheels to be lighter on the axles. Opinions?
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:31 PM   #6
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Looks nice, wish I had a LJ.
I love my KM2s!!!!!
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:56 PM   #7
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Finally got some new decals in the mail while waiting to install the tube fenders.











And she's officially been named/tagged

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Old 04-13-2014, 06:28 PM   #8
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Got one tube fender installed. 6 hours per side. Guess I'll be driving lopsided for a week. Lol
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:57 PM   #9
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Finally got my other fender installed....

Still need to relocate the lights in the front...



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Also had time today to clean my air filter and replace all my spark plugs. Turns out the previous owner was hiding water in the engine issues or head once previously flooded the engine but she starts up even better now and idles like a champ.

Planning on fixing the rear wheel bolt this week and adjusting the e brake. Grab handles and new d ring shackles are on their way before this weekend's debut.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:10 PM   #10
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Nice Jeep. With the winch and the lights, you're blocking quite a bit of your grill. If you ever run a bit warm, maybe do something else w/ the lights.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:30 AM   #11
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I'm looking at those h4 headlights with the blinker built into them
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:21 PM   #12
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Installed my led dome lights as well as placed led strips under the door panel arms connected them to the for lights.

Not too shabby for s cheap swap and much brighter.

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Old 05-08-2014, 11:32 AM   #13
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First wheeling trip last Saturday went overall pretty well. Was able to accomplish some trails in my jeep that i was unable to do in Lucy. Trying to get her back up and running smoother to get back out there on the rocks.

I just got a response from Mr transmission regarding a hard shift from first and second and after careful research and consideration we're going to do a transmission flush, replace the filter, and replace the temp gauge as well as install a transmission cooler and gauge to help keep an eye on the transmission gauge.

Im currently looking at the b&m cooler and was curious if anyone had any suggestions on any brands?

The drive terrain module is being updated next week at the stealership which might take care of the catalytic codes that are reading, we will see.... There was an update on them a couple years ago and Cleopatra never received those updates.

Front Air locker is not locking in at the moment either but will be looked at next week as well... Thinking there is a leak in the line or the pump isn't pulling in air as it should be.
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Transmission flushes is one of those hot topics. I've seen good ones done, as well as bad ones. Personally, I would just drain the fluid, replace the filter, and install a cooler. B&M, is a good passive (i.e. fanless) choice, but you might want to consider, while you're in there, installing a trans temp gauge also.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/bmm-70264/overview/
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/BMM-80212/

I did this to my LJ and it resulted in improved shifting, as well as a 20+ degree drop in trans temp. Just be sure you don't get to big of a cooler, as it will further restrict air flowing to the radiator. Last note, make sure your engine cooling system is up to par as well!
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Thank you! This is exactly why I posted this on the forums. I've been struggling with the thought of what to do so day, it's such a pricey move for a hopeful fix.

I think I'll have the shop do a fluid flush and new filter and install a cooling fan and gauge and test it out before replacing the temp sensor. Save a little money if I can.

We thought when posting it that we had found one with a Toyota transmission but we were wrong and were worried that it was going out.
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Finally got around to painting my Jack and mounting it on the hood, feels good to finally see it up there.



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Old 07-13-2014, 01:52 PM   #17
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Finally had an afternoon available, we got around to installing the rear tube fenders finally. A little more work for to the corner guards being a mismatch against the fenders but we got them cut down






Update on transmission-

It still hard shifts from first to second and has now started slipping randomly, diagnostic is it's dying.... So I'll be driving it until its a goner.

Lockers still not fixed...schedules just been crazy, neither wanting to lock so my guess is its just the air pump....will hopefully have it looked at soon.


Water pump has also made it to the list, finally gone out and will be replacing it this week as well.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:58 PM   #18
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Well changed the diff fluid this weekend and going to get thermostat fixed tomorrow.

Front and rear diff have been leaking so we decided to get a closer look. Front was lower than rear and thicker in fluid, luckily we had enough most fluid laying around and changed out both completely.

However the seals are just not right and will continue to leak and sealed properly.

Thermostat is leaking instead of water pump which is good, thermostat was just replaced and the shop is standing behind their work and will fix it tomorrow morning.

Next biggest focus will be getting rid of the ghetto rig up of my front blinkers and the rear back up light that's been out awhile. Not much but with a jeep, you know the list is always growing


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Old 09-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #19
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Well, finally got the water pump replaced after three weeks of having to fill up the anti freeze reservoir before heading anywhere. Have to give a shout out to Jody for knocking it out so quickly.



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In the same afternoon, we ventured down to South Carolina and stumbled upon this little beauty which came home with me... Introducing my (finally) daily driver..



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The jeep has officially become my toy and will be parked as we finalize our move into Charlotte within the next few weeks.

Will also allow a chance to make some major repairs and upgrades that are in store for Cleopatra.

Next will be the leaky diff's and air pump....!

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