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Old 02-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
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New to the forum, also new to the jeep community! Started my jeep project with a 2004 x got it for just over $9,000 with 83,000 miles on the OD roughly 6 months ago. She's come along way from 31s to currently riding on 33x12.50's.

I figured I would start a build thread because I've annoyed the crap out of the guys at my local auto parts store with hundreds of questions.

-future plans are to run 35's the proper way (do not want to be the guy that shows up to RC this summer with a mall crawler that can't get out of it's own way)
-New headers. don't know what's best sounding that will go well with MBRP exhaust?
-Cold air intake
-Add a more powerful alternator to assist all the lights I will be adding plus a winch
-Tummy tuck
-New shocks either fox or bilisten 5100s
-New coil springs
-Find a hard top, it's cold in Pa in the winter months
-Upgrade axles
-Sye
-Fender Flares
-New seats with 5 point harness
-Skid plates

The way she sat when I first bought her
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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Currently after some mods
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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What kind of headlights are those? They look slick!
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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I'm sure the brand but I got them off of eBay with an hid kit
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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Have you put in a cold air intake in yet?
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-New headers. don't know what's best sounding that will go well with MBRP exhaust?
If you still haven't picked your headers, I have heard good things about Borla. Apparently they add good power and torque along with a little more bite to the sound.
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Have you put in a cold air intake in yet?
no I haven't. I just got done putting a new steering shaft in and beefing up the steering. how much do those headers run?
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how much do those headers run?
On 4wheelparts.com where I order everything my Jeep, the Borla headers run a little under $500. Also, AFE has pretty good headers but they run about $600. If you have a 4 Wheel Parts store near your location, I actually recommend talking to them in person. They will cut you some pretty good deals and have monthly sales. I got my Magna Flow exhaust for half price through them

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Old 02-19-2014, 12:39 PM   #9
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On 4wheelparts.com where I order everything my Jeep, the Borla headers run a little under $500. Also, AFE has pretty good headers but they run about $600. If you have a 4 Wheel Parts store near your location, I actually recommend talking to them in person. They will cut you some pretty good deals and have monthly sales. I got my Magna Flow exhaust for half price through them
the only 4wheel store around me is A&A truck and offroad and they wanted $220 for JKS quick disco's I got them from Morris4x4 for $170. is that magnaflo exhaust loud? I don't want real loud I just want a meaner tone. have you ever heard of MBRP? that's the type of mean I'm looking for. I have a soft top and between the wind noise, the roar of the tires it's loud to begin with. I can only imagine how loud it would be if I put a flow master on it or something similar to that haha
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the only 4wheel store around me is A&A truck and offroad and they wanted $220 for JKS quick disco's I got them from Morris4x4 for $170. is that magnaflo exhaust loud? I don't want real loud I just want a meaner tone. have you ever heard of MBRP? that's the type of mean I'm looking for. I have a soft top and between the wind noise, the roar of the tires it's loud to begin with. I can only imagine how loud it would be if I put a flow master on it or something similar to that haha
I couldn't agree more! The reason I chose the Magna Flow was because it wasnt real loud but it had a little rumble to it and its still fairly quiet when running 65 which is nice. I didnt want to make my Jeep sound like something is wasnt. I was considering the MBRP but I was cut a cheaper deal with the Magna Flow. I think the flowmasters are annoying.
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I couldn't agree more! The reason I chose the Magna Flow was because it wasnt real loud but it had a little rumble to it and its still fairly quiet when running 65 which is nice. I didnt want to make my Jeep sound like something is wasnt. I was considering the MBRP but I was cut a cheaper deal with the Magna Flow. I think the flowmasters are annoying.
I'm going to check on YouTube for a sound clip of one. Honestly there is a guy that lives by me he has to have like a cherry bomb or something that's over the top and he must have to wear ear plugs to drive that thing around, every time I pass him it sounds like a train whips past me. Thanks for the idea man!
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This is my current 05 Rubicon right now, however the winch is now fully installed.
-ARB front and rear bumpers w/ tire carrier
-Warn M8000 winch
-Smittybilt Nerf Bars
-Magna Flow Competition Series Exhaust kit
*I just ordered some new Bilstein gas shocks and an AFE CAI

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I'm going to check on YouTube for a sound clip of one. Honestly there is a guy that lives by me he has to have like a cherry bomb or something that's over the top and he must have to wear ear plugs to drive that thing around, every time I pass him it sounds like a train whips past me. Thanks for the idea man!
No problem just wanted to help in anyway I could.
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This is my current 05 Rubicon right now, however the winch is now fully installed. -ARB front and rear bumpers w/ tire carrier -Warn M8000 winch -Smittybilt Nerf Bars -Magna Flow Competition Series Exhaust kit *I just ordered some new Bilstein gas shocks and an AFE CAI
please let me know how the shocks are! I need shocks so bad and I'm on the edge of pulling the trigger on the Bilstein shocks, but thinking about saving a little more money and going with fox monotube. You have a nice set up, I wish I did more research before I got my jeep and got a rubi!
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please let me know how the shocks are! I need shocks so bad and I'm on the edge of pulling the trigger on the Bilstein shocks, but thinking about saving a little more money and going with fox monotube. You have a nice set up, I wish I did more research before I got my jeep and got a rubi!
I was recommended the Bilsteins because apparently they are built specifically for Jeeps while other shocks are more generic and would also handle the weight I have added to Jeep better. Also, I was told they would be a little more road friendly which is nice since I dont do much off roading here in Texas. Mud does too much wear and tear for a Jeep with 35000 miles
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I was recommended the Bilsteins because apparently they are built specifically for Jeeps while other shocks are more generic and would also handle the weight I have added to Jeep better. Also, I was told they would be a little more road friendly which is nice since I dont do much off roading here in Texas. Mud does too much wear and tear for a Jeep with 35000 miles
I've read so much about shocks and both seem to be a favorite or the Rancho 9000xls. yes I've never liked mud, to much cleaning involved but I also spend 95% of my time on the road and the shocks that came with the lift just aren't cutting it anymore
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I've read so much about shocks and both seem to be a favorite or the Rancho 9000xls. yes I've never liked mud, to much cleaning involved but I also spend 95% of my time on the road and the shocks that came with the lift just aren't cutting it anymore
Then I would say probably go with the Bilsteins, unless you would rather hear how they sit on mine first. If you have added weight from bumpers on your Jeep then I would definitely go with some gas Bilsteins. Its sad, because my 4" lift has turned more like into a 2.5" with all the new weight and my old Pro Comp shocks are practically dead from the weight. I have heard mixed reviews about the Ranchos, something about they are better on trucks but im not sure. The Bilsteins apparently offer that balance between road confort and off road performance which is definitely what im going for.
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Then I would say probably go with the Bilsteins, unless you would rather hear how they sit on mine first. If you have added weight from bumpers on your Jeep then I would definitely go with some gas Bilsteins. Its sad, because my 4" lift has turned more like into a 2.5" with all the new weight and my old Pro Comp shocks are practically dead from the weight. I have heard mixed reviews about the Ranchos, something about they are better on trucks but im not sure. The Bilsteins apparently offer that balance between road confort and off road performance which is definitely what im going for.
They are on my list of todos I will probably have they on my the end of the month. Jesus how much does your front and rear bumper weigh? haha
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They are on my list of todos I will probably have they on my the end of the month. Jesus how much does your front and rear bumper weigh? haha
Not exactly sure but the added weight is probably around 300 or 350 pounds plus the winch. Aussies like to keep their products pretty heavy duty. All my performance things im doing right are pretty much to compensate for my weight...and a little extra power in a Jeep never hurts. Honestly I need to stop spending money though. There is a stupid report on my reverse which has been giving me problems that regards basically rebuilding all the synchros.
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Not exactly sure but the added weight is probably around 300 or 350 pounds plus the winch. Aussies like to keep their products pretty heavy duty. All my performance things im doing right are pretty much to compensate for my weight...and a little extra power in a Jeep never hurts. Honestly I need to stop spending money though. There is a stupid report on my reverse which has been giving me problems that regards basically rebuilding all the synchros.
I wish I could control my spending when it comes to my jeep haha but I'm familiar with all the synchros to be honest
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I wish I could control my spending when it comes to my jeep haha but I'm familiar with all the synchros to be honest
My big thing is I dont want to spend $1500 to fix my reverse because that is a lot of money. Im hoping they may do a recall maybe but that is unlikely. Ill deal with it for now. I have other Jeep things I would rather spend on anyways
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My big thing is I dont want to spend $1500 to fix my reverse because that is a lot of money. Im hoping they may do a recall maybe but that is unlikely. Ill deal with it for now. I have other Jeep things I would rather spend on anyways
don't mind my ignorance but can't you just swap in a junk yard rear?
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don't mind my ignorance but can't you just swap in a junk yard rear?
In a way I guess it is an option but I would rather not. If anything, I should just rebuild my synchros and gears but maybe jump a little more heavy duty. Luckily its not too big of a problem for me right now thanks to my Jeep being barely used, and will wait a little down the road before I go ahead and rebuild it. That way I can another job and earn a little more pocket change.
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please let me know how the shocks are! I need shocks so bad and I'm on the edge of pulling the trigger on the Bilstein shocks, but thinking about saving a little more money and going with fox monotube. You have a nice set up, I wish I did more research before I got my jeep and got a rubi!
Put my new Bilstein gas shocks on... Beautiful ride! Smooth and just eats bumps in the road.
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Put my new Bilstein gas shocks on... Beautiful ride! Smooth and just eats bumps in the road.
awesome! thanks for the feed back
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homemade tire carrier
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Any details on the tire carrier...specifically the bumper attachment? Thanks
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Any details on the tire carrier...specifically the bumper attachment? Thanks
The first picture drawn is looking down at the bumper on the right side (pivot point) I drilled a hole through the bumper and put a piece of one inch round stock in, squared it up and welded it. On the left side there is a piece of half inch steal that is 2 inch long x 4 inches tall with a piece of 1/2 round stock welded 1 inch from the stop centered. that piece is also welded to the back of the bumper which is the (latch side) I used a pin from tractor supply to use as a latch that goes through the 1/2 inch once the tire carrier is shut.

The second picture is looking down at the bottom piece of the tire carrier which is a piece of 2x2 tubing also with a hole drilled on the pivot side and on the latch side I welded a "L" shaped piece of 1/2 inch steal that is 2x2 and drilled a whole in the long side of the "L" centered so when you shut the carrier the 1/2 inch tubing slides through the hole.

the last picture is a piece of marine brass that I pressed in the hole in the bottom piece of the tire carrier so that the one inch round stock goes it and gives it more strength, the bottom of piece of the brass in 4 inches in diameter by 2 inches tall so that the tire carrier retains a gap from the bumper and gives it strength, and minimizes rattle and flex in the material.

This is the best way I can explain it. I will try to find my autocat specs so that it is easier to understand.
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