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Old 03-07-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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GArubi 03 Rubicon build

I have had it two months now and with the exception of a new head unit and speakers I haven't touched it.

My Zone 4.25 lift will be here next week, I'm still debating between the Metalcloak and JKS front adjustable track bar.

I will post updated pics along the way....here we go!
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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After lift it's going to be tires and bumpers. I already have a mile marker winch from a previous truck, just need to freshen it up.

I'm going to stay with the factory MOAB's and run a 285/75r16 mud terrain.

I'm leaning towards the Kenda Klever M/T KR29 simply because of cost. $625 shipped to my door. I like the Goodyears but those are a grand.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:51 PM   #3
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Just wondering if you got your lift in? I have the same one siting in my basement waiting to put on. Let me know how it goes, or what else that you had to get. I was also looking at the same adjustable track bars, l would like to know what you decided on?
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Just wondering if you got your lift in? I have the same one siting in my basement waiting to put on. Let me know how it goes, or what else that you had to get. I was also looking at the same adjustable track bars, l would like to know what you decided on?
Yes I got it, and the JKS adjustable trac bar came in today! It's hard to keep walking by all those boxes in the garage. I'm hoping to do the body lift and mml this weekend and maybe suspension the next. Depends on wife and kids letting me get it done though!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Did the 1.25 inch body lift and motor mount lift this weekend, pain in the butt! Took about 7 hours to do. Hard parts were the steering carrier bearing spacer; no good way to get to the top bolt. Remounting transfer shift linkage sucked too. A second person would have cut the time way down.

Getting the motor mounts off and modified was pretty straightforward. Securing motor back to mount was difficult. A lot of minor adjustments with two different jacks to get the angles to line up.

I'm going to give the suspension a go this Saturday.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
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Lift and tires are done. Had some problems with the easy stuff and the stuff I thought would be hard wasn't.

Overall I'm happy, I have a slight shimmy when driving and the 2nd/4th/reverse is hard to get into.

Will get the alignment and console trimming done this week.

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I like the way that looks! I was wondering if you had any problems with the rear upper shock mounts? One of my friends told me that when he did his lift that the bolts snapped off Into the tub and it took him forever to try and fix that. Were there any really difficult parts or was it mostly just because of rust?
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #8
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Another question, what size tires do you have on In that picture?
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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I like the way that looks! I was wondering if you had any problems with the rear upper shock mounts? One of my friends told me that when he did his lift that the bolts snapped off Into the tub and it took him forever to try and fix that. Were there any really difficult parts or was it mostly just because of rust?
Thanks!

The upper front sway bar links/ball joints were a nightmare to separate. And then I see videos where they just fall out, go figure. Took about 4.5 hours on the pair.

I didn't have any problems with shocks. Rear track bar bolt at axle was tough to remove but nothing to crazy. Just a lot of PB blaster and patience. Getting to the nuts to tighten down rear track bar relocation bracket was a pain too.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:31 PM   #10
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Another question, what size tires do you have on In that picture?
285/75R16 Kenda Kkever MT.

They were my original choice due to price. Then I decided on Duratracs cause they are $189 at 4 wheel parts.

Then I lucked into a trade that I couldn't turn down and ended up with 5 of these.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:11 PM   #11
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Installed the flip top/sun rider kit on the factory top. Pretty sweet setup.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:14 AM   #12
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I've been off-line for a while but here's the update. I'm still happy with the zone lift. For the money, the ride is good and I'm happy with the flex.

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Old 12-07-2014, 07:16 AM   #13
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I also installed the Dirt Worx rear bumper with tire carrier. In my opinion it was high-quality and easy to install.

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:31 AM   #14
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How are those kenda tires wearing?
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I see ya from McDonough.....I maybe heading your way in the Jackson area with my job. Any thoughts on WRJC? You can pm me as I don't mean to hijack your build thread.
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The Kendas are wearing great, and do good off road. They suck on the road though. I've taken them to 3 shops and cannot get a good balance. They say they are egg shaped, I might have some bad ones I guess...I had a mild shimmy at all speeds before, after the last balance its only at 45 and between 60-65 so it's bearable.
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I see ya from McDonough.....I maybe heading your way in the Jackson area with my job. Any thoughts on WRJC? You can pm me as I don't mean to hijack your build thread.
I don't really know anything about them. But, I really haven't gotten into the group thing yet. I haven't had enough free time for the all day events.

On the Georgia Jeepers FB page, they are always doing trail rides to N. GA mountains, it looks like a lot of fun. I'm hoping one of these days I can join them. I like the hills more than the mud.

Nice Jeep BTW!
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Awesome...who knows maybe one day we will be riding the hills together! I have spoke with a couple of em on their forum and they seem nice and have invited me out on rides with em. Good luck with ya build....lookin good.
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Any rubbing issues with the 285/75s on stock wheels? I thought the backspacing would be too much at 5" to clear everything
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Any rubbing issues with the 285/75s on stock wheels? I thought the backspacing would be too much at 5" to clear everything
With The Rubicon wheel there is a little extra room, I think it has 4 1/2 inches backspacing. But I am also running 1 inch spacers, I was able to turn the wheel lock to lock at full suspension compression with no rubbing.
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Awesome...who knows maybe one day we will be riding the hills together! I have spoke with a couple of em on their forum and they seem nice and have invited me out on rides with em. Good luck with ya build....lookin good.
Yeah I'm looking forward to getting out on the trails a little more often!

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I'll be in Augusta next month for about 6 weeks. I'd like to wheel north Georgia too. Hit me up!

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