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Old 03-18-2017, 06:40 PM   #1
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Nickels and dimes. More like 50's and 100's



Picked up an LJ Rubicon a few weeks ago and I'm trying to figure out where to get started. So far I've found some parts I want just not sure where to start. Where I want to be is 33-35s with solid suspension that will flex. About a grand to start this mess .... And go.

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Bumper - Poison Spyder, Metalcloak or CrawlerConceptz

Winch - unsure

Fenders - Metalcloak

Lift - Clayton or Metalcloak or piece something together

Currie AntiRock

Gears - tbd

Tires and wheels - tbd

Tub - Line X or ?







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Old 03-19-2017, 06:51 AM   #2
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Yeah, you've just begun:')) I've done some research. If you want a lift, new tires, rims, re gear(very important). You are looking about $5k give or take, Thats just the first thing to start with!

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Old 03-19-2017, 07:00 AM   #3
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It's going to cost some money that's for sure. I'm not sure where to start. I think I want to do the lift tires and gears all at once so they might be further down on the project list.


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If you've got a grand to start, just a lift and some 33s will surpass that.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:38 PM   #5
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If you've got a grand to start, just a lift and some 33s will surpass that.

Yeah that will be further down the road. I think I'm just overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Was thinking maybe a winch and bumper or antirock and bumper. Not sure. I do know I can get stuck with any configuration that's why I'm leaning towards getting a winch and bumper first. Also not sure of an antirock will be useful with stock suspension



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Old 03-19-2017, 05:01 PM   #6
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Yeah that will be further down the road. I think I'm just overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Was thinking maybe a winch and bumper or antirock and bumper. Not sure. I do know I can get stuck with any configuration that's why I'm leaning towards getting a winch and bumper first. Also not sure of an antirock will be useful with stock suspension



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Personally if you're going to limit to $1000 at this time I would get some disconnects, a winch, and winch plate.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:59 PM   #7
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Not that it's a limit it's just what cash I have that I will spend on the jeep. I don't really want to buy things twice and I am going to cash flow this build. Spend it or wait.


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Old 03-19-2017, 06:51 PM   #8
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When I got my jeep my neighbor said jeep was Ojibwe for "money pit." I laughed.

He was right. lol

I feel you're on the right track with doing it once mindset.

The plus side is you already have lockers. So that is saved money.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:53 PM   #9
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I'm in the same boat as you. Picked up an 05 Rubi (my 3rd TJ) as a weekend car that I keep garaged at my parents. If it's too expensive I'm going to wait or not get it at all. You can find my build here: 05 TJ Rubi Build

Biggest items I think with $1K to get started and see biggest improvements:

- Short antenna
- Black headlight bezels
- Warn stubby front bumper
- Upgrade stock fogs to LED
- Lift - not sure what you were looking at here, I didn't want to go crazy and did a 1.5 inch Rough Country spacer kit with new shocks

Wheels made a massive difference, guys at Discount Tire are amazing and highly recommend for when you're ready.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:26 PM   #10
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I'm in the same boat as you. Picked up an 05 Rubi (my 3rd TJ) as a weekend car that I keep garaged at my parents. If it's too expensive I'm going to wait or not get it at all. You can find my build here: 05 TJ Rubi Build



Biggest items I think with $1K to get started and see biggest improvements:



- Short antenna

- Black headlight bezels

- Warn stubby front bumper

- Upgrade stock fogs to LED

- Lift - not sure what you were looking at here, I didn't want to go crazy and did a 1.5 inch Rough Country spacer kit with new shocks



Wheels made a massive difference, guys at Discount Tire are amazing and highly recommend for when you're ready.


Looks good. I don't really know what lift I want to get. I can put different fenders on and the tires will fit but I want something that will perform when it's time to play.


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How crazy are you going to get when out off roading and do you daily drive your Rubi? I lifted my 05 Rubi with 1.5 inch spring spacers and new shocks. Did a new steering stabilizer as well. Going to increase the front with 2.0 inch spacers to even out a bit. For me, even with a Rubi that is a weekend car I didn't want to go crazy with a bigger lift. Issue getting in and out of garages, more parts to install and generally more to worry about and go wrong. More wear on other parts too. Again, depending on how crazy you want to go would do a 2 inch lift and go up from there if you're still not happy.
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To build on what Mikey said, also make sure to slightly overbuild for what you think is the most extreme you may do. I pretty much wasted money on mine when I got it last year. I bought a new set of wheels and lifted it. I then got a bit more into offroading it. Now I'm in the process of a stretched low COG build on ton axles with 37s. The money I put into parts that have less than 8,000 miles on them I will have to take a major loss on. So do it once and not worry about if it will stand up to your use.
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I'm looking to get either a 3.5 inch metalcloak or Clayton with a Currie antirock. That is the way I'm going based on the stuff I've seen on these forums. I don't want to get crazy with the lift because I want to keep the center of gravity low. Not looking to build an extreme mud or rock rig because I still want it to be road worthy. Just trying to build something that will work all around.


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From what I have read from numerous reviews and recommendations, both Clayton and Metalcloak are really good brands. For me personally I'll eventually do a Metalcloak 3.5" and I have not seen anyone say anything bad about Metalcloak at all. Pricey but worth it from the looks of it

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