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10-25-2011 06:58 PM
Waterlogged11 Worth it to do it right IMO. I'll get the new rear DS. This is my only vehicle but I have a company work van so I don't drive it mon-fri. Still want to drive up north n shit and not have to worry about her breaking down.
10-25-2011 09:28 AM
Rubicondon53
Quote:
Originally Posted by rrich
4" of lift is really pushing it for a stock Rubi rear DS.

Front shaft should be fine - mine was with the 5.5" RELA with 1" spacers.
Agreed,, I'm sticking with my 2" spring, 1" body lift.. Plenty of stock flex, and plenty of room for 33s.. All the mods and added expense for a 4" lift, to gain 1" of clearance?? I'll keep my center of gravity low, and if I ever feel the need for that extra inch, I'll install a belly up skid and gain 2"... If I do go to 35s, a sawsall, and tube fenders work really good. Just my idea, for my rubi, TEHO
10-24-2011 09:07 PM
rrich 4" of lift is really pushing it for a stock Rubi rear DS.

Front shaft should be fine - mine was with the 5.5" RELA with 1" spacers.
10-24-2011 06:09 PM
Waterlogged11 Ok this may sound dumb to some people here, but I'm new to this rubicon thing. So am I right when I say the front shaft is fine and the rear may need to be extended??
10-24-2011 05:16 PM
BLZ isnt the rear stock rubicon shaft good for up to 4" lift".i only plan to do a 2.5 or 3"suspension lift and probably a 1"bl/mml so i dont have to replace the rear..
10-24-2011 05:10 PM
Waterlogged11 Woops I Ment I won't get the SYE and driveshaft
10-24-2011 05:09 PM
Waterlogged11 Thanks for the good info everyone! I haven't bought the lift kit yet so I will opt put for the SYE and drive shaft. I will def call him up and see what they suggest for a replacement rubi shaft. So should I wait and see of I have bad driveline vibes? Or just get a new shaft. I like to do things right the first time
10-24-2011 04:59 PM
rrich With a Rubicon, you don't need a SYE - Slip Yoke Eliminator - nothing to eliminate.

But with the RE lift kit, the stock shaft would be at the wrong angles and would be too short.

The stuff that came with your lift kit obviously wasn't for a Rubi.

Best to go to a shaft that eliminates the Rubi DS balancer (round thing on the front of the DS,) is a bit longer, and has a CV (double Cardan) joint. Trying to mickey mouse rather than doing it right will just give you vibrations and possibly a broken T-case.

Tom Woods may give you credit for the shaft you have with the kit, and he sells the right one.

Call Him! He's only done a few thousand.
10-24-2011 04:47 PM
BLZ i may have to look into that by pass mod.might come in handy in the snow.
10-24-2011 04:42 PM
Rubicondon53
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Originally Posted by Waterlogged11
Ok got another question. I'm bringing this rubicon to my mechanic to do a once over and if everything checks out ok I'm going to buy her. I'm going to put the RE 4.5 super flex lift in with all new adjustable control arms. Well the kit also comes with a SYE and a Tom wood driveshaft. The rubi is an 04 5 speed. I thought I saw somewhere that the rubis don't have a slip yoke so I wouldn't need the SYE kit. Is that true? Also with the rubi will I need the new driveshaft or no? Just for some more info will be running 33's with the lift. I really want to get this down cuz I had a 97 Cherokee that I lifted 4.5 and never did that stuff and ended up blowing my TC. Don't want to deal with that again making sure I do this one right. Thanks for the help!
I wouldn't waste my money on the TW drive shaft.. Rebuilt my front one, and those in the know ( MOAB 4x4 outpost ) concurred that the built stocker. ( heavy duty greasable joints and centering yoke) is every bit the driveshaft that TWs are.. When it's time, I'll rebuild my rear in the same manner.. Just my opinion.
10-24-2011 03:12 PM
rrich I've used mine hundreds of times.
Push the button once - that's the command to engage the rear. The rear light flashes until the locker itself is fully engaged. Dogs (teeth) have to lock together - if it's only partially engaged and you load it - POW! It breaks! (Strips the teeth out and breaks a collar.) If it keeps flashing, roll forward or back a few inches, turning a little helps too.
Wait until it stops flashing, the means it's fully locked.

Push a 2nd time - then the front gets the command. Same thing with it - flashing means it's trying to lock, solid means it is locked.

Best to leave the front off until you really need it. A hard sharp turn under load while the front's locked often breaks the front axle u-joint.

Sometimes if one or the other keeps flashing - says it's having trouble lining up the dogs - roll forward or back and turn the wheels slightly till it's on solid.

Same when unlocking - if it's having trouble (flashing) roll and turn. It usually only needs a few inches to let the dogs (teeth) line up. It has to let the load off in order for the ring to retract.

The lockers won't work unless you are in 4 LO and under 15? MPH.
Running sand dunes it's not what you need. The bypass is an easy thing to do, then you can use it anytime you want it.
10-24-2011 03:11 PM
Waterlogged11 Awsome just what I wanted to hear thanks man!
10-24-2011 02:59 PM
4Jeepn No sye needed. A new rear shaft with the 4.5 lift would be good however.
10-24-2011 02:31 PM
Waterlogged11 Ok cool I'm going to drive it tomorrow to my mechanic so I'm def going to test that out. I was only pushing the button once I didn't know u had to push the button two times to get the front to lock. Good to kno! Thanks
10-24-2011 02:25 PM
BLZ ive only used the lockers a couple times in my jeep and seems to be the same as what 04-rubi stated.rear locks instantly and i had to roll a bit to engage/dis engage the front.i figure they just need to be used more...had to use them for the firt time yesterday.woo hoo!my friends said it was about bloody time i used it for what it was built for.lol!
10-24-2011 01:22 PM
04-Rubi On the rear lock light coming on, a lot of times I have to roll a few feet in reverse for my front diff to lock in. The front lock light should flash when it's engaged but not locked in though IIRC.
10-24-2011 12:57 PM
Waterlogged11 Ok got another question. I'm bringing this rubicon to my mechanic to do a once over and if everything checks out ok I'm going to buy her. I'm going to put the RE 4.5 super flex lift in with all new adjustable control arms. Well the kit also comes with a SYE and a Tom wood driveshaft. The rubi is an 04 5 speed. I thought I saw somewhere that the rubis don't have a slip yoke so I wouldn't need the SYE kit. Is that true? Also with the rubi will I need the new driveshaft or no? Just for some more info will be running 33's with the lift. I really want to get this down cuz I had a 97 Cherokee that I lifted 4.5 and never did that stuff and ended up blowing my TC. Don't want to deal with that again making sure I do this one right. Thanks for the help!
10-23-2011 05:52 PM
Mortalis5509 You can do the locker rewire mod. Allow you to have switch for the front and one for the rear allowing you the ability to lock it in 4hi as well.
10-23-2011 11:04 AM
Rubicondon53 I have an 04',,, you will not regret your purchase. Be sure to bump to locker switch once for the rear, and again for the front. The front engagement light should blink until it engages.. To disengage the front, bump it once, to disengage the rear, lift it up. Or to disengage both at once, just lift it up.. When the factory switch quits working, I plan to install to bump toggles...
If your fuel mileage seems really low, 13 or 14 mpg, take your throttle body off, take all the sensors off, clean everything thoroughly, reassemble, and install. Then use the medium grade fuel, ( less ethanol) you should, depending on you driving habits, get 16 to 18 MPGs .. My wife and I took a drive last weekend for the fall foliage in upstate PA, just tooling around, and managed to get 20 MPG... Cleaning of the throttle body will now be a regular maintenance item on my list..
10-23-2011 09:21 AM
Waterlogged11 Oh ya sorry she was an 04
10-23-2011 01:57 AM
XJ Knight
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Originally Posted by ggross View Post
i thought all manual trans in 05 were 6 speed, thats what mine is
Correct
10-23-2011 01:47 AM
ggross i thought all manual trans in 05 were 6 speed, thats what mine is
10-22-2011 11:51 PM
Waterlogged11 Thanks for the help! I think im going to get the rubi i looked at today. 05 Rubicon 66k miles dual top 5 speed manual very clean $16000. Test drove and looked at everything and loved this thing but was so upset the front diff light wasnt on but i def only hit the button once haha damnit! Think its a good deal?
10-22-2011 11:33 PM
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10-22-2011 10:26 PM
Waterlogged11 Oh.... Ya i only hit it once, but im pretty sure i hit it again after moving a couple feet and it just unlocked the rear. well I am going to be looking at one more tomorrow and going back to look at this one i looked at today that i think im going to end up getting but i was so disapointed that the front didnt lock haha. So just put her in four low and hit the button twice.... ok
10-22-2011 10:19 PM
Rubi Unlimited
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waterlogged11 View Post
I didn't really drive forward to far when I was testing it prob about 5 feet in 4lo with it locked but the only light that was on was the rear locked I didn't see the light come on at all for the front locker. And that is the same for both that I looked at
You have to press the button twice. Once for rear and than again to lock the front.
10-22-2011 10:18 PM
smccollamjr Did you hit the switch once or twice?
10-22-2011 10:02 PM
4Jeepn Could be a connection issue with the front I recall some issues with that.
10-22-2011 09:57 PM
Waterlogged11 I didn't really drive forward to far when I was testing it prob about 5 feet in 4lo with it locked but the only light that was on was the rear locked I didn't see the light come on at all for the front locker. And that is the same for both that I looked at
10-22-2011 09:54 PM
SirGeorgeKillian One switch, rear locks first, then both. There is an indicator light on the dash that will tell you the status of front and rear lockers. Steady is on, blinking is in the process of being locked or unlocked.
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