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G-Rocc 03-01-2012 10:58 PM

G-Rocc's LJ Build
 
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Time for a build thread. This is my second Jeep, first one was a '01TJ stepped it up to an '06 LJ Rubicon. Feel Free to comment and add suggestions as the build is still in progress and would be happy to hear your thoughts.

Day 1 and First trip off road (bone stock):

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:03 PM

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The build begins!

Render up the plans:
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G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:12 PM

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Stage 1
Create a capable off road ride. Using mostly bolt-on parts get the clearance up and put some 35's on that dirt:
Rubicon Express 5.5" Long arm lift kit
Custom exhaust bent around the new long arms
Bilstein Shocks
Pro-comp alloy rims
35" Pro comp M/T
Smittybilt rocker tubes

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:16 PM

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Later that day...off to Moab:

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:20 PM

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Sell off some old parts to fund some new parts:
Smittybilt Spare tire rack (which I now hate, and was ridiculous to install, no holes matched and had to rig it all up like it custom). Will be looking for other options in the future.
Mount up that full size spare and add a High-Lift to the bumper

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:24 PM

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Something I was never told is that CO emissions require testing with tires less than 34" in size. Luckily I still had the stockies in the garage to bolt onto the back. Posting just because it looks ridiculous.

neverfastenough1 03-01-2012 11:25 PM

Nice. And that spare looks friggin huge back there, lol.

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:31 PM

The Day it all Changed...
 
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Nice looking pose, right? Look beyond my Jeep and into the background and check out that LJ on 42's. 42's? Are you serious, I thought those were only buggies.

Call me a little green but searching the 4wheel parts website and flipping through Quadratech catalogues I thought I had an amazing Jeep. Rubicon Unlimited platform, high end lift kit, 35's, lockers, dana 44, blah, blah, blahand I thought I was set.

I met some guys on the trail from rokmen.com and they changed my entire Jeep paradigm. I saw things that day that I didn't even know were possible for a Jeep to do so stage 2 begins:

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:38 PM

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Trail Damage (Broken RE Sway bar connectors):
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This gave me a good excuse to upgrade to the Curry Anti-Rock and go with the Rokmen Mercenary GT at the same time:
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schnutzy 03-01-2012 11:43 PM

:include:

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:44 PM

Couple of odds and ends
 
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More trail damage (I good reason to cut off that stupid chrome tip):

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Then my amazing wife gives me an amazing Birthday present Superwinch EPi Talon 9.5s

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G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:49 PM

A Few of my favorite shots from last summer's wheeling
 
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Here a few shots from wheeling this past summer. There is some of China Man and Italian creek. Can anyone say 'Wrangler poster'?

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:54 PM

What's next?
 
Now you can contribute to this build. I have curry HD steering, Rokmen rocker pannels, and 37's on beadlocks on order. I will update once they get on that machine.

After that selling off the 35's and rims to hopefully pay for a re-gear. Thinking 5:13's in the rubi 44's?

Looking for any sort of suggestions, deals or comments. Feel free to contribute.

schnutzy 03-01-2012 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by G-Rocc (Post 2093311)
Now you can contribute to this build. I have curry HD steering, Rokmen rocker pannels, and 37's on beadlocks on order. I will update once they get on that machine.

After that selling off the 35's and rims to hopefully pay for a re-gear. Thinking 5:13's in the rubi 44's?

Looking for any sort of suggestions, deals or comments. Feel free to contribute.

which transmission do you have?

IndyJeepMan 03-01-2012 11:57 PM

You wheel with Jeff and Dave from Rokmen? The freak looks good, I was sure though that those were 40"s.

G-Rocc 03-01-2012 11:58 PM

6 Speed manual

schnutzy 03-02-2012 12:01 AM

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6 Speed manual

then IIRC, those 5.13s would be the way to go. now how they hold up in a D44 is an entirely different matter i know nothing about.
you can try playing around in here with different gear ratios to get an idea of how it would behave:
Novak Conversions - Gearing & Gearing Math for Jeeps

your trans info can be found here:http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-t...ecs-26347.html

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NSG370 - 2005-2006
* 6 speed manual
* Used with both 4 cyl and 6 cyl models
* 10 spline input
* 23 spline output
* Ratios:

1st - 4.46
2nd - 2.61
3rd - 1.72
4th - 1.25
5th - 1.00
6th - 0.84
Rev - 4.06

G-Rocc 03-02-2012 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by IndyJeepMan (Post 2093325)
You wheel with Jeff and Dave from Rokmen? The freak looks good, I was sure though that those were 40"s.

Met those guys buy chance but great people. The Freak is on 42's now but they have done a few different builds with 40's I think.

I highly recommend anything out of their shop though. One of the reasons I started the thread was to pump up their shop. They build the best looking Jeeps I have ever seen.
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IndyJeepMan 03-02-2012 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by G-Rocc

Met those guys buy chance but great people. The Freak is on 42's now but they have done a few different builds with 40's I think.

I highly recommend anything out of their shop though. One of the reasons I started the thread was to pump up their shop. They build the best looking Jeeps I have ever seen.

Yeah I have bought A LOT from them, great guys to do business with.

blue6tj 03-02-2012 02:53 AM

Very nice Jeep....

G-Rocc 03-02-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by schnutzy

then IIRC, those 5.13s would be the way to go. now how they hold up in a D44 is an entirely different matter i know nothing about.
you can try playing around in here with different gear ratios to get an idea of how it would behave:
Novak Conversions - Gearing & Gearing Math for Jeeps

your trans info can be found here:http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/tj-t...ecs-26347.html

That's some good info. Thanks for sending.

G-Rocc 03-12-2012 10:14 PM

Steering Upgrades
 
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After wheeling the stock steering set-up and needing an alignment every time I got off of the rocks I thought the steering upgrade was pretty high priority. I went with the Currie Currectlync and OME stabilizer. Take a look at the differences in these set-ups.

Before and After:
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Comp Images:
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G-Rocc 03-16-2012 06:34 PM

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Getting ready too stall these beasts!

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G-Rocc 03-18-2012 02:37 PM

Rokmen mercenary rock sliders
 
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I decided to upgrade my rocker panel protection so I went with Rokmen rock sliders with tubes. 3/16" steel plate, 1-3/4" DOM tube and check out the welds:

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I did have a little help with the install and I am really happy with the quality and appearance:

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G-Rocc 03-18-2012 05:32 PM

For Sale
 
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Selling off the old Sliders:

Two different styles of rock sliders for sale. They will work great together or seperate. I used them as a good pair. Get your jeep protected for a good summer of wheeling.

Set 1:
Rubicon diamond plate steel rocker panel. All steel construction with weather seals/gaskets, bolts onto the Jeep. These are made for the LJ (Unlimited) but can be cut down for a TJ. On Quadratec for $300.00. Asking for $200.00. In excellent condition.
MOPAR 82208021 - MOPAR® Rubicon Diamond Plate Steel Rocker Panel Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec

Set 2:
Smittybilt Rocker Guards. All Steel tube textured black powder coat. These bolt directly onto the frame. These were made for the LJ but can be bolted onto the frame of any long wheel base vehicle (Cherokee, JK, Grand Cherokee, I bet they would even work on some trucks). Install is extremely simple, I do recomend upgrading the hardware to grade 8 bolts though. These are only 2 wheeling seasons old and have some rock rash (my Jeep doesn't though, which means they did their job). I always painted over the scratches after wheeling trips to fight rust so they are still in good condition. These are great because they offer a nice tube step without taking away any additional ground clearance because the step is angled upward. $230.00 on Quadratec, I'm asking $175.00
Smittybilt 76642 - Smittybilt SRC Rocker Guards in Textured Black for 04-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ Unlimited - Quadratec (Link is for the TJ style mine are the LJ model)

I'll sell the combo for $350.

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G-Rocc 04-13-2012 10:10 AM

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Beadlocks for the 37's off to powder!

Cant't wait. Thanks again Andy.

Imped 04-13-2012 10:21 AM

There are two types of Jeep owners--the guys that get into it (when you started) and the guys that GET INTO IT. You made a pretty quick transition. The latter is much more fun, much more expensive, and you'll learn a whole hell of a lot more than the guys that stay behind and never really go past the shallow end of the pool. The Rokmen guys do some nice things and build some sick rigs--check out 'Fledge' on ROF. Rig looks good--looking forward to seeing which direction you head in terms of drivetrain and suspension.

G-Rocc 04-13-2012 10:56 AM

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Yeah things are changing...just picked up this piece if equipment too.



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I haven't welded since I was in school but going to pick it back up and see what kind of fab work I can do on my own.

You can say I'm IN TO IT!

Imped 04-13-2012 12:04 PM

That's awesome, I picked up a HH190 a few months ago. I'm absolutely loving it. It's been very busy lately.

G-Rocc 04-13-2012 12:38 PM

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That's awesome, I picked up a HH190 a few months ago. I'm absolutely loving it. It's been very busy lately.

Are you using the flux wire or shielding gas? I am a little nervous to use the flux and wonder how good the welds will turn out.


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