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Jwolfer 01-17-2013 12:34 AM

Jwolfer's Slow 06 Rubi Build
I got my 06 Rubi from my dad (the original owner) back in 2010 and it has been my daily driver since then. Over the past two years I have gotten more and more into off-roading. I am starting this thread to keep track of my progress.

The first time the I took the doors off (as close to a stock picture as I have).

Replaced the turn signal markers with clear ones.

Jugs off

First "mud" puddle

Bedlined the Fender Flares

Bed Lined the Headlight Bezels

Mounted a shovel and hatchet on my tailgate

Homemade quick discos

First time disconnected

2" BB installed

Flush mounted license plate

That's all I have done in the past couple of years so far. I plan to add a 1.25 BL, some 33"s, and a proper 2" SL in the near future along with some other things (bumpers, winch, etc, etc, etc). I like where my Jeep is going so far and I plan on making it my own as the money comes in!

Jwolfer 04-02-2013 12:37 PM

Haven't updated this thread like I thought I would but my Jeep has come a long way since the last update. I have added a ZJ Tie Rod, Bilstein 5100s, 1.25" BL, 1" MML, and 33x12.50x15s. I also have a ton on new stuff coming (bumpers, sliders, tire carriers, lights, etc) so I will update this thread with pictures once I get them all installed. Here is how she sits as of today.

Last picture of the 31s. (got a hole in the sidewall on this trip that prompted the 33s)

TXST8tj 04-02-2013 05:07 PM

Looking good! What bumpers and sliders did you go with?

Jwolfer 04-04-2013 12:22 AM

I went with JCR for all three. I will post pictures once they arrive. Here's an update for today.

Had a very busy and productive day today. I started out by installing my new filler hose which replaced my old hose that was too short after I added a 1.25" body lift and I also had the overflow issue. The new hose kinked a little after I installed it so I added a clamp around the kink and it works fine now. I tested it at the gas station and it stopped with no back splash.

When I got home the real fun began. As I was pulling into the driveway I saw the UPS van sitting in front of my house. He dropped off the first of two big shipments that I will be receiving in the next two days.

In the boxes were my Rampage frameless top and my Hi Lift Xtreme. I was very surprised at how easy of a time I had with the top after reading some horror stories. I think it helped that I had an OEM soft top and some bikini tops so I am used to the process. That or the fact that it was around 80 degrees :dance: It only took me about a half hour by myself. Overall I am very pleased with the top. I have yet to take it on the freeway however.

After installing the top I ran to home depot to get some hardware for a hi lift mount. I was able to make myself a rollbar mount with $9 of hardware. You can't even see the jack from behind the Jeep or from the passenger seat (unless you are looking for it).
The jack is in there in this picture.

Oh and last but not least, I hit a milestone today!

Overall I had a great day. The big order comes tomorrow so it should be a busy few days. :dance:

Jwolfer 04-05-2013 12:41 AM

Had another busy day today. It started with me picking up some half doors with uppers on craigslist for $275. They aren't perfect but I got a great deal on them.

After that I got bored waiting for UPS and FedEx to come so I installed my new interior LEDs (dash, feet, and dome). I meant to do the HVAC as well but I bought the wrong size, whoops.

The deliveries still didn't arrive so I decided to start prepping for my new Or Fab tire carrier. I cleaned up the tailgate and got it all ready to go.

Before I cleaned it up.

Then I finally got a couple of deliveries!

I put on the Hi Jack isolator and then I started on the H4 headlight conversion.

Before low beams
Before high beams

After low
After high
Low beams again
High beams again

I am going to have to adjust them before I do any long time night driving. I don't want to blind my fellow drivers. Tomorrow I will be installing the OrFab carrier and if I have time the ARB compressor and a cruise control kit. We'll see how fast I can install the carrier.

Jwolfer 04-06-2013 12:44 AM

Day 3 of my Jeep's makeover. Today's task was installing my Or-Fab tire carrier/jerry can mount and cruise control. I started with the carrier because it is a bigger job. All in all it wasn't too difficult at all and once you get over the fact that you are drilling pretty big holes into your tub it isn't bad at all. I ran into a couple of issues that slowed me down a little bit. First off I couldn't get the OEM striker pin off of the OEM mount so I tried cutting it down to fit among other things with no luck. Not too expensive of a replacement part though so I'll just run to NAPA tomorrow. The second thing that slowed me down was they sent me the wrong hinge mount. Luckily I ordered the non can carrier as well on accident so I was able to dig through that box and get the correct one. Here are pictures of the trouble.

Holes don't line up.
The correct mount is on the right.

After I solved that issue it was pretty straight forward. Here are some more picutres from the install.

my "creative" way to support the Evap Canister without unplugging it all.
I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out why I couldn't get it to latch.

I love the look of the carrier. There has been quite an improvement in the past couple of days.

Jwolfer 04-06-2013 11:57 PM

Did the third brake light wiring on my new Or Fab carrier. It was my first time doing any type of electrical work so I was a little intimidated. It ended up not being bad at all though. I think it looks pretty clean actually.

1320quick 04-07-2013 12:21 AM

Looks great! I like the wheels. Nice to see something other than black. :thumb: The tire carrier looks good too. I'm jealous of the half doors for sure. I watch craigslist like a hawk for some affordable half doors but so far no luck.

Jwolfer 04-07-2013 12:42 AM

Thanks! I chose the chrome because I think black would make the blue look too dark. I am very happy with both the carrier and the half doors. I watched craigslist religiously for about 6 months and these were only the second set that I ever saw. I got lucky I guess.

Jwolfer 04-13-2013 03:57 PM

I've had a relatively busy two days. Yesterday I installed cruise control and washed and waxed the Jeep (finally). I was able to find the required Cruise control pieces used on ebay for a fraction of the cost of the new parts. I found a used Servo with the bracket and all of the required hoses for $25. Then after some searching I was able to find the switches for $15.

The first step was installing the switches. It isn't very hard but you have to remove the airbag so it is smart to unhook the battery just to be safe. After that you remove the two screws on the back of the wheel and it pops right out. Here are what the connections look like.
Upside Down steering wheel
Switches installed

From there you just mount the servo and run the lines.

Mounted servo
Vacuum line connected
Running the lines
Connected to the throttle
Plugged in
It works!

After I installed it (which only took about a half hour) I took it for a test drive on the freeway and it worked perfectly. Definitely the best $40 I have spent on the Jeep so far. It will make long trips much easier.

Then this morning I got to test fit my new JCR sliders. I got them last night so I wasn't able to put them on until today. So far I am very impressed. The welds look solid and they are very solid. I still need to get the powder coated so I took them off right after I got them installed. The fitment is pretty good although I do have to trim some of the body mounts so it is flush. Also, they were made right here in the US of A! :dance: I'll let the pictures do the talking.

SimpleAce 04-14-2013 02:04 PM

Tire Carrier
I love this jeep! And also where did you get the tire carrier for the jeep? i love the way that the gas cans are covered by the tire.

Jwolfer 04-14-2013 10:24 PM

Thanks! I am making progress slowely but surely. I can't wait to get the new bumpers and sliders installed. The bumpers should get here tomorrow and then I'll send them off to the powder coater on Tuesday morning. Hopefully I can get them installed this weekend. The tire carrier is the Or-Fab tire carrier with Jerry can mounts. I bought it on Amazon with Amazon prime (free 2 day shipping) for $650. I highly recommend it.

ghostridr 04-16-2013 02:42 AM

Nice build! Digging the wheels/tires.

Jwolfer 04-16-2013 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by ghostridr (Post 3642562)
Nice build! Digging the wheels/tires.

Thanks! They are MB 72s from Discount Tire.

Jwolfer 04-16-2013 02:11 PM

I got my two JCR bumpers in the mail yesterday and did another test fitment. Everything was very straightforward and bolted up perfectly. So far I am very happy with the quality of these bumpers. Here are some pictures.

I dropped everything off at the powder coater this morning and they said it should be done in 7-10 business days. I don't think I can make it that long!

1320quick 04-16-2013 02:44 PM

Nice progress! I like the cruise control upgrade. I'll have to look into that for myself. My Rubicon does not have it and it's one "modern convenience" I miss. LOL The bumpers look really good as well. 7-10 days for powder coating? I'm so not patient at things like that and I'd have them strung up in my trees rattle canning them if it was me. :facepalm:

Just a comment on the rear bumper pictures, I've often wondered lately why almost no one offers a rear bumper that fills the gap left by a body lift? So many Jeep guys use small body lifts and it would not seem to be that big of a deal to make a body lift and non body lift versions of rear bumpers to cover that gap better.

Jwolfer 04-16-2013 03:33 PM

The shop was pretty backed up and hopefully they can get it done sometime next week. I am pretty impatient myself so it is pretty hard not to just rattle can them. As far as the rear bumper goes that is a good point. It would be nice to cover that little gap but honestly it won't be too bad when the tire carrier is closed.

Jwolfer 04-20-2013 12:13 PM

Over the past month or so I have added and changed a lot of things on my 06 Rubi. We bought a car for my wife (08 WK) and saed some money by buying through a private party so with some of the saved money I splurged a little bit and got some parts I have wanted. Here's what I got.

Front and rear bumpers for JCR
Rock Sliders from JCR
Or Fab Tire Carrier
Rampage frameless top
Hi Lift Jack
ZJ Tie Rod
Half Doors with soft uppers
Hella Black Magic Driving Lights
Hella H4 headlights
Cruise Control
LED third brake lights
LED dome, dash, and HVAC lights
JVC head unit

Here are some pictures

Overall I am very happy with the new look. Now I have to go test it!

Here's the WK we got the wife just for fun :dance:

Jwolfer 04-20-2013 12:20 PM

Here is what the Jeep looked like about 3 months ago. 2" BB on 31" Firestone A/Ts (crap tires)

Here is how she sits now.

Needless to say, I am very happy with the progress.

Jwolfer 04-22-2013 09:22 PM

Some before/after pics.

Before/After - Imgur

Jwolfer 05-05-2013 09:25 PM

I am in the process of preparing for a 3 week long camping/wheeling adventure through the southwest and after a quick overnight trip I realized that I needed to address the issue of storage space. Since we have a dog I decided to make a tonneau cover out of 3/4" plywood so I could fit the cooler and camping supplies underneath and put the dog on top. All in all it was a pretty easy project and it only cost me about $50-60 in supplies. Here are some pictures.
My first attempt at upholstering
Dog tested and approved!

Jwolfer 05-22-2013 08:35 PM

I have had a busy 2 weeks so there hasn't been a lot of Jeeping for me lately. However, I was finally able to get off road after adding 33's, bumpers, etc. I was very pleased with the performance even though I only have a BB for now. I was able to get through everything easily without the use of lockers. Here is an update for today.

Getting ready for a trip to Sedona and Moab. Installed a Poison Spyder Steering Box Skid and a Teraflex HD Oil Pan Skid. Took me about an hour to install both.

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