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mrpotatohead 07-10-2013 08:01 PM

New LJ :)
 
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So after much deliberating with myself over whether to buy a JK and ditch my TJ i literally stumbled on this 06 Rubi LJ on my way home from almost buying a JK. An hour later... Mine.

Chilly03 07-10-2013 08:04 PM

Pertty... me likey. good choice.

larjeep 07-10-2013 08:06 PM

Nice

Micky80 07-10-2013 08:18 PM

Great choice! :thumb:
Need more pictures and specs.

Rubicon06Va 07-10-2013 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpotatohead (Post 3948223)
So after much deliberating with myself over whether to buy a JK and ditch my TJ i literally stumbled on this 06 Rubi LJ on my way home from almost buying a JK. An hour later... Mine.

Welcome to the LJ Rubi club!

user4574 07-10-2013 08:23 PM

Very Nice! :punk:

NJO 07-10-2013 08:35 PM

LJ ='s best of the best of the best of all the Wrangler models in terms of functionality and looks. Smart move bypassing the "JK".....

Goobs63 07-10-2013 08:53 PM

Now just hope they did the OPDA fix to the engine so you don't smoke it tomorrow.

mrpotatohead 07-10-2013 10:03 PM

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Thanks guys! I'm so stoked right now. My TJ was awesome it just needed too many little things and such high mileage and was nickel and diming me to death. This LJ has 33k on the clock. 6" long arm. I might need help identifying the brand because it's been painted. 6 spd. 9000lb warn. Full size spare... Ive never seen the bumpers before. Need help identifying those too. I'm assuming it's geared because it's way too peppy for having 35's.

lavern23 07-10-2013 10:28 PM

Welcome to the lj club. I love mine.

Ljcrawler05 07-11-2013 10:19 AM

looks like you have fab fours front bumper, can't tell on the rear

suspension is probably gonna be tough without better pictures of the arms and joints

it appears you have an antirock on the front of the Jeep, which is an offroad sway bar.

MFsoftball22 07-11-2013 10:36 AM

Good looking LJ Rubi.

Would def need more pics of the suspension to help idnetify. It looks like the upper control arms are mounted to the lower control arm mounts on the frame. Is this correct or am I looking at this wrong?

greg_24 07-11-2013 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Rubicon06Va (Post 3948321)
Welcome to the LJ Rubi club!


x2 :thumb:

SuperTJ 07-11-2013 10:49 AM

Welcome to the LJ Club
Good looking JL Rubi

thetoadLJ 07-11-2013 10:54 AM

rear is fab four too i believe. congrats on your new purchase.

LJDan 07-11-2013 11:10 AM

Smart buy...jk's suck. Good luck and enjoy your new LJ.

mrpotatohead 07-11-2013 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by MFsoftball22 (Post 3950311)
Good looking LJ Rubi.

Would def need more pics of the suspension to help idnetify. It looks like the upper control arms are mounted to the lower control arm mounts on the frame. Is this correct or am I looking at this wrong?

I can snap a few shots here in a couple hours when the detailers finish it up. I asked politely to remove the yellow autozone seatcovers and goofy 4x4 "brush stroke" decals. The PO went a little nuts under the hood too with painting the engine and accessories... Oh well.

rdock31 07-11-2013 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by MFsoftball22 (Post 3950311)
Good looking LJ Rubi.

Would def need more pics of the suspension to help idnetify. It looks like the upper control arms are mounted to the lower control arm mounts on the frame. Is this correct or am I looking at this wrong?

That does look a little strange with the LCA mounts still there.. Always thought that was removed when using long arms

TXST8tj 07-11-2013 11:39 AM

That suspension geometry is kinda crazy. I zoomed in on the first picture...the front uppers are using the OEM lower CA mounts. Aftermarket mounts were welded to the frame for the front lowers. The front lowers have an extreme bend in them, presumably to clear the upper arms. So, not only are there looooong arms hanging down, but they bend toward the ground. This is not going to be fun offroad.

The rear looks to have a similar setup with welded on lower CA mounts and what look like Rubicon Express arms. The OEM upper CA mounts are still in place, so judging by what was done up front, I would guess the rear upper CAs are tied in there.

It looks like there is some plating on the side of the frame just in front of the rear lower CA mount, perhaps for extra support.

Basically, that suspension is a hot mess. It can be fixed, but I'm surprised you can drive it straight down the road.


The bumpers are both FabFours.

Guessing it probably has a Warn winch under the Warn cover.

They welded steps onto the OEM Rubi rocker guards....don't put too much weight on those.


The upside to the suspension is that it can be fixed. The great thing is it's a Rubi LJ. Doesn't get better than that.

MFsoftball22 07-11-2013 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by TXST8tj (Post 3950552)
That suspension geometry is kinda crazy. I zoomed in on the first picture...the front uppers are using the OEM lower CA mounts. Aftermarket mounts were welded to the frame for the front lowers. The front lowers have an extreme bend in them, presumably to clear the upper arms. So, not only are there looooong arms hanging down, but they bend toward the ground. This is not going to be fun offroad.

The rear looks to have a similar setup with welded on lower CA mounts and what look like Rubicon Express arms. The OEM upper CA mounts are still in place, so judging by what was done up front, I would guess the rear upper CAs are tied in there.

It looks like there is some plating on the side of the frame just in front of the rear lower CA mount, perhaps for extra support.

Basically, that suspension is a hot mess. It can be fixed, but I'm surprised you can drive it straight down the road.


The bumpers are both FabFours.

Guessing it probably has a Warn winch under the Warn cover.

They welded steps onto the OEM Rubi rocker guards....don't put too much weight on those.


The upside to the suspension is that it can be fixed. The great thing is it's a Rubi LJ. Doesn't get better than that.

I was thinking that I saw this correctly. That was my first impression when looking at the suspension. I was also thinking the same thing about the front lower control arms. It looks like they bent the lowers so that they wouldnt hit on the OEM brackets like you said.
The Lower Arms at downward angle and Upper Arms are at a upward angle. This would really cause the arms to work against each other. I really having a hard time understanding what the PO was thinking on the suspension system.

mrpotatohead 07-11-2013 12:31 PM

Honestly I didn't read that far into the suspension. My short arms on my other tj have a similar bend in them and I have never had a long arm. It drives totally fine down the road with the exception of the mud terrains

MFsoftball22 07-11-2013 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpotatohead (Post 3950740)
Honestly I didn't read that far into the suspension. My short arms on my other tj have a similar bend in them and I have never had a long arm. It drives totally fine down the road with the exception of the mud terrains

The good thing is like TXST8tj said, you have a LJ Rubi, the suspension can be corrected.

Verf 07-11-2013 12:47 PM

Sweet ride! Love my LJ Rubi! Mind if I inquire the price?

mrpotatohead 07-11-2013 02:46 PM

So after further inspection ive gathered that the control arms are SXOR or skys extreme offroad. Local joint out of utah. Can't find much on them past 2008 though. Someone on pirate or JF described them as a bunch of mall crawling idiots who don't know a trac bar from a control arm

RedneckWranglerTJ 07-11-2013 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by LJDan (Post 3950442)
Smart buy...jk's suck. Good luck and enjoy your new LJ.

I agree Jk suck

Dare 07-11-2013 03:34 PM

Welcome to LJ land, I love Black Betty she is a great ride!

NJO 07-11-2013 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpotatohead (Post 3948743)
Thanks guys! I'm so stoked right now. My TJ was awesome it just needed too many little things and such high mileage and was nickel and diming me to death. This LJ has 33k on the clock. 6" long arm. I might need help identifying the brand because it's been painted. 6 spd. 9000lb warn. Full size spare... Ive never seen the bumpers before. Need help identifying those too. I'm assuming it's geared because it's way too peppy for having 35's.

From the looks of those pictures the suspension looks HACKED. My suggestion is to put some money into getting it straightened out. :popcorn:

mrpotatohead 07-11-2013 04:32 PM

Well this is why I love wf. Guys on pirate would have shredded me like wolves. Now I need your help understanding the locations of brackets and whatnot. If all it is is bracketry and arms then I'll just run up to teraflex and talk to them

NJO 07-11-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by mrpotatohead (Post 3951576)
Well this is why I love wf. Guys on pirate would have shredded me like wolves. Now I need your help understanding the locations of brackets and whatnot. If all it is is bracketry and arms then I'll just run up to teraflex and talk to them

First off, need ALOT MORE pics of the underside.......if all the original brackets are in place that will make fixing up the suspension a lot easier. The front looks really messed up though.........but nothing we cant get straightened out. :punk: :D :thumb:

TXST8tj 07-12-2013 08:53 AM

If all of the OEM control arm mounts are still intact, ditch the long arm setup for a set of quality standard length, adjustable control arms. Your Jeep will thank you for it.


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