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Old 02-01-2018, 08:30 PM
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2012 2 door Rubicon build "Whitey"

We picked up the new to us Rubicon in Kentucky a few weeks ago. Here it is next to our Detonator yellow JK that we sold to help fund this project.


We had a great trip through the mountains in Kentucky then through South Carolina(long way home)


Nada tunnel.




I have owned an embarrassing number of Jeeps(30+) built around a dozen of those.
The plan for this one? after many mind numbing hours of reading and flip flopping here is what I came up with:
37's
I decided on a lighter, smaller 37 hoping to retain the 4.10 gears. It is pretty flat here and this has a manual trans so we will see. . Mastercraft MXT's with Raceline wheels.

2.5" coils
I picked JKS coils and bought 1/2" Teraflex spacers so I have a little bit of adjustment. 2 3/4 bump stops to start out with. Bilstein shocks and a JKS front track bar.

Flat fenders
I was set on Poison spyder aluminum flares but I concluded that Bushwackers aluminum flares are almost identical so I ordered them and I plan on stripping the powder coat...we will see what kind of disaster that is.

Crawler concepts skinny front bumper. I bought a Warn xd9000i off Craigslist and went though it.

Warrior DIY sliders that are welded to the stock sliders.

Rear bumper later
Stereo later
Adjustable front lower control arms later
Truss and gussets for the front axle soon

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Old 02-01-2018, 08:37 PM
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Some parts showed up today. I was like Christmas at the post office.

The Jeep was packed.


It only held 3 37's so I had to make 2 trips.


Woohoo! These tires look great in person.


So today I got the tires, shocks, sliders, track bar, spacers and 3 bump stops...damn I messed up and had to order the 4th one today.

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Old 02-01-2018, 08:44 PM
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Last week I tore the winch down, cleaned, painted and greased.







New solenoids.




Done except for the synthetic line.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:09 PM
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Springs and JKS brake line extensions today. I was a little surprised by the small diameter of the rears.





Waiting on parts...
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:40 PM
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I also bought 1.5" and 1.750" Spydertrax wheel spacers but my wheels have 4.5" backspacing so I am thinking I will not need them?
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Warrior DIY sliders that are welded to the stock sliders.

Can't wait to see how they turn out for you as I have those myself!
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Warrior DIY sliders that are welded to the stock sliders.

Can't wait to see how they turn out for you as I have those myself!
I started on them today. I don't weld often and I am pretty much practicing as I am putting them together. The welds are solid and not really that bad looking but I added a little Bondo to make them appear more uniform(not smoothing them out) I am going to try silver Hammered Rustoleum for the finish so the starts and stops were going to not look so hot.
Do you have any issues with flex? Are you happy with them?

Tacked up.


Welded


Primer and bondo(still need to sand off the excess)


My wheels are at the post office so hopefully they will get mounted tomorrow.
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I started on them today. I don't weld often and I am pretty much practicing as I am putting them together. The welds are solid and not really that bad looking but I added a little Bondo to make them appear more uniform(not smoothing them out) I am going to try silver Hammered Rustoleum for the finish so the starts and stops were going to not look so hot. Do you have any issues with flex? Are you happy with them? Tacked up. Welded Primer and bondo(still need to sand off the excess) My wheels are at the post office so hopefully they will get mounted tomorrow.
I'm jealous bc I had some one else do them and they look good, but not nearly as good as yours do. I ended up taking the end plates off bc the welder put them on kinda off. I'm happy with them. The popped off dimples do offer great traction when getting on and off the jeep even in the rain. They are the best option for what I was looking for. They do flex, but they are as strong as a rubicon rail can be.
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I almost ground down the end plate to fit incorrectly before I realized how they actually went so I can understand the mistake.
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Picked up the wheels this morning...


and got them mounted. They look really nice in person.


I called Northridge to check on my bumper and flares. The flares were on back order to be shipped from Bushwacker on the 12th then he said Northridge had them so he would ship them out tomorrow...hmmmm. The bumper has a lead time of 120 days...ugh. I am going to switch to a Poison spyder bumper they have in stock but it is more $ ugh.
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Props to Northridge for making everything go smooth and easy. The flares showed up today and the bumper should be here tomorrow.
The aluminum Bushwacker flares look great but now I am thinking I want narrow fronts. I will probably keep the rears and just sell the fronts but I am still on the fence.





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Big day today.


I was scared it wouldn't clear the 37's so I used Trexaflex 1" spacers in the rear and added their shock extender bracket because the shocks were just shy of reaching at full droop.


after ext.


The back is done except the sway bar links I bought are too short so I have to get another pair. I used a Teraflex trackbar brcket that I bought used because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do.


I cut the pinch seam per Metalcoaks instructions. It turned out good I think.




I thought about driving around like this for awhile...
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I was starting to feel it at this point.



I got the jack stuck here.



There is a lack of pictures now because after getting the jack cleared. I fought the bumps stops into place then I fought the springs into place the I realized I hadn't put the spring spacers in! I had already hooked the sway bar back up so it was fun doing all that twice. I used 3/4" front spacers. I have 1/2" spacers also and I will adjust the stance once I get my flares installed.

Front done and a short test drive. Initial impressions, the tires are great(quieter than the stock BFG's but they are new so...) the Jeep is pretty tall, I need to make a minor adjustment to center the wheel and get the rear sway bar links done. The steering is a little light (not bad)so adjustable lowers will happen soon. The brakes are weak. The power is great as far as I am concerned but I did come from a 3.8 JK with a auto and 35's.



The bumper came today and it looks great. I also got a nutsert tool to use for the flare install.
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Really liking those wheels on your Jeep! Will probably go that route one of these days.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:47 PM
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Really liking those wheels on your Jeep! Will probably go that route one of these days.
Thanks. I think they look better in person.
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Bumper day.


I watched a few videos and it seamed like most were making a lot of cuts for no reason so I marked the frame at 2"


and cut the ends of with a sawzall.


I cut down the 4 sides like this.


I used a cutoff wheel under the front and it came right off. I used a flapper wheel to clean it up and painted it. The bumper is a very tight fit. If you don't have a step drill bit yet get one they are great.


The bumper came with a relocation bracket for the vacuum pump and I flipped the bushing up on the sway bar to gain a couple inches. I will buy the bolt needed to rotate it a little further. I really like the bumper, it sure changed the look.


I set the winch on to see how it looks, I like it. I need bolts etc and I will get it put on. I still have to decide about the wheel spacers and flares...more to come.
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Today I started on the flares.


Teardown was easy.




I am still on the fence about these or narrows. These are good looking flares in my opinion so I will see if they grow on me. I just got the fronts done today. The alen bolts are a pain, the brackets for the inner fender work well and the brackets for strength work great. The flange doesn't quite sit flush on the body and it depends on the bolts to pull them together, it works but it would be nice if they sat flush in the first place.



For some reason my phone has started taking random black and white pictures.




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Today I did the rear flares. I didn't have much luck with the plastic liner so I just painted it for now. I think I am going to trade the rear 1" spring spacers for the 1/2" ones.

Sometimes it looks crazy tall in the back and other times it looks fine. crazy tall...


Yep, tall.


Not so bad, sliders on.


Sits fine?






I have to decide about the spacers. I have new rear sway bar links then I will have to save some money up for a rear bumper and adj lower front control arms.
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Today I did the rear flares. I didn't have much luck with the plastic liner so I just painted it for now. I think I am going to trade the rear 1" spring spacers for the 1/2" ones. Sometimes it looks crazy tall in the back and other times it looks fine. crazy tall... Yep, tall. Not so bad, sliders on. Sits fine? I have to decide about the spacers. I have new rear sway bar links then I will have to save some money up for a rear bumper and adj lower front control arms.
What color did you go with the sliders?
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What color did you go with the sliders?
Gray hammertone, I will get a better picture tomorrow.
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Slider


Today I decided to swap the 1" rear spring spacers to 1/2"


After switching I was able to lose the shock spacers(still on the right shock in this picture)


As I expected the 1" spacers were not seated correctly.


The stance is much better now. 3" rear and 3.250" front total lift.




I bought a M10-1.50x100 bolt so I could rotate the sway bar disconnect all the way up.
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It's surprisingly hard to find a place around here to test the suspension. I found a stump.




Front compressed.


On the bump stops.


Everything seamed to clear fine in the front but I did not turn the wheel lock to lock in this position(tomorrow) I can fit my hand between the fender and tire.


Front extended.


Rear compressed.


The tire is very close to the pinch seam and in rubbed a tiny bit of paint off of it.


Rear extended.



All in all very happy. I may add a 1" bump stop to the axle side in the rear and trim a little more pinch seam. I need to measure the shocks to see how much travel is left for droop. I also need to steer right and left and see if it hits anywhere.
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It's surprisingly hard to find a place around here to test the suspension. I found a stump. Front compressed. On the bump stops. Everything seamed to clear fine in the front but I did not turn the wheel lock to lock in this position(tomorrow) I can fit my hand between the fender and tire. Front extended. Rear compressed. The tire is very close to the pinch seam and in rubbed a tiny bit of paint off of it. Rear extended. All in all very happy. I may add a 1" bump stop to the axle side in the rear and trim a little more pinch seam. I need to measure the shocks to see how much travel is left for droop. I also need to steer right and left and see if it hits anywhere.
I'll probably try that color on my sliders, like the look.
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I'll probably try that color on my sliders, like the look.
A funny thing, today a guy was looking at it and he asked "are you going to paint those black?" I said nah, everyone has black and he said "yeah cause it looks good" Ha! I like the color they are, I used the same paint on the winch.
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What an upgrade!!! so SICK!
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What an upgrade!!! so SICK!
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I put together a winch line today and got everything hooked up.


I drove it back up on the stump and turned the wheel lock to lock. I had a little rubbing on the frame so I decided to put a few washers behind the steering stops instead of wheel spacers. I actually saw more rubbing when it was on flat ground at full lock.


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Nice job. I went with the same tires. I haven't got them on yet. Still needing to find time to do the lift and gears first.

Looks good though.
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Thanks!

Installed a pair of Delta headlights.






Poison spyder grab handles. These are very well made.




Poison spyder license plate relocate.


I haven't wired the light for the plate yet.
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I finally got a rear bumper. I tried Crawler concepts again after canceling the order on the front. I was more patient this time but I guess 5 weeks and several promises of a shipping date was my limit and I canceled the rear.
I ended up going with a JCR Dagger. I like it a lot so I am glad I made the switch. It really changed the look of the back. I have cube LED's coming for back up lights.
The cutting of the frame really kicked my butt this time (not sure why)










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