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Old 10-24-2018, 02:53 PM
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I bought my 2006 TJ Rubicon in May of 2017. I had a 1999 XJ that my dad bought new in 99, that was passed down to my brother and then me when I was able to drive. Around 160,000 miles it was running into issues but I didn't plan on getting anything. Until I was driving near my house and saw this Rubicon sitting on the side of the road for sale. It was love at first sight. My dad and I went a few days later to take it for a ride and of course I couldn't drive it because I have never drove a manual. I wasn't to happy with how it drove, that might be because there was a Superlift lift on it. But I needed something and I have always wanted a wrangler and the price/mileage was good. I bought it a few days later for $12,000 with 74K miles in great condition. I was 18 when I bought it and had about $50 in my account and I was hoping that my bank would give me a month or two for my first payment and they sure did. I know it was really risky buying the first thing I saw and not doing any research but I am so glad I did. About a year later I have done some minor things. Such as breaks/rotors, radiator, u-joints, led headlights, hi-lift jack on the hood, new stereo and speakers, and other cosmetic things.

Fast forward to now, I live in Maryland and we don't have the best roads. I was on my way to a Baltimore Orioles game a few months back and I went over a bunch of pot holes and my suspension just crapped out. All it does is squeak and it feels like the Jeep is going to fall apart at any moment. So I knew it was time for a new lift kit. I just received my Rancho 9000XL shocks in the mail a few weeks ago and I have my Zone 4.25 lift with JKS disconnects sitting on my front porch! In the next few weeks I plan on buying a Metal Cloak front and rear track bar and then I will be ready to install the lift! I will be posting more pictures and all of the install. Here is a picture of my wrangler when I first got it next to my dads.

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The day i bought it compared to now.
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Start soaking things now in PBblaster, kroil, or an acetone mix. Give them all the time they need to soak. It will make your life easier once you start the tear down
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Old 10-25-2018, 10:40 AM
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Start soaking things now in PBblaster, kroil, or an acetone mix. Give them all the time they need to soak. It will make your life easier once you start the tear down
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Would I need to add adjustable control arms? If so, any recommendations?
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:33 PM   #6
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If not replacing all your CA or TB, change all your bushings and look for rounded out holes. Even the sway bar bushings needs to be changed too...

10x the PB blaster recommendation. Give all the bolts & nuts a solid whack with a hammer over the next few days before you start wrenching. It helps to break the rust...
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Any updates?
Not right now, I have had some issues with the jeep that I had to take care of. Had to replace a radiator, some belts, water pump, and my rear axle has been leaking which then leaked onto my break line for my parking break which does not work anymore so that's all a mess. That should all be taken care of in the next few weeks. Then i have to save up some for control arms which aren't cheap and i am going to do the front and rear track bars too. I am trying to knock it all out at once but its hard when the jeep keeps breaking on me.
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The joy of driving an older vehicle. I have a basically stock 2004 and it's steadily needing to have things replaced, which is why I have no build plan. The only plan is to just keep it functioning!
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Just wanted to give an update. I finally ordered the Currie front track bar and bump stop for my build. I decided to hold off on the rear track bar and control arms at the moment since I'm only doing a 3 inch suspension lift. I will be adding those down the road. Just waiting on the track bar and bump stop to arrive and then the build can begin!
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I bought my 2006 TJ Rubicon in May of 2017. I had a 1999 XJ that my dad bought new in 99, that was passed down to my brother and then me when I was able to drive. Around 160,000 miles it was running into issues but I didn't plan on getting anything. Until I was driving near my house and saw this Rubicon sitting on the side of the road for sale. It was love at first sight. My dad and I went a few days later to take it for a ride and of course I couldn't drive it because I have never drove a manual. I wasn't to happy with how it drove, that might be because there was a Superlift lift on it. But I needed something and I have always wanted a wrangler and the price/mileage was good. I bought it a few days later for $12,000 with 74K miles in great condition. I was 18 when I bought it and had about $50 in my account and I was hoping that my bank would give me a month or two for my first payment and they sure did. I know it was really risky buying the first thing I saw and not doing any research but I am so glad I did. About a year later I have done some minor things. Such as breaks/rotors, radiator, u-joints, led headlights, hi-lift jack on the hood, new stereo and speakers, and other cosmetic things.

Fast forward to now, I live in Maryland and we don't have the best roads. I was on my way to a Baltimore Orioles game a few months back and I went over a bunch of pot holes and my suspension just crapped out. All it does is squeak and it feels like the Jeep is going to fall apart at any moment. So I knew it was time for a new lift kit. I just received my Rancho 9000XL shocks in the mail a few weeks ago and I have my Zone 4.25 lift with JKS disconnects sitting on my front porch! In the next few weeks I plan on buying a Metal Cloak front and rear track bar and then I will be ready to install the lift! I will be posting more pictures and all of the install. Here is a picture of my wrangler when I first got it next to my dads.
Good luck! Your's Jeeps look nice!
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Good luck! Your's Jeeps look nice!
Thank you very much, I appreciate that!
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I always wanted an older Jeep. When I was sixteen a mechanic friend of my fathers would find nice vehicles and fix whatever needed done and resell them. I ended up buying a 77 Camaro in mint condition for $3000. Sitting next to the Camaro was a fully restore Jeep CJ with a full fiberglass body. Had the inline 6 with a manual transmission, new top and interior. I could have had that for $5000. I was young and stupid. Now I could kick myself for it. The Jeep was bright red, with black leather and a black top and new American Racing Wheels. I can still see it in my mind sitting there!!!

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