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« Reply #105 on: April 02, 2018, 07:31:52 AM »

That mount is awesome. Loving this build. Grab a Wrench!

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« Reply #106 on: April 13, 2018, 07:37:37 AM »

That mount is awesome. Loving this build. Grab a Wrench!

The build is at a crossroad.  I came across a TJ Rubicon last week that was too good to pass up, so I didn't.  It needs a little work, but is a one owner vehicle, with history.  The nice thing about this one is that it has a new 42RLE automatic transmission in it, with paperwork and transferable warranty.  Like my LJ, I could easily add a RubiCrawler and have a vehicle with four (4) transfer case speeds, i.e. 1:1, 2.72:1, 4:1, and 10.88:1.  Now, I have to decide which direction to go.  Options at this point are:

- Finish the '99 and sell it
- Part out the '99, with full Rubicon drive-train,
- Build the Rubicon - transferring some parts over from the '99  
- Keep the '99 and sell the Rubicon

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« Reply #107 on: April 13, 2018, 08:21:46 AM »

That mount is awesome. Loving this build. Grab a Wrench!

The build is at a crossroad.  I came across a TJ Rubicon last week that was too good to pass up, so I didn't.  It needs a little work, but is a one owner vehicle, with history.  The nice thing about this one is that it has a new 42RLE automatic transmission in it, with paperwork and transferable warranty.  Like my LJ, I could easily add a RubiCrawler and have a vehicle with four (4) transfer case speeds, i.e. 1:1, 2.72:1, 4:1, and 10.88:1.  Now, I have to decide which direction to go.  Options at this point are:

- Finish the '99 and sell it
- Part out the '99, with full Rubicon drive-train,
- Build the Rubicon - transferring some parts over from the '99  
- Keep the '99 and sell the Rubicon

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What!

Need more information on the TJR...

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« Reply #108 on: April 13, 2018, 10:10:10 AM »


What!

Need more information on the TJR...


One owner 2003 Rubicon with 1/2 Doors, Automatic, Soft Top, & Cruise Control


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« Reply #109 on: December 17, 2018, 10:47:08 AM »

After looking at this in the garage for several months, I've decided to revive this thread and finish the build.  It's likely that it will be put up for sale in the Summer, but I want to at least finish what I started.  This was literally someone's throw away, which did not live an easy life.  However, being a California Jeep it was 100% rust free and worth saving.  The pictures below will give you an idea of how it was treated.  As of now, I'm about 90% finished with a restore/upgrade.  Here's the list of what's been done thus far:









Exterior:
 - Tub completely stripped, straightened & painted the factory color (Chili Pepper Red)
 - Hood, grille, fenders, & 1/2 doors replaced

Interior:
 - Interior gutted
 - Bedrug installed
 - Tuff Console installed
 - Low mile factory seats installed
 - New HVAC controls
 - LED Dash Lights
 - Upgraded Stereo & Speakers

Under the Hood:
 - Complete new cooling system
 - A/C condenser, compressor, & lines replaced
 - Header back exhaust repleaced
 - Brass freeze plugs installed
 - New oil pump, valve cover gasket, oil pan & gasket, rear main seal
 - Replaced factory engine air intake box with Ford Windstar air intake (Pulls air from the cowl)
 - New distributor, wires, & plugs (All cylinders compression checked)
 - Brown Dog 1" engine lift

Armor:
 - Savvy aluminum gas tank skid & new Bosch fuel pump
 - Savvy aluminum full corner armor
 - Savvy aluminum Under Armor (Tummy Tuck) & aluminum engine skid
 - Savvy aluminum rocker guards with steel steps
 - Savvy aluminum tailgate armor
 - Metalcloak Differential Covers
 - GenRight aluminum 1/2 door armor
 - Genright Flak-Jacket aluminum tub panel armor

Bumpers & Tire Carrier:
 - Poison Spyder BFH front bumper, with a Synthetic line Smittybuilt Gen 2 XRC 9500 winch
 - LoD rear bumper with built in rear LED backup lights
 - MORryde heavy duty swing out tire carrier

Drivetrain & Steering:
 - Dana 44 front with Revolution Gear 1350 axles & RCV seal savers
 - Dana 44 rear with revolution axles & new bearings
 - AX15 - with complete new clutch & B&M Sport Shifter
 - 241OR Transfer Case
 - New brake lines & upgraded 4 wheel disc brakes
 - New ZJ Steering upgrade
 - New Stock TJ drag link

Suspension & Tires
 I have a full metalcloak 3" lift for it, along with Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s, but I'm not sure if this is what I'm going to stick with. 

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« Reply #110 on: December 18, 2018, 08:40:24 AM »

Glad to hear this. It was too nice to not. Cheers

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« Reply #111 on: December 18, 2018, 09:09:07 AM »

Indeed. Do you want that front bumper back? I went with a stubby setup instead.

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« Reply #112 on: December 21, 2018, 07:12:33 AM »

Indeed. Do you want that front bumper back? I went with a stubby setup instead.

Thanks for the offer Adam, but I have a Barnes aluminum and Poison Spyder BFH steel bumper.  I'm just trying to decide which route to go!




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« Reply #113 on: December 21, 2018, 07:17:07 AM »

Last weekend I re-installed the Savvy rocker guards. I also installed a set of stock fender flares in place of the previous Bushwackers.




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« Reply #114 on: December 21, 2018, 08:10:58 AM »

Those fenders make me cry.   Cheers

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« Reply #115 on: January 21, 2019, 10:30:06 AM »

I installed the Savvy gas tank skid and put the tank back in this weekend.  I also spent hours on the exhaust, installing and tweaking it.  The entire system is now new, from the manifold back, but getting it to work with the Savvy under Armor system was a major pain.  I'm still not 100% happy with the exhaust and will likely have to take it to a place to have a custom pipe installed from the muffler back.  On the positive side I now have around 19" of clearance at the transfer case on 33" tires.  By comparison my LJ has 19.5" sitting on 35" tires.

https://savvyoffroad.com/product/uam-early/

Also, while under the Jeep I drilled out a broken driveshaft retainer strap bolt on the Dana 44 rear.  It was replaced with a larger Ford "U" bolt strap, Doorman 81004, which matches up with the Dana 44 rear bolt holes (Note:  The Doorman part is for the Dana 44 yoke only).  This has the benefit of being both stronger and more easily removed and replaced on the trail.

Broken Bolt


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Final Fix


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« Reply #116 on: February 04, 2019, 08:29:38 PM »

The lower control arm mounts on the Dana 44 front were bent.  I removed them this weekend, welded in Artec lower mounts, and cleaned up the rear for an upcoming install.








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« Reply #117 on: February 11, 2019, 09:06:33 AM »

After a long saga with this Jeep I'm coming close to being done.  This weekend I was able to complete the following:

 - Installed Dana 44 Front, with new Artec lower control arm mounts, Revolution 1350 U joint front axles, and new rotors, calipers, and pads
 - Clearanced the rear lower coil buckets, so the shocks wouldn't hit them when the axle was rotated to set the pinion angle
 - Installed Metalcloak upper and lower control arm
 - Installed Metalcloak trackbars
 - Installed extended front brake lines
 - Installed new rear swaybar bushings
 - Installed 3" Nth Degree springs (Front and Rear)
 - Squared up the rear Dana 44, set the pinion angle, and installed the rear driveshaft
 - Re-installed the new exhaust (used band clamps for adjust-ability)

On the punch list to complete is:

 - Tighten and square up the front rear
 - Install the front driveshaft
 - Install a new steering stabilizer
 - Install new front swaybar bushings
 - Install Metalcloak swaybar disconnects
 - Install a new soft top
 - Make a decision on which front bumper to install (Barnes Aluminum or Poison Spyder BFH (steel))
 - Install winch
 - Get it inspected!



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« Reply #118 on: February 16, 2019, 07:46:17 PM »

After stops and starts I finally took the Jeep out of the garage for a test drive today.  I was able to apply what I learned over the years with TJs and couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  Sitting on a 3" suspension, 1.25" body lift, and 33" tires I have 19" of clearance at the transfer case and 17.5" at the gas tank skid.  

With the Rubicon transfer case and Savvy skid getting the exhaust right was an absolute bear!  The Savvy skid pushes the Rubi case within 1/4" of the tub, after clearancing it, which meant I had to cut and weld on the exhaust to get it to fit.  Fortunately, my best friend, a mechanical genius, came over to help me get it right.

At this point there's a few odds and ends to finish up, but the hard work has been done!












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« Reply #119 on: February 16, 2019, 08:13:54 PM »

Looks great Rich! Keeping or selling?

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