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Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 6/28/2012, 8:05 pm

I've posted on a couple parts of my build, but I don't really have a home for my rig yet, so I figured I'd start a build thread here. Anyway...a lot of stuff has been done, so I guess a mods list is in order, I'll edit/update as we move along:

Engine/Drivetrain
Vortech V3 supercharger
RIPP Mods intercooler, piping, injectors, programming
RIPP Mods long tube headers
Front D44 with RCV's, Synergy ball joints, Reid Racing knuckles, 4.88 R&P, EVO sleeves and C gussets, RK truss, Currie 4130 tie rod
Rear D44 with RK truss, Ten Factory chromo shafts
Woods 1310 front and rear drive shafts
35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers on 18" KMC monsters

Suspension
RK 3-link long arm front and rear
RK track bars and drag link
RK 12" travel coilovers in the front
3.5" RK rear springs
12" travel RK rear shocks
Daystar urethane bump stops, custom mount

Armor
River Raider full corners, custom tube fenders welded on
River Raider sliders
River Raider front tube fenders
River Raider full skids
PSC Rock Bralwer front and rear bumpers with Warn 9.5cti winch
Synergy full weld in roll cage

Other Stuff
Wild Boar fastback hard top
Bestop bikini top
Bestop soft doors
Shittybilt cargo net
Kenwood 7" DVD/Nav
Raptor Liner bed lined tub

Stuff sitting in my basement, which will be the reason to continue this build thread...
sPod
(2) Optima blue tops
Mean Green 200A alternator
Metalcloak front inner fender liners
37x12.50 Maxxis Trepador stickies
17x9.5" Spyderlock beadlocks
Rigid D2 Dually LED lights (2)
Custom fab light and mirror brackets for the windshield


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Getting flexy today

Post  ArticRubi on 6/28/2012, 8:10 pm

So while I was down at Doctor Wheels in Yarmouth today picking up metal and meat, I decided I might as well crawl up the RTI ramp since I hadn't done it since installing the 3-link long arm and coilover setup. Ended up fully compressing the driver's side coilover, but still had 3" of down travel to go on the passenger side before it started 3-wheeling. I was pretty amazed at how level it sat at close to full stretch. Enjoy Very Happy









96" ain't bad, eh?


I noticed after viewing, some of the pictures are cropped and I had to view in a new tab to see all of it....hmm.
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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 7/5/2012, 11:26 am

Finished this stuff up on Tuesday:

* Reid Racing knuckles. These things are the business. Relocate tie rod to above the axle, pre-drilled for a 1 ton drag link flip.

*RCV's. Need I say more?

*Synergy ball joints. Mine weren't that bad yet, but I was pulling the knuckles anyway, so I figured I might as well replace them since the factory JK bj's are notorious for failing once you start rolling big meats.

*Currie tie rod. 1 5/8" 4130 chrome moly steel, 1 ton tie rod ends. You bend/break it, they replace it.

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This last one really shows the difference these knuckles make in tie rod location. Sexy.
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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 7/6/2012, 8:48 pm

Wrenchfest continues today. Finished installing River Raider full skids. Major PITA, lots of bolts not quite lining up with holes resulting in lots of time with the step bit through 1/4" steel. That sucks. Had a section of my transmission crossmember that was bent too badly to get bolts through so I cut it out, hammered it flat, welded it back in. End result is titties. Got a nice flat bellied rig now Very Happy

From the front:


From the rear:


Driver's side looking forward:



More progress today also, got the interior stripped out except for the center console which I'll tackle in the morning. Everything is coming out except for the dash. I'm going to start welding in the roll cage in the morning, when I get finished with that I'm going to be bed lining the tub. Hopefully I'll be spraying bed liner by Sunday afternoon, pics to follow Very Happy
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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 7/8/2012, 9:37 pm

Finished (mostly) with the cage. Great setup by Synergy, everything fit as it should, all I had to do was burn it in and paint it. Ran out of paint with just a bit left to do...just a few spots where the primer is hazing through a bit. I'll handle that tomorrow and hit it with some clear coat, followed by bed lining the tub.















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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  dongalonga on 7/8/2012, 11:47 pm

Holy crap!!
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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 7/19/2012, 1:07 pm

1 down, 4 to go. Running MB this weekend, figured it would be as good a place as any to get these broke in. Good time to illustrate the 2nd leading reason I chose these wheels (1st being backspacing,) the recessed bolt design on the lock ring. Nice, eh?



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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  ArticRubi on 7/19/2012, 7:03 pm

Decided to go ahead and mount them to get a good idea of what body work I'll have to do to make these fit. Probably could have just mounted two, but I got excited Very Happy 

Plenty of trimming to do around the rear tire. Front will be fine as it is. Decided to leave them as bare aluminum, whatever gets powder coated will just get torn up anyway.







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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  dongalonga on 9/7/2012, 3:07 am

Did you weld in your gussets? If not who did them? I am trying to find someone to burn mine in. Thanks.
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Re: Just another Rubicon build

Post  janesy on 9/8/2012, 11:44 pm

Saw your rig up at Fall Crawl! What trail you run today? Just got home, didn't feel like stickin out the rain in a tent...
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