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2006 LJR "Jumping on the money merry go round"

Discussion in 'TJ Build Threads' started by Farmergreg, May 23, 2018.

  1. Farmergreg

    Farmergreg Member
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    In March I bought a "survivor" '06 LJ Rubicon. It's got a buttload of miles but hasn't been fubared. Very straight and clean.
    Despite spending its life in the Midwest....looks like the prior owner got the memo on keeping corrosion away.

    While not an Arizona jeep but plenty good for my use.

    It's sitting on 31's and will until the tires need replaced with the plan to go to 33's.

    Pic 1 as purchased
    Pic 2 new Bestop soft top installed and the nerf bars removed.
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    We took it to the Badlands local off-road park to figure out its shortcomings.

    Transfer case scoop.
    No disco on swaybar
    Rear approach angle with the hitch sux!

    With the above in mind I ordered:
    UCF low pro transfer skid
    UCF low pro trans mount
    UCF oil pan skid
    UCF gas tank skid 1" raise
    JKS 1.25" body lift

    And likely add motor mount lift and exhaust (exhaust is dicey) work to the list.

    Got to do something with the rear bumper and hitch too!

    Will wait to do any suspension lift until we see how the skids work out.
     
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    Where in IN are you at? Nice LJR how many miles she have?
     
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    201,000 miles!
    It was on Craigslist back in February......I hemmed and hawed for about a month before I finally decided to look because of the 200k miles and that it was used in the salt bath.

    When I finally met up to look it over, I was surprised at how clean it was.
     
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    A few pics from our escapades @Badlands Attica, IN
    As a farmer, I don't have to look very far to find something to fix! I'm not in this Jeep to destroy it, then fix it.


    In the lot with my son's K30
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    Just out on the trail
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    Crawled up a hill covered in chunks of sidewalk:
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    Hung up at the crest:
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    Crazy that’s a 200k mile jeep! Does look very good.
     
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    So the wait is on.....
    UCF parts ordered Sunday, series of confirmation emails immediately.
    Monday another email: "your order is being processed"
    I finally inquired on Thursday: "it will ship Friday or Monday"
    Friday came and went and I'm guessing they won't be shipping on Memorial Day!

    In the future UCF might consider mentioning in the description items that are "built to order" and indicate a lead-time.

    Next time I will use the old fashioned telephone and just ask......

    Not that its a deal breaker....just had some extra help around for the 3 day weekend.
     
  8. Rob5589

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    Good stuff coming your way. Which skid and what control arms are you going to run?
     
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    Plan is to start with the tuck and rear bumper. I bought the high clearance skid... sure hope that was a good idea!
    Going to drive it for a year on the 31's and go from there. So far I like the savvy/currie lift.
     
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    Since I've got the JKS body lift planned and eventually putting 33" tires on, I'd like to get some opinions on the savvy/currie 3" lift with the DA arms VS the 4" lift.
     
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    You could do the 4 inch lift and clear 33's with no body lift, or go with the 3 inch and keep the body lift. Since you have an LJ, rear driveshaft isn't as big a concern. For a TJ, I'd say the 3" with a body lift all day.
     
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    image.jpg This forum is detrimental to my savings account!!
    The parts pile is growing:
    UCF skids
    Savvy shifter cable
    JKS BL
    MORE MML
    MBRP exh (mine is marginal)
    GM Fuel filler tube

    Waiting for a few more goodies and my son to get done with his axle swap on the K30
     
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    Good plan, I can't wait to see the (never) finished product! Check out the Dirtworx rear bumper with hitch - it is stout, and you'll get some departure angle back.
     
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    You are going to have the gas tank out to install that skid so ditch the GM hose band aid and fix it permanently and correctly.
     
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    I like the bumper.....but it was $80 to ship it. think we will probably fab one ourselves.
     
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    I actually debated on that, but figured I'd buy the bandaid in case. Also have tank straps coming.
     
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    Much easier to do it during the install than to have to pull it a second time. The hose does not always work. It didn't for mine and there are some other folks on another forum where it didn't work. If the plunger stays stuck open, that is when you get splash back. If it sticks closed (mine would do both at different times) it can take 15+ minutes to fill up the tank. The hose does nothing for that.
     

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