BlueRidge304's 2004 Jeep Wrangler RubiXcon

BlueRidge304

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Aug 3, 2018
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Kearneysville, WV, USA
#1
Hi everyone, I'm brand new to the forum. Figured this would be a good starting point for my first post.
After searching for almost a year, I recently picked up this clean rust free TJ in West Virginia near the Monongahela National Forest. From the factory it was a Wrangler X 'Rocky Mountain Edition', and has since been built as a Rubicon when I found her. Has Rubicon air lockers (front & rear), Rubicon 241J transfer case (4:1), and heavier driveshafts. Not sure if I should describe it as a heavily modified Wrangler X, or a stock Wrangler Rubicon....RubiXcon??? o_O. I don't really have any immediate modifications planned (except for the JW Speaker knockoff LED headlights I just installed). Right now I'm just enjoying a nice, simple, capable Jeep, and wow is it FUN!
At any rate, hope you enjoy the pictures and I look forward to more reading/learning and contributing where I can!

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glwood

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#3
Looks great. I would say you can enjoy it with all the Rubicon upgrades, knowing that they're there. If you ever sell it, however, sell it as it is, a modified X. You couldn't pass it off as a Rubicon, a check of the VIN will make potential buyers think you're trying to scam them. But it is more valuable with all the Rubicon upgrades than a stock X.
 

Chris

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Sep 28, 2015
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#4
I'm assuming the previous owner did all the Rubicon stuff to it? If so, I'll bet they wish they had just bought a Rubicon to begin with and saved the cash. Rubicon complete axles typically sell for $3000 or more for a pair, plus at least $1500 for the transfer case!

Either way, good buy on your part! I'd remove the chrome rocker guard personally, but that's just my opinion.
 
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BlueRidge304

BlueRidge304

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Kearneysville, WV, USA
#5
Thanks guys! I've really been enjoying it.

The previous owner added all the Rubicon parts. The front and rear lockers are an interesting setup. There are no pumps underneath or switches in the dash. Instead there are air lines running from the lockers to Schrader valves mounted in the dash, and a bicycle pump in the center console. I realize this is not the most convenient or elaborate setup one could run, but it's what I got and works for me. A few (3-5) pumps with the bike pump and the lockers engage.

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BlueRidge304

BlueRidge304

TJ Enthusiast
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Aug 3, 2018
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203
Kearneysville, WV, USA
#7
Pretty sure the Rubicon lockers only need ~5 psi to activate (or is it 5-10psi?). Either way, the bike pump easily develops those pressures. I've thought about some sort of compressor inside the cab but I need more education/research about the psi generated with those, the rate at which they reach the target psi, regulators needed, etc. I don't want to damage anything.
 

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