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LJ upgrades
10-25-2012, 07:03 PM,
#1
LJ upgrades
Rubicon Express long arm kit with Tri-Link rear kit showed up today, Thank you XtremeXJ.Dmonkey


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RCV's are on the way, should be here next week, so this is just a teaser.Big Grin
I might do a build re-cap on this rig as it's never had a build thread and is turning in to more than I thought it would with the Poly Performance weld in cage and storage boxes etc.

This is how I bought it almost three years ago with short arm 4.5" BDS kit and 2" body lift. I built the winch bumper.

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10-25-2012, 07:12 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Installing Poly Performance weld in kit. Very nice kit, was easy to install and fit very nice.

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Installed bead locks at Grandpa's Garage in Moab, and rear tire Carrier in the camp ground. I didn't take pics of that, so you get action shots.Mrgreen

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06-07-2013, 02:51 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Started on the long arms yesterday, hoping to get it done this weekend.

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Cut lower mounts off and primered.

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06-07-2013, 09:49 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Got a little done tonight after work, and amongst all the other drama in my life.
Frame drilled and sleeved.

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and bolted up. Note one of my helpers in the back ground.

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06-08-2013, 01:35 AM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Looks sweet Sheldon hopefully the ride quality improves for you.
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06-08-2013, 07:37 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
OK, work was cancelled, so got a good start on it this morning.

Cross member in and front arms installed plus rear lowers.

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Bolted the rear truss together, everything fit real nice

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I later routed the line for the locker around the front so it's in a safer location.

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A two post hoist would be nice, but a gantree works well for pulling the coils also.

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All bolted up after drilling some holes. The triangulated rear links eliminates the need for a track bar, which will make this thing ride like a dream.

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The muffler was in the way, so it was cut out.

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Rear upper arms were built to bolt on, but you had to fish the bolts in. The instructions said you could weld them on for a more permanent installation, so I opted for that route. Just be careful of the fuel line running along the frame.

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Sitting on it's own weight. Just need to square the axles and fine tune pinion angles and caster/camber tomorrow.

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06-08-2013, 07:52 PM,
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You'll be back on the trails in no time at this speed
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06-08-2013, 10:31 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Wow great job, and quick too! Cant wait to see that thing in action.
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06-09-2013, 09:29 AM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Thanks.
Quick, yeah, it only took 8 monthsjaw-dropping

I bought this kit in October and was going to install over Christmas, but read the instructions and decided it was too much work and I wanted to wheel instead. Death wobble got the best of me, so I figured I better get on it so it's nicer to drive around town when the weather is nice.

And it'll be way smoother ride in the bush.hehe

Should be sitting on tires by the end of today waiting for Bilstein shocks.

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06-09-2013, 08:01 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
OK, was a good day today, got most of it done. Just need to order shocks tomorrow.

Some full stuff pics.

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Pumpkin just kisses the fuel tank skid plate

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35" tire fits perfect in there, no rubbing at all. When flexed on the log pile they rub a bit though.

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06-09-2013, 08:53 PM,
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Beautiful job. Glad to see your ready to hit the trails again Smile
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06-09-2013, 09:02 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Thanks Denis, can't wait to get some Bilsteins in there and see how it rides. Should be good.Dmonkey

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06-09-2013, 09:10 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Wich ones are you getting? I got the 5100 and they are smoooootthhh hehe
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06-10-2013, 06:50 AM,
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I think so. Going to talk to supplier today. They seem to be the ones to go with though.

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06-10-2013, 08:43 AM,
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Looking really good Sheldon. Can I take bets as to when we will see tons and 40's?
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06-10-2013, 09:04 AM,
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(06-10-2013, 08:43 AM)Northernmedic Wrote: Looking really good Sheldon. Can I take bets as to when we will see tons and 40's?

I already have one of those, this is staying as it is. It's goal is to drive great in any conditions and wheel with comfort. This is the perfect set up for Moab.

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06-10-2013, 11:17 AM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Looks great Sheldon!! It's only taken a couple of months to get the parts off the floor. Lol
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06-10-2013, 01:59 PM,
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(06-10-2013, 11:17 AM)xtremexj Wrote: Looks great Sheldon!! It's only taken a couple of months to get the parts off the floor. Lol

Hey come on, they where on a shelfSmile

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06-10-2013, 05:27 PM,
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RE: LJ upgrades
Bolted in my old shocks, adjusted the caster from 6* to 4.5* (I read that less caster is better with bigger tires, 4.5-5 is ideal for 35's so I thought I'd try it) and took it for a drive.
It drives AWESOME. I can tell the shocks are holding it back though, should be interesting to feel the difference once I get some good shocks in there.

And no hint of death woble at all, not even a wiggle. I'm very happy, and it's going to get better.

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06-16-2013, 09:18 PM,
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That. Looks. Awesome.
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