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Re: Rubicon is on it\'s way.. Upgrade suggestions?

Hi Jack!

As requested:
Same like everybody else's "different" rig.
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Control arm protection.
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Engine/trans plate - attaches to RE t-case plate and new front crossmember.
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Re-mounted locker compressors with a VAIR
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Front diff and shaft protection
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Tank protection.
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Side protection
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Like I said -- when I hear the SCREEECH of metal to rock, I'd rather laugh than cringe.
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Re: Rubicon is on it\'s way.. Upgrade suggestions?

My recommendations, in order, with estimated prices:

Warn diff protectors, front and rear ($80 each x 2 = $160)
Kilby steering box skid ($40)
JKS 1.25" body lift / 1" budget motor mount lift ($180)
Jeep Medic Fabrication transfer case skid, engine skid, and front lower control arm skids ($500)
Kilby gas tank skid ($225)

This combo will protect the most vulnerable bits underneath, and allow you to get some good experience wheeling it stock.

The Medic skid will gain you 2" clearance in the center, and are made from 1/4" steel plate, completely flat, so they don't hang up on things. I have 'em on my rig and love 'em, they slide right over the rocks. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

The warn diff protectors are cheap insurance against damaging the stock covers, and mine saw use on the first trail run after installation... the Kilby steering box skid is fairly inexpensive, and saves a bundle in repairs, steering boxes are expesive.

As stated, most skid plates require the 1" body lift, as do a lot of other upgrades, like the Kilby gas tank skid. Doing the body lift and motor mount lift at the same time minimizes the fiddling with transfer case linkages and the radiator fan shroud, and also improves the rear drive line angle, which helps with the budget boost / 2" lift later on.

If you wheel it a lot, you should look into some additional protection for the driver, like a sport cage from TBT, Poison-Spider, or OR-Fab.

Next, I'd add a 2" budget boost or set of OME springs, new shocks, and 33" tires to get you up off the ground a bit. The stock 31's are OK for most trails, but the harder stuff is much more difficult down low. 285/75R16's (33x10.5's) fit well on the stock wheels without requiring spacers for clearance. If you want a wider tire, the spidertrax wheel spacers will allow you to fit 305/70R16's (33x12.5's). Or you can get a set of 33x12.5x15's and some steel wheels with 5" backspacing, selling your stock tires / rims for more than they cost. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

From there you're ready to get into the more expensive lift categories..... the above was the plan for my Rubicon until I managed to find a used 4" AiROCK short arm suspension... and $10k later.... [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

You should also check out http://www.rubiconownersforum.com which has a lot of good information and a great community of Rubicon owners.

-Howard
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Re: Rubicon is on it\'s way.. Upgrade suggestions?

RRich, great looking rig.. You've given me some good ideas, Now I just need to find someone with a plasma cutter, and good welder..

Thanks for all the great info guys.. I now know how I can spend another small fortune making my rubicon "Unique".

And by the way, if any of you still have time left after prusing this board for the Nth time each day, there really is some good rubicon specific info over at www.rubiconownersforum.com

Although, over there you see quite a different mentality for 'Upgrades' and 'Repairs' when you have just spent $30,000+ on a new rig.. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] . You probobly won't see this 'Upgrade' there.. I just keep coming back to that post.. Sorry again Andy, somethings are just hard to let go of [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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