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LJ being built by KMA Fab

This jeep is replacing my last 3 JK's. I know to many its a step backwards, but I believe it will suit my needs the best. It started life as a stock 05 Rubicon LJ. KMA is in the process of stretching the rear axle back 5". Adding 14" coilovers up front and Rubicon Express 2.5" Progressive rate coils. The coils will be mounted on custom coil mounts made by KMA for a total of 4" of lift. We are planning on using Genright rear shock mounts and 2" King Emulsion shocks with a 14" stroke. KMA is in the process of building the cage and custom fenders. KMA Fab is a great custom fab shop and I am loving the progress they are making. KMA is using a Rubicon Express long arm lift and then tweaking to meet the needs of the vehicle.










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Pics of the fenders

The fenders are made of 3/16" steel and will allow me to run 40" tires as soon as my wallet can afford them.




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Good looking welds on that fender

Looks like a pretty sick build...will be following

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Thanks guys, I am getting excited.

Here is a shot of the coil mounts. Scott cut out the gas tank cross member and moved it back 5" then built a new body mount. It came out sweet.



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Fenders started with a formed steel inner then KMA sized up the flare, then trimmed the fender for fitting the flare. The entire fender is made of 3/16 and is very strong. The inner still needs to be built and a plastic add on extension to the flare will be added for street driving. Goal is a unique usable flare. One of the things that bothers me with some many tube fenders is that the front and rear flares don't match in height so of course mine will be the same height thanks to KMA.



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Suspension shots - Cut through the frame on rear. KMA installed a 1" body lift but when cut through the frame moved the back section of frame up to fit the standard body mounts for a better departure angle. In these pics, testing tweaked Rubicon Express suspension, everything is tacked. We are adding gussets to the rear frame cut through. Both axles are getting 19-20% of angle flex.
Frame Cut through-will add gussets

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Sweet build!

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Thanks guys KMA Fab (stralph) is a top notch company.

Gas tank mounting, cut out the rear cross member and replace with 2x2" tubing to raise the gas tank. Added shock hoop support that also supports the front of the gas tank.


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That is a great build. What rear coils are those?

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Looks to be RE coils that have been cut.

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Thanks Guys

Robert, hope life is treating you well, the new Hanson site looks great.

They are 2.5" progressive rate Rubicon Express coils.

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Bumper and rear fender

KMA made a custom front bumper to match the rest of the build.
Rear fenders made of 3/16" steel.
More to come.








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Nice build! My buddy is doing a similar build with 42s on an LJ. He's planning on doing coilovers in the rear also though, he may like this option better!

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Nice build! My buddy is doing a similar build with 42s on an LJ. He's planning on doing coilovers in the rear also though, he may like this option better!
Thanks

Drove it for the first time. It drives great but needs a Hemi, I think the 3.8 in my JKs would easily out run it. Thanks to KMA Fabrication for a great build, can't wait until its finished.










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Touching base on the build. Wheeled it today. Front sway bar is a tera flex that was unlocked. Damn thing squeaks like crazy but allows good flex. The rear Genright sway bar limits too much when connected but drives so great on the street. Any ideas other than removing one link when I get to the trail would be appreciated. Few pics so you can see what I mean with rear swaybar hooked up.



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Cage is in

Cage got coated today. Check out the cup holders. Thanks KMA






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Nice build.

Gotta love a built LJ.

I may have missed it, What are the driveline specs?

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Looks great!

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That LJ is really looking good. Great build! Keep posting changes
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Sweet build That cage turned out really cool.

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That turned out nice. I love LJ's and XJ's!

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Finished

Added tubing a lights to the fenders. Got everything powdercoated and painted.












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