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2012 White 2 Door Rubicon Build

So I mistakenly bought a 2011 sport without A/C. It was earlier in 2011 and I didn’t know about the new motor coming out. I came from a 350z, so needless to say, the Jeep was disappointing in power but better than my old YJ. I drove it for a year and then my brother-in-law got a job at Jeep so I scored a new 2012 for under dealer invoice and they gave me a 19 for my POS no A/C sport (that has been sitting on the lot for 6 months and is now selling for 19... lol). I had the 2011 for a year and bought a lift, tires, winch, and sliders. I moved those over to the new Jeep on day one. This will be a work in progress….

Specs:
• 2012 2 door manual Rubicon
• 35 inch procomp MT
• 2.5” TeraFlex Coils and shocks
• Ruff Country front Bumper
• Warn 9.5TI Masterpull Synthetic Line and Aluminum Fairlead
• SmittyBilt XRC Carrier
• Shrockworks Rock Sliders
• Cobra Radio
• Front D44: Artec Truss, and Skids, Poly Performance C Gussets and Inner Sleeves, Alloys USA Ball Joints, Ruff Stuff Tie Rod, Synergy flipped Draglink
• Synergy front Long Arms
• Chopped up fenders, dings, NW pinstripes, broken taillight, crunched up stock skid plates

Next Plans:
• 8 inch Stretch Synergy Stretch with coilovers
• 37-39inch tires
• Flat Belly





Yikes moment. will be adding a cage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cSmuh-qQqg4
 

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Nice Job... Looks good! When are you going to start the stretch?
The plan is early 2013. It depends a couple things. I am probably going to be very busy the first couple months of 2013 and won't have much time to tear into the rig.

I also need to make up my mind. I was contemplating relocating the rear spring mounts and reusing my current coils to keep things cheaper. The other cost consideration is whether to wait until after the Jeep is stretched to buy corner armor or do it up front so I can trim the corners and body together.

The front long arms should be arriving any day now. I hope to install these in the next weekend or two. I am going to try and get an inch of Wheel base out front with them. I'll update the thread with pics when it happens.
 

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Lookin' good! Definitely going to follow the stretch, I'd like to push the front on mine up a bit.
 

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Like others have said, nice rig man and I also look forward to the stretch.
 

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Alright... Got the Synergy Long Arms for the front.



I just popped out the stockers.... The new ones are much beefier.




And here goes the point of no return... (as far as returning to stock some day) :koolaid:

Hope to wrap it up later tonight or tomorrow. I am going to have to modify my sliders because the synergy frame mount interferes. I might just weld them on.
 

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Removing the brackets with a 4 1/2" angle grinder with a cutting disc was a major pain in the ass. I was kind of dinking around, but it took me like 2 hours just to get off the brackets on the driver side. I wish I had a SawZall or Plasma Cutter... or even a gas cutter.

The only reason it was difficult was because there was very little clearance so I ended up having to cut a lot of small bits.

One side took 8 discs (that bumper that I built only took 4). I love when cutting discs explode.



Brackets Removed


New Bracket installed


 

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Bought a new Milwaukee Sawzall this morning.

It was still a pain in the ass to remove the brackets, but it did save some time. The passenger side took about an hour.



Got everything put back together. Stretched out the arms about a inch. I don't think that I could have gone much more. I measured the WB and it sitting right under 96 and 5/8".... so I didn't really gain too much.

The new arms fixed my caster. It drives great and I noticed an improvement right away. It still needs to be dialed in just a bit. I'll probably get it properly aligned sometime this week
 
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