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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    City/State
    Dexter, MI
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    2005
    Year Purchased
    2005
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    Spring projects?

    Who's got project plans this spring?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    City/State
    Highland, IL
    LJ Year
    2006
    Year Purchased
    2012
    Posts
    186

    Re: Spring projects?

    Hardtop lift. Sooner the better.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    City/State
    Dexter, MI
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    2005
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    Re: Spring projects?

    When I was swapping the soft/hardtops, I couldn't be without mine. Awesome to have.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    City/State
    Atl, GA
    LJ Year
    2005
    Posts
    34

    Re: Spring projects?

    2005 LJ 168k

    Preventative maintenance:
    Drain and fill coolant
    Replace hoses
    Replace thermostat
    Back flush heater core
    Drain and fill both diffs
    Grease zerks
    Rear brakes: rotors/pads

    Upgrades:
    New head unit and replace all 4 speakers (haven't decided if I should go up in size with the brackets etc)(anyone run marine grade hu/speakers?)
    ZJ tie-rod
    Trans cooler
    Tummy tuck
    Tub-bedlined


    I'm sure there is more but this is a nice list to start with.
    We'll see what off that upgrade list I can actually get.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    City/State
    Les Escoumins, Qc
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    2005
    Posts
    106

    Re: Spring projects?

    2005 manual LJ transformation

    3.3" Metalcloak spring lift with OME shocks
    Front sway bar quick disconect
    33" tire for road, 35 for trail maybe if I can find temporary wheels
    D 44 arb 4,56 front transfert from the YJ to theLJ later this summer
    Ford 9" detroit locker 4,56 from Yj to LJ later this summer
    Steering upgrade from YJ with little mod for PSC from the YJ with the D44
    hD short shaft kit with HD chain for TC from YJ to LJ with the high pignon ford 9"
    Front bumper new and winch from the YJ
    Rear bumper tire carrier and winch from the YJ
    Soft top for the summer
    Soft door from the YJ (have to figure proper fiting)
    Higher profile modular transmission HD skid plate, maybe the one from the YJ

    Cage net and spiderweb shade
    Front upper console with cb fitted from the YJ
    Genright front fender fitted from the YJ (seem to be possible)
    Snorkle ( home made low profile hummer style of ARB)
    Sliding rear seat.

    Surely more to list! It is more a spring going to summer early fall project. The goal is to be able to still be able to use the jeep for vacation time.

    1 st trip, Esker Labrador mid june!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    City/State
    Lawrenceville, GA
    LJ Year
    2006
    Posts
    7

    Re: Spring projects?

    I pick my '06 Rubicon Unlimited up Saturday. I have to finish the GTX before things get out hand with the jeep... i'll be doing a soft top first, as the OE one is pretty dead.

    ...or should I just go straight to hardtop??

    sjd

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    City/State
    Memphis area, TN
    LJ Year
    2005
    Year Purchased
    2014
    Posts
    124

    Re: Spring projects?

    Softie. At least you can fold it down on warm days.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    City/State
    Atl, GA
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    2005
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    34

    Re: Spring projects?

    Quote Originally Posted by steved033 View Post
    I pick my '06 Rubicon Unlimited up Saturday. I have to finish the GTX before things get out hand with the jeep... i'll be doing a soft top first, as the OE one is pretty dead.

    ...or should I just go straight to hardtop??

    sjd
    Unless you have a garage/storage I would get a soft-top.
    I highly recommend the softopper LJ02 (softopper.com)
    Had a hand getting this to market and love this top!
    (Any questions let me know.)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    City/State
    Lawrenceville, GA
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    2006
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    Re: Spring projects?

    Detroiter, I took a look, those are pretty cool..

    you're in the ATL? I just in the NE suburbs... Lawrenceville.

    sjd

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    City/State
    Dexter, MI
    LJ Year
    2005
    Year Purchased
    2005
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    Re: Spring projects?

    Project LJPFreek:

    Magnum Powers Supercharger
    Mishimoto aluminum radiator
    OR-FAB bumpers
    Warn winch

    and some other upgrades that will be done prior to driving it out/back to Easter Jeep Safari for some real-world testing on the supercharger setup for an article in JPFreek.

    Attached Images

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    City/State
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    LJ Year
    2005
    Posts
    2

    Re: Spring projects?

    New LJ owner here.... are you happy with your Mishimoto radiator? Thinking of upgrading original one plus thermos, hoses, etc... read mixed - some really like mishimoto and summit racing, some say get Mopar...
    Thank you,

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    City/State
    Dexter, MI
    LJ Year
    2005
    Year Purchased
    2005
    Posts
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    Re: Spring projects?

    DO NOT USE the Mishimoto radiator. It was good for a while but they have admitted that there's a defect in the design and the tubes in the lower passenger-side tank crack and start leaking. I've now been through two replacement radiators that have the same flaw and finally gave up and did a part-store replacement.

    To their credit, Mishimoto was good on honoring the warranty, it's just the amount of time it takes to get the new one back. I haven't had to send back the bad ones, just take photos showing the leaking coolant. The last time I talked to them they said that they're trying to figure out a redesign, I told them they shouldn't be selling these and should issue a recall.

    I now have a credit at their online store for the price I paid for the radiator (Amazon) after sending them a copy of my receipt. So they're a solid company IMO, just this radiator specifically has serious issues.

    To be clear, it's a matter of weeping coolant each time, not a massive leak. The Jeep remains drivable. The last time I tried to throw in some of the powder sealant to see if that would just band aid it enough to keep rolling but it didn't work and the coolant kept leaking.
    Project LJPFreek
    '05 Rubicon - original owner
    GR8TOPS Safari Cab & Exogate | Mishimoto radiator | JKS JSPEC 3" lift & ACOS Pro front spacers | BDS belly up skid | 1" Daystar BL | 37" Interco IROK NDs on Bird Dog wheels | OR-FAB Bumpers | WARN 10-S Platinum winch | 3" PIAA LEDs | Poison Spyder steering box skid, JCR sliders | 5.13 gears & Nitro Xtreme diff covers | ORO U-turn Steering |Kleinn OBA

    http://currentissue.jpfreek.com | http://www.jpfreek.com

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    City/State
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    LJ Year
    2005
    Posts
    2

    Re: Spring projects?

    Thank you. The Mopar one is probably the best solution, but the aluminum ones have a better look - but not when they don't work.

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