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Old 04-07-2008, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Rubicon YJ

Grandfather has a 95 Fuel Injected YJ. Used to have an XJ on 36's and looking to get back into a jeep. So i could sell my truck for about 15 or 16. Id like to get his YJ, put stock moabs and mtr's off an 03-06 Rubi, a Rubi 4:1 transfercase(from what i understand its a direct bolt up). Now the part im not so sure about... How much would i be looking at to convert to a stock rubicon suspension and rubicon Dana 44's? Yes i know i could just buy a Rubicon. But i dont want to. Got memories with this YJ.

Right now this is my build plan...

YJ $4000
(5) Moab Wheels $950 www.ok4wd.com
(5) Goodyear MTR 245/75R16's $865 www.tirerack.com
(1) Rubicon Hood Decals $25 www.quadratec.com
(1) Warn 9.5Ti Winch $1000 www.northridge4x4.com
(1) Warn Rock Crawler Front Bumper $215 www.gowarn.com
(1) Warn Tire Carrier $302 www.gowarn.com
(1) Warn Rock Crawler Rear Bumper $275 www.gowarn.com
(1) Warn Rock Sliders $215 www.gowarn.com

TOTAL: $7878 plus shipping.

Then the cost of the Rubi axles, suspension and T-case.

Any comments, cheaper prices found, anything?
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that building the YJ into a wheeler is the way to go. Why spend so much money "making it into a rubicon"? With your budget you could build a pretty decent wheeler with a 3/4 or 1ton drivetrain.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Forget the stock rubi suspension and the rubi 44's. Just go with a set of dana 60's and make a custom suspension out of parts yourself. It would be far easier to leave the leaf springs and put them over the axle. If you do leave the leaf springs, you always can use Spring under axle too, if you prefer that. Those Rubi Cases are not that great...they are a NP231 that is beefed up and has 4:1 gears. And it is chain driven. A dana 300(cheap $300 or so) is a great case that is strong and gear driven. Or go with an used atlas or something-those are bombproof. A atlas can be a direct bolt-on too if you have the right case. Worst case is you would need an adapter.

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Old 04-09-2008, 11:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If that's what your set on building, don't waste the money buying new rubi rims or tires. Rubi rims can be had used for 300-400 bucks and the tires are even cheaper. I think I sold my 245's for 200 bucks for all 5 at about 75% tread (and I sat on them for while.)

You're going to spend around 7 grand on the parts you've listed. For that much you have a lot of options, it all depends on what you want and how hard you want to wheel it. If your set on the rubi wheels, you're going to be pretty limited on your axle options up front unless you want to build a hybrid axle w/the YJ/TJ inner axle C's.

Be honest with yourself on what your wanting to build it for and go from there.

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