The $500 ScienceMobile build

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I would guess it was a Rock Lizard rear bumper with swing away tire carrier. They were awesome but the company no longer exists.
Yeah, that is how it goes for us KJ owners- build it yourself or sacrifice a few chickens to invoke a scrapyard find. Thankfully, I don't need such a set up, but it sure would look cool.
 

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So a while back I lucked out and found a pair of JBA UCAs at a scrapyard in KC on a wrecked 06. They were in pretty bad shape, but better than the OEs Bert came with. Kicking myself now as I likely could have salvaged the green springs and Bilstiens off of it, but didn't know what green springs meant at the time. Once I realized my error, I returned to find someone beat me to them...

I slapped them in for my jerry rigged OE style suspension rather than buying too many "Cheapest of Amazon Parts". Had to have some semblance of suspension for the July trip. My wife learned I was going to order replacement bushings and ball joints, but surprised me with a brand new pair of UCAS. Thankfully I was able to cancel my order. At a later date I'll either buy the stuff to rebuild the old ones, or perhaps send them in for refurbishment.

Great Cthulhu! these things are almost too beautiful to install in Bert the ScienceMobile: Suburban ******, Protector of the Desert, Passive-Aggressive Warden of the Instagram Idiocy Thralls, and Heir to the Throne of Best Camping Vehicle. My wife saw them and said "Those are likely the most beautiful things we have at the house." I cleverly countered with "Not as beautiful as the one who bought them." thus gaining brownie points AND saving money out of my wallet....

The wife keeps sending me pictures of some of yinze builds and ones she's found around the web. I'm guessing she wants me to buy and fix up that 06 libby I'm headed out to inspect today. If it is a find like Bert, it is cheaper to buy that one and repair it than it is to fix her 15 Altima suspension. (Which all said and done needs about 3 grand of work when one includes all the body damage and such it has sustained with her driving it...)
 

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Good luck!! Hope the 06 is salvageable and the right price. Then you’ll have 2 KJ’s in the family!
 

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I pass up every 06/07 when looking for more KJs, too much extra stuff on them
02-05s are the best years overall
with seats from a Limited 02-04 being the best
 

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Cool! I’ve always wonder what he’s got on the rear. Is that stuff mounted on the swing gate or did he adapt a equipped bumper?
Rock Lizard with dual swing outs
I had one on the 04 just like it until I got stupid one day :rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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I pass up every 06/07 when looking for more KJs, too much extra stuff on them
02-05s are the best years overall
with seats from a Limited 02-04 being the best
Whoa. You mean there’s less on the earlier ones? Ha ha mine seems pretty basic to my eyes. Lol
 

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So safe to assume that 05 through 08 KJs are the transition years?

That 06 I found looked great and even ran well. I almost bought it but then checked the fluids. Silver out the front diff and brown jello in the oil…

Likely a good project for someone with a garage better equipped than mine.

Then again, I’ll think on it. Who know?
 

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Rock Lizard with dual swing outs
I had one on the 04 just like it until I got stupid one day :rolleyes::rolleyes:
The Kilimanjaro Edition with the Rock Lizard rear bumper for your viewing pleasure LOL
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Well shucks.

If you look up the best-laid plans quote, you will see my phot and life story next to the article.

Basically, I am waiting on parts. Good news is I am only waiting on proper bumpstops from terraflex and they should arrive shortly.

I have no choice but to do ball joints this weekend. The mix of worn out JBA uppers and cheap as you can get from amazon lowers are ready to fail at any moment and I finished the lift on the rear yesterday. Fun note: Carlos the Warpug, master of idiocy kept stealing hockey pucks and running off with them. As a result I spent more time laughing at his antics than I did actually doing the project. he is so fat he does not run very well.
 

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Been a while. Put got to put on the JBA decals today. Moog greasers on the bottom. All new bushings everywhere up front, save for the UCAs. Too dang cold here today to get the Terraflex in. Used gravity, the normally inconvenient slope of my driveway, multiple jack stands and jacks to get all the OME in the front. No compressor needed.

After months of misadventures…

Bert is UP.

Well, sort of… didn’t do the LCA bushings as I somehow didn’t order them, and busted the lower strut mounting bolts on that whatcjamacallit that the cv axels go through…gonna be some drilling and retapping involved…

So I have some very temporary, non drivable stuff in just to hold it in all in place…and Bert is parked for a while as a result.

Gonna be too dang cold to do any wrenching for the next 72 hours anyway and apparently it’s already dang near Turkey day.
 

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