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Old 09-04-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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what would be my next step?

Ok, I have a 06 TJ 4 cyl. 6 speed with a 2.5 lift and 31's
I like the idea of my lift with 34's or 35's with the metalcloak fenders. To do that what do I do to achieve this without losing power or straining the engine or tranny? A grocery list will give me a good start and help me plan! Thanks!

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Old 09-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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Low gears

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Old 09-04-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Now is getting low gears the end of the story? Or will I need to change something else down the road?
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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That's about it, unless you plan on lots of rock crawling and you've got deep pockets, then you'd want to look at some atlas transfer cases, for some real low low for crawling,,
Just off the top of my head with 35s I'd. begin by looking at 5:13s or so ,,, 4:88s may be too tall...
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:53 PM   #5
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Well I pretty much just drive trails w/ the family, just easy to intermediate and some "black diamond" trails if you want to call it that but nothing major. Later on I would like to slowly build it up to do harder stuff with some of the Jeep gatherings and family runs with confidence.
Hey btw thank you very much!

This is what I'm trying to accomplish ...
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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I run 33s real 33s 255/85/16s .. With 1.75 spring lift and 1" body lift.. OME 2" lift in my future... I just can't justify all the extra money to run 35" tires. That's only an extra inch of clearance over the 35s for thousands more dollars? Check out my vid with my 33s and my buds YJ with 35s. I got hung up once,= driver error ,,,, YouTube rubicondon04. Rausch Creek Happy wheelin !!
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:55 AM   #7
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You'll also want to dump your axles ,, at the very least, up to 44s front and rear. Lots of guys use ford 8.8s or even Dana 60s.. I do know you'll be twisting axles like toothpicks, with those big 35" tires on your stock axles.. Like I said, a lot of money for an inch or two..
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for mild trails like you said that you wheel, your front axle should be fine. I would definately consider a stronger rear axle with the 35's. A Ford 8.8 is a very common swap and should be done before you spend money for gears on the D35 that you have now.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:55 PM   #9
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Now when you guys talk of moving up axles, are you talking the whole thing or the inner workings ie rods and so forth?
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The whole thing. The 8.8 axle is found in Ford Explorers.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:55 PM   #11
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Wow this has been very informative, thank you rubicondon and daddyjeep I'm gonna look into the axles first, this of course is a long slow build lol

Oh yeah Hey with the axles I have what would be the MAX tire size I would want to run?
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Just curious. Are the 8.8's direct fits or do you have to shorten them?
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:18 PM   #13
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The 8.8 is about an inch narrower from my understanding. Also, they are set up for leaf springs. If they are going under a TJ you will have to get all of the brackets for the coils and links and wled them on.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:23 AM   #14
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Yea you will also need to get wheel spacers and you have to regear it to match the front.
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Ohh ok. Thanks guys!

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