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Old 11-08-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Bumpers before Lift?

Hi everyone!!

It's been a while since i've posted on here, been busy with work and what not and finally ready to get back to building my jeep. I have a 2012 Wrangler Altitude Edition, and I want to eventually replace the bumpers (before summer).

I was wondering if I should replace the bumpers before I put on my suspension, or should i do all the suspension and tire work before i replace the bumpers?

Thanks for the help!!!

P.S. I'm planning on running Rampage recovery bumpers both front and rear and a 2.5" AEV suspension lift

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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Hi everyone!!

It's been a while since i've posted on here, been busy with work and what not and finally ready to get back to building my jeep. I have a 2012 Wrangler Altitude Edition, and I want to eventually replace the bumpers (before summer).

I was wondering if I should replace the bumpers before I put on my suspension, or should i do all the suspension and tire work before i replace the bumpers?

Thanks for the help!!!

P.S. I'm planning on running Rampage recovery bumpers both front and rear and a 2.5" AEV suspension lift

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i was wondering if doing the bumper first was backwards? i guess in the long run it won't make much difference but.. if anyone has any imput!
i'm hoping to get a bumper on before next spring and then new tires/wheels and lift or level after that

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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If it were me, I'd do the suspension first.....Just because. Like you said, ultimately, it doesn't matter....BUT, I'd rather have an upgraded suspension, and stock bumpers, instead of cool bumpers and stock suspension.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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I would do my T-case and differential gearing before any of that.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:14 AM   #5
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I would do my T-case and differential gearing before any of that.

can you say why..? for us trying to learn? pleaseee
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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Prepping for larger tires. If you increase the size of the tires, you cause the engine/tranny/t-case to work harder, unless you offset the larger tires with lower gear ratios (lower ratio = higher number for axle gears, ie: 4.56:1 is a lower ratio than 3.73:1)

In my case, the stock axle ratio was 3.73:1. The PO upgraded the gears to a 4.10:1 ratio, but installed 35" tires, which left the vehicle severely under-geared. I've since put 33" tires and the engine doesn't work nearly as hard, but is still under-geared. I'll be saving up for 4.56 gears as my next upgrade.
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right, no i understand that.. (the gist anyways.. i get the gearing up for larger tires, just not the ratio part) after reading countless threads of largest tires on stock..

haha i'd probably only go a 33" with a level and if i go larger.. well.. gears and lift.

just not sure if there's a logical reason for the tires before bumper sort of thing?..
i think, because i'm probably not going to do any extreme offroading.. or if i do end up getting more into it down the road and have a better income, when i eventually get new tires and a level, i can always get the lift afterwards right? as well as gears and such at that point..
for now though... i'm trying to figure out if there's any downfall of getting the bumpers before?

ps, sorry op for taking over the post.. this question has been on my mind for quite some time.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:48 AM   #8
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As far as looks go, the bumpers vs the lift are purely personal preference. If you start down the lift/tires/gears road, there's more to consider.

What year is the Jeep, what engine/transmission does it have, what axles does it have, etc. You also have to take the planned usage into account, will be an off-road only, daily driver, weekend warrior, etc. All that plays a part. Most of us do a little at a time, or buy the parts a little at a time and then install all at once (that might be the best way overall!).
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can you say why..? for us trying to learn? pleaseee

Preparation. You don't want to have too tall gears in your diffs when you install your new tires. You really don't want to have too tall gears in your diffs AND too tall gears in your T case when you take your newly lifted rig out wheeling.

Also if you can't aford to do gears, t-case, wheels, tires and lift at the same time, I would suggest T-case first, that'll give you the most improvement offroad for your modification dollar. Given, it will not help your Jeep look better at all.

Now back up a step and consider what your goals are. If you're not planning on any real technical offroading, then you;ll just need to regear your diffs. But you're still going to want those installed before your tires go on.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #10
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It'll be my daily driver, i'm planning on eventually putting on 35" tires but i was just wondering how much it would cost to get my T-Case and regearing done. I will however be doing the occasional, off roading

I have a 2012 Jeep Altitude, 3.6L Pentastar V6, 3.21 Rear Axle Ratio (), Automatic Transmission

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