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Old 01-02-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Getting ready to build. 2011 2dr.

Greetings all!

Been lurking the forums for a while now, finally decided it was time to post and get my build going.

I have decided to go all out and try to do it big and do it right. This is where I need help.

My jeep is a bog standard 2011 2dr sport model. Simple and sweet.

My goal is 3.5/4.5 lift and 37s. What all will I need to upgrade to get it where it needs to be. Reliability is #1.

I've read that 4.88 gears are good for 37s. But is that good for the 3.8?

What all suspension will get upgraded in the process outside of what the lift kit gives?

New axles? Really lost here honestly.

Any help you guys can give will be greatly appreciated. I am a sponge. Learn me.

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Old 01-02-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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37s is gonna take a lot of work.... New front axle, 2.5-3.5 inch lift, flat fenders, re-gear, tire carrier upgrades, etc.

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Old 01-02-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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if you want reliability it is going to take a lot of money to get that with 37's. they tend to chew up 30's and 44's quickly. my 2 door just turned 1 year old and the Dana 60 in my garage will be installed within 6 months. between worn balljoints, leaking seals, bad wheel bearings, destroyed steering rod ends, failed driveshafts, blown suspension joints (all of which I have experienced in a year), you really have to throw a bit of money at it to keep it reliable.

I could totally build the crap out of my dana 30 and not break on the trail, but I plan to run 40's eventually. I have seen a guy with more money than sense who put every part imaginable on a 30 and ran 40" mud grapplers on this supercharged 11'

as for gears, if its a trail rig, 5.38's. daily driver 4.88 is pretty ideal.
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I agree. You are going to want to beef up the steering/axles especially if you wheel w/ 37's

Maybe find a take out 44 for the front. Or just go balls to the wall with a Dynatrac or TF housing.

Front steering/axle upgrades -
Balljoints
Tie rod
Drag link
Track bar
TB HD axle mount (raised if running High steer
TB HD frame bracket w/ sector shaft brace
Truss or sleeve
Chromo axles or RCV's
Gussets upper/lower
Diff cover

Rear axle upgrades
Truss
Raised TB bracket
Chromo axles
Diff cover
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:20 PM   #5
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Greetings all!

Been lurking the forums for a while now, finally decided it was time to post and get my build going.

I have decided to go all out and try to do it big and do it right. This is where I need help.

My jeep is a bog standard 2011 2dr sport model. Simple and sweet.

My goal is 3.5/4.5 lift and 37s. What all will I need to upgrade to get it where it needs to be. Reliability is #1.

I've read that 4.88 gears are good for 37s. But is that good for the 3.8?

What all suspension will get upgraded in the process outside of what the lift kit gives?

New axles? Really lost here honestly.

Any help you guys can give will be greatly appreciated. I am a sponge. Learn me.
Welcome to the Forum...........

I hope that you have a hefty bank account, because if you do it right, it's going to be very costly........
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:20 PM   #7
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Thank you guys for your replies. Really helping point me in the right direction. Didn't realize I'd have to replace the entire front end. That does sound pretty costly. We'll see what we can do.

Maybe I'm just overreaching and 35's might be better. But damn to 37's look so good.

Thank you guys again.
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Thank you guys for your replies. Really helping point me in the right direction. Didn't realize I'd have to replace the entire front end. That does sound pretty costly. We'll see what we can do.

Maybe I'm just overreaching and 35's might be better. But damn to 37's look so good.

Thank you guys again.
glad you have a good attitude about it, I just went balls to the wall despite everyone telling me not to and ended up with a less than ideal daily driver and empty pockets!
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[QUOTE="Seeuoffroad;7151689"]Very good chance you will need some of these upgrades even with 35's if you are going to wheel it. A lot of these parts are the same on a D30 or D44 the difference is bigger axle shafts and bigger R&P in the 44 and in these two things bigger is always better. But most everything else is the same. Take your time it's a fun hobby the build is fun and so is wheeling in Moab and Colorado.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:05 AM   #12
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Well after much discussion with some buddies and the advice given, I've decided to go with a 3.5 lift and 35s. I do need it to still be my DD.

I'm pretty sold on the AEV 3.5 lift. I notice there are two different packages. I really don't know what the difference is. Do the shocks make such a difference?

Also, what else should I be investing in to go with the lift? Or does it come with everything I will need?

Would beadlock rims be a bad idea for someone that plans to offroad just not all the time?

Sorry if so many questions guys. Very new to all this and I would love to do it right the first time. Thanks for help. Always appreciated.

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