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Old 06-05-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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5.5" RE Life to 3.5"

Hey everyone. Newbie here , I'm about to buy this rubicon just waiting on a day for the seller and I to both have the day off.
anyways, the jeep has a rubicon express 5.5" lift on 35" tires. I think it sits too high and the owner said if I wanted to go to a 3.5" lift I'd just have to switch out coils. Is it that simple?
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:30 PM   #2
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Yes, and no. You'd have to recenter the axles by adjusting the track bars, cycle the axles to assure correct bumpstop length in order to protect the shocks that would likely be a little long, sort out the sway bar links (shorten), and re-align the steering components.

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Old 06-05-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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RE's 5.5" lift is more like 6 or 6.5", their lifts are always taller than advertised. Ideally, you want a true 5" of lift for 35" tires, and I like getting that with 4" springs and a 1" body lift. That combination also gives a lower center-of-gravity (not that I am all into COG) than a straight 5" suspension lift does.

I would go for 4" springs like from Currie and a 1" body lift, that combination works extremely well for 35" tires and is what I run.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #4
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Okay thanks for y'all's help. I knew there had to be more to it. What about the driveshaft?
Thanks Jerry for the information. When it comes time to replace the 35s I'll probably downside to 33s. But, if I don't I'll get a 1"-1.5" body lift with the 3.5" lift.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:37 PM   #5
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Why not leave the Jeep as it sits now, and enjoy it? Or, buy a Jeep on 33s instead???
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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Why not leave the Jeep as it sits now, and enjoy it? Or, buy a Jeep on 33s instead???
It'll be a dd for a couple of years. That's why I wanted to downsize for now. Also, it is a smoking deal!
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I'd just leave it alone if it was set up right. If not, I'd go with Jerry B's recommendations.
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if you want it lower then make it lower. you are the one that has to walk out to it everyday. Function is important but let's face it, looks are important too and if it sits too high that is what you will see everyday and it will remind you that you want it lower.
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:15 PM   #9
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Also what hasn't been brought up (should I even open this can?) is that the RE 5.5" lift is most likely a "long arm" bolt up deal, which will be even worse on 33" tires. Just sayin'

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