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Old 04-03-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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sye kit?

I have an 06 65 anniversary tj which is a bone stock X with the exception of I have d44 rears. I've seen where the Rubicon doesn't need an sye kit is that because they have d44s front and rear or is it because of the rear? Do I still need sye kit if I have the rear 44?

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I have an 06 65 anniversary tj which is a bone stock X with the exception of I have d44 rears. I've seen where the Rubicon doesn't need an sye kit is that because they have d44s front and rear or is it because of the rear? Do I still need sye kit if I have the rear 44?
No, it isn't because of the D44's, it's because the Rubicon's transfer case already has a fixed yoke and not a slip yoke.

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Old 04-03-2014, 08:41 PM   #3
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Damn! I was trying to save some money. Oh well I guess I need to spend the money. Thanks.
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Damn! I was trying to save some money. Oh well I guess I need to spend the money. Thanks.
Do you plan on putting 4" or more of lift on? Y are you planning on putting an sye on? There was no mention of a lift in your post
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I plan on putting a 4" on it and I mentioned it in another post that was no one replied to.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:46 PM   #6
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Okay I have an 06 and it is bone stock. Need some input seeing as how this is my first tj. I had a yj prior.
Decent lift kit on a budget w/o bs
I'm looking at a 4-4.5" and sye and shaft.
I know I'm going to need my gearing changed to 4.88
Softopper frameless top opinions
What performance upgrades should I make?
Led headlight kits? Waste of money or worth it.
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I went with a JB Conversions SYE because the design of the yoke will not bind as easily as the others. I also added a JKS 1.25" BL, Brown Dog 1" MML, and a Rokmen belly skid/tummy tuck at the same time and needed adjustable upper control arms to adjust axle pinion caster angle, then measured and called Tom Woods and had a drive shaft made to that length. If you are only installing the SYE and drive shaft, budget about $500 for those two items with ATF fluid.

Frameless top, everyone I know who has one has the Bestop and loves it for the flip back sun roof feature and I plan on getting one myself in the near future. I don't know anyone with the Rampage but I haven't read good things about it.

Performance upgrades, see first paragraph. All of those things I did are highly recommended to build a good foundation for later.

You don't mention why you need 4.88 gears, but a lot the better shops in my area use Yukon ring and pinions kits. If you are running 35's or higher, plan on upgrading your tie rod and drag bar steering system as well.
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I have the softtoper frameless and I love it. 90% of the time I Cruz safari style. If not to hot take 1 min to go totally topless n only a couple min to zip it all back up if rain comes. I've found that if it rains if I just roll down back window I can leave rest out while cruzing. Otherwise rain pours off roof on back seat. They only issue is the way the top wraps around door surround water likes to drop down that in the jeep. Nothing to major tho. I can deal with it. Also I am tall (5'11) so window storage above head doesn't work for me. Sags n hits me in the head so I don't use it. Most of the time my windows stay home and I keep a trail cover with me for when I'm parked unless it's pouring then I put windows in. I've only had it a year so far but it's held up great so far no issues with zippers, Velcro, windows or anything. I would recommend it!
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I have the softtoper frameless and I love it. 90% of the time I Cruz safari style. If not to hot take 1 min to go totally topless n only a couple min to zip it all back up if rain comes. I've found that if it rains if I just roll down back window I can leave rest out while cruzing. Otherwise rain pours off roof on back seat. They only issue is the way the top wraps around door surround water likes to drop down that in the jeep. Nothing to major tho. I can deal with it. Also I am tall (5'11) so window storage above head doesn't work for me. Sags n hits me in the head so I don't use it. Most of the time my windows stay home and I keep a trail cover with me for when I'm parked unless it's pouring then I put windows in. I've only had it a year so far but it's held up great so far no issues with zippers, Velcro, windows or anything. I would recommend it!

Thanks for the info. I haven't really heard anything negative about the softopper and I will be purchasing one soon.

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