Whats up, guys? Just joined up and wanted to run my plan by the experts for (constructive) criticism. Ive never built a Jeep before, but I've built a lot of other types of trucks and cars and I've been refining a game plan for a bit.
First, It's a 1997 4-banger TJ, tire size will be 33-10.5. on 15x8 alloys.
Objective is to keep it low and fairly cheap, but be able to run decent trails. This thing will be driven daily around town, no freeway. Maybe the occasional backroads trip around AZ to other trails.
So, after looking at what other guys have done, heres what I came up with.
I'm not really a "kit" type of guy so I have broken it down to front and rear end specific...hopefully to achieve exactly what I want.
Front end: since most articulation seems to happen in front, and I'm not a huge fan of the stock rake Jeeps have, I'm thinking of lifting just the front with 2" OME springs, some DIY tube fenders (no flares), and discos. Front D30 will get an Aussie and 4:88s. Tube lower control arms.
Rear end: the rough plan is: no lift, fixed tube control arms (upper and lower)
and cut the wells to make it work. My thinking is that if JP could fit 35s with no lift by moving the axle back an inch, 33s would require a little less. One question is how much longer on average is fixed tube control arms? My thinking is if an inch is all it took to get 35s away from the front of the wells, would tube arms, unlifted, move the axle back enough for 33s? Speaking of axles, I'm going to jump straight to an 8.8 or D44 from the start, same innards as the front. Is either more of an issue with gas tank clearance?
With 8.8s with discs will the P-brake hook right up? As far as the body is concerned, I'm not concerned with tire coverage at all, so flares aren't going back on, and I figure I could open it up a lot. And I'm sure I'll be extending the bumpstops some...
Armor on the tank, rockers and Steering box, and anywhere else, cause it will be low.
I think thats it for suspension... if I think of anything else I'll post it.
I know this will be a lot easier said than done, and I'll be tweaking plenty of stuff here and there to make it work. This is just an idea at this point, and I want to hear anyone's opinion. This rig will get wheeled a lot...
Thanks for reading...sorry for the book.