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Old 06-01-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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4" lift

Hi I just bought my first Jeep. A 95 yj 4cil wrangler with everything stock. Im very happy with this purchase but lack the experience.
Im interested in doing a 4" lift and 33" tires. Some people have told me I need different gearing for the 4" to work properly others (shops) tell me its not necessarry. Others tell me its too big of a tire and lift for the 4cil engine. I need advise because I dont want to buy something that will not work.
If gearing is needed where and which type of gearing do I need to buy.
I was looking at the skyjacker and roughcountry 4"system.

Any suggestions?
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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Yes you can do it without re-gearing but it is a turd on the road.
you will need a SYE and cv rear d.shaft.
If you wheel it hard you will break the dana 35 rear axle easily with 33 inch tires.
skyjacker or rough country?
thats a big difference rough country has came along way but still is not all that great especially compared to a skyjacker system.
go with the rubicon express cannot go wrong there.
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #3
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I would suggest a free flow exhaust and a 4.0 throttle body for the xtra power needed with bigger tires. I have a 94 with 31" tires and no lift. did exhaust and intake and now is at a very acceptable acceleration rate. if your gonna 4wheel it you probably should invest in stronger axles. it really depends on how you drive if you need more power and/or stronger axles.
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Re-gearing isn't to compensate for a lift so much as for different tire sizes. Bigger tires reduce the final drive ratio of a vehicle. Re-gearing with shorter (higher numerically) gears compensates for this.
As for the kit, I can say, I'm not overly impressed with the RC kit I just put on my JK. Customer service was fair, although they did give me a bit of a discount for being a member on a certain forum.
Before you re-gear, try upping the natural performance of the 2.5 like dooder said. See how you feel after that, as gears are expensive, and a biotch to install yourself if you don't know how (don't). Also, if you DO do gears (heh- do do), do lockers at the same time to cut down on expense- Mark W.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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rough country makes nice stuff for yj's. regearing is not a must, but a good idea. i've wheeled the crap out of 4 bangers w/ spring over lifts and 33's and never broke. it depends who's behind the wheel, but the 4 banger is kinda nice to wheel cuz it doesn't have the power to really hurt itself unless you try.

i would not lock the stock axles personally.

i would suggest if you're new to jeeps, do a ton of research on what lift you think you want, to help reduce the factor that i've seen a million times. also search soa lifts, and decide what you wanna do with your jeep. i'd do the lift, and tires, and then see how you like it, and where you wanna go next. before you spend thousands on lockers and gears for stock axles. just my input
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i have a 4" lift on my jeep. buy the re kit. its the best. you can go with a tcase drop kit or go with a sye and cv shaft. i will recomend re gearing. it helps out a lot. i am running 35" bfg at's. but i have a "cough"3"body lift"cough". 33's should be just fine. i like the new micky tomsons. pricy a little but they are sticky and last a long time. if you have any questions hit my email at punkafi888@gmail.com i know pretty much everything good and bad about the 4" sua lifts.

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