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Old 04-22-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Total Jeep Newb preparing to dump $

'94 YJ I6, bone stock.

Now that that's out of the way, here's my goal and question.

I knew when I bought the Jeep the look I was going for. Tall, aggressive, with some clearance between the tire and fender. I decided 33 or 35 on the tires and 15 on the wheels. I have no clue what the other numbers mean (i.e. 12.50). Width maybe? I'm also up in the air on a lift height, but I'm being told for 35's, 6 inches is a good place to start. SO, if I go with 35x15 and a 4 inch suspension lift and 2 inch shackle lift, I should have the look I'm going for.

Onto the question. How far is this going to go? Is it as simple as purchasing these parts and having them installed? Do I also need to look at re-gearing something? What the hell is a SYE/CVD and is this also mandatory? If I budget $1,500.00 for wheels, tires, and a lift, how much more do I need to budget for these things?

Again, I am a complete newb, I have very little mechanical know-how and my friends that do, don't know Jeeps. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-22-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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you got the right height needed in mind. they'll fit for 35s. yes the 12.5 is width of the tire. a good rim for that would be a crager soft 8. it'll be wide enough and from what i hear you could get 4 for under 200.

for 35s regearing will be necessary(around 4.56, 4.88, 5.13 for 35's) as will a new rear differential. you'll need something stronger then your current dana 35 (dana 44, ford 8.8). i would advise going with the 33's because then you will not need a new read diff.

a SYE (slip yoke eliminator) is necessary for lifts over 4 inches for driveline angles, and a bit of extra length after the lift. it also gives you a bit of strength.

1500 isn't enough. sorry but i have about 1400 in tires, rims, and a 2.5 inch lift.

for a 6 incher you'll need around 2000 or more. tires cost alot also. 35s will go for about 250 each and up. so be prepared to put 5k in a 6 inch lift, tires, rims, diff, SYE, and other things you may need to complete the project.

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Old 04-22-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for al the help TJ. The lifts I priced were around $400-$700 for a 4" suspension (leaf springs) and about $150 for the 2" body or shackle lift. So $2000 is a little higher than I planned. If I'm looking at the wrong stuff, then I guess that could be why. I figured about $1000 for rubber. Still have no idea what I'm going to do about wheels, but $5000 is way higher than I'm ready to spend on something I'm doing for mostly cosmetic reasons. Maybe 33's would be a better route with just a 4" lift. Thanks for explaining the other necessities though. I want to make sure I get everything done right.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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If u get a 2.5" Rough Country it cost the same as a 4", but you wont need an sye.(save a couple hundred bucks) And with the 2.5" lift you can still fit a 32" tire... Just my feelings.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:12 PM   #5
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Tall costs money. Sorry, it's true. 35" tires are going to tax your brakes, your stock axles, and will require more than just some jerry-rigged 6" lift setup to produce a good, safe vehicle.

Cheapest way to do it: 4" springs, 1" body lift, upgraded shackles (+.5" or 1" in the process). 1" motor mount lift to help with driveline angles if not going SYE; super-short SYE is really the best and "right" way to do it, though. Set your bumpstops just shy of rubbing the fenders. Then be damned gentle, because your axles and brakes are not really up to the task.

If you're willing to do all the work yourself, you can do this at home and on a budget. But unless this serves some necessary and useful purpose, that's a lot of crap to do just for a certain look, IMHO.
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