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Old 07-20-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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$6k is burning a hole in my pocket...

So, I've got a little over $6,000 budgeted for the Jeep. I'm wanting to dump it into a lift, tires, wheels, and any other necessary pieces to install those things correctly. The 6k also needs to cover shop time since I don't have the tools, capability, or time to do the install myself. I was also thinking maybe regearing, but I've heard that it could potentially be way out of my budget.

Right now she is mechanically stock, just body mods so far. 2007 rubi.

I'm not the most mechanically savvy person so i need help with what parts to get, but I do know what I'm shooting for as far as performance. I want a solid build, with good on road handling and I'd like to clear 37s.

Am I dreaming or is all this possible? Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.

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WOW!! You must be rich!

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It’s possible but you would want to regear an ’07 for 37’s, no doubt. You said to do it correctly, so no cutting corners here.

First what gearing do you have now? I’m gonna guess 4.10’s. If so you may be able to tolerate 35’s.

Without getting into the normal questions we ask people, here’s what I would do with that budget.

Lift: Rock Krawler 2.5” Max Travel w/ Bilstein 5100 shocks
Wheels/tires: 35x12.50R15 Goodyear Duratracs or Kelly Safari TSR
Bumper/tire carrier: JCR Dagger stubby with stinger. Rear with tire carrier
Superchips Flashpaq
Sport cage of some sort
ACE tube fenders
Winch and recovery gear

That above probably won’t eat that $6K you have. These will make a very capable rig since you already have factory lockers and sway disconnect. I’d probably add a rear Currie Antirock and upper arms to go with the lift but that’s it.

Sorry, got a little day dreamy with your build/budget.

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Also call a vendor here. Like Jason at Krawl Off-Road, tell him your needs and your budget. He will steer you in the right direction and won’t try to oversell you anything.

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I second Jason at KrawlOff-Road. I just ordered my Ace rear bumper/carrier and the Rugged Ridge Dash Tray from him and was a great guy to talk to. EAD Offroad has really good service as well.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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Haha, not rich at all, just been saving everything I can for the past year and a half.

I do already have my rugged ridge front bumper and my winch and Warrior tube fender flares so that saves a few bucks. I hadn't thought of buying a cage, but it's definitely on the list now.

I like the day dreaming with the budget, helps me think things out.

I'll shoot him a message and see if we can get the ball rolling. Thanks!
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Haha, not rich at all, just been saving everything I can for the past year and a half.

I do already have my rugged ridge front bumper and my winch and Warrior tube fender flares so that saves a few bucks. I hadn't thought of buying a cage, but it's definitely on the list now.

I like the day dreaming with the budget, helps me think things out.

I'll shoot him a message and see if we can get the ball rolling. Thanks!
Well, there you go. that saves about $1500. Honestly, you can probably regear now that you don't have to spend on the front bumper and winch.

A cage is on my list for sure. No such thing as too much safety. Also should mention, if you are going with 35's budget in C gussets and inner axle sleeves. Nitro makes a good set of sleeves that does not need welding

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There's this awesome new place called KittyPrawn's bank. Basically, you give me your money, and you get nothing in return, and you can never withdraw it.

But seriously... I honestly don't know the cost of it all. But, remember that if you're going with a 3"+ lift, you'll also need driveshafts and all that lovely stuff. Your best bet would be to call some local 4x4 shops and get a quote for that kind of work. It'll give you an idea of the labor...

The rest is just doing the research and locating the items you want to purchase.
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If you are serious about the 37's; here is mine
Goodyear 37- 12.50-17's with Rock Krawler 2 1/2 max travel lift
I went with Fox 2.0 shocks for a 4 to 6" lift
I just got it in today and went out and flexed it pretty good; all driveline angles looked good, time will tell on that though
I put 3" of bumpstop in rear and 2" in the front
Trimmed the pinch a little and so far no rubbing; I am a happy camper
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Some good suggestions here. The Rock Krawler kits are definitely one to look at. You should look at the 2.5 Max Travel or the 3.5 X-Factor. I usually try to pair that up with a set of BDS tuned Fox 2.0 shocks (these are different than standard Fox 2.0... they ride a little better and aren't as stiff). These would be the kits I'd recommend if you are looking for what could be an even better ride than stock and they perform incredible on the trail.

If you are taking it offroad, you *need* to sleeve and gusset that front 44. The JK Rubi 44 is a beefy internal axle (darn close to dana 60 strength), but the tubes and inner "c" leave something to be desired.

Thinking of running 37s? Aftermarket shafts are highly recommended.

Once you lift it, you will very likely need a new front driveshaft. Usually the boots will get torn and it's not a servicable part.

If you're running bigger tires and a lift, you will need to change out wheels or at least run spacers to avoid rubbing.

Front and rear gears with 37s. Install prices vary WILDLY on this, so shop around for the best deal on labor (but make sure the shop knows what they're doing!!!! Gears are not a place to have something done that is slightly off).

So all that is a start. You might have a little bit left over to play around with.
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x2............

6K get you someplace like this:

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WOW!! You must be rich!
Just what I was thinking. If I saved every thing I could for a year I would still be in negative numbers. But have fun with it and build it like you want and post them there pics. I like to drool over Jeep porn.
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if he was rich, he wouldn't be asking how to wisely spend his 6k and he wouldn't even be driving a jeep.

Just for fun, 6k will get you the full Metalcloak suspension and flairs. You might have to steel wheels and tires though....
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Those Metalcloak kits look amazing, why have I never heard of them before? Also, how would they hold up against a Synergy Suspension system?

If I can get close to what you're sitting on Don, then I'll be a happy camper. What kind of price should I be expecting for re-gearing?
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Those Metalcloak kits look amazing, why have I never heard of them before? Also, how would they hold up against a Synergy Suspension system?

If I can get close to what you're sitting on Don, then I'll be a happy camper. What kind of price should I be expecting for re-gearing?
Those MC kits aren't cheep.

Regear $1500-$2000
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Those Metalcloak kits look amazing, why have I never heard of them before? Also, how would they hold up against a Synergy Suspension system?

If I can get close to what you're sitting on Don, then I'll be a happy camper. What kind of price should I be expecting for re-gearing?
From what I can tell, Metalcloak is awesome. The biggest issues is the cost and the fact that it is brand new tech, so the wear and tear timeline is unproven. They utilize a completely new joint design and a new shock design. Both seem to work really well, that is proven. The vulcanized rubber compound for the joints allows some of the flex and it is has been tested in other industries, but not this application.
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Can't imagine what it's like can ya Ken? We'll maybe you could before the whole tire fiasco. What a sec...I used to have a lot more money too but that all changed around 2010 and I've been pretty poor since then. I don't know why but it was just about the time I got a jeep that everything changed.
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x2............

6K get you someplace like this:

Or being crazy.
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Pluke are those OME shocks your running? If so how do you like them? I'm going to replace my crappy RC shocks soon and I'm trying to decide between those and bilstein's.
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yes im running old man emu shocks. they are designed for a 4-6" lift and it probably one of the longest traveling shocks for a non coilover setup that you can find... almost 12" traveling shocks.

i love them!
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^ what pluke is saying is he can park his jeep half in the deep end of the pool and his tires are gonna touch the bottom while his rear is dry.
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Can't imagine what it's like can ya Ken? We'll maybe you could before the whole tire fiasco. What a sec...I used to have a lot more money too but that all changed around 2010 and I've been pretty poor since then. I don't know why but it was just about the time I got a jeep that everything changed.
Yep

No real way to save money owning a jeep.
All gets spent at the end anyways
I actually saved money buying this jeep used instead of a new one. Now, what the hell happened to all of it ? Rofl
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^ what pluke is saying is he can park his jeep half in the deep end of the pool and his tires are gonna touch the bottom while his rear is dry.
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