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Old 06-25-2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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as a new jk jeep owner or just plain new to jeeps in general. What would you all recommend as a first upgrade. Now adventually i want to put 35x12.5x15 on a 15x8 and i know will need to raise the jeep up a little bit for that but speaking outside of tires and lifts what should i focus on first or should i just do that first?

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Old 06-25-2010, 01:51 AM   #2
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If were planning to upgrade the wheels and tires to something along those lines further down the road, I would think about trying to add a little extra muscle to your jeep. Maybe an intake or performance chip, perhaps a new exhaust system. 35in tires will hurt your jeeps performance. Just my opinion.

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Old 06-25-2010, 05:32 AM   #3
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What do you plan on doing with your Jeep. Will you be going off road? If so what type of terrain? Are you just going for a look? If so what look?

If you have a general plan you Jeep will end up looking much better than just throwing stuff on it. share the plan here and we can help with suggestions.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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hmmm so as I think about it some more 35's are quite big for a daily driver so maybe ill consider some 33's but anywho i guess im looking to make it a bit more aggresive looking and also capable of handling its self on trails nothing insane.
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It's going to be extremely capable of handling off road just as it is. Larger, more agressive tires will directly impact your MPG's.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:53 PM   #6
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ya im not worried about mpg's i figured i bought a vehicle thats fun so i dont mind paying for the gas ya it sucks but hey no one made me buy the jeep.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:04 PM   #7
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I daily drive with 35's and 4.10's and my jeep is chipped.

I'm averaging 12mpg...but I've been wheeling alot lately so I'm sure my mpg is actually around 14-16. If you don't NEED 35's, don't buy em'.

You've also got an 07...like me. Our JK's are special due to the fact some 07's have a rear D35 axle. This axle WILL bust with 35's on it. So before we even continue...find out what rear end is on your jeep.

If it a Dana 35, it's going to cost you about $1500 for a take of rear 44, and we haven't even talked about the lift, tires themselves, and suspension modifications brought on by the lift and/or driveline modifications.

You can't just throw 35's on a JK with a 2" BB and call it a day. It requires some $$$ and work. I've dumped in $2000 so far in my jeep, and I haven't even finished my suspension yet...and the driveline needs attention
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:17 PM   #8
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how can you tell if it a d35 will it say on there im getting ready to get up and go check now and thanks for the info that would have been a bad day lol. Ya i know the jeep is going to cost me lots of money but i accepted the responsibility when i bought it.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:27 PM   #9
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The shape of the pumpking is...man I don't know lol! It's not symetrical on a 44. It's bigger on the passenger side.

Take a pic of your rear differential. I'll tell you what it is
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Also, you'll see a metal plate on the tube. Look for a number. It's either 3.21 3.73 or 4.10

we'll need that too
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well im off to work in a min but i did get a picture ill get it uploaded hopefully by tomorrow but by the looks of it and the research i just did it seems to be a d35 and as for the metal plate thats supposed to be on their i dont think it is anymore lol so i couldnt get the number for you.
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That's ok. When you get time, pop the hood. Look straight down the front of the engine. Below the oil filter you'll see the front axle's tag. See if a number is on that one.

No need for a pic of the front. It's a D30. Just the rear
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lol ok i kinda figured it was a bit smaller and ok will do ill check it out before i pull out of the drive way. Thanks for the help to groundhawg
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This brings up a question I have, as this is my first jeep...2010 Unlimited Sahara which at the moment is completly stock. Before I purchase any armor, upgrades, etc I really want to get my feet wet to see what I really need instead of what just looks cool. So, any advise for somebody who has no wheelin' experience?
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This brings up a question I have, as this is my first jeep...2010 Unlimited Sahara which at the moment is completly stock. Before I purchase any armor, upgrades, etc I really want to get my feet wet to see what I really need instead of what just looks cool. So, any advise for somebody who has no wheelin' experience?
Go slow. Easy on the gas till you get experience.

You'll get stuck. So have a friend and a strap.

Don't go by yourself. A roll over or fire isn't something you want to deal with alone.

Don't get water over the hood.

Don't drive across hills, only straight up and down.

Lastly, put your tires on high stuff. Those diffs are low, so protect them by using the terrain to lift them up.
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lol ok i kinda figured it was a bit smaller and ok will do ill check it out before i pull out of the drive way. Thanks for the help to groundhawg
You're welcome vinny. If you want to check it out...this is my rear D44. Notice the right side doesn't look like the left. A D35 basically looks like a D44's left, but both sides. It's more round.

Biffman, this also demonstrates what not to do. An impact ruptured my gasket, and as you can see I'm leaking now keep those diffs up.

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GroundHawg.. there is no picture attached.

Now you ad it.. Thanks
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Sh*t, did I mess the pic up?
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The easiest way to differentiate the D44 from the D35 is the oil fill plug. If you have a D35 in the rear it will have a rubber plug. If you have a metal screw in plug (as pictured above) it's a D44. This only applies to the rear axle. Don't get excited when you see the screw in plug in the front axle and think it's a D44 too. It's only a D30. All Wranglers have them, except for the Rubicon which has D44s front and rear standard. Got it?

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