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Old 08-27-2010, 07:44 AM   #1
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Planning a lift.....

Hi...I want to get your opionions/advice on this project mod that I am planning. I guess that you have to get these things done all at once so I have been getting ready for the finanacial pain. I use my Jeep as a DD and do some 4 wheeling down the beach. I also will use the Jeep at the ranch in muddy conditions...

I have a 2010 Rubicon 2 door 6 speed and am thinking of the following lift/mod:

- 35 inch BFG KM2 tires (not sure which wheels I'll go with...stock 17"??)
- AEV Nth Degree 3.5" lift
- 4.88 or 5.13 Superior gear change
- AEV Front Premium Bumper
- Skid plate (not sure which brand yet) with Front End Hitch
- Warn M8000 winch
- Little Smiley guy shooting the fingers decal...lol (just kidding)

I don't know much about spacers, lockers, bump stops and other parts that make all of these things work together. I would appreciate some advice and comments on my planned setup. Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-27-2010, 09:14 AM   #2
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For what you're looking to do, I'd steer you away from a mud terrain simply because of the downsides of running one on a DD. I do run the KM2's (35/12.5/15) daily, but I wheel hard in rocks and mud. For beach trips and occasional mud at a ranch, it'll likely be overkill. I'd HIGHLY recommend the DC FC-II's. A bit more $, but they ride and drive much better on-road, and handle surprisingly well off. They don't pack up in mud like most A/T's due to the MT-like outer side. They also will last a lot longer on-road in terms of mileage. Since you have lockers and the 4:1 low range, these will more than suffice, and cause a lot less wear and tear than MT's.

For wheels, if you're mostly on-road, get 17's- they'll handle better due to less sidewall. For mostly off-road, get 15's- cheaper, and more sidewall to flex when aired down.

For the gears, get 4.88's. 5.13's on the highway would leave you over 3K RPM's at 65+

Beyond that, the AEV stuff is top notch- you won't go wrong with them. I'd recommend just a plain old AEV or Skid Row front skid to protect the nose- for beach and farm mud, it'll be more than enough. Warn is also top notch. You've got a good list there- as I said, the tires are overkill, but otherwise, you're in good shape! Don't forget aftermarket diff covers! Highly recommended as cheap insurance for bonehead moments Mark W.

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Old 08-28-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great info. I have been looking at DC FII's and like the ratings in sand. I have read more about the gears for a Rubi 6-speed and it seems that 4.88's are the way to go.

Thanks again for your input.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:27 PM   #4
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No problem, amigo. You seem to have done some homework BEFORE posting, unlike most newcomers, so I'm glad to help.
Another thing to consider is- do you have a place to air up after hitting the beach? Most folks run a small, cheap portable compressor (my $50 one runs off the battery, and does fine with my 35's, even in 100 degree heat)- easy to carry, and not as bulky as a Power Tank or onboard air. I got mine through Summit Racing- Mark W.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:58 PM   #5
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yes I have the air covered.....

I bought a ViAir 400P portable air compressor....and I built a deflator/inflator hose system to do all four tires at the same time. It is great for wheeling down the beach in soft sand.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:08 PM   #6
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Nice! Sounds solid. Keep us posted on how this comes together! Mark W.

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