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Old 12-27-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Some NOOB questions....

Hey folks I have a few questions here and if I am asking questions that have already been answered please feel free to tell me to search some more I want a 4 door JK, well I like the idea of a lifted Grand Cherokee but it seems to be more trouble than it is worth so now I have moved over to looking at a JK. If I can find one cheap enough I will able to throw about $10K +or- a little bit into it. Ideally I would like to have a D60 rear and a D44 up front and as I work overseas only 6 months at a time I would be able to do a lot of the work myself ?My questions are as follows:
1: Is it cost effective to buy a 2wd JK and convert to 4wd. Or would I be better off finding one that is already 4wd?
2: I am torn between just finding a cheaper 4dr with a d35 and replacing it with a D60 and then trying to source a D44 front at a reasonable price.
3: I have seen tons of rubicons with 37's on stock axles, but that size tire seems huge for a rear 44 to handle. Can that axle be made to handle that size tire reliably? If so would it be cheaper to find a non-rubicon with a d44, beef it up, change gears and then buy a replacement front d44 with higher gears to match? I know on my TJ I was looking at close to a grand to just do a gear change but I have seen Teraflex Dana 60's in the mid3k range with a Detroit and gears already installed. But front axles seem to be twice as expensive as rear axles so if I can find someone who is upgrading a rubicon it seems that I would come out better just sourcing one and putting some money into it.

Sorry for being long winded but I know nothing about JKs and long story short; I am looking for the most cost effective way to have a 4door JK with 37inch tires that I can drive daily (mind you I don't have a commute as I sit on my *** for 6 months out of the year when I am not overseas and I already know some folks will ask why 37's if I am not going to be off-roading every weekend and well frankly I just like how proportionate 37's look on the 4door JK) and if I decide to go and off-road, I don't have to worry about having huge tires and axles that cannot handle them.

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To build for 37's and not worry about issues, think 1 ton axles front and rear. Also don't forget to upgrade the brakes. Are you doing the work yourself or a shop?

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Old 12-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #3
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The installation I am hoping to do myself. I would like to find somewhere that has built 1-ton axles for a JK before. I live in south Alabama and believe it or not there is NO ONE down here that will even touch a set of axles. I have a TJ that I tried to get a Ford 8.8 in to upgrade to a 35inch tire * I had the axle and all of the bracketry, even cut, cleaned up, and repainted the axle* and was literally laughed out of every single shop that I went to. Would you know of a shop that can (and will) build up a set of 1-ton axles? If so, will this be a cheaper option than say buying a set of D-60s front and rear? I am mechanically inclined to a certain extent but I have literally 3 months at a time to sit and figure stuff out (I work 3 and am off 3 on a rotating basis) so if I were to find somewhere that could build axles and all I had to do what bolt them in I would go that route. I would also like to thank you for the response.. I posted the exact same thing on Jeepforum.com and I guess they were too advanced to bother with such simple questions over there. If I could buy you a beer I would!
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