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Old 04-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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Talking The wife said ok so who wants to give there say at what goes on my jk?

Ok fellow jeep friends the wife just said I have the go ahead to spend money on the jeep. so I will list what I have and take all Ideas on what you think I should do and post the pics as I add the parts watch my build. It is close to stock now so a lot of work can be done. I use my JK as a daily driver and will be offroad about every weekend mainly trails deep mud and a lil rock climbing I live in Hawaii so I have to.


1) I have a RC 4" budget lift RC 2.2 shocks

2) RC dual steering stabilizer.

3) Thursday my Smittybilt stinger bumper gets here.
SRC Stinger Bumper JK - Smittybilt

4) Eliminated my 5th wheel and made a bad ass filler kit for the back.

5) 1 1/2 wheel spacers and a set of 35X12.5R18 Toyo Open country M/T

6) Smittybilt Over head console and 4 grab handles.


There is nothing else added to my jeep so all info will help from Brake lines, Drive shafts, Gears, Lights, Everything I would like to share my build with you guys and make some friends so please help me out and watch her grow.

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To help you out more, what yr. is your jeep?
And is this the lift kit.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yes that is the lift I have I know its not the best but It works like a champ I have had no issues YET lol and my jeep was a bone stock only radio and ac 2010 JK Sport.

Ther reason I have the 18" jeep rims is cause I like them a lot and only paid 400 for all 5 wanted to keep a set of jeep rims on it.
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What you should do is not install/return the dual stabilizer. There is no sence in having that. It puts more strain on your powering steering and would also get in the way when flexing.

Don't buy RC joints also.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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yea its already on the jeep woops lol but didnt think about it wearing on my power steering. ty for the info on that.
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1) I have a RC 4" budget lift RC 2.2 shocks

2) RC dual steering stabilizer.

3) Thursday my Smittybilt stinger bumper gets here.
SRC Stinger Bumper JK - Smittybilt

4) Eliminated my 5th wheel and made a bad ass filler kit for the back.

5) 1 1/2 wheel spacers and a set of 35X12.5R18 Toyo Open country M/T

6) Smittybilt Over head console and 4 grab handles.


There is nothing else added to my jeep so all info will help from Brake lines, Drive shafts, Gears, Lights, Everything I would like to share my build with you guys and make some friends so please help me out and watch her grow.
If you've got a 4" lift, you need at least a new front ds...and since you've got a 2-dr, if I were you I'd get front AND rear. ($1,000 plus install if you don't do it yourself)

A 3.8L w/35's in hilly Hawaii? Your Jeep is begging for a regear, as well. Badly. (+/– $1500)

If you're gonna wheel it regularly, especially in rocks, you need either a sleeve & gusset job on your front axle, or a new HD (chromoly) front axle, or your big tires will bend something. (This one can vary widely, but expect around $1,000)

You mentioned a stinger bumper, but nothing about a rear bumper. You're gonna need a rear bumper w/a tire carrier, or something like the OR-FAB tire carrier to lug those heavy-ass Toyos. Otherwise you'll tear the welds outta your tailgate. Maybe not today, or even next month, but evenutally...(another $1,000 or so, depending)

Those are my thoughts, anyway.
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What you should do is not install/return the dual stabilizer. There is no sence in having that. It puts more strain on your powering steering and would also get in the way when flexing.

Don't buy RC joints also.
Meant to bring that up, and forgot.

DSS can actually cause damage to your Jeep's steering.
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thanks for the info I do need to regear i have not seen 6th gear since i got the tires can you post a link to what gearing you think I should get also another link for a recommended front and rear DS
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37's 4" Frankenstein lift stock drive shafts, 20k miles

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:15 PM   #10
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Ok fellow jeep friends the wife just said I have the go ahead to spend money on the jeep.
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1) I have a RC 4" budget lift RC 2.2 shocks
Did you already buy the lift? When I hear 4" lift and budget in the same sentence I get worried.

With that size lift you will need at least a new front driveshaft, I'll be replacing front and back sooner or later.
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nice ride man I will be there soon with all the info I get from you guys. I am able to save about 500 every two weeks to spend on the jeep so it should only take about 1 year to get there lol.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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Yes the lift is on the jeep now If I had known more about RC issues I would have got something better but stuck for now. Although it has been running good.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #14
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I like the roof rack I need one for my spare since I took it off the back. Plus its a 2 door I have no storage and a roof rack would work good for that.
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Yes the lift is on the jeep now If I had known more about RC issues I would have got something better but stuck for now. Although it has been running good.
If it works, it works.

I'd just be weary of a few of the things noted; and if you go wheelin' make sure to bring a friend in case your driveshaft snaps
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I thought that was wheeling 101 never go alone you always have to bring a friend to take pics of you stuck lol
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just looked up the roof rack its nice i have to say it is a must add I think link book marked to buy later thanks for the info on it.
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and if you go wheelin' make sure to bring a friend in case your driveshaft snaps
Huh?
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Huh?
Snaps/breaks/whatever you want to pull up from the thesaurus.

It could just end up looking like this (from what I've learned):


Yes. That's a slight exaggeration.

As I understand it the higher height lifts allows a bigger drop and since the exhaust passes under the front DS, and your lift "droops" when crawling it has the potential to get hung up and make contact with the exhaust or other parts - tearing off the DS boot and even bending the shaft.
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just looked up the roof rack its nice i have to say it is a must add I think link book marked to buy later thanks for the info on it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:29 PM   #21
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Ouch that sucks and yea I will get a new F/R DS soon.
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Ouch that sucks and yea I will get a new F/R DS soon.
You can wait unless you really want to wheel/rock crawl hard

But kbwwolf certainly knows more than me, so if he disagrees, chances are he's correct.
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You can wait unless you really want to wheel/rock crawl hard

But kbwwolf certainly knows more than me, so if he disagrees, chances are he's correct.

He does have a lot of good info to put out about jeeps glad he is on here.
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i wheel hard and i havent broken my driveshaft. everyone situation is different. but i can tell you this.

if you have a 07-12 your exhaust has nothing to do with breaking your front drive shaft.

there are two parts that get into the way.

1. Transmission Skid

2. Auto only, Automatic Transmission Pan.

engrave this into your heads and dont ever mention exhaust again. unless you have a 12'
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THIS IS WHAT ACTUALLY TEARS YOUR BOOT'





I've driven 20K miles on my 2010 jeep with no boot...
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THIS IS WHAT ACTUALLY TEARS YOUR BOOT'





I've driven 20K miles on my 2010 jeep with no boot...
I agree with everything you've said, but that's the slip joint boot in your photo above. I used to think that was a crucial part of the ds, but it's not. You can run without that one forever, as it's only purpose is to keep dust out of the slip joint (you'll notice that none of the aftermarket driveshafts have one).

The one that really counts is the CV boot. Lose the grease from that, and you've got about 100 miles before your ds will seize.
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engrave this into your heads and dont ever mention exhaust again. unless you have a 12'
Harsh words considering I'd be one of those
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The one that really counts is the CV boot. Lose the grease from that, and you've got about 100 miles before your ds will seize.
I don't think the CV join gets near the exhaust at all but I will agree with this statement.
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Harsh words considering I'd be one of those
haha..... sorry i didnt mean it as harshly as it sounded. i meant to say please.
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I don't think the CV join gets near the exhaust at all but I will agree with this statement.
You're right about the CV joint. Never close to the exhaust at all. But that's the joint that's most prone to failure from being at a severe angle (again, doesn't necessarily mean it'll happen).

The contact point between stock ds and exhaust (only on a '12, as you said) is in the area of the slip joint...which is not a big deal unless the two hit hard enough, and often enough, to cause damage to the ds or the exhaust.

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