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Old 04-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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Time to reach for the ski

Little bit of info before the question. Went out and got my wife a 2013 JKU Sport. Ok, I wanted a jeep also I'll admit it. The dealer had some kind of lift on it already with it sitting on 35's. I looked at her jeep compared to a friend of ours. There is something above the coil springs for sure that he doesn't have on his sport. We don't do any of the rock climbing/rough trails I see being posted but we do go through the mud with her for sure and I guessing that does its own abuse. Like tearing off the dam fenders! Twice actually... Dang arrow head clips are not cheap which I'm sure most newb's have learned also. Now for the plans... Looking at the 6" Rough Country Long Arm Suspension Lift (because we want it high) but with Fox shocks, 37" tires, 513 gears, locker for the front (no clue on what type) and after reading I also want the C gussets. I do realize I am buying driveshafts. Would this set up go well for what we do? Maybe go mudding every 5 months.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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I would say that your plans are overkill for what you intend to do with the Jeep, but it would be badass nonetheless!! If you can afford it, do it! But I would say there are better long arm kits than rough country...

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Old 04-04-2014, 10:14 PM   #3
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6" is a very big lift on JK. If you want a big buy a quality lift not a low budget product like RC.

Big lifts are a lot of fun, look cool and the built correctly can provide a lot of off road capability but they invariably are expensive in the short and long run because they are far beyond the factory design of the suspension and steering systems. With a lift that tall your JK will also loose some of its road appeal. Also, unless you have experience don't build a Frankenlift you could be disappointed after you spend a lot of money.

It doesn't matter if you want to a big Jeep for go or for show just beware of the ramifications. Reach for the sky but leave your wallet on the ground.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:18 AM   #4
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Seems everyone wants the biggest baddest Jeep around until they actually realize what exactly is involved and what the results are... There's a reason most stick around 35" tires and 3" lift
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #5
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6" long arm lift is insane for mudding every 5 months or so.
try educating yourself before reaching for the "ski". I don't mean to sound like an a-hole, but read up before you waste your money.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:27 AM   #6
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I'll comment on a couple things. The d30 front axle is already going to have enough stress on it trying to push the 37s around. Add in the 5.13 gears and your on borrowed time.

Also those clips can be found online.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #7
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Waste of money and time for its intended purpose. Invest the money on other mods.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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I was expecting to see alot of snow with that caption??
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:52 PM   #9
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Where are the skis at? Your title says SKI?! LOL. For 6" of lift and you want it high, may as well go with 40's then! And go with a better brand of lift, I would skip RC lifts.

You also need to add in a new tire carrier to carry a tire that large. Anything over a 33" tire you should get a new tire carrier or tire carrier rear bumper combo. If your wife's Jeep has 35's on the stock tire carrier you may want to address that also as the extra weight has been known to pull the welds out of the stock tailgate.

Check out this link. This guy has 6" lift and 40s

Gecko Rubicon on 40s/6inch lift
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Where are the skis at? Your title says SKI?! LOL. For 6" of lift and you want it high, may as well go with 40's then! And go with a better brand of lift, I would skip RC lifts.

You also need to add in a new tire carrier to carry a tire that large. Anything over a 33" tire you should get a new tire carrier or tire carrier rear bumper combo. If your wife's Jeep has 35's on the stock tire carrier you may want to address that also as the extra weight has been known to pull the welds out of the stock tailgate.

Check out this link. This guy has 6" lift and 40s

Gecko Rubicon on 40s/6inch lift
Running 40's comes with a lot more expense then just adding a tire carrier. We're talking PR 44 or PR 60s, new wheels with proper backspacing, some type of steering assist unit. Just replacing your front axle will run $3-$8k in parts alone.
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Running 40's comes with a lot more expense then just adding a tire carrier. We're talking PR 44 or PR 60s, new wheels with proper backspacing, some type of steering assist unit. Just replacing your front axle will run $3-$8k in parts alone.
for 37s he'll be looking at new axles anyway. Dana 30 with 5.38 gears and 37s and youll be braking stuff right and left. If youre going to swap axles, might as well go big and get tires that really fit with a 6" lift. There are plenty of guys running 37s with a 2.5" lift so i think they'd look a little small with 6" of lift.

To the OP, youre looking at a VERY expensive project. For mudding a couple of times a year, i dont see it being worth it. But then again, its not my money. If I were you i'd look at the RK or metal cloak 3.5" lifts, some flat fenders and 37s. IMO flat fenders make it look taller due to the more open wheel well so that may give you the look youre going for without going as high as 6"
(keep in mind youre still going to need a new front driveshaft and probably new axles for the higher gears and 37s). If all you do is mudding then I dont think youll need hydraulic assist for the steering but its nice to have. And the teraflex HD hinge tire carrier will hold up to a 37 if you dont want to replace the bumper with an aftermarket one with a tire carrier.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:19 PM   #12
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Lol, never noticed the "ski" when I wrote it. Appreciate the ones who explained their comments v/s just bashing. I'm going up with the jeep but first gathering the right info before back tracking from the wrong choice.
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Im coming from the TJ world(just bought my JK), but unless the JK front D30 is any different from a TJ(or any other D30) you cant put 5.13's in anyway. Max of 4.88's.
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I think you can put 5.13 in a JK D30 if it's already geared for 3.73. Carrier's too small if it was geared with 3.21 from factory.

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