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Old 01-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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1st Jeep! Hello and some Questions

Hey everyone, new jeep owner and new to the forum. Just wanted to say hello and I am looking for some guidance on a couple of items. Happy New Year

1) I am interested in lifting my Jeep to accommodate either 33 or 35s. (not sure yet) What kind of lift can i get into without having to get a transfer case drop, and start reworking a bunch of other things? What is possible? Recommendations? (I obviously don't know about lifting jeeps)

2) I want to upgrade my stock radio. I have a head unit picked out, does anyone know what size speakers can be fit into the dash without cutting? What about the speaker bar? I heard 6.5s....

3) When I drive with the windows down and go over small bumps etc. I can hear a light short squeak. Could this be solved with oiling the bushings a bit? My jeep is an 05 with only 7500mi, but I think its been sitting for quite a while. Suggestions?

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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I can answer your first question from recent experience.

I decided what wheels I wanted to get and then asked around for lift recommendations, eventually settling on a Rubicon Express lift. My mechanic recommended putting money into a good lift kit. Getting a cheap, unreliable lift kit will end up costing more because lift kits are very labor-intensive.

Being that this is my first Jeep, I opted to get less expensive wheels and tires. That way, if I screw up while off-roading, I won't be as upset as I would had I dropped a pretty penny on them.

Beyond lifts and wheels, I didn't really account for a double-jointed CV, a back bumper with wheel carrier, and a new speedometer gear. The CV will make the ride smoother because the stock CV can only go at so much of an angle before the ride starts vibrating. The rear bumper and tire carrier will take the weight of the bigger tire off the back door. The new speedometer gear is necessary to account for the larger tire diameter.

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33" tires will fit well with a 1.75" budget boost, and a 1" body lift, or if money is no object, an Old Man Emu 2" suspension,, and a 1" bl, . along with washering out the steering bump stops.. When you lift more than an inch and a half , You will most likely have driveline vibration, If you do you'll have to spend more money on a slip yoke eliminator kit, unless you have a rubicon, ( they dont have a slip yoke). Some TJs do fine without the SYE, most do not.. Once you start going up, the money pit never ends... My best advise? Stay calm, you're a new jeep owner, do your research... 31" tires will fit without lifting. See how that works for a year or so, go from there. Going up to 35s? Be prepared to dump thousands into it... Good luck.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:03 PM   #4
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2) I want to upgrade my stock radio. I have a head unit picked out, does anyone know what size speakers can be fit into the dash without cutting? What about the speaker bar? I heard 6.5s....
D'oh! I can also answer that one. Head on over to Crutchfield and peruse their stock. They have a neat feature called OutfitMyCar that'll help answer those questions and give you options.

Also, if you don't already have your head unit yet, get it through Crutchfield. They'll send you wiring and mounts that are appropriate for your TJ free of charge. A friend of mine turned me on to their website and it's saved me so much money.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #5
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If I remember right you can fit 5 1/4" in the front with an adapter and 6 1/2" in the sound bar. But ya hit up crutchfield, they have all that info and will ship you whatever adapters you need, usually for free.

For the lift, you can fit 33's with a 2" lift (spring or spacers) + a 1.25" body lift. 35's might take a little more work.

3 questions for you: 1. what engine/tranny do you have? 2. What is your differential gear ratio? 3. What rear axle do you have, Dana44 or Dana35?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #6
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with no lift u can do tube fenders and comp corners and clear 33 np and as for radio i did a alpine with all new rockfard speakers and a mini rockford amp behind the head unit to power it it also depends if u do a lot of wheeling in sand and stuff if u do get a head unit with a usb or aux port cause the sand will tear up ur cd player part as far as lift just do a littler rough country spring lift i have used many and they work great and ride great we did a 4in and cleared 35 with no problem. also as far as the squeak its a jeep
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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why so against a t case drop? they are actually quite simple to install (30min top) and cheap compared to a SYE and drive shaft

and "fitting" 33s isnt necessarily what you are after, unless you are a mall crawler, you want to still be able to flex when using those 33s.

I recommend at least a 3" combined lift with 33's or 5" for 35's

if you did like a 2" suspension lift and a 1.25" body lift, you could prob still do without vibes and rock 33s. Or you could just do a 4" suspension lift with a t-case drop.

Typical advice is not to go over 1.25" body lift.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:48 PM   #8
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and the speedo gear is only extra work+$ if you want it... I have no problem adding 4-5mph in my head to what my dash says and saving money. A new tire carrier is nice in the long run, but doesn't have to be done right away, lol i still have my stock 30 on the back (didnt want to pay $250 to have a perfectly good tire sit in the elements on the back) and makes a perfectly good donut for my jeep should i have to limp home.

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