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Old 04-16-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Unhappy A very unhappy baby...

Just finished the 4" Skyjacker econo lift, and as I expected complications arose... Had to jerry rig the rear trackbar till I get an adjustable one in. I have to get an SYE.. The transfer case linkage bracket and hardware has disappeared (Many a tool as well). She pops out of 2nd, i have to hold it in place, and I have to push her a little more to take her over things she used to roll over... and I have to yank a little harder to get in reverse... joy joy >_< So I can't wait till my 33" super swampers get here, my poor little 2.5 is going to be groaning...

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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you should regear. and a 4" lift is huge on a TJ. most people run a 2-2.5" lift for 33s my buddy runs a saggy 4" lift on 35s but his jeep is a street jeep. it never see offroad.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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4.56 if not 4.88 and while your at it if you have a heavy foot you should swap in an 8.8, 9 or dana 44 out back and a dana 44 up front.
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You will get used to the little quirky changes. Regarding the shifting...pull the shiftboot off and try driving. If is better...replace the boot with a $10 pleather one from Autozone.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Did you get a t-case drop with it?
Trac bar relocation bracket?
I run a 4" lift on my TJ and just took both of those off due to modifications so I no longer need them.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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The track bar replicator wasn't enough, and I plan on trying the shift boot later today. As for regearing, how difficult/expensive is it?
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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and a dana 44 up front.
A TJ D44 won't give him any benefits up front over his D30 unless he wants gearing deeper than 4.88.

And if he's only going to run 33s for now it really wouldn't be worth the work to swap in a different front axle, at least in my opinion.

To the OP; if you're running a t-case drop, that is probably why you are having issues shifting. You can either trim what the shifter is hitting, or bend the shifter.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:51 PM   #8
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So what is the purpose of your thread? It seems you didn't do your research before throwing a 4" lift on there, but you appearently knew you would have complications, yet your unhappy because you have issues now.... then your going to put 33" swampers on a 4 cyl. What are you looking for, sympathy or a slap to the back of the head?

A bit harsh I know...
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Well, last I checked, a forum is a discussion.. There really doesn't have to be an intended point or question, if that were the case it would FAQ. But yes, I am looking for ideas to improve on/fix the issues that have arisen, and this seemed like an appropriate place even if it was worded as more of a statement than question. I'm merely seeking input, not condemnation.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:02 PM   #10
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Well, last I checked, a forum is a discussion.. There really doesn't have to be an intended point or question, if that were the case it would FAQ. But yes, I am looking for ideas to improve on/fix the issues that have arisen, and this seemed like an appropriate place even if it was worded as more of a statement than question. I'm merely seeking input, not condemnation.
I am not condeming you. I usually don't walk into a room, make a statement, and necessarily expect someone to provide me any needed information.....usually have to ask a question to get an answer.

Hey, at least I didn't pull the 'SEARCH!" statement out.... not sure why I felt like questioning your motives... off moment I guess.

Sounds like you are getting the advise you need, or already know what you need to do, unfortunately you are getting the info after you already lifted it and ordered 33's.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:06 PM   #11
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If you want the Jeep to act right, build it right. You didn't do that, and aren't pleased with the results. Seems somewhat foreseeable.

Given your setup:

1. SYE isn't optional.
2. Regearing isn't optional.
3. Adjustable control arms aren't optional.
4. Adjustable trac bar or relocated bracket (ie. cut/moved/rewelded) isn't optional.

Figure on it being easily another $2,000-3,000 if you pay a shop to get the rest of the stuff finished up right. More if you do limited slips, lockers, or selectable lockers in one or more axle.
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Well, last I checked, a forum is a discussion.. .
It is, and don't feel badgered by a few who have nothing better to do than berate someone else. I know that a Skyjacker lift is not the best thing going, but you can run it successfully without the sye, and the adjustable control arms, etc. I did on mine for a year and a half with no vibes before going SYE. The shift problem you are experiencing is more than likely easily corrected by pulling up the shift boot and removing the foam tube from around the shift lever underneath. I don't know why you are having track bar issues, mine went in with no problem...maybe pics would help.

As far as regearing goes, that is something you should really put on top of the priority list if you're running 33's. I payed a shop about $1600 parts and labor for both axles.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:20 PM   #13
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I fixed the shifting issuing, it was just the rubber boot, I ordered the adjustable rear trackbar with pivoting head, so that remedies that, I'm ordering a new transfer case linkage bracket since apparently I can't find the one I originally received. Also, I realize now I could have done more research beforehand, I did a little, and I went a little crazy with buying. But humans learn best from our mistakes, and also 4" lifts are very common here in Hawaii, so that's why I went with it. Now that the only real issue I have is lack of power, which will have to wait until I can do a swap.

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