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Old 06-06-2011, 07:27 AM   #31
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This is not my daily driver but i do drive it around. I would have taken it on my last vacation but the gas milage is 10-13 mpg at best. I would like to get a gear ratio that is better for highway use but still able to go offroad.

Im starting to think i should just sell this TJ and get me something that has not been modded and then put what i want on it.

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:15 AM   #32
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Idk-just another opinion----From what I am "hearing" for what you want to do a regear and replace of body lift with a 1.25 and you would be "set". Already have the money invested in the Jeep-the previous owner couldn't have wheeled it in the condition it is in, so it hasn't been "beat on". I think I would find a couple of "good" shops, one for the regear and one for the lift. I would GUESS $3000 tops would cover everything.

Biggest decision will be what gears are going to work best for you? I think it would cost more to get another TJ or even JK close to stock and start over. You already have the 4" suspension and 33s" --If you regear and correct the bodylift you are done. Check the cost of a 4" suspension lift and 33"s a lot more than the $3000 I am guessing at.

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:55 AM   #33
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I wouldn't even say that it would cost $3k. $1200-1500 for the regear, including parts and labor. $120 for the JKS BL. If you have a jack, block of wood, and a wrench set you can do a body lift install and save more money. Hopefully removing the 3" one won't be too much trouble. Also I would suggest a MML as it helps with driveline angles and vibrations for that 4" lift.

Well, jp2611 said $3k to be "set". That says to me to install the smaller BL, a MML, a SYE kit and regear. Which would cost you around that much for a shop to do it all.

I'll also throw out that it is much cheaper to buy a jeep modded and freshen it up than to buy a stock jeep and mod it. Jeep mods translate poorly to trade in value. I still so wish that I got the TJ with the chevy 350 in it (also came across one with an LS2). Damn you emissions tests in my county!
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:55 AM   #34
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I'd definitely switch the body lift for something more reasonable and get the 4low sorted out. You might consider trying to find a good set of used axles out of a four cylinder jeep, they come with 4.10 gears stock. It may be a lot cheaper than regearing the axles you've got. You may even be able to get a locker with the money you saved, and have spare parts.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:14 AM   #35
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This is not my daily driver but i do drive it around. I would have taken it on my last vacation but the gas milage is 10-13 mpg at best. I would like to get a gear ratio that is better for highway use but still able to go offroad.

Im starting to think i should just sell this TJ and get me something that has not been modded and then put what i want on it.
That could be one way to go but if you did some of the work that has been suggested here, then you'd be ahead of the game in that you personally know what has/hasn't been done to your rig. And you'll get the experience and further insight to how your rig works overall.
Now adding/replacing the current body lift with a 1.25" lift is a good idea and can be done by anyone. Try that first and that should eliminate the issue with the transfer case.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #36
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I think im just going to sell it and start over. I really compromised when i saw this jeep. I wanted a black jeep to make it black on black on black. Ive always wanted this type of vehicle but never been in the situation to make it happen. I looked for a whole month day after day trying to find the black jeep i wanted but it just never happend. So when i seen this one i got such a good deal on it i was going to just paint it black this summer. Then as time goes by and i drive it im finding these things that needs to be addressed. I think it will make someone else a good jeep but just not what im wanting.

Ill try to find a stock jeep and just do the work. With the money ill make off the sale ill be looking at 4k to spend on mods. Hopefully next week ill start a thread on what parts to buy for my new jeep. lol I really appreciate all the help. I love community forums.

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