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Old 03-07-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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I have been doing some research before I start building my TJ and I am wanting some opinions on my direction. I have a pretty much stock 97 4.0 with a 5-speed. I plan on doing around a 3in suspension and a 1in body and MML; I will probably go with the OME kit. However, instead of doing the lift first I want to start from the ground up. I have the usual D30 and D35 setup with 3.07 gears. I want to re-gear for better driveability but I really don't want to sink $1500 into the stock axles. So I was trying to figure out the most cost effective axle upgrades. What I am thinking is pull a hpD30 with 4.10 gears out of a 4cly cherokee for the front, and get an 8.8 with 4.10 gears and disc breaks from a 97 explorer for the rear. That way I won't have to worry about re-gearing and will add some strength as well. From everything that I have read I feel like this will be the most efficient and cost effective swap for running 33in tires. What do you guys think?

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I have been doing some research before I start building my TJ and I am wanting some opinions on my direction. I have a pretty much stock 97 4.0 with a 5-speed. I plan on doing around a 3in suspension and a 1in body and MML; I will probably go with the OME kit. However, instead of doing the lift first I want to start from the ground up. I have the usual D30 and D35 setup with 3.07 gears. I want to re-gear for better driveability but I really don't want to sink $1500 into the stock axles. So I was trying to figure out the most cost effective axle upgrades. What I am thinking is pull a hpD30 with 4.10 gears out of a 4cly cherokee for the front, and get an 8.8 with 4.10 gears and disc breaks from a 97 explorer for the rear. That way I won't have to worry about re-gearing and will add some strength as well. From everything that I have read I feel like this will be the most efficient and cost effective swap for running 33in tires. What do you guys think?
I'm in the same boat as you. Just bought a 97 stock tj. 4.0 5 speed. I too want to run 33s. Skyjacker and Rough Country make a 4" suspension lift for $500.00. You have to spend several hundred more for the slip yoke eliminator and other add ons they reccommend for a 4" lift. I think you're on the right track getting new axles first. But from what I hear, you're going to want 4.56 gears with 33s and the 5 speed.
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