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Old 02-14-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question Down to the last few days....

Ok super Jeep Noob here. Ive been wheeling big trucks for years and have lived by the bigger the better rule. (My be that Im an ole redneck from Tennessee too) I have a 06 TJ pretty much stock other than the 32s and a 1" body lift. Ive been wheeling this little honey for about a year and have never had much of an issue from rocks to mud, sand, big steps and so on. Im making the move to a lift and some new rubber and rims. Have my eye on some steelies whith a new set of 32s and a 3 to 4" lift. Getting it all through 4wheel drive hardware cause we have one here local. I plan on using their brand lift. Comes with all the goodies disconnects, shocks, springs, track bars.... Just everything. For what I do should I go bigger? Smaller? Not an everyday driver now but Im not rolling in the doe. Do have about 3000. or so set aside for this. Talk me into this or out of it!!! Pros? Cons?

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congrads on the jeep, sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you want. i would do 33s with a 4 inch suspenion lift. but thats me, i bout mine with 33s and a 3 inch body lift. not a fan of the bl

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Old 02-14-2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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Yeah not much of a fan on body lifts either. Thats the way I got it. I ran with a couple of other Jeeps this weekend. One had a 4" lift with 33s and the other had a 6" with 35s. I was hanging out front the entire time with no troubles. Seemed as if the 4" 33s was doing a bit more jumping around than I was. I like the feel of her now and just dont want to loose that low center. I know that I need the lift and in real need of tires. Looks like im running race slicks on the front.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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If you plan on keeping the body lift on (might as well) I'd opt for a 2.5" kit, you should clear 33s as long as the kit has extended bump stops. This way your CG is not compromised by much either. I like Old Man Emu lifts, they are a little pricey but hey, you get what you pay for. Just my suggestion. Best of luck!
Edit: after thought, you might also consider a 2" spacer lift with new shocks aka- budget boost if you would rather stick with 32s, however, I would still extend the bump stops.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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If you plan on keeping the body lift on (might as well) I'd opt for a 2.5" kit, you should clear 33s as long as the kit has extended bump stops. This way your CG is not compromised by much either. I like Old Man Emu lifts, they are a little pricey but hey, you get what you pay for. Just my suggestion. Best of luck!
Edit: after thought, you might also consider a 2" spacer lift with new shocks aka- budget boost if you would rather stick with 32s, however, I would still extend the bump stops.
This is another option I was looking at. At one point I had my mind set on the Old Man Emu but listening to some of the guys I wheel with they keep screaming sway bar disconnects. Of course keep in mind I never see them pull their pins. Not that I can ever tell since im normally the one leading them through the trails... LOL Like I said im pretty much set on staying with 32s. I kinda like the under dog feel when we are out on the trails and I dont want to get to the point where the need for skill is gone. Thats the point right? I have friends that are running 6" with 35s and custom builds and I just dont see the fun in no longer having to strategically(hope I spelled that right) pick your line.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:01 PM   #6
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This is another option I was looking at. At one point I had my mind set on the Old Man Emu but listening to some of the guys I wheel with they keep screaming sway bar disconnects. Of course keep in mind I never see them pull their pins. Not that I can ever tell since im normally the one leading them through the trails... LOL Like I said im pretty much set on staying with 32s. I kinda like the under dog feel when we are out on the trails and I dont want to get to the point where the need for skill is gone. Thats the point right? I have friends that are running 6" with 35s and custom builds and I just dont see the fun in no longer having to strategically(hope I spelled that right) pick your line.
I wouldn't say your an underdog, more like a trail guide in a nearly stock TJ showing the big dogs up! If your clearing 32's now then I'd leave it alone and just invest in a new set of tires. Everyone here raves about the Goodyear Duratracs. They look good and I might get a set soon myself. New tires make a world of difference, but it sounds like you know how to wheel already with slicks!
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #7
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I wouldn't say your an underdog, more like a trail guide in a nearly stock TJ showing the big dogs up! If your clearing 32's now then I'd leave it alone and just invest in a new set of tires. Everyone here raves about the Goodyear Duratracs. They look good and I might get a set soon myself. New tires make a world of difference, but it sounds like you know how to wheel already with slicks!
Yeah I know right? LOL... Now that I think about it I may stick it to myself with tread. Been doing a little more shopping and I think Im down to a final wallet busting choice. Went by another local shop. Desert Rat, known for their knowledge but also their slightly inflated prices. Have a quote for a 3' teraflex package (TJ Lift Kit 3" | TeraFlex Suspensions) and 5 33" BFG MTs and 5 steelies installed, balanced and aligned. Also included is a steering stabilizer, control arm, steering box skid and assorted bushings here and there. Out the door taxed is $3575.00... Im feeling a little dizzy but really like the setup. What do ya think?
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That sounds like a great setup! Are you going to leave the body lift on or take it off? Wish I had that much to invest into my jeep. Post pics if you get that setup. My jeep is at four wheel parts as we speak, getting my brand new 31x10.50 wrangler duratracs. Wanted to go 32" with my 2" bb, but unfortunatley, duratracs don't come in 32".
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:14 AM   #9
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That sounds like a great setup! Are you going to leave the body lift on or take it off? Wish I had that much to invest into my jeep. Post pics if you get that setup. My jeep is at four wheel parts as we speak, getting my brand new 31x10.50 wrangler duratracs. Wanted to go 32" with my 2" bb, but unfortunatley, duratracs don't come in 32".
Yes Im going to leave in on. Was thinking about pulling it but its there. More clearance Im thinking... I will most definitely post pics of whatever I decide to do. Its gonna hurt my wallet big time but hey you cant take it with you. The other half and I love to wheel and camp so we look at it as more of an investment than money in the wind. We wheel about two times a month with some two day camping here and there and also try and get to San Carlos MX about once a month for some diving. Lots of little areas down there I would love to get into also. (Another reason for the upgrade.) The price stings a little but I think the payoff in the end will be worth it. Im fully capable of doing the lift and all myself but Im looking at the warranty aspect. Not to mention the I dont have to lay under the jeep for a day aspect. I have a couple more places to look into but I think Im gonna go for it the first of next week. They said the turn around is a day so next weekend will be road test time. Ive been hitting shat loads of trails the past few weeks(puckered up cause the slicks Im running) and want to compare the difference in ride, ability and handling. Im sure it will shock the pants off me. (It Better For $3500.)
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I have'nt priced many kits but I do know that any of them that come with both upper and lower control arms are pricey. Teraflex is known for good quailty and having a reputible shop do all the work can be nice too. Are the BFGs M/T KM2s? Thats what I have and I like them, they look great, work great on the trails and are'nt too loud on the road. There is one thing to keep in mind, the tires are a little heavy and combined with steel wheels, it's gonna be harder to stop. Plus depending on your gear ratio/trans, you might notice a decrease in power. If it's too much, you would need to re-gear. (I hate to sound like Capt. Obvious if you already know that, but I learned the hard way and like to save folks from a big suprise when I can. ).
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:56 PM   #11
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Yeah I figured re gearing and eventually lockers will come into play down the road. Im sure the power issue will get under my skin. So long zippy little Jeep. Hello slightly faster than a paper weight pig. Im just waiting for the uh oh sound on the trail one day. "Dude I think you broke an axle!"
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:31 PM   #12
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Ha, yeah I had a 4cyl with 33s but power wise it really wasn't all that bad, the factory geared it right. The 31s on my LJ feel more like 38s! Oh well, I'm not in any hurry to get anywhere. I did a lot of tougher trails in the past and I never broke an axle. Some say 33s on the stock axle is asking for it but if your careful, you don't need to worry. 33s and a locker on the other hand, well that D35 wont tolerate any abuse. Don't forget to post some pics when everythings done!
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:52 AM   #13
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Oh yeah. I will toss some before and after pics up for sure. Im gonna keep my eyes and fingers crossed that I dont loose to much power but Im expecting it. I heard the same thing about the 33s but my buddy that I wheel with has been running them for awhile (think he is on the second set) on his 98 TJ with no problems. Factory gears and a 4" lift. Im a little shocked that he hasnt done more but he has gone back to school at the ripe age of 37 and is tight on funds. Knowing my luck Ill get all this done and a big sale will happen somewhere. Grrrrrr!
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:02 AM   #14
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Ok guys.... Today is the day! I drop her off in about and hour and she will be done tonight. Ill try and post some before and after pics this evening. I will also be taking her out sat and sun to test out the new lift and tires. I will post on what I think of it with pics in action of course.

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