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Old 06-16-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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First TJ, Need advice

Hi Everyone

So I bought a 2006 wrangler "x" (apparently should have gone for a rubicon, but what do I know) about a month ago and have been glued to the couch reading this forum ever since. I think I got pretty lucky with the purchase: I'd guess prior owner POR-15'd the frame at some point and rust on body and frame is minimal, it came with a hard and a soft top, stock height and tires. The paint is great aside from a few chips. I had a cherokee XJ a few years ago so I am familiar with the drivetrain components, and I've done budget/mild lifts on 2 trucks. So now the questions:

Lift
Its a DD and therefore I'd like to maximize lift, minimize cost and retain an ok ride. It will see occassional light offroad and snow up to about 10". Seems like folks like the zone 4" and 4.25" lifts. My question is could you do the 4" suspension, the 1.25" body and the 1" MML for 5.25" and come out ok as far the "vibes" everyone talks about and not require all the additional SYE, CV, control arms? What if you added the TC drop? I hear they all come out different, but there's usually enough of a trend to establish a general rule of thumb.

Transmission
I have the auto 4-speed. It sounds like its prone to breakdown. What can be done to prevent aside from preemptive rebuild?

Cruise control
It doesn't have it. Better to buy a kit or go to the yard and pull it out? I am probably a novice when it comes to electrical... I DON'T have the plug hanging inside the engine bay.

Unknowns
I don't have any family/friends with wranglers, so what are the random things I should know?

Suggested
Please, any suggestions for mods, preventive maintenance, upgrades let me know!

Thanks for your advice!

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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The best option for a lift is a 2" suspension lift ad a 1.25" body lift along with a 1" motor mount lift, which will get rid of any driveline vibrations you may have. This will allow you to run 33x12.5 inch tires, which is really the max size you should run on the dana 35 that comes with the X

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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You could get lucky with the 4.25" combo lift from Zone, but there is a chance you will still have vibes. I just know that with my luck, I would have vibes, which is why I am going to run the 2" sl with a 1.25" bl and 1" mml
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Anything over 2.5" Suspension wise should have an SYE, DC rear shaft, adjustable control arms....along with everything else you will need to correctly lift a TJ that amount.

That is unless you want to be counter productive, and have a hideous, clearance robbing, transfer case skid drop spacers on it to control driveline vibes.

You mentioned 10" of snow. Is that off road? I spend lots of time off road in deep mountain snow. I used to call my stock transfer case skid my "snow brake".
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, BTW don't forget its father's day, so get off the net and call your dad or hangout with the kids!

almost forgot, where i am in ohio we get snows from 1/4" to 6 or 8" depending on the storm and the road maintenance crews almost seem to over prep for the 1/4" and under prep for the 6-8". I also get offroad in some local fields with the season's accumulation
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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I read a lot of people used the zone 4.25" without any vibes.
Kit is:::

3" springs
1"MML
small body lift.

Just saying.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:08 PM   #7
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look into a 2' lift with a 1'BL and 1'MML with 32 or 33's.
that is what you want for a DD. and most on here will agree that this set up is not going to keep you from going where the 4' lift and 35's can go. between these two, its really all about the driver.

I have the DPG Ultimate kit. its my DD and its wonderful. I would not want anything larger. performs very well. on and off road.
Old Man Emu Ultimate TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com

It is a little pricey. but well worth it. zone also makes pretty good SMALL lift kits.

take your time choosing. I spent a year driving and wheeling my Stock TJ looking for the right lift. and the experience I got wheeling it stock got me places my buddies with HUGE rigs cant. because I learned how to wheel it stock first. skill is the aim of the game.

thats just about it, if its a DD, keep it a smaller lift with no bigger than 33's.
and DONT RUSH INTO ANYTHING.

ENJOY YOUR JEEP!!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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Forgot to say, that even if you just put a lunchbox Aussie locker in your front D30 axel, that will take you farther than just about any lift can do for you.

also, if you look into Metalcloak fenders, you might like that option. keeping a stock suspension, but fitting 33's.
(sometimes I wish I did that) my little brother recently got a stock jeep and put metal cloaks front and back with 33's. he can go anywhere I can. and its a good look.

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