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Old 03-21-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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Help me with my wish list

So ive had my jeep (stock) for about 4 months and I love it. Im about to get my job lifeguarding back and ive been thinking about what I am going to do with the money. The wish list is...

I want to run 33 inch tires with that said the lift would be next. What size lift would I need?
Tires & Lift- any suggestions
Axle-could i get a d44 axle on a 2001?
Top- i have a hard top but i want to go topless more. any ideas to keep rain out?
Winch- What would i need to attach a warn winch securely?

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So ive had my jeep (stock) for about 4 months and I love it. Im about to get my job lifeguarding back and ive been thinking about what I am going to do with the money. The wish list is...

I want to run 33 inch tires with that said the lift would be next. What size lift would I need? 3 inch, or a bb/bl
Tires & Lift- any suggestions what do you want it for. rocks, mud, chicks?
Axle-could i get a d44 axle on a 2001? yes, are you sure you need one? again, what would you use it for?
Top- i have a hard top but i want to go topless more. any ideas to keep rain out?best way to keep rain out is to have the top on, best way to take the top off is to be 'ok' with rain, cab covers work nice if you aren't looking for a full soft top
Winch- What would i need to attach a warn winch securely?a winch plate, and again i have to ask, what will you be using it for? if you don't wheel a lot I recommend a receiver front bumper and winch cradle for that, that way you can move it to the rear too.
It's really dependent on what you do with your jeep.

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So ive had my jeep (stock) for about 4 months and I love it. Im about to get my job lifeguarding back and ive been thinking about what I am going to do with the money. The wish list is...

I want to run 33 inch tires with that said the lift would be next. What size lift would I need?
if your on a budget, 2" BB with 1" BL will work

Tires & Lift- any suggestions
Ive had my share of problems and went back to stock. looking cool and driving like shit didnt work for me.

Axle-could i get a d44 axle on a 2001?
If you have a strong enough luggage rack, sure, anythings possible.

Top- i have a hard top but i want to go topless more. any ideas to keep rain out?
bikini top, wind jammer works well for mine.

Winch- What would i need to attach a warn winch securely? winch plate, bolts right on.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:24 AM   #4
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luggage rack! thats GREAT!
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kindof depends on the type of wheeling your planning on doing and if its your Daily Driver as well.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:17 PM   #6
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Well, i want to be able to go over holes 2 or 3 ft without worrying about breaking my baby. Here in Florida theres mostly mud and sand. I want my jeep to be a beast Who doesnt?
I figure 33's are the biggest while still being able to drive to school everyday comfortably. Im leaning toward a suspension lift and I hear 3 inches is the most without doing major adjustments to brake lines, transmission, and tcase...stuff. Any advice would be grand
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If I was starting over from stock and wanted to lift for 33s, I would go with one of the Rokmen OME packages - preferably level 2. Great guys to deal with too, they will take time to answer your questions.

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If I was starting over from stock and wanted to lift for 33s, I would go with one of the Rokmen OME packages - preferably level 2. Great guys to deal with too, they will take time to answer your questions.

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Thanks, I'll defineatly look into this. How hard would it be to install this at home?
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It's not bad to do as long as you have the right tools. you can do it in a day, but give yourself a weekend if you don't know what you're doing.

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I got my OME kit from Dirk there and would greatly recommend them.

He lets you do custom kits too, i got front and rear heavy load spring long travel shocks bump stop extensions and front and rear JKS track bars for about a 'G'

I already had BL MML and swaybar discos when I ordered

Just remember when you talk to anyone that you know better then they do how YOU wheel and that's the most critical part of doing any setup. D35 rear axle for example is fie for someone who knows they end up in the mud every other weekend and won't run bigger then (say) 31"s? but when he talks to Bobby BDMT who runs 37"s he's gonna be told he needs to get a better axle. 'bobby' might need a bigger axle, but not 31 guy.
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Thats whats buggin me. Since I want 33" tires would I then need the d44. All i hear about is how bad the d35 is. I don't even know what axle i have beacause i checked it and still came back not knowing if it was a d35. It most probably is but i wanted to make sure.
On another subject are body lifts a safe way to add aesthetic height to the Jeep?
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look at your fill plug in your axle, if its rubber its a d35, if its threaded like your front axle is then its a d44.

with 33's its more about what you do, if you're worried about it you can always do a super35 kit that will basically give you d44 shafts and a locker, the only weak point it the housing then, and again, if you don't rock crawl you should be ok.

as far as BL go i have one and would not recommend more than the 1.25". I did it to clear a MML and (eventually) a belly up skid. when you go too big you run into other problems, but I like mine.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:11 AM   #12
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You'll still need to do extend brakelines, especially if you want any kindof good flex, otherwise you'll have agood chance or ripping the brake line off or stretching it past its means.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:14 AM   #13
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X2 on the brake lines. Safety should come first on every list, plus those are easy and (relatively) cheap at abou $80 for all three from co. Like crown.
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lets say, hypothetically, I wanted to go with a huge lift and 35" tires. What are all the peripheral upgrades I would need to accomadate this?
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:45 PM   #15
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for 35's... additional items beside liftkit...
Gears, SYE & Rear CV Driveshaft, Shocks, Brakelines,

Also depends on rearaxle as well, If you have a D35 you can run 35's but your going to have to watch the skinny pedal since 35's love to eat Dana35's for lunch & dinner.

If your not planning any major extreme offroading, I would stay on 33's. You'll be amazed at what you can do with them set up like that.

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Old 03-23-2009, 09:12 PM   #16
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So let me add things up:
$2,000 Level 2 suspension system or
$1,000 RE superflex lift and $90 shocks
$1,010 33" tires (5)
$258.26 Bestop bikini, duster, windjammer
$639.99 Highrock front bumper
$199.99 4:10 ratio
$49.99 spare tire adapter
$80 brake lines
$4,125 or $3,125

Pretty good, I got a lot of work ahead of me, but I gotta set my goals. Am I missing anything?
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yea but just make it 5k because something will break a bolt or something and that eats up some more money. In all the projects I have done I have learned to build in a buffer of something is going to break. So I set aside a little to cover that broken part I find or just needs to be replaced.
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gears might only be $200 but do you know how to put them in? call gears a 'g' otherwise
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I would drop the bikini top & bumper set-up, no real need for them, and they don't improve your offroading, just my .02 cents and plus you just saved $900 towards something else.

Gears are going to cost more with install and master install kit. Best quote I've ever seen and had is about $750-$900.

Were are you getting (4) shocks for $90.... thats the price just for (2) maybe.
The steerring stabilzer alone is $40-$75 depending on who you go with. Most shocks tend to run about $40ea which would run you $160... not $90

Your tires can be had for cheaper as well, unless your going for the big name brands... check out savontires.com, selecttire.com or tiresavings.com

And if you going to do it, might as well do it right the first time... SYE & Rear CV

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Whats the best way to approach this? It seems impossible. Should I save up and buy it all at the same time? Is there a set order of which i should do?
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So let me add things up:
$2,000 Level 2 suspension system or
$1,000 RE superflex lift and $90 shocks
$1,010 33" tires (5)
$258.26 Bestop bikini, duster, windjammer
$639.99 Highrock front bumper
$199.99 4:10 ratio
$49.99 spare tire adapter
$80 brake lines
$4,125 or $3,125

Pretty good, I got a lot of work ahead of me, but I gotta set my goals. Am I missing anything?
You don't need some of the stuff these guys are telling you. There are tricks and things that you can do to get around a lot of this stuff. Instead of buying extended brake lines, I just drilled two holes on each side of my frame, tapped one of the holes, and dropped my factory brake line bracket down to the bottom part of the frame. It gave me almost 2" of extra brake line slack, and it cost me nothing, as I had the drill bit, and I had the tap. If you check things out, you're only going to go to the bottom of your shock, or your bumpstop before you pull the brake line out.

Bumpstops? I buy those for $1 at the sporting goods store. They're otherwise known as training hockey pucks, and you epoxy them down, or drill and tap them to the spring pad.

Some places you can get away with saving money, and other places you shouldn't. Don't get me wrong though, I've got a little bit more into mine than what you're planning to spend, but I've got a LOT more in upgrades than what you'll end up with, so more bang for my buck. Don't rush out and blow your wad just yet.

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