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Old 12-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Help Set up Rock Crawler on 33's!

So i have a 1997 TJ SE with a 4 inch lift already on it. Flat Fenders, rockers, and corner armor already on the jeep. Getting RuffStuff Heim Steering later this week which should be a huge improvement over stock. So i'm left with this question. What is the best way to set up a mini rock crawler on 33's? And i need everyone's help to decided this to a point. It's mostly driveline stuff that in need help with.
Whats the best gearing ratio for a 4 cylinder manual on 33's? 4.88 or 5.13?
Should I swap a lower geared T-Case for do the Teralow Kit?
Rokmen or Metalcloak Control Arms?
Whats the best combo axle to use? D30, 8.8, or 44 front and rear?
I know i need to go down so how much lift does everyone think i should get with the flat fenders?
Locker wise? ARB all the way around since it's a daily driver or do ARB front and Detriot in the Rear?

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Old 12-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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In my YJ 4 cyl I run ARB's F&R, 4:88's, D30 & D44 and have had great luck. As far as going down you maybe able to go a 1" or so but I thinks that about it.

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I would run 4.88s if you plan on running 33s. I personally run metal cloak control arms and I love them! I have an 8.8 in the rear and i love it, but since you're only running 33s you don't have to worry about axles too much. If you're dead set on putting something stronger in I would go with a 44 if you can find one. The 8.8 is awesome, but you do lose ground clearance with it, so you might hit it a lot only running 33s. As far as the front you could stay stock and shaft it or find an hp30 or a rubi 44 and do a direct swap and shaft it. As far as lockers I run a spool in the rear, but if I were to change it I would use a full case Detroit. For the front the only way to go is a selectable, I'm personally a fan of the eaton electronic, others like ARB, but I don't like air lines and they tend to blow seals. You could also stay the same lift height and adjust your shock height and bump stops accordingly to get maximum travel.
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