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Old 03-03-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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This is kind of a simple question, but what all info do i need to know about if im wanting to lift my Jeep (2006 4x4 X) and maybe putting 31"' tires on? Though i may lift the suspension, is there other stuff i have to lift, or change when i lift or add new bigger tires to my Jeep?

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first off, 31" tires will fit on a stock suspension...so if you decide to lift it you could fit larger tires if you wanted. there are basically 3 ways to lift a jeep.
1. you can do a body lift (not many people on this site like the look of a body lift that is much higher than 1-1.25"and it does not allow your jeep to function any better, it just raises it) a body lift is when you place spacers on the body mounts like this. the black piece is the spacer.


2. you can do a budget boost which requires a spring spacer and new shocks. the spring spacer is the black shiny puck on top of the spring.


3. you can do a full suspension lift which can include larger springs, shocks, control arms, trackbars, etc depending on the kit of choice

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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I have seen some prices for the BB that were pretty reasonable - $225-ish range. Do people on this forum have good opinions on this lift? It is not referenced much. It seems most folks on this forum who are lifting are doing so for the off-roading and rock-crawling. I think that is great for them and those folks clearly have more $$ to spend on tihs kind of thing than I do. However, I have concerns over DW and what I see says that putting on a lift increases the chances of DW becoming a problem. I do not know if I will ever put a lift on the jeep... but I know I like the look of jeeps with a reasonable amount of lift - 2 - 3" and with 32's or 33's. Is the BB a crappy lift? I know you get what you pay for... but I am not a rock crawler. So I am not concerned about clearance. But, I do like to get on the beach a time or two each year. The lift is not needed to do that.
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You can get anywhere from 1.5 to 2.25 inches with just a coil spacer lift. Like pic #2 above only just the black spacer. You don't have to change shocks. They are very inexpensive, not sure exactly how much new, but I'd say probably $100 or so. I got mine used and paid $50 for it. It's fine for what I wanted, since I don't go off road much, I just wanted clearance for bigger tires..
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:03 AM   #5
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What good can a budget boost do?
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:23 AM   #6
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It will raise the suspension of the Jeep. Allowing more ground clearance and larger tire sizes without eating the fenders.
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I have a TJ with a 2" Budget boost, I run 33 12.50 tires, they work fine for on road and light off roading, but if you don't plan on re gearing I would reccomend a 2" budget boost and 32" tires, 32" are a good size without getting to big, they will look better than 31" s
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Here is about what mine looks like,

2" budget boost with 33" tires, like I said, they will work fine for on road and I'm sure on the beach, but will scrub if flexed

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Good lookin' rubi you have there!
Your set up is just like mine! Love it! Like you, I don't go offroad often, so for me it's perfect.
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Here is about what mine looks like,

2" budget boost with 33" tires, like I said, they will work fine for on road and I'm sure on the beach, but will scrub if flexed

definitly a nice lookin jeep. i like that front bumper too
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Hey akswine, you said something about re gearing. Did you re gear yours when you moved up to 33"? If so, how much did it run you and if you didn't, how's the mpg looking?

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Hey akswine, you said something about re gearing. Did you re gear yours when you moved up to 33"? If so, how much did it run you and if you didn't, how's the mpg looking?

Thanks, and great looking Rubi man.
if you have a rubi you wont need to regear 33's since a rubi already has 4.10 gearing
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Will I need to regear? I have an 02 SPORT with a D44 and 3.73 gear ratio.
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Will I need to regear? I have an 02 SPORT with a D44 and 3.73 gear ratio.
my understanding is that most people dont regear until they are running 34-35" tires.
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unfortuntaly I don't have a real rubi. I have not re geared but need to BADLY. I have a 3 speed auto with 3.07 gears. I'm not as familure with the manual trans. you might just not use high gear as much.

as far as regearing, from what I understand it cost between 1000-1200 to do both axle. I'm not looking forward to that bill
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Lots of folks run 33's with 3:37's. You'll lose some power, but if you can live with it, then it's no big deal. I have 3:07's, it's a dog, but I don't spend much time on the highway, so it doesn't matter.
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well ive got a 2.5 97 wrangler and im about to put a 2" budget boost on it and if 33's will fit thats what i want, but want i have to re-gear? from what i have heard i would.
by the way nice rubi akswinehart!
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I don't off-road a lot, but when I do, I really like to test out my Jeep. Would the budget boost still be the way to go?
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well ive got a 2.5 97 wrangler and im about to put a 2" budget boost on it and if 33's will fit thats what i want, but want i have to re-gear? from what i have heard i would.
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I don't off-road a lot, but when I do, I really like to test out my Jeep. Would the budget boost still be the way to go?
gth, see the post above yours. You don't HAVE to regear. Depending on what gears you have now, it may be recommended for better performance.

Wilson, if you want 33's for the most flex room you can run a 2"bb and 1-1.5" BL. That will give you clearance for flexing.
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3.73... will that be alright to run 33"?
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yes. I run 33's with 3.73's, you do loose a little power on the highway, but it isn't too much that its that big of a deal to re-gear.
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InfernoGirl, you said it would raise the suspension of the jeep, but doesnt a suspension lift do the same thing?
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Here is about what mine looks like,

2" budget boost with 33" tires, like I said, they will work fine for on road and I'm sure on the beach, but will scrub if flexed

BTW, it looks like you have a BL as well as a 2" BB. Im sure you can squeeze 33's with 2" BB but i really wouldnt suggest it. 3"(2"BB, 1" BL) you could do it more easily.
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This is my old jeep with a 2.5 skyjacker lift with 33.
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InfernoGirl, you said it would raise the suspension of the jeep, but doesnt a suspension lift do the same thing?
Yes, it does. Coil spacers are just less expensive. Less involved to install, and less to cause problems down the road. I don't believe that the 2.5" coil/shock lifts require much either, except $... I have a kid in college, and 2 needing braces, so my funds are pretty well spoken for before I see them....
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Im planning on running 32" M/Ts with my 3.07 gearing. It is my daily driver, but I am (and will be) a student for the next 4 (8 if all goes well and I get into medical school) years, so when I do drive, its not going to be much high way driving. Think it will be bearable? I have a 6cyl 5 speed. I do realize my gas milage will probably be going into the sh*tter, but I just sold my civic for this jeep, so whats a few less mpg at this point eh???
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This is kind of a simple question, but what all info do i need to know about if im wanting to lift my Jeep (2006 4x4 X) and maybe putting 31"' tires on? Though i may lift the suspension, is there other stuff i have to lift, or change when i lift or add new bigger tires to my Jeep?

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Do you off-road often? If not, you don't need to lift your Jeep to fit 31" tires. The only possible rubbing you may experience is on your front lower control arms. If this is the case, I'd just install a washer or two on your steering stops. If you do off road, you may hit your fender or flare on full articulation (but I doubt it); if so, just extend your bumpstops (some people use hockey pucks).

I drove my stock Jeep for 10 years on various 31x10.5 and 31x11.5 MTs without issue. I also disconnected my antiswaybar but didn't rub at all. I did not extend my bumpstops.

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