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Old 09-03-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Jackin' up the TJ and gear ratio

Alrighty, so I'm changing my breaks and need to know how tall my jack must be to lift the TJ off the ground... I have a 4" lift and am running 33" tires. Any recommendations for a good hydraulic jack and stands? I just need to lift it enough to get a tire off and on.

ALSO, I have a 4.56 gear ratio in the back and am not sure how to tell what I have in the front since I got it from the PO this way... is there a way to tell just by looking?

I'm looking to get it re-geared so I can actually use the 4WD, however, I don't plan to off-road it a lot, maybe occasionally; my biochem degree takes up most of my time, but last winter sucked and I'd love to have at least the option NOT to get stuck on a hill in snow . Is there a suggested gear ratio I should be looking into? Is there a gear ratio that can improve gas mileage, as my TJ is my DD?

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If you jack up your axle 1" with your stock factory jack, your tire will be off the ground 1". At the most, a couple inches is all you need so you can get the tires off and work on your brakes (not breaks). The factory jack is good for tire sizes up to 35" and actually 37" in a pinch.

What makes you think the front axle was not regeared to 4.56 like the rear axle was?

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4.56 in the rear. And you don't know what is in the front?????????????? Does 4 wheel work or not????? PO should have had the gears changed in the front too, unless he is stupid. What happens when you put it in 4 wheel drive???
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What happens when you put it in 4 wheel drive???
Only do that offroad, shifting into 4x4 on pavement will cause it to steer badly as well as buck and lurch.
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Only do that offroad, shifting into 4x4 on pavement will cause it to steer badly as well as buck and lurch.

I know that. Been driving 4 wheels for over 20 years.
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I know that. Been driving 4 wheels for over 20 years.
Right, I was adding to your advice you gave to the OP... it wasn't directed at you.
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Plus if the axle gears are mismatched, doing so offroad will be a little more forgiving...
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Right, I was adding to your advice you gave to the OP... it wasn't directed at you.
Sorry. Ya, I should have said. Stopped, on gravel, put in 4 wheel, drive slow, what does it do. Can't assume he would listen to me and do it at 40 MPH......ouch!!!!!

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Alrighty, so I'm changing my breaks and need to know how tall my jack must be to lift the TJ off the ground... I have a 4" lift and am running 33" tires. Any recommendations for a good hydraulic jack and stands? I just need to lift it enough to get a tire off and on.

ALSO, I have a 4.56 gear ratio in the back and am not sure how to tell what I have in the front since I got it from the PO this way... is there a way to tell just by looking?

I'm looking to get it re-geared so I can actually use the 4WD, however, I don't plan to off-road it a lot, maybe occasionally; my biochem degree takes up most of my time, but last winter sucked and I'd love to have at least the option NOT to get stuck on a hill in snow . Is there a suggested gear ratio I should be looking into? Is there a gear ratio that can improve gas mileage, as my TJ is my DD?

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Jack up the front, spin the tire 2 revolutions and count the drive shaft rotations.

Edit: what engine and transmission do you have?

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