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Old 04-09-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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Jeep Newb Build Question

Hey guys. I've spent the past couple months pouring over the threads here, flipping through page after page of countless Quadratec, 4WD, and Summit Racing catalogs, and pretty much reading and learning everything I could about Jeeps and building them.
That being said, I've kept the concept in the back of my mind through all of this that within the next few months, I'm going to be doing a "small" build up on a TJ, including (but not limited to) a lift, wheels and tires, aux lighting, interior mods, etc. I spent a few hours the other night picking out what just might work for me, and think I have it planned out fairly well from what I've read and "know", but I wanted to be transparent here and open myself up to suggestions, criticism, any input what-so-ever that everyone might have so that when I go to do this build, I won't have any major surprises that could have been avoided from a simple thread on WF. So I'm going to post a picture of what my initial plans are and would appreciate if everyone would just give me some feedback on how it all might work out for me. Even if it's just your own opinion on certain products that I've picked out. Thanks so much in advance.

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Old 04-09-2009, 02:02 PM   #2
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post up links and a list of everything you are going to do, and we can help ya out

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Old 04-09-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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Hey guys, the picture didn't load for some reason. Sorry. Here's my list. It's a bit rough, but still good enough to be able to be commented on. Thanks again.

3.5" Standard Lift Kit - Rubicon Express - RubiconExpress.com
Rubicon Monotube Shocks Set - Rubicon Express - RubiconExpress.com
Dana 30 Front Locker - Aussie Locker - Northridge4x4.com
SYE/CV Driveshaft - Tom Wood's - 4XShaft.com
Adjustable Lower Front Control Arms (2) - JKS - Quadratec.com
Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines - Russel - Quadratec.com
Swaybar Quick Disconnect - JKS - Quadratec.com
(4) 3/4" Towing Shackles - ARB - Quadratec.com
XRC 8,000 lb. Winch - Smittybilt - Quadratec.com
(5) Black Steel Soft 8 Wheels - Cragar - SummitRacing.com
(5) 3.3" Chrome Centercaps - Cragar - SummitRacing.com
(5) 33" Mud Terrain Tires - BF Goodrich - SummitRacing.com
(2) 3" 5 pt. Harnesses - RJS - SummitRacing.com
(4) Off Road Lights (2 Pair) - KC HiLites 238 - SummitRacing.com
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:12 PM   #4
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With the SYE, you will need rear adjustable upper control arms. I'm not sure but y r u figuring you will need front lower control arms. Aren't they provided with the lift?
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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The standard kit doesn't. The Super Flex kit does, but from what I've read, JKS has a great reputation, and I figured that I could get the JKS adjustable arms cheaper than the RE arms (the price from the standard to the super flex is about a 300 dollar jump), plus, JKS are adjustable while the RE arms included with the Super Flex are not. Just seems to be a better deal.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:16 PM   #6
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(5) 3.3" Chrome Centercaps - Cragar - SummitRacing.com...
Center caps stopped being cool about 1997. don't waste your money they just get banged up off road.

Also not sure if you planning to buy from the mfg's or not but you can find far better prices on other sites.

List looks good. What about tow hooks?
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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JKS does have a great reputation. I would definatly go with them, and your reasoning behind getting them makes sense.

But like I said you will need rear upper adjustable control arms to use the SYE.
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(4) 3/4" Towing Shackles - ARB - Quadratec.com) = you can get these at tractor supply or home depot much cheaper and no shipping.
(Dana 30 Front Locker - Aussie Locker - Northridge4x4.com) = if you only get one locker you should buy it for the rear. the factory limited slip is too loose.
(Off Road Lights (2 Pair) - KC HiLites 238 - SummitRacing.com)= go to auto zone and save on shipping they have em in stock !
Trust me I bought lots of things from quadratec and paid shipping when I should have checked the local stores.
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Defintely need the upper rear adj control arms with the rear SYE+CV Driveshaft.

With these, and all the other adders you've listed, you're quickly approaching the cost of a high-end (i.e. all-inclusive) complete lift kit from one of the mainstream vendors..

Have you put all this into a spreadsheet to see what your total cost will be compared to a complete lift setup?

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