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Old 07-08-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question Long term headaches?

I'm looking at the RE 4.5in lift kit w/ 33" mud terrains. Are there any long term or even short term problems I should know about? Anything at all...

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Old 07-08-2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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Yep. You are going to spend money. This will hurt your short term and long term financial standings. Guaranteed.

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Old 07-08-2007, 09:56 PM   #3
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How about the Jeep, reliability, and handling on road? LOL I know about the hit in wallet. I'm saving up little by little.
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What rear axle do you have?? What motor and tranny do you have??
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sye/cv driveshaft conversion
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d35 rear d30 front 6spd manual tranny 4.0L inline 6
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Nice kit, have one currently. Rides decent, and wheels great.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:09 PM   #8
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d35 rear d30 front 6spd manual tranny 4.0L inline 6
I'd be weary of the Dana 35. You are border line with 33s but it is easy to grenade that turd.
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4Jeepn you have this kit? What kind of set up are you running? did it affect the on road driving real bad? any problems with it?
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A properly set up wrangler should drive as well or better than a stock jeep.
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I'd be weary of the Dana 35. You are border line with 33s but it is easy to grenade that turd.
How would I grenade that turd? I'll probably be installing 4:56 gears
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A properly set up wrangler should drive as well or better than a stock jeep.
Yes I know that. What I need to know is if the set up I'm looking at is that proper set up.
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I have had this lift on two TJ's. The 1st one was a 01 with 33 TSL's. No issue, had RE hack and tap for the t-case on that one. Drove it 40 miles to work each day no issues.

2nd one is current one. Same lift, did do the AA sye on this one. I did have to add lower adj control arms (vs fixed) to the front but I am running non-stock axles. I run this one with out f/r sway bars so its um.. a bit more slushy on the road. But 55mph is fine on the highway. I also had a buddy who ran same kit for 5 years or so, and no major problems I know of.
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gears have nothing to do with the amount of stress put ont he axle to turn the bigger heavier wheels
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:23 PM   #15
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Well I'll be running sway bars though. Thank you very much! I've been a little worried about it lol.
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gears have nothing to do with the amount of stress put ont he axle to turn the bigger heavier wheels
Thanks for the heads up. If I blow out the rear, I'll have a good excuse to upgrade.
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it could be smarter, to use the money that you would use to upgrade the ring and pinion gears towards a new axle instead of spending money twice b/c the new axle could need to be regeared, or if it doesnt you;ll still have to pay for it

but w/ out a locker, and 33's you could get away with the D35 for quite a while depending on how intense you wheel
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Thanks for the heads up. If I blow out the rear, I'll have a good excuse to upgrade.
I always say upgrade before you break.

The money spent on a regear could easily be tossed towards an acceptable replacement rear axle.
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Is it just the axle or the whole thing? What kind should I get to avoid that problem?
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Is it just the axle or the whole thing? What kind should I get to avoid that problem?
I'd say ring and pinion or spider gears but those usually take something else with it. If you want my honest opinion you better ask someone else on an acceptable replacement axle.

When I first replaced my Dana 35 I chose the Ford 8.8. It didn't last very long but it is more than beefy enough for 37s. Your best bet on any modification is to sit down with a pen and paper. Draw out exactly what you want your jeep to be. Then work towards that. Other wise you will go back to my original statement.
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The whole thing. My freinds brother runs a 4" RE lift with 33's on a d35 and it's still hasn't broken.
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The whole thing. My freinds brother runs a 4" RE lift with 33's on a d35 and it's still hasn't broken.
He's lucky

I'm running a 4.5 SuperFlex kit with 3.5" coil springs, and I have plenty of room for 33" tires, but went with 32" tires because of my Dana35 axle. Once I swap out the axle for a Dana44 or Ford8.8 I'll upgrade to 33" tires or maybe a bit bigger.

Play it safe for now dude - you don't wanna spend a bunch of money, and then break something and end up spending double your initiall plans.

Have you even taken your stock Jeep out wheelin' or have any wheeling experiance?
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I've been wheeling my d35 for a couple of years now on 33's. It's all in how you drive it. Well it's mostly how you drive it. I do agree though, I wouldn't put a lot of money into that axle.

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