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Old 03-14-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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My Wife Bought me a JEEP!

Ok so the story is as cool as it sounds... and I will give you the quick version and then for some questions...

2.5 years ago my wife and I both went back to school. She went to get her masters and a BA for me, with her not working as much and school bills we decided to sell out 2000 Jeep sport and this was a very hard thing to do. My 1st jeep her 2nd. After we both graduated and me driving a beater for the last 2 years I come home to see a 99 wangler sitting in the driverway! To say the least my wife kicks ass and like most other vehicles I own it cant stay stock for long!!!!

Here for the questions.... This is going to be my DD and I will do mild offroading compaired to you offroad nutz on here So I dont want to go too big and not use it or go super cheep. I think I want a 3-4 inch lift with 33 tires because I think this would fit what I am looking for.

For tires is 33 much better than 32's? Is their a big diffrence?

For the lift kits I dont want to spend 1500 when I wont use it for that hardcore offroading (atleast for now) but I dont want to go super cheep either. I keep seeing alot about the rough country kits but I have heard many cons and some pros also. SO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!!!

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For "mild" offroading and your DD why not keep it stock?
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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For "mild" offroading and your DD why not keep it stock?
Well good question maybe because it will not be mild offroading for long and stock=no fun!!!
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33's could require a re gear. depending what gears you have and how much you're willing to spend it might be better to stick with 32's and spend that extra money you would save on something else
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33"s dont necessary require a regear, if 33"s require a require 32"s will make only a slight difference and would in essence with the logic, require a regear.

Regearing or swapping axles (what I recommend) would definitely help out in climbing hills as a stock jeep made over a hill what I couldnt when I didnt have 4.56...it would ve saved my tires being shredded by the rocks.
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33's vs 32's will give you 1/2" more ground clearance for you axles but 1/2" less flex room. For me I'm going 32's. As for the lift I've heard Rough Country is starting to make a stronger name for themselves. My mechanic likes them and my buddy has their lift kit and likes them so I'm gonna give them a try and they do fit into a budget price range, I believe $599 for the standard 4" kit. As for regearing I don't know much on that I went with a 2"BB and from 215/75r15 to 245/75r16 on 3.73 gearing and haven't noticed much difference and I get around just fine so I don't know if or when regearing would be a good idea.
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Congrats on the new Jeep by the way. I wish my Lady would get involved more with the Jeep.
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Check out the OME 2.5" lift... from what I hear, they are a GREAT lift in terms of both parts quality and ride quality. Costs a bit more, but I've seen it for around $700 shipped.
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So I dont want to go too big and not use it or go super cheep. I think I want a 3-4 inch lift with 33 tires because I think this would fit what I am looking for.
I am in the same boat as you, I have 3.73s. they should work fine unless i'm mistaken but i'm gonna do a 4" lift when i get some money.
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I would suggest if you want to reasonably DD it to get the 2.5" OME lift, with 32's and buy an air locker for the front. You will probably spend less then getting a good 4" kit and 33's and have a much more capable rig. Never mind you will get a tad better gas mileage, and get to laugh at all the guys with truck on 40" tires you walk right past in your moderately lifted jeep :-D
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #12
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I would suggest if you want to reasonably DD it to get the 2.5" OME lift, with 32's and buy an air locker for the front. You will probably spend less then getting a good 4" kit and 33's and have a much more capable rig. Never mind you will get a tad better gas mileage, and get to laugh at all the guys with truck on 40" tires you walk right past in your moderately lifted jeep :-D
That sounds like a good idea but WTF is an air locker? LOL im new to this 4x4 stuff.... Also I forgot to mention it is a 4 cyl w a 5 speed manual. My wife tried to find a 6 cyl and couldnt for our price range. Will this be a problem with the 32's?

Thanks for your help and it is cool she got me the jeep but the only problem she wants to drive it all the time!!!!! Wait till summer!!! LOL
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If my wife bought me a jeep, I'd be really suspicious and probably start to wonder why she wanted me out of the house all the time.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:23 PM   #14
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I've got the Rancho 2.5". It's cheap and works wonders. Like it was just said, all I want is to get a locker.

A locker I think is kinda like a cheat code for 4x4ing, they are a little spending but man once you get one you can just about go anywhere. If you have a front locker it makes it so both of the tires will spin at the same time with the Sam amount of power giving you the most grip.


Here is my jeep with 33"s and a 2.5" lift, I havent had any problem with gearing but it all depends what geArs you have. With your 4 banger it won't be to big of a problem, but gears will be your best friend if you go bigger tires


I do alotof driving because this is my only car, I'd reccomend this set up to any DD/Weekend wheeler
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:37 PM   #15
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^ nice jeep DPC46, do you have a BL or just a 2.5" suspension? and is that a 4 banger?
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Suspension and I have the 4.0L. My buddy has the same lift and tires on his 4 banger and boy he needs gears. You just don't have the power to run bigger tires without gearing. I'm still able to fit into my garage and any parking garage.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:52 PM   #17
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Your wife ROCKS! my girlfriend hates my Jeep lol!

I vote 33's, 2.5" lift (I'm also a supporter of RC) maybe a locker. you don't need much. Mild lift, some MT's at least 31", a locker and a little armor if you want, and you're over the river and through the woods to grandma's house.

These things are seriously crazy capable with only a few key mods, and they remain excellent DD's
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:56 PM   #18
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Yes they are, it's also about knowing how to offroading correctly. I'm going
the same places some other guys in my group that have a 6" with 35s. If you can learn how to wheel correctly that will also make sure you can drive home with no broken parts after. I'd reccomend looking up some local 4x4 clubs in your state. Normally if you google that a list and phone numbers comes up. You will make some good friends is a club and those people know wha they are doing too.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:20 PM   #19
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I see a guy around sometimes with a bone stock TJ. He's running like a 29 or 30" AT tire. No lift, no lockers, nothing. That little TJ went through a mudhole that I would have bet the bank no stocker would get through. His RPM's were high, but he made it lol! It was awesome and funny as hell
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My plan is OME 2.5'', 1 inch BL, lots of armor underneath, either keep my 31'' or go up to 32's if the dice roll that way.

with the 4 banger I'd avoid 33's on a DD if you ever try to get over 60.

I had hell getting a 4 banger over 65 stock...but we have wind here, which apparently didn't help.
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i just but a 3in bds on my 02 sport and love it went with 16x8 rims with
285/75r16 which i think is like 32 or 32.5 tire my jeep is a dd also and i am very pleased
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The 2 Jeeps look good in this thread. 33's look perfect for a TJ IMO. nice rigs you guys
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Thanks for your guys help!!!! The white jeep above is just what I am going for!!! I will keep you up to date with pics! Thanks again!

Also what gear ratio would I want for the 4 banger and 32's?

Where is the best place to buy a front locker?
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I wouldn't waste money regearing for 32's. You'll be ok with stock gearing IMHO

if you insist on regearing, 4.10
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You could also do what I did and make it easy on myself. I have the original wheels and tires that came with the jeep when I bought it. Install the lift but keep your stock wheels and tires, buy a set of 33s and store then. Once it's wheelin day swap your stock tires for your wheelin ones. Remember you will be driving that on the pavement more then in the mud.
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grocery... thanks. I dont need to spend money I dont have to... I think im goin with 32's

DPC- I like the idea but I dont want to deal with that all the time. Also I want a better looking tire than I have on it now. Looks kinda weak... LOL

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You'll be happy with 32's. You'll lose a little power on the street, but it's worth an agressive look, ground clearance, and gained off-road ability. If you have a manual transmission, you'll find that a stock ratio of 3.73 is just about right, and a 3.07 is a little sluggish, but tolerable. A ratio of 3.73 and an auto with 32's you'll notice, but once again not worth a regear.

Regearing the axles costs $1000-2000 bucks. That's why I say "you can deal with a slight power loss" lol! Also why I say "if your doing a regear, 4.10's got you cover up to 35's" that's a large tire though for a TJ, 4 cyl engine, and more importantly, DD.

Have fun with you new Jeep!
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Sweet. I will post pics when I get some work done to it... Also starter pics up soon! Thanks!
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I wouldn't waste money regearing for 32's. You'll be ok with stock gearing IMHO

if you insist on regearing, 4.10
I thought the 4cyls already had 4.10s stock.
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If I remember correctly, only the 5 speed 4 banger has 4.10. I'm not sure what transmission the OP even has. 6 speed 4 cyl it's 3.73.

I could be wrong

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