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Old 12-14-2009, 04:55 PM
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Need some help with a lift. Ideas???

I have an '02 Wrangler which currently has a 2.5" lift with 31" tires. Ideally I'd like to move up to 33"s. However, I can pretty much get FREE 35" BFG. I am going to get new wheels with whatever option I go with. This being said, what do you guys think I should do with me not wanting to spend a whole lot of money.... Thanks guys.
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Dont upgrade is the only answer to not spend a lot. The 35's may be free, but you have to realize you will need to regear your diffs if you go to 35's. Also i doubt they will fit with 2.5 in lift. The 33's will but it will be tight but you may not need to regear if you have 3.73, it just wont be ideal, I used to run this setup but with a 4in lift.

Also what rear axle do you have? If its the D35 then dont put on 35in tires. You will need ideally 4in of lift for 33's, which may fit 35's. With 4in lift you will have driveline vibes and should look into a sye/cv driveshaft but thats more expensive, so you could probably get away with dropping the transfer skid.

So the cheapest route would be to add spacers to the springs, get 33's and drop your transfer skid to get rid of driveline vibes.

The best route as i have learned from many others here and my personal experience, is to plan your ideal build, then save up and do it right the first time. Cost more all at once, but will save you in the long run.

Thats just scratching the surface on problems, its never as easy as just putting on bigger tires.

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It all depends on how much u intend to wheel it and what kind of offroading you intend to do. I have 35's on 3.73's and a D35. I dont go too far in it, for fear of breaking my axle, I have a winch and if i have to spin my wheels I opt for a pull or a winch. However you can easily run 35's 3.73's 4" of lift and a D35 if u only intend to do light offoading and DD. I would personally suggest 4" of susp. lift and a 1.25 in body lift. That and a MMl is all you will need as a bare minimum. This will probably end up being the same cost with the free tires.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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x2 on what they said..

when dealing with 35s you gotta think of your axles/gears also the type of wheeling you do will depend on the actual amount of lift you need

like you said you dont wanna spend much money on it.. take the 35s for free.. sell or trade em and get a set of 33s.. and buy a jks 1.25'' bl/mml and be done with it..

oh not to mention you will get into aftermarket rims with bigger/wider tires..
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