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Old 04-07-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Guys I'm fairly new to Jeep modding world, I come from a Mustang background. I have an 04 Wrangler X with a little 2'' coil spacer and 31'' tires. 5-speed other than that it's all stock. *Not sure what axles it came with* I'm pretty sure it has the NV3550 tranny.

Now my dilemma is, I drove this thing back and forth from NC to CA and once from NC to IL, it SUCKS on the hwy especially going across the Appalachians. My bro is coming to pick it up and drive it from IL to VA. What gears should I put in it to make it a little peppier on the hwy???

I'm probably going to stick with 31'' tires. MAYBE in the far distant future I'll think about 33'', that's as big as I'll ever go.

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Old 04-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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Grim jeeper can help with that, http://www.grimmjeeper.com/gears.html

I am guessing dana 35 in the back 3.07 gears. Unless its a special model x.

4.10's are what the rubicons come with for 31's. I had 3.73 stock for 30's.

Regear will make a huge difference. Ride will still be long in the jeep though!

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Old 04-07-2011, 10:56 PM   #3
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4 or 6cyl and what gear ratio do you currently have? Tag located on the left of the rear diff has the ratio stamped on it. Most people do not regear for 31" tires.
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I would really tough it out until you can get on 33s. Re gearing is not cheap, usually about a grand or more for both axles. No sense in paying for it twice when your not happy with 33s and 4.10 gearing.

I had 33s with 3.07s, now their worn down to ~31s. It is NOT that bad..... and I'm in the mountains a lot.
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There i go assuming no one buys 4 cylinders again
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There i go assuming no one buys 4 cylinders again
I did. Sold that piece of s*** and got a 6 cyl
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Yeah, it's a 6cyl. I just hate driving and as soon as I hit the smallest hill she slows down. Around town it's fine. Just at hwy speeds, I'd like to be able to cruise 75 or so... I'm not sure what gears are in it now, whatever stock came with. I even went as far as getting a throttle body spacer, K&N air filter, and took that breather part off the intake box *I still put it on when I wheel*.

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