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Old 12-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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My jeep what to fix first?
First, I have limited mechanical skills. I can change oil and spark plugs but that's the limit of my knowledge.


My jeep is a 2006 jeep wrangler x with a Dana 35 rear and a low pinion dana 30 front axle. The gearing is 3.73. Current tires a 33X12.50X15 BF Goodrich KO AT. It has a 6 speed manual transmission. It has a Rough Country 4” lift kit with a transfer case drop. It has a Smittybuilt XR8 winch with steel cable


Future plans as money allows is
  • Savvy 1.25 inch body lift with 1 inch motor mount
  • Super 35 kit with ARB or G2 Dana 44, or Ford 8.8 with 4.56 gears in both front and rear
  • 35X12.50X14 KM2 or Goodyear MTR tires
  • Advance adapters or JB Slip yoke eliminator with Tom Woods drive shaft and Savvy/Currie adjustable rear control arms
  • Savvy modular Under armor transfer case skid
  • Rocker guards
  • Replace all other control arms with Savvy/Currie adjustable control arms
  • Hi-line tube fenders if legal in states listed below Metal Cloak or Savvy
  • Currie anti rock

The setup will be for mild to medium trail rides in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. I would like it to be as low center of gravity as possible. Money is extremely tight and would like to do right the first time.


I am willing to learn to work on my jeep and will be purchasing tool kit, recover strap, CB radio system floor stands and floor jack. I am planning on joining a local jeep club (Muddy Buddys).

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Mild to medium? Make sure you take that thing out on those trails a few times first. I forget what member stated this but as a rule of thumb in Colorado 33's will get you through 85-90% of trails, 35s will get you through 95%, and the last 5% you need a buggy for. I'm still having a bunch of fun on my 31s and have easily kept up with guys running 33s and 35s. Bigger is not necessarily better. Think about lockers, tummy tuck, and upgrading from the Rough Country kit.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
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^x2, A SYE and the Anti-rock with what you currently have you will be able to a lot. Like Carolina said that set up will get through 85% or better. Take it out and and go slow, learn how your jeep handles in different types of terrains and limits. Ask questions and plan ahead on what you want your final set up. Are you going for a d/d trail rig or strictly an offroad rig. Something to think about.
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