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Old 09-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Ordered my RE 3.5in Superflex kit

I ordered my Rubicon Express 3.5in superflex kit a few days ago from 4wheelcustoms.com. I am goin to run 15x10 wheels with 33x12.5 tires and noticed after i ordered the kit they recommend a 1in body lift to run 33s? I figured I would have plenty of room to clear but now Im wondering.

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I am running that same kit w/ 33x12.50's and it is about perfect. Remember that RE kit will actually run closer to 4.5" of lift. If anything I may add a .75" spacer in the front down the road to help level it out a bit. So that may be something worth ordering now and just doing while you have the coils still off. Good luck and enjoy the kit. You installing yourself?

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Old 09-23-2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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Yeah was hoping to have the kit this week but the shocks are on back order so probably wont see it till next week.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:47 PM   #4
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Congrats, you will dig your new RE kit. You won't need a body lift, that 3.5" lift is, as Gumpy2030 said, going to be more like 4.5" in reality which is more than 33" tires need to clear.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:51 PM   #5
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x2 on not needing anymore lift for 33s.
Goodluck. Soak all the nuts and bolts on the jeep with some PB blaster everyday while you waiting for shipment. I did mine and it came apart like butter. My friend didnt...not so much luck, lol.
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What kinda shocks did you get. I do not recommend procomp 9000. Very Stiff.

I think I'm gonna stuff 35's next go round with my 3.5 RE no additions and see how bad I rub. I don't think it will be bad. I'll keep a report going.

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I'd recommend 15x8 wheels instead of 15x10. As would most of the people here on the forum.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:50 PM   #8
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Just be prepared if your shocks take longer than expected. I got the RE Monotubes and they took almost an additional 2 months to get becasue they were backordered. They kept telling me any time but it took forever. Hopefully you get them sooner than what I experienced.
I would also recomend the 15x8 like cavediverjc suggested. I was going to get 15x10's till I started reading some threads on here. It is pretty consistent that everyone will say go with 8's especially if you are only going to be running 33.12.5.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:13 PM   #9
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General question: My TJ currently has the stock 3.07 gearing and a D35 in the rear, it's a 4.0L and a 5spd manual. I am also running rear coil-spring airbags- safari rack+gear was just too much for the stock springs, and a leveling spacer kit in the front. I just ordered a set of 5 15x8's and will be putting 31x10.50's on them when I get them.

I know I need to re-gear to jump to 33's and need a different axle to jump later to 35's. I like the RE Superflex kit because it is very adaptable later for greater clearance and I could probably swing the cost for the suspension sometime in the next year.
Will 31's look lame with the 3.5 RE Superflex?
If I just run the suspension then I can stick with my 3.07 gearing until I have enough saved for gears and tires(again).

Also, how terrible of an idea is it to do my own gears? I'm no mechanic but I pay close attention to detail, and could feel confident, with encouragement, to tackle the job myself. If I did the gears before the lift is there a ratio that will work reasonably well for the 31's but ideally for the 33's... bearing in mind that when I graduate and am an Engineer, or join the military so they can pay for my degree, then I'll have to re-gear again when I jump to 35's.

All in all, I have to say researching and planning the eventual composition of my TJ is almost, (but not quite) as fun as wheeling and working on it- Sometimes I look in the rearview and can't believe I made through a situation... it's a lifetime investment that pays off every time the ignition fires.
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I started soaking all my bolts and stuff yesterday to get ready for the lift I figured it would be a good idea seeing how everything underneath looks like it could be a nightmare getting broke loose. Im wondering if the lift will even be here next week now since I bought the rubicon mono tube shocks. They are saying that the shipment should be in this week but if thats what they kept telling you Im kinda worried now.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:30 PM   #11
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I think I might be screwed on the wheels i ordered them 2 nights ago and to late to change to 8 wide now. What are the advantages of the 8in wide wheel compared to the 10in wide???
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For tires up to 12.5" wide, an 8" wide wheel is better for offroading yet it does fine on the street too. It's not until you get to a tire that is 13.5" or wider when you really need to go to a 10" wide wheel.

The primary reason is because when you air your tires down for better traction and a better ride when offroading, not to mention they resist trail damage better when aired down, your tires can stay seated securely far more easily when they only have to stay seated against wheel edges that are only 8" apart than when they are 10" apart. That is to say you can air your tires down to a lower psi for better traction with an 8" wide wheel than you can with a 10" wide wheel.

For a street only Jeep that doesn't go offroad, it doesn't really matter and a 10" wide wheel is fine.
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just checked my order status and they have already shipped my wheels out so guess im goin 10 wide
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That's why I never mail order tires or wheels, I always buy that kind of stuff locally... just in case.
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:59 AM   #15
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I run the 3.5" RE lift. I have 8" wide wheels with 33x12.5x15 tires.They do not rub at all at full flex. I have been very happy with my lift for the last 2 years. Hope you didn't order the twin tube shocks. They ride very stiff. Post pics when you get it all done. You will be very happy with the way it looks when all done. If you would like to see pics of my jeep. Go to photobucket and look up all3forus. You will see pics of it on 31" tires and 33" tires.
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Nope didnt order the twin tube I got the mono tube. I just wish the thing would hurry up and get here Im ready to get this thing sitting alittle higher and get it in the woods!
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General question: My TJ currently has the stock 3.07 gearing and a D35 in the rear, it's a 4.0L and a 5spd manual. I am also running rear coil-spring airbags- safari rack+gear was just too much for the stock springs, and a leveling spacer kit in the front. I just ordered a set of 5 15x8's and will be putting 31x10.50's on them when I get them.

I know I need to re-gear to jump to 33's and need a different axle to jump later to 35's. I like the RE Superflex kit because it is very adaptable later for greater clearance and I could probably swing the cost for the suspension sometime in the next year.
Will 31's look lame with the 3.5 RE Superflex?
If I just run the suspension then I can stick with my 3.07 gearing until I have enough saved for gears and tires(again).

Also, how terrible of an idea is it to do my own gears? I'm no mechanic but I pay close attention to detail, and could feel confident, with encouragement, to tackle the job myself. If I did the gears before the lift is there a ratio that will work reasonably well for the 31's but ideally for the 33's... bearing in mind that when I graduate and am an Engineer, or join the military so they can pay for my degree, then I'll have to re-gear again when I jump to 35's.

All in all, I have to say researching and planning the eventual composition of my TJ is almost, (but not quite) as fun as wheeling and working on it- Sometimes I look in the rearview and can't believe I made through a situation... it's a lifetime investment that pays off every time the ignition fires.
lift with smaller tires and gears will be fine. Might look a big odd but who cares. I drove on 30's with re 4.5 for my daily driver and switched to the swampers for trail runs.

As for doing your own gears, nothing wrong with learning how do it, but I would say you need to watch and learn from someone who has done a lot of them..and has had no problems. Other wise it make be a very expensive learning process.

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