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Old 10-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Questions about lifting a wrangler

Im planning on getting a wrangler tj sometime soon. I want to get a 6' lift kit installed after i get it and get some 35' tires to go with it. Im concerned though that since the wrangler will be my everyday car and i will have to drive it 40+ miles a day that a 6' lift kit will be too much. Should i get a smaller one or will a 6' lift be ok. Also what kind of gas milage should i expect to get? (Its an inline 6 automatic)

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Old 10-26-2008, 11:33 PM   #2
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i think everyone agrees when you get over 4in of lift you need to look at a long arm kit < very expensive > gas milage will be less than 18 if gas milage is a factor you may want to reconsider a jeep you can fit 35"s with a smaller lift and a small body lift but imo 33's probably better for an everday driver 35"s will be horrible with stock gearing but your money with what you want be prepared to spent 3-5k to do it right

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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I say get a good long arm 4" kit like skyjacker, full traction, rubicon express, and some others and run 33's for awhile and see if you like that and then if you do want to go bigger get a 1" body lift and throw on some 35's...or you could even get flat fenders and 35's...whatever floats your boat. You'll have to regear your axles though because of the extra weight/size of the tires. By the way, if I was you I'd wait out for a jeep with a Dana 44 in the rear...or you could just get a Rubicon
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #4
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And another opinion...

I ran a 5.5" RE Long Arm lift with 35's (and no BL) for quite some time and loved it. It was geared with 4.10's (leftover from when I was on 33's), had an inline 6, and a manual transmission. Ran ~13-14 MPG in the city. Used it as my DD for some time...

So yes, if you want a 6", you'll need to get:
- long arm kit
- SYE
- longer shocks
- a d44 or at least a super 35 kit in the back if you want to run 35's
- regear to 4.56 or 4.88's
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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Throw a 4" pro comp with 33's and swap your gears out with 4:10's. I ran that set up on mine as a daily driver and it was the perfect blend for every day and trail. If you go any bigger it's overkill for a DD. Try getting that thing into a parking garage... LOL
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:56 PM   #6
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Throw a 4" pro comp with 33's and swap your gears out with 4:10's. I ran that set up on mine as a daily driver and it was the perfect blend for every day and trail. If you go any bigger it's overkill for a DD. Try getting that thing into a parking garage... LOL
id have to disagree and say dont use anything pro comp. dont forget better brakes and steering upgrades as well.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:04 PM   #7
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id have to disagree and say dont use anything pro comp. dont forget better brakes and steering upgrades as well.
Pro comp is just what I used. I had good luck with it and it is a little less expensive than some other brands. I also didn't do any rock crawling with it just your basic mud and trail stuff so it may not work as well for the more serious off roader. Have you had problems with Pro comp because I am getting ready to start another project jeep and I'm putting my list of goodies together.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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I had a 4" pro comp on my first jeep and it rode very stiff. If you were just doing a budget boost I would go with an RE kit and skyjacker hydros or RE monotubes. If your looking for a bigger lift I highly recommend the 3.5/4.5" RE superflex kits.
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i have 4" suspension and 2" body.. and 35s.. my mpg actually went UP after all the modifications. I now get average of 18 mpg vs the 13-14 mpg stock.
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i have 4" suspension and 2" body.. and 35s.. my mpg actually went UP after all the modifications. I now get average of 18 mpg vs the 13-14 mpg stock.
WTF kind of mods did you do to increase your gas milage by 66% after a 6" lift and 35's??????
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Im kinda on a tight budget, and i heard gears swaps are quite expensive. Would there be any problems if i had 35's on a 4' suspension and 2' body lift without swaping any gears out?
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Im kinda on a tight budget, and i heard gears swaps are quite expensive. Would there be any problems if i had 35's on a 4' suspension and 2' body lift without swaping any gears out?
I had to swap gears running 33's. You don't have to I guess but it will be doggy as hell.
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WTF kind of mods did you do to increase your gas milage by 66% after a 6" lift and 35's??????
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i first did my custom intake.. then custom exhaust, then bodylift, then bored out the throttle body, then short shifter, then messed around with the intake again, then installed the 4" suspension lift, then the tires, then an electric fan swap, then the right speedometer gear (my speedo has been confirmed by 3 other vehicles and it reads the same as them) and i think i'm not forgetting anything else. Cant forget i have a hard top.

I'm also riding on stock 3.73 gears.

I6 4.0 5 speed, CAI, Flowmaster 50 Delta, Bored Throttle Body, 4" RC lift, 2" BL, B&M short shifter,Dunlop 35x12.5r15,AR Outlaw II, DIY 6x9 Sound Bar - Earth, Illinois

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