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Old 01-11-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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Regear or drop lift on 2003 TJ

Hi all,

I recently gave back my VW TDI and now my weekend warrior is going to be my daily driver. I will be driving 60-75 miles per day and mostly highways here in Austin (some hills). I currently have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler X 5-Speed manual transmission with 62k miles. I am currently running 35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R® With Kevlar with 3.73 gears and 4" lift. I have also recalibrated for the tires and gears with Superchips flashpaq. I haven't taking the jeep off-road as of yet.

My question to everybody would it be better to regear to 4.56 or 4.88 or drop the lift to 2" and get 33's"?

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2" lift is not enough for 33's, so I would keep your 4". I would suggest going to 33" A/T's that have a good mileage rating.

For instance these are rated for 55,000 miles: Tire Details - Discount Tire Direct

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Hi all,

I recently gave back my VW TDI and now my weekend warrior is going to be my daily driver. I will be driving 60-75 miles per day and mostly highways here in Austin (some hills). I currently have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler X 5-Speed manual transmission with 62k miles. I am currently running 35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R® With Kevlar with 3.73 gears and 4" lift. I have also recalibrated for the tires and gears with Superchips flashpaq. I haven't taking the jeep off-road as of yet.

My question to everybody would it be better to regear to 4.56 or 4.88 or drop the lift to 2" and get 33's"?

Thanks,
Steven
The optimum gearing for the 4.0/5 speed on 35" tires would be 4.88. Optimum gearing for 33's would be 4.56, so to get the best gearing for either, you would want to regear. I'm currently running 35's on 4.56 gearing left over from my 33's and it is underpowered on the highway. A regear is in my future.

I agree with Dextreme, that 2" of lift is not sufficient for 33's. 4" of lift is ideal for 33's and 5" of lift is ideal for 35's. With no fender mods.
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im with dex just swap the tires.
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31's and drop 2" of lift. Make the whole Jeep more road friendly
Road friendly AT - The mentioned Coopers have rave reviews.
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thanks for the input
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Curious, how did the Superchip recalibrate the speedo? I didn't think it worked that way.
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Go with 33's and the 4.56-keep the lift. You will notice a tremendous performance increase. you want to do this especially being a DD.
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The Superchips flashpaq I used did in fact recalibrate the speedo. I tested with different apps on my phone and all within 1-2 mph
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Buy a cheap car, don't put all those miles on the Jeep
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I would love too, but we are finishing up building a new house. And we are planning on kids in the future and jeep is almost paid for. I know I hate to put the miles on the jeep
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If you are looking for the best mileage possible (Without regearing), make sure the thing has a fresh tune up and filter, and new 02 sensors. Drop the lift size to 2" and put on a set of 31" tires.
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Read this again. You will not get a better answer than this.....Water Dogs suggestion------
If you are looking for the best mileage possible (Without regearing), make sure the thing has a fresh tune up and filter, and new 02 sensors. Drop the lift size to 2" and put on a set of 31" tires.
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If you are looking for the best mileage possible (Without regearing), make sure the thing has a fresh tune up and filter, and new 02 sensors. Drop the lift size to 2" and put on a set of 31" tires.
Exactly what I was thinking.

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