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Old 03-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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Rubicon 33's OME + BL/MML worth it ???

Am enjoying a stock jeep right now again. Have had a few and here is where I'm at. Although ready to pull the trigger on some serious stuff I am starting to debate again if it's needed and the long long list of expenses that follow. So in honesty for anyone with a similar setup who can say something good or bad for me do let me know.

1- OME 2" coil an shock kit. 1" BL and 1" MML. Put some 33's on 15x8 wheels or just space mine out an enjoy

2- 5.5" Clayton long arm lift 3-link pro series 35's


Either way right now while it's stock I'm dabbing my bumper in front installing winch and looking into tire carrier build. This way when I lift some is done. Here is where I loose my marbles. I love the jeep and do like wheeling but how much have I done in past or plan to do more than easy duty stuff it can probably get through fine w factory lockers an these new KM2 245's. I sure would wheel more if I had 5.5" long arm kit haha. But mostly I enjoy the jeep top off in summer daily driving it the short trip to work and maybe a few trips in it with the girl down highway. Being a rubicon I did buy because it's better then a lower model an needing new axles and wanting lockers like my last 97 TJ. And even that I never got it stuck except mud which not to much can help in situation I was in which NEVER AGAIN I'm done with the mud thing. If anything I crawl up this mounting all these guys do round here and there's easier way than some. Seen somewhat stock jeeps do it with lockers so I question why spend all this money one fully lifted long arm flexing jeep I'll probably just be using 90% of time playing in the snow in winter time as well as drive to work and have it road worthy my girl can drive it. With how cheap going all out on a OME lift then getting BL and MML I can be done. Sure might not flex amazing with stock arms but idk. Then my issue of what else is NEEDED not just ok without after that. Do I need track bars. Do I need adjustable control arms. After that I say why not get a savvy 3" kit best it gets. If I stay with 33's why go to nuts but I could use a lot of money towars armor an such. But as you climb the MERCHANDISE latter you end up wanting either a 4" savvy short arm kit or Clayton offroad 4" kit. And if I go that far for same price go 5.5" an run 35's just better breaks an all.

IM GOING NUTS HELP DECIDE WOTH ME

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Old 03-26-2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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i think with a rubicon you should be able to run 33s without doing anything, they say 2 inches but i am pretty sure with an offset rim you can run them no problem.

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Old 03-26-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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i think with a rubicon you should be able to run 33s without doing anything, they say 2 inches but i am pretty sure with an offset rim you can run them no problem.
Yea I M sure it fits but will it wheel and flex without ripping stuff off. My point is its a rubicon an I want to build it to do all it can. If it can wheel, I'll be happy to do it. However to spend all this money on it an maybe get time from work 1 time a month to "test" what it and I can do its a tuff debate. And anything in between the small lift an 33's an going balls out long arm I don't see. Personally if I am paying someone to regear my axles I'm not doing it for 33's I am doing 35's.

Maybe I'm just over reacting past few weeks all I can say is I want the long arm 3 link an that's final no more build it then say booo now. Wanna do it again. Waste another week in garage, spend even more money doing it an end up wishing I didn't ruin so much off start. And I rather the best softest ride on road anyway. Rather build a rig that can walk through what I wanna do than me bash smash an drag one through it. In time as I progress I figure then I'll keep investing in armor underneath an whatnot. Had 33's last time an all I wanted was 35's.
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33's do not fit on a stock Runicon. The Rubicon springs are stiffer, but not taller. The Ribicon also has a 1 inch taller bumpstop. Look at the botton of the spring cup on the Dana 30.

I am installing the 2.5 inch OME lift now. I also have a MML and BL on the jeep. One of my friends jeeps has the same setup and it rides very well. I am also working on a high pinion Dana 30 to install at a later date. I dont do a lot of rocks, but we have some nasty mud here, and this setup plays very nice in the mud. I can also do the rocks as needed.

I hope this helps.

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The Ribicon also has a 1 inch taller bumpstop. Look at the botton of the spring cup on the Dana 30.
Melissa, FYI: it's ~3/8" extra bumpstop extension on the Rubicon D44 front, not 1". it's just a flat, round plate welded to the same stock spring perch found on every XJ, ZJ & TJ front axle.
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I have an 03 Sport. Last year I had the OME 2" HK lift installed. It actually gave me ~2.5" up front and about 3" of lift in the back. I've been running 33x12.50x15 tires on my 15x8 rims since with no issues. I don't get to wheel as much as I'd like. My flat flares give me ~4" of flex clearance. People said I would need an SYE installed, but I only felt a little vibration the first couple days and none since.

I'm toying with the idea of adding a leveling kit to the front which could give me up to another inch of clearance for flex.

I'm extremely happy with my setup. The stiffer OME shocks have been great when hauling mulch/bricks.

Good luck with your mod!
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Yea I M sure it fits but will it wheel and flex without ripping stuff off. My point is its a rubicon an I want to build it to do all it can. If it can wheel, I'll be happy to do it. However to spend all this money on it an maybe get time from work 1 time a month to "test" what it and I can do its a tuff debate. And anything in between the small lift an 33's an going balls out long arm I don't see. Personally if I am paying someone to regear my axles I'm not doing it for 33's I am doing 35's.

Maybe I'm just over reacting past few weeks all I can say is I want the long arm 3 link an that's final no more build it then say booo now. Wanna do it again. Waste another week in garage, spend even more money doing it an end up wishing I didn't ruin so much off start. And I rather the best softest ride on road anyway. Rather build a rig that can walk through what I wanna do than me bash smash an drag one through it. In time as I progress I figure then I'll keep investing in armor underneath an whatnot. Had 33's last time an all I wanted was 35's.


then it looks like your decided.

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