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Old 08-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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time has come to lift my jeep

Well I have owned my jeep wrangler 2005 4.0 auto for about 6 months now currently have just under 60k on it. Im running 31's currently. I do a fair amount of wheeling with it but have ran into some clearance problems recently. My perfect plan would be to run 35. I got a build sheet from jeep and it says I have 3.73 gears dana 30 axles. I have followed threads on lifts and im all over the place on what to do. Can someone tell me exactly what I will need to run 35's. I would love to do a 4" lift. Also rough estimate on prices. Thanks. Pic of it currently
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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35's is alot of dough. If you don't want to go custom or high clearance fenders, you'll need at least a 4" lift with a 1.25" bl 1" mml. Adjustable control arms, sye/cv, beefed up steering, beefed up breaks, extended brake lines, and probably a few other things I'm missing.

Or you could go with something like MC fenders, a 2.5" lift (even though you can fit 35's on stock suspension with their fenders), a tummy tuck skid, and 35's. For the tummy tuck, you'll also need the adjustable rear CA's for the sye/cv you'll need. Then if you've got welding skills or a buddy with welding skills, you can get real fancy.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #3
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If your gonna wheel alot I wouldn't do 35s your just begging for problems I'd go with 33s and put some chromoly shafts in the front and rear and4.56 gears in it also how big is your budget for lift? I went with a rough country 4 inch long arm on mine and so far I've had zero complaints.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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If your gonna wheel alot I wouldn't do 35s your just begging for problems I'd go with 33s and put some chromoly shafts in the front and rear and4.56 gears in it also how big is your budget for lift? I went with a rough country 4 inch long arm on mine and so far I've had zero complaints.
???? Not true. 35's set up properly will be just fine. Is it cheaper to run 33's? Definitely. Is it any less prone to problems? I wouldn't say so. A properly set up rig will perform without a problem no matter if you're running 31's or 42's.

And I forgot to add in my original post that axle upgrades are needed as well with the D35 rear. And if you want to run a locker, you'll need chromoly shafts in the D30 and you'll need to swap in a D44 rear or a ford 8.8.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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Well what would you guys recommend as far as an upgrade. What I really want to do is be able to ride trails that I am riding now that I am scrapping on. Will a 2" or 2 1/2" lift and 33's do the job? I make it through everything just hit a few times. Im opened for ideas. As far as a budget I was looking at 4-5k for everything wheels and tires included
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Sounds like a tummy tuck is a good idea for you. That'll be roughly $1,000 - $1,500 if my quick calculations are right. You'll need a high clearance t-case skid plate, sye/cv, upper and lower adjustable CA's, a track bar relocation bracket, and probably a novak shifter cable. Next, to properly run 33's, you'll need some fenders such as the ones MC sells or at least a 2.5" lift with a 1.25" bl and 1" mml. The bl and mml are also highly recommended for the tummy tuck anyway.
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Sounds like a tummy tuck is a good idea for you. That'll be roughly $1,000 - $1,500 if my quick calculations are right. You'll need a high clearance t-case skid plate, sye/cv, upper and lower adjustable CA's, a track bar relocation bracket, and probably a novak shifter cable. Next, to properly run 33's, you'll need some fenders such as the ones MC sells or at least a 2.5" lift with a 1.25" bl and 1" mml. The bl and mml are also highly recommended for the tummy tuck anyway.
This would be a very nicely performing setup.
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Sounds like a tummy tuck is a good idea for you. That'll be roughly $1,000 - $1,500 if my quick calculations are right. You'll need a high clearance t-case skid plate, sye/cv, upper and lower adjustable CA's, a track bar relocation bracket, and probably a novak shifter cable. Next, to properly run 33's, you'll need some fenders such as the ones MC sells or at least a 2.5" lift with a 1.25" bl and 1" mml. The bl and mml are also highly recommended for the tummy tuck anyway.
With your current setup, $4-5K is not going to be enough to properly set up your Jeep to run 35's, especially when that includes the tires. You would be looking on the very low side $1K for tires alone. So that would leave you with $3-4K to prep your Jeep for the 35's including, modifying F/R axles, regear, modifying to clear 35's with lift or fenders or both. If you want lockers F/R another $1,500-$2K. SYE/CV upgrade anouther $1K. Money flies out of your pocket when you are looking to properly modify your Jeep to run larger tires.

The setup that PStov98TJ suggested would be a pretty good setup, especially for the money limits and the scenerio that you explained. This will give you a quite a bit more belly clearance along with bigger tires and a little lift. SYE/CV setup is the only way to go in my book. I would also look into a regear to help offset performance loss and extra strain from the 33" tires. Some might say no youll be OK with that gearing. But you want to keep the gear/tire ratio as close to the stock numbers as possible. This will ensure you dont have performance losses and also your not putting extra strain on your drivetrain components.

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