Hey y'all - I got a '97 TJ that is kind of a "work jeep" and I need some help. We hunt with it, too, but don't do any crawling or anything too extreme since I depend on it for work and daily driving way out in the middle o' nowhere (where we live). Can't just break it and get it towed out! So, my rear end needs to be rebuilt and I've been thinking about switching the gears to 4:56. It's got a 5 spd, 4.0 and dana 35 rear, dana 30 front. Pretty much stock. I tow a trailer full of gravel, wood, whatever, quite often. So, what would you do if you were in my shoes? Thanks!!
Thanks, Big Cole! What about driveline vibration with that rear end? Would I have to lift it so that I could put a slip yoke eliminator and cv driveline in? I don't really want to have to lift it, but I know that vibration can be an issue when putting those ford 8.8's in, right? I'll do it if I have to because I think that the 8.8 is a great idea. Whaddya think?
You could get the 2" ome hd kit and that would improve your towing as well
Good point. You can get LJ springs in the rear if you've got a heavy trailer and/or heavy gear back there. Call DPG Offroad if you're gonna be looking at an OME set up. They'll set you up with a custom combination of spring rates to suit your needs.
OME 2.5" coils and Nitro Shocks, Metalcloak front track bar, JKS Quick discos, 33x12.50 Goodyear MTR's w/Kevlar, 15x8 Pacer wheels, thedirtworx rear tire carrier
Go with the 8.8 and SYE. go ahead and lift it a little (3 inch) and go with 32's and you'll have a heckuva Jeep, that will look great, perform for any off road task, and be a "work" Jeep with equal gusto.
4.56 on stock tires will be way deep, and your gas mileage will absolutely suck (literally)
but 32's would be doable, you could probably even get by with 4.10's and may even be able to find a rear with 4.10's already installed as that was a factory option with the towing package.