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Old 10-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Wrangler tj build

Well, I'm 15 (turn 16 and get my liscense in June) and I have a 99 Jeep Wrangler Sport, It's all stock right now, with the D 35 & 30 combo with 3.07's. I'm planning on finding some d 44's that came out of a rubicon so I would have the axles and air lockers. how much money would it cost me for those front and rear?

If I get air lockers, how hard is it to wire the switches up to the front dash and install the compressors? how much money would that cost? where do you mount the compressors?

And also, would it be a good idea to install SYE when I change axles even if I have no lift at the time, cause I'm going to do 2.5" and then possibly bigger after that. If I could or did, what should I do for control arms?

I'm trying to start off by just getting a OME 2.5" lift. I know how much the lift is, but is there any other special things I should also get that dosen't come with that package that would really help?

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Old 10-11-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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Not what you want to hear but I recommend accumulating some driving time on that Jeep before any modifications. Some experienced drivers are not accustomed to the way Wranglers handle compared to an average car - let alone one that is modified. You got the rest of your life to drive, we don't to see you get hurt, or hurt someone else.

Sorry, that's the father in me speaking along with many years experience driving on the race tracks.

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Old 10-11-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Not what you want to hear but I recommend accumulating some driving time on that Jeep before any modifications. Some experienced drivers are not accustomed to the way Wranglers handle compared to an average car - let alone one that is modified. You got the rest of your life to drive, we don't to see you get hurt, or hurt someone else.

Sorry, that's the father in me speaking along with many years experience driving on tghe race tracks.
Best advice. Just be patient and get some experiance first. I had to wait until I was 47 to get my first TJ. Just remember to have fun with what you have. Just because a Jeep is stock doesn't mean it's no fun to drive on and off the pavement.
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Well, I'm 15 (turn 16 and get my liscense in June) and I have a 99 Jeep Wrangler Sport, It's all stock right now, with the D 35 & 30 combo with 3.07's. I'm planning on finding some d 44's that came out of a rubicon so I would have the axles and air lockers. how much money would it cost me for those front and rear?

If I get air lockers, how hard is it to wire the switches up to the front dash and install the compressors? how much money would that cost? where do you mount the compressors?

And also, would it be a good idea to install SYE when I change axles even if I have no lift at the time, cause I'm going to do 2.5" and then possibly bigger after that. If I could or did, what should I do for control arms?

I'm trying to start off by just getting a OME 2.5" lift. I know how much the lift is, but is there any other special things I should also get that dosen't come with that package that would really help?
Good luck finding someone willing to part with rubi 44's. Take the others advice, new wrangler owners constantly underestimate what a jeep can do. That leads to wasted money, broken stuff or injuries.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:43 PM   #5
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I guess you guys are right.... lol I guess you could atleast give me some advice on some nice looking wheels that won't break the bank. My jeep is amethyst (dark purple) and black top, chrome or black wheels?
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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Rugged ridge d-window black steelies.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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While it is just opinion, I prefer black. You have to put on it what will make it yours. My opinion does not matter neither does anyone elses. I know that is hard to fathom being in high school where every thing in life is driven by people opinion. What girl is cute, what clothes are cool, what hair style is in etc. But if someone wants your Jeep to look a different way than you do, Fark them. Tell them to go buy their own and make their own choices.

One addational thought, Chrome can take a bit of work to keep clean and shiny. Black is black and looks great dirty.
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so if I keep 30's and possibly go up to maybe 32's later (doubt I'll still have the same wheels when I upgrade though), what size wheel and back spacing should I get?
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so if I keep 30's and possibly go up to maybe 32's later (doubt I'll still have the same wheels when I upgrade though), what size wheel and back spacing should I get?
4-4.5"

They will stick out some though. But 32's pretty much only come in a 11.50 width.
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Besides getting some driving experience (good call, whoever made it), I'd suggest doing small maintenance and appearance stuff. Make little small improvements for longevity and customization. There WILL be maintenance issues creeping up on you (I've also got a '99 and required repairs knocked wanted upgrades back several times.

In regards to your original question: An SYE will *probably* not be needed for a 2.5" lift. They're also inexpensive since there are fewer components. I just did a budget boost (2" coil spring spacers and longer shocks) with a 1" body lift. In materials I spent under $300. Had a bunch of help installing it which saved me a bunch more PLUS it let me learn how things work. With both lifts I can fit 33's, but 31's/32's would look good, too. My 30's look a little goofy, but the 9.5" width doesn't help either.

If you do it that way, you can make small inexpensive (besides tires) mods slow and steady then have the satisfaction of watching it grow up before your very eyes. One mod will not require you to make the next and it can be done as you have money.

To echo the above sentiment, good luck finding some 44's set up for a TJ. Most people know what they have and think they have gold.

Rims. Nothing wrong with black steelies, but if your budget and your tastes allow to go alloys, go for it. I'd go 8" width and 4" backspacing. That will let you keep the same rims as you go up in tire height.
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Just ordered me some crager soft 8s. I think they were 221 shipped from jegs.
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Just ordered me some crager soft 8s. I think they were 221 shipped from jegs.
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What did you do for lugs and caps? I was on Jeg's or Summit and they had 4 packs of lugs for $13 each. Thought that was ridiculous since I'd have to get 5 or 4 plus locks. Meanwhile at 4WP, they have 20 lugs, caps, valve stems AND a folding 4 way wrench for $80.
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What did you do for lugs and caps? I was on Jeg's or Summit and they had 4 packs of lugs for $13 each. Thought that was ridiculous since I'd have to get 5 or 4 plus locks. Meanwhile at 4WP, they have 20 lugs, caps, valve stems AND a folding 4 way wrench for $80.
You should already have 23 lugs already on the tj. Could save yourself some cash there.
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I guess you guys are right.... lol I guess you could atleast give me some advice on some nice looking wheels that won't break the bank. My jeep is amethyst (dark purple) and black top, chrome or black wheels?
Normally i'd say black to most wheel questions... but purple Jeeps can pull off chrome or polished aluminium wheels with style. The downside is that will clash with black aftermarket bumpers/tire carriers.

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