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Old 07-23-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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Building a wrangler for my Marine

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Just joined and this is my first post and have a couple a questions.
First off I (we)are getting ready to build an 87 wrangler for our son who is with the 1/25th weapons company in Falluja Iraq.He will be home in October and am looking to install a suspension lift. The wrangler already has a 3" body lift and was wondering if adding a 4" suspension lift would be fine? I would like to stuff a set of 35 or 36" tires.This is not going to be his everyday jeep just a surprise trail rig any info would be great.


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Old 07-23-2006, 08:23 PM   #2
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Removing the 3" Body Lift for a 1" body lift, then adding the 4" suspension lift to it would work wonders. A body lift as large as the one that's there (one a vehicle as small as a Jeep) is going to put a lot of unecessary stress on body mounts both in the body and the frame, and will crack them once they fatigue from constant four wheeling - A 1" body lift is usually ok.

With this setup (4" suspension + 1" Body) you should be able to run 35"s; you might need to get some aftermarket flares that open up the wheel well a bit more than stock, while maintaining clean looks (I'm guessing this is somewhat important to you?).

Remember for the 4" suspension lift you could do a transfer case drop to compensate for the short rear driveshaft being put at a steep angle, however you'll really want to install a Slip Yoke Eliminator (SYE) and CV rear driveshaft to reduce the angle on it, and add in joints that can handle steep angles - this will add more or less 500 bucks to the install in parts, and can be easily installed yourself if you're mechanically incliniced (transfer cases are very easy to take apart).

Other things to look into is perhaps upgrading the steering and making sure the brakes are in good working order - with large tires (like 35"s) you'll want them in their peak operating condition. Other things to add would be locking differentials (drop in lockers that don't require gear setting are about 220 bucks per axle). If you're stuffing a locker in the rear, be sure to at LEAST upgrade the axle shafts on that Dana 35 axle in the back, and prefferably upgrade the whole assembly to a Dana 44 (or better) - the Dana 35 is really not suited for tires that large off-road and can break at an unfortunate time.

Armor plating is also a good idea - start off with differential protection for the front and rocker guards, then add in a rear differential guard, and an engine skid plate. You might choose to upgrade bumpers at this time too if it's within your budget, as well as adding protection for the rear corners of the tub.

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Old 07-23-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info JeepCrawler98-
Installing the lift and other mechanical items is not a prob.
I just finished not to long ago a 6" RevTec lift on my F350 CC lariat LB PSD Super Duty. I just wanted to make sure everything would jive with the Jeep and not get to crazy. Again thanks the info you provided is a great starting point.

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Old 07-23-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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ditto...go with a one inch body lift....3 inches is just way too much for a body can probably still fit 35's but just remember you'll need some other stuff with your suspension lift like sye, maybe new gears, axle most of these if not all were already mentioned
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Old 07-24-2006, 04:40 PM   #5
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Very good answer.
Good luck on the build you have great answers so far.
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That's one of the coolest thing I've ever heard a parent doing for their kid. I agree David gave you a top notch response to your inquiry.

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:45 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for all the replies.Our boy has no idea his mom and I are doing this for him so sssshhhhh :o) Again thanks for all the support.


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