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Old 05-03-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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gears, lockers, axle ?????

Ok, right now I have a 3" body lift on 32x11.50 and they work perfect no rubbing or anything. Other than that I am completely stock. I just bought this jeep and would like to run 33x12.50 in the near future for a more aggressive look.(mud terrain tires or something) I would love to put a suspension lift and 35's in the semi-distant future. My question is what would I need to run 33's and what would I need to run 35's?


Will the stock axles hold 33's? Will the stock axles run 35's? I have a 4cyl auto if that helps. I have dreams of getting a SOA and a set of 36's with front and rear lockers with 4.88 gears and upgraded axles but that would be around $3000-$4000.

So for just practical reasons I think I am going to stick with 33's since I only go wheelin' once every month or so. So do I need to upgrade axles? I know gears are a given with my little 4 banger. But I was thinking of a locker in the rear at the same time. Maybe a suspension lift instead of the body lift too. Damn I'm rambling about nothin'.

So I guess I will never have the money to build my dream and will have to stick with 33's, lockers, and gears. What do I need to run 33's safely and 35's safely if I ever decide to take the credit card plung?

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Old 05-03-2007, 03:31 PM   #2
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I have a 95 yj with a 4 inch lift,33x1250,5 spd tranny.The stock axles will be fine I dont know about the auto tranny though,my 5spd is no speed demon with the 33s,the big tires really bog it down and im thinking of changing the gearing.

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You can get away with running 33's on your rear Dana 35. However I would recommend locking the front and maybe doing a limited slip in the rear to help save you axle shafts, carriers, R&P's etc..... I know that most YJ's with the 4 cylinder came with 4.10 gearing in the diffs, but I've never actually seen a 4 cylinder come with an auto. Check to see if the metal tags are still on your diff's in about the 9 o'clock position. Should tell you the R&P ratio. The auto will help you more as it's essentially geared lower than the 5 speed already. That being said your 33's will not be a vastly noticeable difference than the 32's that you have on there right now as far as power loss goes.
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It is the slowest thing I have ever drove but I love it. I think 33's is the most I am going to go. I mean I really don't do a whole lot of wheeling. So I might keep the body lift for now and then splurge and get a 4 inch lift with gears and lockers with a set of 33's but all of that would run something like $2000- $3000. If I came into $5000 I would do a v8 swap and SOA with 36's and gears, lockers and the whole nine but like I said I don't have that much money. I can maybe get $2000 in a couple of months. If so then I should have enough to get a brand new set of wheels and tires with gears and lockers.
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If you are intent on keeping the 3" body lift then you could probably just get some 2" lift springs pretty cheap and stuff your 33's under there with that.
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Maybe even some 2" lift shackles instead of new springs. They will net you an inch of lift, just enough to clear those 33's. You should get new shocks too since the little bit of lift took 1" out of your down travel.
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How much are 2" shackles for the front and rear? And who carries them?

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