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Old 01-14-2014, 02:19 AM   #1
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I just recently purchased my first jeep wrangler and am wanting to fix it up. It's a 2002 2.5L automatic (not my first choice but affordable) with 102,000 miles. I'm wanting to do a suspension lift of 6" on 35's. From what I've read 4:10, 4:11, and 4:56 are the typical regear for the 4cyl. What will be required for the 6" lift i.e. any extensions for the steering or other components and which gear ratio would give me optimal performance. I'm not wanting anything extreme out of this just a solid rig to take down some trails. Thanks.

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If I may... I suggest a smaller lift kit. Not only will 6 inches be expensive, it will require far more components then something more reasonable such as a 3.5 to 4 inch. Not only that but you raise your center of gravity, get increasingly more top heavy, and unstable. 3.5 is normally plenty. But another thing to keep in mind is most 4 cylinders came with a Dana 35 rear axel which will be susceptible to breakage with 35s. They don't have the strength to handle a tire like that so you may want to think about an axel swap. I'd recommend 4.56 or even 4.88 (would be my personal choice, but just an opinion) If you're dead set on 35s. But if you're running trails hard you might expect a break or two.

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Welcome!

Our TJs fit 35s with 4" of lift, and less lift if you don't mind making some body modifications (I personally run 35s with 3.25" of lift). 6" of lift is so unpopular and unnecessary that there are only a couple on the market.

With your 4cyl and 35s, 5.13 gears are ideal, but the are not available for the stock axles. Your next best option is 4.88.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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Welcome! Our TJs fit 35s with 4" of lift, and less lift if you don't mind making some body modifications (I personally run 35s with 3.25" of lift). 6" of lift is so unpopular and unnecessary that there are only a couple on the market. With your 4cyl and 35s, 5.13 gears are ideal, but the are not available for the stock axles. Your next best option is 4.88.
Am I correct in thinking that the Dana 44 was not available in any four cylinder configuration?
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thanks to the both of you. I figured the 6" with 35's was going to be a bit too much anyways. The feed back has helped a lot. I'll probably do 4" with 33's and do the axle swap or just pay the thing off and find a 4.0 with a manual tranny.
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Or rather the 3.5" lift.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:30 PM   #7
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Believe it or not on my old tj I cleared 35s with a 4 inch lift... I'm pretty sure most people do... I make be mistaken though! The axel swap might be nice to do but one thing to remember is the 4 cylinder will be lighter for crawling which will be nice but they still have a decent power output.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:16 PM   #8
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Am I correct in thinking that the Dana 44 was not available in any four cylinder configuration?
This is correct.
The d44 rear was an option for the Sahara and Sport models, which only came with the 4.0L.
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4 in lift will clear 35s

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