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Old 08-20-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Check my build

So I'm planning my build as I'm a couple weeks away from purchasing everything.. i wanted to run everything by you guys to make sure I'm looking okay.

2.5" Suspension Lift,
1" Body Lift
15x8 wheels
33x10.5 tires

My TJ has (I'm 99.9999% sure Dana 35 axles (I know they aren't D44's) With those tires.. am I begging for an axle break? ... I RARELY do any wheeling... I'm more of a top down cruise along the beach kind of guy... so Street and Interstate use only.
Everything is coming to $1,700 sound like a decent price btw?

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what lift
what body lift
what tires
what wheels

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Here ya, go.. but as always it your jeep build it with what you want...

Pro comp springs are good, the shocks have issues.


look at the daystar body lift if you must have one.. it replaces all the body mounts

pro comp tires.. bit over priced... take a look at dayton timberline at's if they sell them around ya,,, avg about 140ish for 33's.
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Here ya, go.. but as always it your jeep build it with what you want...

Pro comp springs are good, the shocks have issues.


look at the daystar body lift if you must have one.. it replaces all the body mounts

pro comp tires.. bit over priced... take a look at dayton timberline at's if they sell them around ya,,, avg about 140ish for 33's.
brilliant! thank you! As for the axles though? Think I'll have a problem?
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Front is fine.. if you don't put a locker in the rear dana 35 and keep off the gas off road, it will live, but start saving for upgraded shafts or a new axle if you plan to get into lots of trails etc.
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I run Pro Comp 32x11.50x15LT's on a little TJ 4 banger with D30&D35 diffs and they do alright. But, I have 2 axel's pre built for replacements just in case. Sometimes I'm not to nice to the little bugger.
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Front is fine.. if you don't put a locker in the rear dana 35 and keep off the gas off road, it will live, but start saving for upgraded shafts or a new axle if you plan to get into lots of trails etc.
Awesome, Yea I plan on keeping an eye on Craigslist, for a 44 or 60, rebuilding it and throwing it on... but I'm glad to know I don't have to rush to do it.
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I'm not changing a thing the axel's are cheap and under an hour to change them out. lol
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I'm not changing a thing the axel's are cheap and under an hour to change them out. lol
really? o_O an hour to install an axel? are you talking about the axel shafts? or complete axel assembly?
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Bolting a pre-done axle is cake. Just a few bolts then adjustments and then bolts some more. And then make sure everything works. About an hour or two depending upon experience.
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really? o_O an hour to install an axel? are you talking about the axel shafts? or complete axel assembly?
Just the shaft. They're the weak link and I'd rather keep them that way.
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oh awesome man lol.... I'm looking forward to getting this work done... I'm just debating what I want to do... I've ALWAYS been a Do it yourselfer... But this being my daily driver I'm still figuring out what I want to do... Local Jeep Shop (Jeep Toy Box) abour 3 hours north of me, will do it all for around $3,400... Or.. I can do it myself for 1/2 that, have it take longer and then have to purchase the tools... as most of them were "lost" by the movers on the move to my house 3 years ago... Wish there was a local Jeep club I could hang out with and wait for them to have a 'fix it day' .. but looks like I'd be going solo :P
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Wish there was a local Jeep club I could hang out with and wait for them to have a 'fix it day' .. but looks like I'd be going solo :P
If you check there more than likely a club near you. You can always rent a car for a couple of weeks about $400 buy the tools, and you don't save any money this time but you get to keep the tools.
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If you check there more than likely a club near you. You can always rent a car for a couple of weeks about $400 buy the tools, and you don't save any money this time but you get to keep the tools.
I don't think I'll need a couple of weeks... Suspension work is easy right? I've done a lot of suspension work on Ford Rangers...

Drop the control arm... pull out the coil.... put in the new one... bolt up the shock... bolt control arm in place.... move on to side 2... I'm thinking, Saturday for Suspension, Sunday for Body Lift.. Monday for wheels and alignment?
As for a Jeep club, there is one 3 cities north of me... but I was a member of a Ranger club in Miami... and disliked people "yea club is great... fix my truck" on the first run lol.... I don't want to be that guy.
Me and the guys installed a full airbag suspension on a Ford Ranger for a guy .. never came back :| lol
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Ever hear of a guy named Murphy as in law 3 week ends but I always have to go get something hence the rental
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For a 2" lift you don't need to take the control arms out. Disconnect the say bar(once you have the jeep up on frame stands) and the axle will/should have enought down flex to let the spring come out. Body lift takes about 2hrs going slow and depending if you don't run into issues. Spring lift time will vary on how complex the kit is. start early in the am and be done with it all for a late dinner.
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For a 2" lift you don't need to take the control arms out. Disconnect the say bar(once you have the jeep up on frame stands) and the axle will/should have enought down flex to let the spring come out. Body lift takes about 2hrs going slow and depending if you don't run into issues. Spring lift time will vary on how complex the kit is. start early in the am and be done with it all for a late dinner.
Excellent! and the rears? What is the best plan of action to change out those coils?
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Rent a coil spring compressor to help replacing the coil springs. Autozone or Checker rents them. The only thing I do not believe was mentioned was the axle gearing. Is it 3.07, 3.73 or 4.10? This should be looked at with it being a daily driver.
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Rent a coil spring compressor to help replacing the coil springs. Autozone or Checker rents them. The only thing I do not believe was mentioned was the axle gearing. Is it 3.07, 3.73 or 4.10? This should be looked at with it being a daily driver.
to be honest I have no idea which gearing it is. I haven't been under to look at the differential.. but good call... I should check that :| I'll try to find it in a bit.

edit: and yea I already own a sping compressor from my past suspension work.
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was justout there... no way I can read that tag lol I tried cleaning it up a bit with water and Dawn, and yea.. I can't read that thing :| the jeep's assembly plate, or VIN wouldn't tell me hmm?
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Just went out there and sanded it.. it's a 3.07 :|.. I'll just leave it stock for now.. now that I know the gearing, I'm not sure i want to be pulling 33"s..
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Ask around as I know there are some out there with 33s and 3.07 axles. This would put more stress on the axles off roading, but you said it will be minimal off roading.
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Ask around as I know there are some out there with 33s and 3.07 axles. This would put more stress on the axles off roading, but you said it will be minimal off roading.
I really do appreciate you catching that btw... something so trivial just literally passed my mind while planning this lol. Yea I'll see if I can find a jeep club and ask around and see if they have a similar setup that I can ride in.
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if you look into rough country the 2.5" suspension lift will be cheaper just a thought heres a link.
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If you are gonna run 33's take a serious look at your ring and pinion gears. You will lose a decent bit of power going from stock tires. I ran 33's on a 89 Sahara w/ lockers and 4.11 gears and never had any problems.
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If I may bump my own thread with a question lol ... would 32" tires make a difference? ... or would I have the same problem as 33"s? .. no idea how much of a difference an inch would make?
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I run 32x11.50x15lt on my Jeep and it's a 4 banger with stock 4.10 gearing. I do have 2 axles prebuilt if I break one. So far so good and I don't treat it well at all. As you can see from the stress in this pic.
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I run 32x11.50x15lt on my Jeep and it's a 4 banger with stock 4.10 gearing. I do have 2 axles prebuilt if I break one. So far so good and I don't treat it well at all. As you can see from the stress in this pic.
that's with 4.10 gears
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I have the 2 1/2 inch rough country lift along with 1" body lift and a mml. Run 33's with the dana 35 and 3.07 gears. Yeah you do lose some power on the highway, quite noticeable, but you get used to it. As for wheeling it, I've never had a problem with it and go anywhere anyone else goes. As someone posted earlier, we keep a spare set of axles ready for the swap just in case.

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