You shouldnt have to regear until you are ready to get what you want. I have a 93 yj 2.5 (with the stock 4.11 gears - yours should be the same) with front locker and welded STOCK rearend runnin 34 x 10.50 on an 8 inch wheel with no problems at all. I get about 50 to 60 easy on the highway (never see 5th gear). I am a big time heavy trail rider (almost every weekend) and havent had any trouble. I do plan to do the 8.8 switch by next summer. I think you should be ok as long as you watch your u joints & just dont do stupid stuff like power stalls on the street.
Ok, got the new top on with the tinted windows, sound bar and a new set of rims with 33x12.5x15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws and I have to say I didn't realize how much difference it would make in the overall apperance of the Jeep. I put everything on and steped back and it looked like a whole new Jeep!
I was worried about the tires because everyone told me I wouldn't use 5th gear again and I wouldn't get over 55 mph and I am glad they were wrong. On the Highway it tops out in 5th gear at around 72 to 75 mph.
I have to admit that going from 30 inch all-terrains to 33 inch mudders is a major improvement on the road and in the woods. I actually idled through the mud holes instead of hooking up a running start.
I am hoping to have time to get the pictures on here by the end of the week.
Ok got a couple of after pictures with the new tires and wheels and the new top with tinted windows. A couple of them still have the old windows in because I was heading into the woods and didnt want to scratch them.
New Exhaust went on this weekend! Wow what a difference, runs better, sounds alot better and there aren't a bunch of fumes flowing into the cab!
I am hoping to get a new center console ordered this week that locks and has a slot for the cd player. I am going to fill the radio slot in the dash with a spot for toggle switches and I am thinking about redoing the bedliner inside the Jeep, the Liner that is in already is starting to look rough and worn through in some places.
Got lucky yesterday, a friend of mines dad had some take off rims and a factory back bumper he wanted gone. The rims look just like the ones I have on there but they are 20 years newer is the only upside for the time being. I tore off the homemade pipe bumper on it yesterday and put the factory bumper on. Who would have ever thought that a factory bumper would make it look so much better. I will try to post pictures after church.