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06-05-2007 03:26 PM
1BLKJP Goodyear is still trying to recover from a strike they had a couple months ago. Demand for that tire is extremely high and most tire shops are just now starting to get a few trickling in here and there. In SoCal I'd say that Discount or America's Tire will be your best bet in finding some.
06-05-2007 12:16 PM
SoCal Climber
Update!

OK, I ordered the RE 5.5 kit that includes the SYE and Drive Shaft. I also ordered the RE Mono Shocks. I ordered it from 4X4 Group Buy (Thx Mike001) They were the best priced by far, and great customer service. I should be receiving it in this week. They are having trouble getting the goodyear MTR's so I will be looking locally for them. I would just like to thanks all of you for your advise in helping me make my decision. Hopefully I will see some of you soon on the trails.
06-03-2007 01:48 AM
Gwjvw Just get the RE 5.5 some 35's and lets hit the trails!
06-01-2007 11:28 AM
Mike001 I would go with the RE Monos I have them and I'm so glad I got em. Get under your Jeep and grab the Drive shaft see if it wiggles while watching the U-joints. You might have to look real close to notice it though.
06-01-2007 11:23 AM
SoCal Climber I have 2 more questions. If you can help.

#1 The Shocks. At first I was being told to stick with the RE Mono. Because they were pre valved Now I'm being told I should go with the Rancho 9000 series. Can anyone give me some feedback on the better way to go.

#2 @ 3800 RPM's I hear and feel a bad vibration, Any Gear. Are my U-joints going out?

Like always Thanks in advance.
05-31-2007 08:32 PM
Mike001 Yep I couldn't think of his name, thats it great guy.
05-31-2007 07:42 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by Mike001 View Post
I would just call and talk them they're great people to work with very polite and helpful. I've never had such great customer service.
Jason LaLiberty that owns 4x4Groupbuy is definitely great to work with. He used to be based out of AZ and that's where I bought my original suspension setup from. Any of the shops you deal with here in AZ you know they are wheelers too. Not just someone that owns a business.
05-31-2007 07:19 PM
Mike001 The body lift is so the MM lift will work and thats a good thing with that much lift, it will help the drive shaft angle. You can always swap stuff in those kits too. You can take out the BL the MM lift and add shocks or something. I would just call and talk them they're great people to work with very polite and helpful. I've never had such great customer service.
05-31-2007 04:50 PM
SoCal Climber I torn between the post you displayed and my original plan. The link you left includes a 1" body lift and I don't know if I want one or not.
05-31-2007 01:34 PM
Mike001 So did you find your lift?
05-31-2007 12:59 PM
SoCal Climber Thats fine its a Manual Transmission anyways.
05-31-2007 01:04 AM
Mike001 I was wondering about that 1BLKJP, i thaught it but didn't know foe sure on that, I guess I shoulda kept my mouth shut.
05-31-2007 12:42 AM
1BLKJP You can't gear a D30 to 5.13. 4.88 is as deep as it can go.
05-31-2007 12:17 AM
Mike001 I would still regear to a 4.88 if manual or 5.13 auto. I would just get a Super 44 kit and a Super 30 kit with those gears and an ARB AirLocker. THat setup wih the lift package I showed would be great and I believe you would be extremely happy with it. Biut talk naround and see..........
05-30-2007 11:18 PM
SoCal Climber I found out the rear diff is geared 3.73 with limited slip
05-30-2007 09:57 PM
Mike001
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Originally Posted by SoCal Climber View Post
OK,

I have decided on the 5.5" Rubicon Express Extreme Long arm. from the get go, I will be replacing the Rear CV and adding a new S.Y.E. What tires and Rims do you recommend for this solution. Can someone tell me how hard this install will be? I don't really want to pay 600 bucks for the install but i'm thinking it may be the way to go. Any suggestions? I know I will probably need to do some re-gearing but I'm sure I can get away with this for a while. I'm thinking 4.88 gearing, Would you agree? At that time I will add some lockers. I have learned this much reading other post and speaking to my friend that is a new member here. If i'm heading in the wrong direction please let me know.
Install is easier than you think trust me if you can turn a wrench you can do the install as far as gears go if you have a manual 4.88's will be ideal for 35's and good for 37's if you got an automatic tranny I would go deeper maybe a 5.13, but thats just me. If I had the money when I fixed my Jeep up I woulda got what you are looking at no doubts, you'll be happy with the setup and brand. Your brakes'll be fine people will move for you anyway its no biggy. Just be sure to upgrade to stainless steel brake lines which I'm sure the kit come with, just for the added brake pressure from bigger tires.
05-30-2007 09:49 PM
Mike001 Better yet check this out everything you need excepts axle upgrades. And the shocks thats a sweet deal IMO.
http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/rub...ler-p-142.html
05-30-2007 09:47 PM
Mike001 You might be able to find them cheaper I don't know but here are the shocks I have these and love them they are great but this set up is about the same price as the one you got quoted on and you get everything suspension and driveline wise you need.
http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/rub...cks-p-872.html
05-30-2007 09:44 PM
Mike001 I don't like full traction don;t ask me why I just don't
05-30-2007 09:41 PM
Mike001 Check this out I think, no I know, its a better deal then spend another $300 or so for shocks.
http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/rub...ing-p-802.html
05-30-2007 09:36 PM
SoCal Climber I got a quote today for the RE Extreme Long arm and RE MonoShocks for 2850.00 is this a good deal?
05-30-2007 09:14 PM
SoCal Climber How is the Full Traction Kits?
05-30-2007 06:40 PM
Mike001 Hell yeah dude thats what I'm talkin about. I'd get some Goodyear Wrangler MTR's or Maxxis Creepy Crawlers.
05-30-2007 06:10 PM
1BLKJP I don't think you will be disapointed in the RE setup. I ran basically that same lift for a few years. However if you can swing it I would suggest doing their upgrade to the triangulated rear. It will allow you to get rid of the trac-bar and alow much more freedom in the rear suspension.

The install isn't necessarily hard as long as you have the right tools and a good place to work. Air and a plasma cutter would be a huge bonus, but it can be done without them. The biggest thing that you have to do with that setup is to cut off your lower control arm mounts on the frame. Just allow yourself plenty of time to do the job and try not to get frustrated with it.

You might also want to look into the steering setup as well. With 33 and 35" tires it really puts a lot of stress on the stock setup and a bent tie rod is never a fun thing to deal with on the trail. Currie, Rock Krawler and others make good replacement steering setups for the TJ that are much beefier.
05-30-2007 06:03 PM
SoCal Climber
Reply

OK,

I have decided on the 5.5" Rubicon Express Extreme Long arm. from the get go, I will be replacing the Rear CV and adding a new S.Y.E. What tires and Rims do you recommend for this solution. Can someone tell me how hard this install will be? I don't really want to pay 600 bucks for the install but i'm thinking it may be the way to go. Any suggestions? I know I will probably need to do some re-gearing but I'm sure I can get away with this for a while. I'm thinking 4.88 gearing, Would you agree? At that time I will add some lockers. I have learned this much reading other post and speaking to my friend that is a new member here. If i'm heading in the wrong direction please let me know.
05-30-2007 04:41 PM
1BLKJP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Dirt View Post
Check your budget. 35" tires and 5.5" lift WILL require a SYE, better brakes, Axle shaft upgrades, ect. There is a BIG difference between what is required for a 4" with 33's and a 5.5" with 35's. Price it out because 35's without the right supporting modifications will be a piece of crap.
Ah, you don't need all that to run 35's. I run 35's on stock axles D30/D44 (With Spares), stock brakes and stock gearing.

I also recommend just going right after the Long Arm setup if you are wanting to just build it once. I went from no lift and 31's to 5.5" and 35's and haven't had to spend the money several different times to get there.

I'm pretty partial to Rock Krawler because it's simple, beefy and IT WORKS.
05-30-2007 03:14 PM
Joe Dirt Check your budget. 35" tires and 5.5" lift WILL require a SYE, better brakes, Axle shaft upgrades, ect. There is a BIG difference between what is required for a 4" with 33's and a 5.5" with 35's. Price it out because 35's without the right supporting modifications will be a piece of crap.
05-30-2007 01:38 PM
Mike001 Check 4x4groupbuy.com they got real sweet deals and absolutoffroad is real good I hear but I don't have experience with them, yet.
05-30-2007 01:25 PM
SoCal Climber
Folow Up

I will read some of the other threads and start looking for the best place to buy my products. I would like to get started right away. I will take plenty of pics. and inform you all of my progress.
05-30-2007 11:50 AM
Mike001 If you want to do it right the first time I would get RE 5.5 in long arm with the trilink upgrade or a rockkrawler longarm suspension. Go long arm though regardless of the company I personally like Rubicon Express. You can also get a 4.5 in lift and some tube fenders to run 35's. If you're gonna be on rocks and climbing stuf stretch it 5 inches and get some competition corners. I would also get a Super44 kit for the rear and a super 30 axle kit for the front. The list is endless but think before you start spending money, that way, like you said, you only have to do it once.
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