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Old 09-29-2011, 07:10 AM
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Cool new member and jeep owner - Scottish guy in Dubai with TJ

hello to all!!

This has no doubt been said more than few times but.....
Iím new to Jeeps and offroading.

Iím a Scotsman living in Dubai, UAE (middle east) and keep on hearing about how great the offroading is in the desert around here and Oman.
So changed my tune from street sports cars to offroading machines.
Bought a 2006 black TJ Sahara edition wrangler. love it!!!!
Only mods so far is it has 15" alloys and 31 10.5 15 offroad tires and some extra head lamps.

So anyways I have done hours of research into the sahara edition and canít come up with any conclusive evidence of its true spec origin.
When I type in the VIN number, more than a few websites show its a - North American built 2006 jeep "Rubicon" Sahara. Which is strange.
So this got my interest.

Iíve taken pictures of the front and back axle and they seem to be these Dana 44's everyone keeps mentioning.... but again, Iím new to this so Iím only comparing them to pictures I find on the net of actual Dana 44 axles.
I seen that the Saharaís come with an option for these axles so doesnít prove much part from the axles are decent.

From some of the information Iíve found so far it seems Jeep didnít produce any Sahara editions in 2004-2006 apart from the 1000 special edition ones (which mines isnít)

So if someone can maybe help me with a few questions I would greatly appreciate it!!

Q1- What the hell is my Jeep??? is it perhaps different because it was built for the middle east - I know that the jeep is GCC spec (gulf central countries). So it was intended for use within the extreme heat of 50-60 degree C that it reaches over here. The only reason I want to know is so I can lift the car appropriately (Q2)

Q2- I want to lift the jeep by 4" at least, the proper way to take on those mighty desert dunes and mountain area.
What will I need addition to the lift kit? yoke, driveshaft with CV, steering stabilizer etc? This, from what I can gather will depend on the type of TJ I have. This is why Iím slightly unsure.

Q3- The lift kits are fairly limited out here compared to the states and also extremely expensive. so which one is best out of the available?
rough country 4" (max)
- procomp 4" (max)
- teraflex 3" (max)
- skyjacker 2.5" (max)
- superlift 4Ē (rock runner or standard) and 6Ē standard (4000 USD, however)

I know I should really be looking at forums out this end but I donít really believe too much of what ppl say out here, that also goes the same for the garages out hereÖ.

So now itís time for me to shut up and hopefully someone can answer 1 or 2 of my questions.
Thanks in advance.

Marc

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You don't have the extended wheel base LJ do you? Its about a foot longer than the TJ and was made in 05-06 but is otherwise the same as the TJ. If so, you may have gotten your hands on the rare Unlimited Rubicon Sahara which Jeep didn't make too many of. IIRC it combines aspects of the Sahara like painted fender flares yet has lockers and D44 axles front and rear like the Rubicon.

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Thanks for the welcome responses!!!

Unfortunately I don’t have the rare unlimited one that was built with the extra foot in length. I wish I did…! When I search the VIN number on the net is just comes the following using autocheck.com-

  • VIN: 1J4FA59S56P******
  • Year: 2006
  • Make: Jeep
  • Style / Body: SUV 2D
  • Engine: 4.0L I6 MPI
  • Country of Assembly: United States
  • Model: Wrangler Rubicon Sahara
It does have the coloured flares and as far as I can tell the Dana 44 axles.

Thanks for the help!!!

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