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Old 06-02-2016, 10:00 AM
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Upgrading a Basic Lift

I purchased a Rubicon Express 3.5" Spring lift for my 2016 Willys JKU. I'm wanting to upgrade the rest of the components throughout the year before I PCS to Hawaii next summer as shipping will likely be killer. In what order should I upgrade the components such as Control Arms, Driveshafts, rear Trac bar etc.
Im planning to to buy a pair of controls arms or a drive shaft each month. Also going regear the rear to 4.88 or 5.13 first. Thanks for all the help. I look forward to getting flamed for my noob post

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I have this lift but with the shocks. Then I added the super flex short arms. I did the longer brake lines and front sway bar disconnects. The rear track bar is stock but I have the bracket to raise the axle end of it. That's all you should need to do for a happy suspension. Drive shafts shouldn't be needed unless you go higher. I've got 20k miles on my lift with the stock drive shafts. But I got the bug again after a few good weekends of wheeling. Now I'm thinking about going long arm, axle upgrades, coil over suspension, etc. You don't need any of that unless you want it. It just depends on how you are going to use your vehicle, regardless of parts shipping cost.

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As for regear, you didn't say your tire size. I've got 3.73 stock gears with 35" tires. I'm going to 4.56 gears soon. It really depends on your tire size so what do you have?
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Awesome that's exactly what I was looking for! I'm going to be running 305/17R18 Cooper STT Pros on 18x9s with -12 offset 4.5 BS (I believe). I'm also running Smittybilt XRC Flares. I'm thinking 4.88 will be perfect for the hills in Hawaii. That's why I was debating 5.13s with the 6speed. I have 3.73s right now by the way.
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With a D30 front you may not want to go much over a 4.56 gear, 488 tops. ring and pinion will be a weak link. just a thought
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As for regear, you didn't say your tire size. I've got 3.73 stock gears with 35" tires. I'm going to 4.56 gears soon. It really depends on your tire size so what do you have?
Check out the charts online. 4.10 is middle of the road range and 4.56 is more towards crawling. 4.88 is a bit far in my opinion for 35's.

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