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Old 04-24-2018, 08:28 PM
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40s on a 2 Door Build

Bought in November 2017, (new) 2017 2 Door, Firecracker red, hard-top, and automatic.

First stage was a 2.5 lift and 37s, 4.88 gears. That didn't last long.

Second stage:
Ultimate Dana 44, 4.88s, and E-Locker
4.5 lift from Rubicon Express
Hi-steer
40's

Now, I know 44's front and rear is NOT going to last forever. The rear will be the first one to go, but I believe the front will last me for my style, type, and amount I actually wheel.

What's next
(within the next couple of months)
-Ultimate Dana 60 rear
-Teraflex front 8-lug locking hub conversion (to match the 8 lug rear)
-PSC Hydro Assist

Within the next couple weeks
- Fusion 4x4 2.5 Ton Rock Series Tie Rod with PSC Clamp
- Rear Driveshaft
- Front Driveshaft

Now, whats a thread without some pictures. It's a slow build between finals for school, and work. I do plan on finishing it up soon though (hopefully).

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Looks sick! I was wondering how 40’s would fit on a 4.5” lift.. I have 38x15.50’s with 20x14’s and and man it’s so close to touch the rear inner fenders.. closer to the back doors. I’ve trimmed a little but you can only trim so much before you start getting into pieces that are doubled together. The front actually scrubs a little when you turn to the left at full lock. Here’s mine
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Looks sick! I was wondering how 40ís would fit on a 4.5Ē lift.. I have 38x15.50ís with 20x14ís and and man itís so close to touch the rear inner fenders.. closer to the back doors. Iíve trimmed a little but you can only trim so much before you start getting into pieces that are doubled together. The front actually scrubs a little when you turn to the left at full lock. Hereís mine
I havenít had to trim any. I am still running the rear factory bumper. It curves around, and the tire scrubs on it but no pinch seam issues. Iíll post some pictures in the A.M.
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:47 AM
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I learned a lesson about stock driveshafts Monday. I was on the high way, cruising about 65-70, got a vibration, let off the gas, it went away, got back on it and it came back. I pulled over and smoke poured out from under the jeep. The rzeppa joint exploded, literally, sent sparks, and caught on fire. (The rear drive shaft)

I had it towed to the dealer (tryna warranty it so I could take it home until I got a new shaft) but.. warranty ainít covering it.

Good news: I had a Tom Woods shaft shipped over-night. I knew it was gunna go bad but I didnít think that drastically. Iíll post some pictures once I get it back.
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I learned a lesson about stock driveshafts Monday. I was on the high way, cruising about 65-70, got a vibration, let off the gas, it went away, got back on it and it came back. I pulled over and smoke poured out from under the jeep. The rzeppa joint exploded, literally, sent sparks, and caught on fire. (The rear drive shaft)

I had it towed to the dealer (tryna warranty it so I could take it home until I got a new shaft) but.. warranty ainít covering it.

Good news: I had a Tom Woods shaft shipped over-night. I knew it was gunna go bad but I didnít think that drastically. Iíll post some pictures once I get it back.
Lol...had a similar issue only it was my front when I was wheeling up in OK. I just had to do rear adjustable control arms in the rear to get my pinion back in line and then just went Adams front and back to make sure no further issues. I only have 3" springs though but on my 2 door they are more like 4.

Truck looks killer btw!
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Lol...had a similar issue only it was my front when I was wheeling up in OK. I just had to do rear adjustable control arms in the rear to get my pinion back in line and then just went Adams front and back to make sure no further issues. I only have 3" springs though but on my 2 door they are more like 4.

Truck looks killer btw!


Thanks. From looking at it while it was on the tow truck.. it looks like I needed a longer shaft in general. It was weird because I wasnít doing anything crazy, and it had been fine for a couple weeks.. then all of a sudden it wasnít.
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I was adjusting my rear upper control arms for my pinion angle, and I realized the Rubicon Express control arms would adjust too far out. It would leave maybe 3/4 an inch in the end with threads.

I only have 4.5 inches of lift, and the control arms are made for 4.5 inches. I think I may need to look into some different control arms.

I did run into another issue, there is no vibration, but I am getting a clicking/wrenching sound at about 15-20 mph.. and seems to go away with speed. I'm not sure what it could be, and I didn't have time to look into it more today. If anyone has any ideas, then let me know. I'm going to try and look at it tomorrow.
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Here is some of the carnage from the stock shaft.
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So, I decided to try out Rubicon Express forged tie rod for the JK. Itís suppose to have 1 ton ends.

Specs:
Fits 2007 to 2017 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited
2 and 4-door models
Greaseable / replaceable 1-ton tie rod ends
All metal design 1.250Ē diameter induction hardened alloy steel (5140) ball studs
Heat treated 1045 housing
Heat treated Chromoly adjustment sleeve allows tow angle adjustment without removing bar from vehicle
Offset design provides clearance for larger axle housings and covers
Can be used with OE wheels and back spacing
Machined billet aluminum steering stabilizer mount included

Iíll post a generic picture now, but when I get home post an unboxed picture.

If anyone has used it or has any questions please let me know. Iíll be happy to hear and happy to answer what I can about it.
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Where did you get the ultimate Dana 44 from? Are the outer c knuckles beefier than on the stock axle?
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Where did you get the ultimate Dana 44 from? Are the outer c knuckles beefier than on the stock axle?
The best deal I could find was through a shop called JeepHut in North Ga about 20-30 minutes from my house. As far as the C's and tubes, yes they are beefier. Also, so are the brackets.

It's designed for lifted vehicles in regards to pinion angle and caster. I put mine on the alignment rack myself and checked it. It was back at almost factory specs, no red on the print out, all green.
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Got the Jeep out for a little bit today. Made a quick trip to 4WheelParts looking for a steering stabilizer.. why? I wanna put someone road and Offroad time on this new tie rod and ends before I go jumping into a hydro assist set up.

Unfortunately Rubicon Express did not send hardware for the clamp.

My 40s, 37s and 35s.. you can see the difference.

Also, the install was a little ridiculous for the tie rod. The instructions are not 100% correct.
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Well, the quest has begun. The jeep hasn't been done long but it's time to redo the suspension. The height is fine but the control arms are not. The threads on the rear uppers do not give enough contact as I would like. There are two options: buy or custom make new uppers/lowers OR we say screw it and go long arm.

The long arm debate:
Do I go ahead and stretch it or just a standard long arm? I am looking at a couple stretch kits. I am leaning more towards the rock krawler 3 or 6 inch stretch with their 3 link.

If anyone has any suggestions then I'm all ears. I think I would like the keep it at 4.5 inches but thinking about dropping to 3.5.
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