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Old April 4th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4.0L Six Speed
D30/D44 with factory 3.73s and limited slip out back

This is how it sits now:


Looking at lift kits now. Been out of this game for quite a few years now so any advice offered is much appreciated.

Goal is to clear 33x12.50R15 Goodyear DuraTracs.

About to pull the trigger on the Rancho 3.5" kit with RS5000 shocks.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16031_003X_PG.htm

Anyone have experience with this kit? Any opinions on it? Should I be looking at another in the $1000 range (that includes shocks)?

Also... Any thoughts on the Smittybilt Classic swing away tire carrier?
http://www.quadratec.com/products/12057_1113_07.htm


Budgeting right around $3500 for lift, tires, front bumper, rear bumper/tire carrier, rock rails and labor. I'll be reusing the wheels that are currently on it. My jacked up spine isn't going to tolerate me doing this work myself so I'll be paying to have it all installed.

Budget needs to stay in $3500 installed range so please keep that in mind.

This Jeep will also remain my daily driver.

Any suggestions and advice offered will be much appreciated.

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If it were your 2006 LJ and money... What route would you go?
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Your budget is tight for lift installed, bumpers/sliders installed, gears installed, tires... And if you have a bad back I highly recommend at least a long arm in the front.
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Abandoning the sliders and sticking with the tubular side steps that are on it.

I was also planning on sticking with the factory 3.73s until I move to 35s far into the future when the axles get the full work up.
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If all you want is 33's why not flat fender highline and highline the rear?

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If all you want is 33's why not flat fender highline and highline the rear
This will keep your ride the same and clear the tire you want, maybe save you some $ in the long run as well as now, considering many go this route in time any ways.
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highline, and gears.
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The more I look at highline... the less I like. Maybe sometime in the future but I'm not too interested in cutting the body up quite yet.

Traditional suspension lift with shocks.
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So don't go with a traditional highline:



The only experience I have with a tj lift is a skyjacker and it rides pretty nice and flex's good. Othewise I have like both of my lifts from rusty's, but neither were for a teejay.
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Wish I would have seen this before I highlined my Lj.
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That will be probably 10 years from now
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I have the smittybilt classic rear swinger... it works the bumper itself is well built but the spindle is just a clamp. The latch system is really the only downfall it works fine but is a little noisy.
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I have the smittybilt classic rear swinger... it works the bumper itself is well built but the spindle is just a clamp. The latch system is really the only downfall it works fine but is a little noisy.
Noisy doesn't really bother me too much. Looking for a cost effective solution to save the wear on the tailgate hinges and it looks like I found it.

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Anyone have any other lift kit recommendations that include shocks in the $1000 range?
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Noisy doesn't really bother me too much. Looking for a cost effective solution to save the wear on the tailgate hinges and it looks like I found it.

Thanks for the input.


Anyone have any other lift kit recommendations that include shocks in the $1000 range?
I bought mine two years ago off 4wheelparts when they had a sale I got it for $300 shipped. I'd buy it again for that price.
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Wish I would have seen this before I highlined my Lj.
You end up with nothing but mud/water hitting the windshield or your face if you go with the windshield down with that style. Looks cool, great clearance, I wouldn't want to try to drive in the rain very far though.

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1" to 1 1/4" body lift
2" BB, shock change optional (take you time figuring out suspension)
**Hi clearence Trans skid (this will help alot while wheeling), you will get 35" + tire clearence at the skid on the 33's
(do the body lift to maxmize the trans skid lift amount)
33 tires



**PS .... better consider SYE/DC drive shaft , 2 adjustable rear control arms ??

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1" to 1 1/4" body lift
2" BB, shock change optional (take you time figuring out suspension)
**Hi clearence Trans skid (this will help alot while wheeling), you will get 35" + tire clearence at the skid on the 33's
(do the body lift to maxmize the trans skid lift amount)
33 tires



**PS .... better consider SYE/DC drive shaft , 2 adjustable rear control arms ??
Here is how we started my current Jeep for my wife:
1" BL/1"MML
2" BB, need to change at least the rear shocks (mine blew out in less than 5,000 miles due to over extension)
pick a skinny tire, keep stock rims, and learn to deal with a little rubbing in the dirt (mine are 33x10.50x15 but no Duratrac in that size)
I have not done the skid yet, but on my to-do list

With an LJ, no SYE/adjustable uppers required

All for less than $1000 in parts including the beer and pizza to bribe your friends into installing it for you in an afternoon.

Over time we have replaced a number of parts as they broke or wore out - F/R adj track bars, swapped in 2" springs for the BB (my cradle-mounted winch made it too nose heavy and bouncing off of the bump stops) and added some extra goodies - front lunchbox and sway bar disconnects - but this is the same basic setup I have been running for almost six years. I still run OEM control arms too, but they are not very durable when you play in the rocks - I have swapped the fronts out twice and the rears once. And for a DD, it rides like a stock TJ (not quite as smooth as a stock LJ).
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If I was to do another Tj from stock it would be:

1" Body lift
Budget boost or maybe the new PAC Jeepspeed spring for the front??
Sort brand of nice shock absorber
Sinister Fab Highline tube fenders.
JCR DIY front and rear bumpers, and make my own tire carrier with their mount
For sliders, corner guards and a cage I would probably contact Fabricator.


What would actually happen is i would pull it into the garage, disassemble, and leave on jack stands for a couple years
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Another vote for 1" body lift (I like the daystar one that is integrated), 1" motor lift (MORE), 2" budget boost, and Old Man Emu shocks for 2" lift.

The shocks are key, especially with your bad back. My brother in law had OME's on his TJ and it had a smooth ride. Worth the money over cheap white rockets.

That should leave you enough for tires, bumpers, and sliders.
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About to pull the trigger on the Rancho 3.5" kit with RS5000 shocks.
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16031_003X_PG.htm

Anyone have experience with this kit? Any opinions on it? Should I be looking at another in the $1000 range (that includes shocks)?
Rancho 5000 shocks bring the crappy ride. You don't want them.
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Rancho 5000 shocks bring the crappy ride. You don't want them.
rancho shocks are about as stiff as u will find! dont buy them.

for springs look at ome heavy duty rears, and zj/lj fronts only. the rest are too soft for a heavy lj.

also the bds 2" and 3" are perfect spring rate for an lj.

im about to lift mine soon.
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