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Old December 24th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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hi guys im new here. just a few questions. I bought an 04 5sp Rubicon, its all stock. For now. Im looking to lift around 4-4.5 in, im looking to run a 35x12.50 or a 315 on the stock rims. I want to be able to flex pretty good, and go wherever id like. what are your guys preferences on lifts, whats the best bang for my buck ive looked all over. theres so many i dont know which to choose. I also know id like a disconnect up front. next will be tires, i really liked the bf all terrains i had on my last truck. those may be what i go with. thanks for the help and input. Merry Christmas and safe wheeling.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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Couple things. I think running 35's with the stock wheels will be an issue due to their width and lack of offset. If you run a narrow enough tire you could probably run wheel spacers to keep them out of your control arms. Also there is a lot more to being able to "go anywhere" than a lift and tires, mainly gearing and lockers. You have lockers so you'll need to look into axle gears to keep it driveable. Sway bar disconnects are a good idea as are better bumpers with a winch and if you really want to wheel you will need a minimum of an oil pan skid plate but a better gas tank skid would be a close second, preferably one that will increase your ground clearance an inch or so like a Kilby. Welcome to being broke.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the input. I'm already broke due to an rc hobby along with a harley hobby. I planned on replacing the oil pan it is pretty rusty. I've looked into the smitty built bumpers and winch I plan on buying. Thanks again for gas tank input I didn't think about that. So would a 315 be better than a 35? I'll Prolly end up buying rims all the way around then. The gearing is all stock, pretty sure the axles are the Dana 44s. That's what majority of specs say as for gearing in them I have no clue

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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #7
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Welcome to the site. Don't worry about the guys being jerks, they're just jealous or bored.
Tab gave you pretty good advice. I would personally shoot for a 33" tire & with your rubi case your gearing will be ok till you do some wheeling & decide what you really want to do with it. It can be as expensive or cheap as you want as long as you recognize your limitations.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:18 AM   #8
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I'd go with a 33 as well. Will be better with your stock gears for now. Also as far as bumpers check out Nates Offroad in Midland. Seem to be good quality bumpers for not alot of $$
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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #9
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Don't be afraid of the sawzall. It will be your best buddy. I know people have to cut for 33's. 35's will me more and bump stop accordingly. Welcome to be always broke and to the sickness.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:25 AM   #10
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If you want to dd 33 will be a much better tire.My wife run 36s with stock gearing in her Rubicon 5th gear is useless. I would definitely suggest a oil pan skid
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Thanks guys I appreciate all the help and advice

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Old December 24th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #12
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Mall Terrains are sweet tires.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #13
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I'd really like to run a 315/75/16. I'm kind of stuck on the 35 mark. I'm stubborn. What would be a good gear to go with to keep power all around?

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Old December 24th, 2013, 02:28 PM   #14
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4.88 gears, maybe 4.56 but they all pretty much cost the same and the week after you get 35's you're going to want 37's anyway.
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The thing with 35's is the cost factor. 33's can be ran with a coil spacer lift ($100.00) and it will look good go down the road nice and your stock gearing should be fine. 35's on the other hand will suck with stock gearing and you will have to buy a 3.5" or bigger lift, and they can be pricey. Its all up yo you but when my tj was on 33's with lockers front and rear it went almost anywere itll go now with 36's. The transition from 33's to 36's has cost me well over 1,000 dollars. If you dont wheel a ton and drive on the road alot 33's would be sooooo much better.
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The thing with 35's is the cost factor. 33's can be ran with a coil spacer lift ($100.00) and it will look good go down the road nice and your stock gearing should be fine. 35's on the other hand will suck with stock gearing and you will have to buy a 3.5" or bigger lift, and they can be pricey. Its all up yo you but when my tj was on 33's with lockers front and rear it went almost anywere itll go now with 36's. The transition from 33's to 36's has cost me well over 1,000 dollars. If you dont wheel a ton and drive on the road alot 33's would be sooooo much better.
I agree. Had 33's on my cj7 had a blast on the I'm now on 37's and having the same fun, it just cost alot more $$$.

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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. My whole plan was to go 4.5 standard lift. Run 33s for a year then go long arm and 35s with other gears. I'm just trying to plan ahead. Thanks for all the input

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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #18
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Which oil pan skid, do you guys recomend? I need one in a BAD way. I have a Barnes4x4 flat belly fwiw.
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Another thing you can consider is doing a highline instead of lift. Thats the route i went and it was by far cheaper(i made all the fenders and such myself so that helped keep the cost down). But it also helps keep a low center of gravity which is always a bonus. Check out my build thread i have lots of pics on there.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #20
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Biggest question is is this a DD or a toy? I'm running 35's on a TJ with a ls swap, lockers and 4.5" short arm lift with metak cloaks.... I DD the jeep during the summer and 33's are very streetable. 35's suck on a short/stock wheel base and I'm running 4.10's with a 4l65e. Just food for thought. I drove my jeep for a week during the winter and it was great with the 35's, but I still liked the 33's better. For a dd a 2-3" lift and 33" tires = PERFECTION on a TJ IMHO. Also get some new rims with a better bs!

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