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Old February 28th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) modifications and tummy tuck questions

The Story:I sold my TJ that had a 2" suspension lift and 1" body lift with 33x12.5 BFG KM2's. It was almost the perfect set up for me. I only ever remember hanging up on the skid plate once or twice. I just picked up a 2006 Wrangler Unlimted (LJ) non rubicon. It has a 2" body lift, 2" budget boost in the front only (sits level) and 33x12.5 BFG all terrains. My plan was to replace the 2" body lift with a 1" Daystar body lift and put a 2" or 3" suspension lift under it. After driving it for a week I'm kinda digging the low ride height. It makes it easy to get kids with car seats in and out. I think my game plan has changed. I think my plan now is to keep the suspension the way it is, leave the 2" body lift on it, put a Currie anti-rock sway bar up front, put the Currie currectlynk heavy duty steering under it, put a lunchbox locker in the front axle and tummy tuck it. My thoughts are that this set up would give me close to the same ground clearance I had with a ride height low enough a soccer mom would approve of it.

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1. Does this set up make sense or am I looking for disappointment?
2. I can't find much info on tummy tucking LJ's. What has to be done to TT a LJ if the suspension is stock other than 2" spacers up front? Will I have to do a slip yoke eliminator with the tummy tuck or is the ass end of a LJ long enough to get away with out a SYE?
3. Who makes the best skid plate to do this?


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The LJ has the 4.0 straight 6 and a automatic transmission.

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Old March 1st, 2014, 09:44 AM   #2
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How flat are you looking to go? To do a tummy tuck to an LJ will be the same as a TJ
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How flat are you looking to go? To do a tummy tuck to an LJ will be the same as a TJ
I understand that it's kind of the same. The main difference being the length of the rear drive shaft which helps determine if a SYE is needed. As far as how flat, the flatter the better but I don't want to get into heavy mods.
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Old March 1st, 2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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With a 2" body lift there should be no reason u can put a completly flat skid on it ucf makes a nice one. Then u will want a cable shifter for your tcase.

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You will want a sye and possibly rear adjustable control arms if you go completely flat. With a 2" body lift you can go flat no problem. As toy fish said you will want a Novak cable shifter as well as a 1" motor mount lift
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I ran a set-up similar to what your TJ on my last LJ - 1" BL/MML and 2" springs, lunchbox locker up front and (in my case) skinny 33" tires. The BL/MML and 2" suspension list made for bad drive shaft angles, bad because there was not enough angle on the front driveshaft. Running down the road it had very little angle, but as soon as I hit the dirt those stiff u-joints didn't last very long. I never got around to the tummy tuck, but with as little driveshaft angle as I had without the TT plus the longer driveshaft, I didn't plan to do SYE. Haven't gotten that far with my new LJ yet either.
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Being that it is a lj and not a tj i dont see a problem running the stock driveshafts

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If your running a 2" suspension currently on the stock shaft chances are that any more "up" with your T-case is going to require you to do a SYE. Even if you go with a skid that is not completely flat.

You MIGHT be able to get away with not changing your pinion angles (needing adjustable upper arms) but you probably won't know for sure until you get it together. The longer WB helps with driveshaft angles compared to a TJ....but the distance between your yokes on the rear I think is going to be too much for a stock slip yoke.

You did not mention anything about a motor mount lift....

if I were going to buy a TT today I would get a Rokmen. It's a identical design/materiel to the medic TT I have beat on like a cheap whore for the last 9 years.
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I bought an AEV TT skid plate for my '05 LJ initially (loved the design!), but swapped it out for a much less impressive Full-Traction skid because the long arm link mounts were integrated in the skid. I don't have experience with a Rokmen TT, but DID have a Rokmen gas tank skid on my LJ, and I'd HIGHLY recommend dealing with them. Service it top-notch, as is the product quality.

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Thanks for all the info guys. I'm really having a hard time deciding what I want to do with this thing right now. Eventually it will have a 2"or3" suspension lift, 1" body lift and a tummy tuck. I only have the funds to TT it or do the suspension lift right now. If I TT it right now I will keep the current 2" body lift on it until I do the suspension lift in the future. If I do the suspension lift right now I will remove the 2" BL and put in a 1" Daystar BL at the same time. Help me make up my mind!
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Nope not going to do it


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I want my TJ back. At least that one was done. Now I have to make all these decisions again.
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If u want a true flat skid without modifications to your floor u will have to keep the 2" body lift or spend extra cash on a lo pro tranny mount. Im running a home made flat skid and its really tight on my 1.25" body lift.

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If u want a true flat skid without modifications to your floor u will have to keep the 2" body lift or spend extra cash on a lo pro tranny mount. Im running a home made flat skid and its really tight on my 1.25" body lift.

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I'm not dead set on it being a true flat skid. Everything just seems to hang so low on this thing. Apparently the auto tranny with the OD has a big pan and is the reason it is as low as it is. I'm not a huge fan of the way a 2" body lift looks (1" doesn't bother me a bit) but I'm more concerned that the 2" BL could cause issues like tweaking the body. If there is no concern of the 2" BL causing any kind of damage to the jeep I may be able to get used to the way it looks. What it all boils down to is I want a off-road worthy LJ on 33" tires that is still descent on the road but is capable on the trails and isn't going to leave me stranded somewhere.
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If your not dead set on a true flat skid a 2-3" suspension lift and 1" body will work good and u could prolly go with a 1" drop skid.

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Where are the pictures ?
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Where are the pictures ?
LoL. I still don't know how to post them.
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Why not consider just a TT with a highline kit rather than using any suspension lift?
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