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#22511 of 23393 Yet another lift question... sorry
Jan 19, 2007 (2:13 pm)
hey everyone! I have a few questions, but they are all related to the lift. I have read the previous posts on lifts and they have answered many of my questions, but I have a few more and maybe even a few questions to be clarified.
I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X model. It has been a GREAT vehicle for both travel and daily driving, but it needs some "beefyness" if you get what I mean. Its still completely factory, which I believe is understandable because I've only had the Jeep since last May.
I want to get a 4" Series II Rough Country lift. My first question is if I can get away with keeping my stock wheels and putting 33" x 10.5" tires? I know they will fit and everything, but since they are not very wide, I was wondering if I could get some advice on whether they are safe or not (roll over risk...etc.).
Ok, second question, I will not be offroading anytime soon because of how new my car is. I want to put some age on my vehicle before I run it through the woods. So in other words I will be a "poser" for a lil while. Does this mean I will need to get a replacement stablizer, slip yoke eliminator, and the CV custom driveshaft? Or since I will be staying onroad will I be alright without? I've also heard a lot about regearing. What is the benefits of that other than power, and if I don't regear will that hurt my vehicle?
Any help will be very much appreciated! The site for the lift and those other parts are here link title
#22512 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [iwntajeep]
Jan 19, 2007 (2:40 pm)
A lift and larger diameter tires will raise the center of gravity but, unless you try to corner it like a sports car, the most noticable effect will be in extreme cambered situations offroad.
With regard to s/stabilizers, SYEs, and custom driveshafts, the situation is reversed. A lack of the above will be most noticable on-road, in terms of serious vibration. Off-road, if you keep the speed down, you won't notice the lack of them at all, (though you may need to put a spacer on the rear end of the rear prop shaft).
Not re-gearing might negatively affect fuel consumption and acceleration, but it won't damage your vehicle.
#22513 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [iwntajeep]
Jan 19, 2007 (3:01 pm)
Building on what Mac said:
1. 33x10.5's should fit on stock wheels. I have 33x12.5's on my Canyons which are 8" wide.
2. Your rollover risk will go up a bit since you are raising your COG. But if you drive prudently, the increased risk will be minimal.
3. I've heard VERY mixed results about the Rough Country lifts. You may want to consider Rubicon Express or OME as better options.
4. With a 4" lift, you will likely need either a transfer case drop (usually comes with lift kits) or do the SYE. The drop is a cheaper solution since you don't need the SYE, new rear driveshaft and adjustable control arms in back.
5. Replacement stabilizers will be unnecessary if you balance and align tires properly after lift. They tend to MASK issues instead of prevent them.
6. Going from stock to 33's, you will see a performance hit and a noticeable change in what your speedo reads vs true speed. Regearing is the best way to regain stock 'power' to the now-oversized tires. A new speedo gear would probably be good too (fairly cheap from the dealer) and is based on your new differential gear settings and tire size. It won't hurt anything other than your pocketbook for more gas if you don't regear.
#22514 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [erickpl]
Jan 19, 2007 (3:46 pm)
3. I've heard VERY mixed results about the Rough Country lifts.......
Me too, but I thought I'd let someone else express it first!
Apparently the name (Rough Country) is an accurate descriptor of the product's performance. (What's the correct term for that?)
#22515 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [mac24]
Jan 19, 2007 (4:34 pm)
Thanks to all for their input. I appreciate it a lot. I have more things to think about and I'm sure you'll see me again on here as I am an avid reader for this forum!
Jan 20, 2007 (9:09 am)
could someone tell me the stock differential ratios for a 6cyl YJ ('92)?
#22517 of 23393 Re: ratios [yjohn]
Jan 22, 2007 (6:45 am)
Depends on transmission type. Also depends on which trim level and options it had from the factory.
#22518 of 23393 Re: ratios [yjohn]
Jan 22, 2007 (7:19 am)
Back in 2002 I got a build sheet from Daimler Chrysler for my 95 Wrangler. I no longer have the instructions, but maybe somebody out there does.
#22519 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [iwntajeep]
Jan 22, 2007 (12:51 pm)
Just to piggy back on the lift question... Can anyone comment on the Rusty lift kits... I am looking at his 3-1/4" kit. Rusty's Link
#22520 of 23393 Re: Yet another lift question... sorry [2climbbig]
Jan 22, 2007 (12:53 pm)
For the price, I've heard you get a decent lift. I have several friends looking at this lift as a matter of fact. I'd still opt for the OME or RE if price wasn't a concern. But that is just me. If you are on a budget and needing/wanting a suspension upgrade, then Rusty's is probably the top on my list.
Hope that helps.