Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The Great Big Box
A 4" lift kit can be had for about $450 from Rough Country, you need a T-case drop to keep the driveline angles in check, so another $50 ($500 total). Then of course you need the 33" tires which can probably be had for around $185 a tire for BFG AT (x5, 4 tires and a spare, $1425 total sofar), and now you need a new rear axle, because 33" tires can snap the D35 like a twig, so add in another $500 for parts/labor to install the axle ($1925), then of course you are going to need 4.88 gears at the minimum (over your 4.10 stock gears) if you want to go anywhere, which means you're looking at around $150 per gear set, plus labor to install them which can be anywhere from $400 to over $1000 depending on where you take the Jeep to (lets just say $500 to install the gear, so now you're at $3220). Then that's not even including labor, so you might be into it closer to $5000 if you want to do it right the first time rather than have to go back through and re-do your mistakes.
Don't think I am missing much from there.
It can get really expensive if you don't know what you are doing, as you can see. If you have never offroaded a Wrangler before, then stick with 30" AT tires, and a 1" boomerang shackle lift. That Jeep can go a LOT of places in its stock form, even more with a little bit bigger tire (like a 30").
33" tires are going to need a re-gear, otherwise your 4 cylinder isn't going to go anywhere anytime soon. 0-60 speed might be a few minutes at best with your foot to the floor. Obviously you can't merge onto the highway going 40mph.
If you are hell bent on bigger tires and lifting it, then consider a 2.5" lift and 31" tires. That way you aren't going to mess up your rear driveline angles too badly (improper driveline angles can cause a lot of vibrations and can potentially wear out components to the point of failure), and you can at least manage with your stock 4.10 gears. Don't forget to delete your Track Bars and get Swaybar Quick Disconnects, as well as longer brake lines.
All about that unibody life.