Well its just about time for things to get muddy and I was just wondering since I didn't get into it too much last year if taking my jeep out and getting it dirty would be a good idea. I'm just a college student who's looking to have a good time on the weekends I've got a 91' sahara with 3" body lift and 33x12.5 tires and was wondering if my jeep will be much more prone to having parts break due to my body lift? Seeing as how tuition is where most of my cash is going I can't spend a whole lot on my jeep, I just wanted to hear your guys/girls opinions! Thanks for any help
I don't see a body lift causing any problems... assuming it was of course installed correctly. If you're gonna damage something its gonna be because of the mud itself, so i'd consider that before you go diving through every mud hole you see.
Mud has a way of working itself into places that it shouldn't be and most automotive parts and mud don't mix well... mud isn't the best lubricant for bearings and alternators are particularily vunerable. Also, your engine doesn't breath too well on mud/water, so make sure to keep your intake above the surface.
If you're gonna hit the mud, make sure to give your Jeep a good cleansing afterwards (this includes the engine compartment). And also realize, going muddin can become awful expensive fast.
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Muddin is great....but as a fellow college student, I'd say not to go overkill with it
start in small holes and get a fell for how the Jeep handles, then move up from there, you'll know what it can and can't do
do you have a winch??
might be a nice thing to have
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body lift should have little effect on mudding... if you were rock crawling id have to warn you that i hear over 2" body lifts will eventually weaken body mounts.. all that twisting they act like a lever... BUT if your turning 33's with a stock D35 id also be cautious there... something too deep -- you spin and they grab... broken rear... HOSE everything when your done and grease everything too... this will help alot... one more point - check the depth if it is water covered first -- like rodeo rob said they don't like water and if its too deep you will suck it through the air cleaner and into the cylinders... i worked on a guys jeep at the sand dunes for 2 hours just to get him running -- he didn't do a depth check first and had probably a gallon of water in cyl 4,5,6 on a 99 TJ sahara.... last note -- if you don't have a winch dont go alone... and carry a strap. might want to invest in a bigh lift jack -- can be used as a winch in a bind and its under 100 bux. hope this helps, have fun if uyou go!!
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I agree w/ the above. Make sure you clean it real good shortly after you're done. Mud that sits on parts for a while will shorten their lives. It's happened to me w/ brakes before on my XJ, and it's annoying. Don't go too overboard w/ the skinny pedal running 33's on a d35, and you should be ok. One advantage to the body lift, is it allows you more space to get the hose in between spaces to clean it out.
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