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Unread 04-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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new to jeeps got some questions

I just picked up an 88 yj larado 4.2/auto, it has a stiff lift with no flex at all, i think its a rancho, its on 32" tires, im wanting to make a capable street legal trail rig.
My build plan is finding stock springs and doing a SOA swap, SYE, i want to run 35s.
My question is what gearing would i need, and will the axles hold up to 35s?
What lockers should i run?
Im not new to off roading just jeeps. I have owned a fey toyota rockcrawlers.
Any info or tips would be great thanks

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Unread 04-23-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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And imo id go through everything. Check for rust. Rust and rust.
If the track bars are on still take them off. If it has been lifted are the brake lines relocated/extended? If not you dont want a brake line becomeing a limiting strap. It wont last long.
Planning on going to 35s you will need to do a rear axle swap. Ford 8.8 is popular there are many wright ups on here about it.

Im not sure about gearing have not delt with that at all...
I have 30 inch tires and 4.10 gearing on the flats i can roll 80.
uphill is slow.
I think some people go to 4.88?
5.13 i have seen on crawler rigs
Or am i going the wrong direction
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Unread 04-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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Thanks man, The brake lines are extended, not that it maters with the springs that are on it, they barley move lol. It only has some surface rust on some of the suspension and shocks from driving it on the beach. Ill have to find me a 8.8 i guess, and as far as gearing i used to run 4.88 w/detroits f/r on my old toyota crawler w/36s and duel casses. But i want the jeep to do well on the road and off road, i dont need to cruse at 80 but it would be nice to get there if i needed to
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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Ill try to post up a pic of it
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #5
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You'll need to do a lot of reading to set up a SOA jeep correctly. Its quite expensive and entails a lot more than just putting the springs on top of the axle.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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Iv done solid axle swaps on a few toys, but yea i was planing on doing alot or reserch first, i was also planing on using a more xover steering kit on it, what else should i look out for are drive line issues a problem?
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Unread 04-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #7
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Crossover may not cut it. You'll need a full high steer to be in control if the vehicle. Custom driveshafts are the norm with the kit for the transfer case that eliminates the stock slip yoke and it isn't a bad idea up front to carry spares. Remember that to successfully run 35's on a Dana 30 you have to invest some money into the axle or something is going to be breaking.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #8
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What axle would you recomend to replace the front? I want somthing strong and reasanably priced i have a budget of about 5 grand for the whole project right now right now
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Unread 04-23-2013, 03:42 PM   #9
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You could either look for a Dana 44 from a wagoneer, or upgrade to chromoly axle shafts with a bigger carrier/locker. If you go Wagoneer Dana 44 route it will be 6 lug. If youre gonna do that I would look for the pair, front and rear. I keep seeing an add on Craigslist for a pair of "70's Jeep truck axles" for $350
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