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Unread 08-08-2013, 02:37 PM   #31
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Your gearing with 32s has you almost at idle while running around town. Your tranny keeps downshifting to get you s better gear. If you regear to 4.56s with say 33s, you'll be back at stock power with better mileage.

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Unread 08-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #32
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I think the best bang for my buck at this going with the IRO 3.5"
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=ZLK

But I keep asking my self if that is going to be enough clearance or if I should splurge and go with the 4.5 premium with the ca's?
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Unread 08-08-2013, 05:10 PM   #33
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I think the best bang for my buck at this going with the IRO 3.5"
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=ZLK

But I keep asking my self if that is going to be enough clearance or if I should splurge and go with the 4.5 premium with the ca's?
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=PFZ
Now don't get me wrong. Building it up is half the fun. Here's the thing with most of our jeeps. The ca bushings are shot, hell 2 of my ca's are dented on the bottom. They're going to need to be replaced one way or another so I vote do it all at once if you can afford it. Me, I'm poor so I'm going in stages
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Unread 08-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #34
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Your gearing with 32s has you almost at idle while running around town. Your tranny keeps downshifting to get you s better gear. If you regear to 4.56s with say 33s, you'll be back at stock power with better mileage.
That's why I turn overdrive off. And since I adjusted my rear pinion angle, it's less of an issue. I'm just glad I have all the torque from the 5.9.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #35
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If you're gonna splurged go to long arm.

3.5" Should run 33's if you're not afraid to do a little trimming, depends on how much you want to be able to flex. For a pavement princess it should be fine.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 07:33 PM   #36
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I think the best bang for my buck at this going with the IRO 3.5"
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=ZLK
I went back and forth for weeks and just ordered that kit and a rear adjustable track bar for my niner.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 08:26 AM   #37
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If you lose the front bumper and plan on bottoming out on your tires your can run 33s don't forget spacers you will rub. You will also rub in the rear when you go over bumps. I think this pic is 4"
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Unread 08-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #38
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This guys was near my gym today. 3.5" and 33x12.50. Pavement pounder only.
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"And yes, there is always a torque spec...but its not necessary...and takes way to much time...."
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Unread 08-09-2013, 10:57 AM   #39
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Unread 08-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #40
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That's why I turn overdrive off. And since I adjusted my rear pinion angle, it's less of an issue. I'm just glad I have all the torque from the 5.9.
Regear and you'll have more torque
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Unread 08-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #41
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Regear and you'll have more torque
It's not worth the money, at least not for me. I found a d44a with 4.56 Yukon gears and a lunch box locker for $300. But if I'm going that far, then I'd want an hp30 geared to match. And that'd be at least another $500. I've already spent more money on it than I'll get back when I sell it in a couple years. I just can't justify another $800-1000.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #42
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Whats the sense of lifting getting large tires and driving it like a prius?
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Unread 08-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #43
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I've already spent more money on it than I'll get back when I sell it in a couple years. I just can't justify another $800-1000.
Why would you sell it?
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Unread 08-09-2013, 01:54 PM   #44
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Best advice I ever read:

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Unread 08-09-2013, 02:02 PM   #45
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So, lots of advice from us and you want all show - no go?
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