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Unread 06-18-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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what should i do next?

So I don't know what upgrades I should do next and I hope you guys have had firts hand view of what is the best for next upgrade.so to start ill tell you what I have all ready done.engine wise a power aid throttle body spacer and airaid intake. I have a 6.5 short arm lift with a dana 44 with 4.56s and detroit locker(bought axle for 100 bucks).I still didn't re gear front to natch rear.I'm also still have deathwobble but still have stock pitman arm and stock trackbar mount.so problem is I don't know if I should re gear front,get and sye,drop pitman arm,trackbar drop braket,upgrade steering or nish wj knuckle swap.all these things I wanna do but tight on cash and can only do one or two things between pay checks.what would you guys recomend first that I would benifit from most.it is sorta my dd and deff sees woods a lot so I'm lost on what to do next. Also iim running 31 thorn turds any tires that are cheap you guys would recomend??

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Unread 06-18-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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i say CA drop brackets and fix the DW, it probably something cheap like a worn bushing or TRE causing it, after that re-gear it and get the 4wd back
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Unread 06-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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Well I didn't have death wobble till I replaced my severely worn out coils to new ones with dropped axle and prob sent all my adjustments out the window and after 4 hours of adjusting things I gave up and just say bellow 50 is it true the drop brackes are a week set up? I herd they can rip off frame well unibody
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Unread 06-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #4
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And all TRE are mayb a month old and are tight
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Unread 06-19-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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Well I didn't have death wobble till I replaced my severely worn out coils to new ones with dropped axle and prob sent all my adjustments out the window and after 4 hours of adjusting things I gave up and just say bellow 50 is it true the drop brackes are a week set up? I herd they can rip off frame well unibody
thet're not weak, not by a long shot, with the included braces, like with Rough Country brackets, they're pretty strong, and the extra flex and ride quality more than makes up for any shortcomings, they can get hung up on stuff but are beefy enough to slide right off or over.

Mine are welded to the unibody in a few places, the "bolt-on" install RC tell you to do works fine but after a while develops some slop and starts to pop and make noise, welding them fixes that.

The DW is something that can be hard to diagnose, any slop in any of the front joints can add up to cause it, even the ball joints. Its usually one really worn out thing or a bunch of little issues, like the axle side track bar bolt ovaling out its hole.
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Unread 06-19-2012, 07:57 AM   #6
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If it were me, I would fix your DW before putting money into anything else especially if you drive your XJ everyday.
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Unread 06-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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Well I kinda fixed dw just stay under 50 haha well after driving today I relised its not dw its not fully shakeing its just like head shake I think the caster is off
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No sye at 6.5?
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Unread 06-19-2012, 08:40 PM   #9
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Nope drive shaft is lil longer the axle is shimed and the 44 I think moved shaft up more I have a little vibe but drive shaft has a dent.the thorn turds vibrate it I believe.... stock tires isn't bad
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I was doing some thinking if I run the control arm drop brackets won't it pull axle back more? I'm running 35s now and tirea close to the rear of fender
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I was doing some thinking if I run the control arm drop brackets won't it pull axle back more? I'm running 35s now and tirea close to the rear of fender
Not really, with the drop brackets and 6.5"s of lift the brackets drop the arms like 4"s if I remember right. So it's like you have 2.5"s of lift, I'm assuming you have adjustable control arms I can't imagine you having stock. But none the less it should push the axle out more. As for the rest fix the dw, regear front axle, don't worry about a dpa no need really unless you go higher or drop the trackbar bracket. Then do an sye, upgrade steering, if you need the extra cash sell the tb spacer, and cai. The cai is a cold water intake, I hydrolocked my last jeep because of one of those. The tb spacer is a waste of money most will agree. Not trying to tell you what to do just my two cents, and im half asleep so I might be wrong.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #12
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I was doing some thinking if I run the control arm drop brackets won't it pull axle back more? I'm running 35s now and tirea close to the rear of fender
It won't pull your axle back, it will push it forward some. With the rc drop brackets you use the stock control arms up to 4.5in of lift. And it stays center. If you have adjustable arms already you can run the axle center or pushed forward. I run mine a little more forward then it is normally. I'm running 36s on 5.5 in of lift and have plenty of room. Best shot I have right now but will take a better one after work. And with the brackets it will flex better to.
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If it ever happens to me, I'll just put the clutch down to the floor, and start revving the YJ up to about 3500 and then yell out "I'M SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF AWESOME COMING FROM MY JEEP!"
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Unread 06-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #13
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Tb spacer I got for free same as intake way I look at it is if it was free why sell it
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Unread 06-26-2012, 04:36 PM   #14
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Holy flex. How much is cut out of the fenders I have 35s and I have no were near that much room
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Holy flex. How much is cut out of the fenders I have 35s and I have no were near that much room
A lot, everything behind the rear door basically. So about 2 maybe 3in cut out, there's a before and after before on 35s after on 36s
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If it ever happens to me, I'll just put the clutch down to the floor, and start revving the YJ up to about 3500 and then yell out "I'M SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF AWESOME COMING FROM MY JEEP!"
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