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Unread 02-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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first TJ build, road and trails, advice welcome

I finally bought a 98 tj sport 4.0 automatic completely stock. I'm looking to lift it and add 31-33" tires depending on my gear ratio. It's not a daily driver, we plan to drive it in the summer and I plan to flat tow it to do some trail riding in northern MI (sand, mud, log crawling, hill climbing).

I'm thinking of doing a 2.5-3" coil BB in order to save some $$$ for a rear locker. Or skip the locker and do a complete lift on a $1000 budget. My complete build budget is about $3000 max. That includes lift, tires, front end rebuild, trans flush and filter, rhino liner, seat covers, and any other ideas you guys add.

I'd really like some advice or ideas on my lift or locker plans.

I hear mixed reviews on rough country, but some say they are better now. I was looking at this http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_2x.html or the 3" zone lift.

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Unread 03-12-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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So I've posted in the tech section for some advice and deconstruction has begun. I received my zone combo lift, although I'm not sure I'm using the body lift. We pulled the rear axle and control arms for an explorer 8.8 swap. I picked up a limited slip 8.8 with 4.10 gears, good bearings, seals, and all brake hardware for $260. I'm waiting on the Iron Rock bracket kit, new ca bushings, and stainless brake line kit. Luckily a tire deal fell through and I found a true set of rubicon wheels (not jk) with mickey thompson mtz's for $600. That was my first wheel choice.

I'm still trying to decide what to do with the front axle, I'm searching for a hp30 or plain d30 with 4.10's, no luck yet.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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I have the 8.8 brackets all welded up and had it in place a few times, now i just need to blast and paint it, and let my back heal. Figures as soon as I finished the 8.8 I found a set of 4.10 tj axles, he wouldn't separate them so now I have a dana 35 for sale. I also bought a stainless brake line set, and I just ordered a sye kit from Adams Driveshafts.

I'm looking to do an Aussie or Spartan locker in the front so any input is appreciated, I plan to install it myself.

Also if anyone has tips on installing that front brake line that loops around to the pass. side please clue me in. Just looking at it seems like its going to be a major pita.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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I just installed an Aussie a few months ago and love it... I'd recommend it, especially if you're doing hill climbs. Look for a 4-cylinder TJ, almost all of them have 4.10's. But I would save for an HP30 instead.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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I couldn't find a hp30 with 4.10s and buying one and re-gearing and locking it was going to cost about $900. So I settled for a stock tj d30 with 4.10s, should be fine with 32-33" tires. Thanks for the aussie input.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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I couldn't find a hp30 with 4.10s and buying one and re-gearing and locking it was going to cost about $900. So I settled for a stock tj d30 with 4.10s, should be fine with 32-33" tires. Thanks for the aussie input.
HP30's with stock 4.10's are very rare and only came with 2.5L XJ's. The LP30 will be fine.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #7
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I got my sye in the mail today, I'm wondering if I should drop the case or do the install attached to the trans.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:53 PM   #8
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I installed the stainless brake lines while waiting for some dry weather to paint my axles.

I strongly recommend that anyone doing a body lift replace the front brake line at the same time, it will make your life much easier.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #9
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Finally got the 8.8 painted up, cleaned and painted the calipers and test fitted some brake lines. I'm hoping to start the sye tonight, but I have a feeling I'm going to fight the skid bolts all night. Michigan sucks when its time to work on cars, rust everywhere.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 09:20 AM   #10
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Axle looks clean. Nice work! Where at in Michigan? I was born in Monroe and grew up there off and on. I can't think of any places to wheel there! Up north I guess.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 03:17 PM   #11
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Thanks, Westland/Canton. There's a new park near Monroe I want to check out, but we have family property near Cadilac and some near West Branch. I'm sure you've been to some cool places, I look at the scenic pic thread all the time, I hope to venture out some day.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #12
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I put new rotors and brake lines on the 8.8, i cut down the stainless lines and used 2 pass. side explorer lines for the calipers. I welded some studs to the bottom of the spring plates for the line retainers. I've got about an 1/8th of clearance at the shock.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:22 PM   #13
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Hey Kodiak, did you use a hardened cross pin when you installed the aussie?
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Hey Kodiak, did you use a hardened cross pin when you installed the aussie?
I just used the stock one.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #15
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I installed the sye the other day, just waiting on the driveshaft. Now I need to fix the 3 spun skidplate nuts, I might weld some studs til I do a tt this winter.

I also bought a new gearbox today, hope to install it soon. After that I need to track the antifreeze leak, only catch it when the engine is cold, coming from the intake or head.
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