Ok, so money is short, one of my rear tires fell apart, spare is in just as bad condition, and I'm getting eager to pull the tiger on something. Original plan was to do RE 4.5 kit, then RE 1.5" SOA, was even considering going OME with 33s, now I'm thinking stages for the suspension.
- RE 1.5" Springs in SUA
- Crabtree hangers
- Degree shims
- Spring plates
- Steering box brace
- HD tie rod & drag link
- 4 35x12.5R15 MT/R Kevlar
Money is short and this pretty much drains my account. Turning this into SOA will probably take up another $1500 and I don't have that kind of money right now.
As money comes in between I want to buy a full size spare, MT II wheels, and upgrade my brakes. That doesn't even touch all the other unrelated things I want that'll nickle and dime me to death.
So Stage 2
- Sway bar disconnects
- Axle perches for shocks and sway bar link
- 4 Shocks (I'll decide brand later)
- Ladder bar
- Extended brake lines
- High steer
- Tom Woods CV shaft
Please mind I'm only concerning the suspension costs in those lists. I have my own plan for drive train and gear ratios, so please don't bother me with questions about those.
I have 6 month old shocks on right now. Ford towers up front. I'm pretty darn sure I'll be good with keeping those shocks with this lift. Bump stops will be extended to keep tires from tearing up my flares and body, so I should be ok on travel. If I ain't, well... I'll address that later. I can extend stock sway bar link myself. I'll go quick disconnect when I do soa. As for wheels, I picked up some mag wheels last year for cheap. They're 15x10. I don't care much for the design, but they'll work. I just need those special lugs for them.
I know, I know 35" tires on that little lift?? Well I did some work. My jeep right now seems a good bit higher than other stock suspension cjs that I've seen. I think the mounts for the fiberglass tub may have some lift integrated. I also have 1" lift shackles. I'll probably cut down to .5" when I go soa, but for now I should not have problems with those. Bout 95% sure springs are stock. They are pretty darn flat. I measured from ground to rocker around under the mirror and came up at 21.25". From what I've researched, stock should be about 19.5". So I assuming these springs will net about 2", I should have nearly 4" of lift over bone stock. I've seen people run 35s with that without trimming. So If my CAD sketch holds true(I'm want to go out and measure a few things to make absolutely sure), I should have about 4.5" from bottom of flare to top of tire in the front and 6.5" in the back. If clearance becomes a real pressing issue, I'm not totally against ditching stock flares for those rugged ridge pocket styles.
Edit (10/09): My CAD prowess is still there. Measures out within .5" tire to fender flares. I was a little too generous with pavement to rocker height, but the tires ain't gonna hit those now are they?
I know I'd be better off buying 33" tires and waiting till I flip the axles to go 35", but I really don't want to have to buy tires twice. I'm about 80% sure I'll be soa by March 2012, so I'd be selling my 33" MT/Rs with most likely less than 7k miles on them.
So I took a picture of the jeep and traced it in AutoCAD 2010. So in line, there is my jeep as it sits now, sua with 1.5" springs and 35", and then soa same springs on 35".
So I think I'll be alright with those tires. Sure my travel is going to be a bit limited, but most of my driving is on the road. Hell I may not even be offroad before I go soa.
I figure, it'll work. It won't be ideal, but it'll work.
Here is a picture of how the jeep sits right now. 235 tires.
Scratching my head over that picture. Definitely looks taller in person.
EDIT (10/08): I didn't want to post this yet. lol oh well. Hit the wrong button. I might be making some changes to this.