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post #16 of 20 Old 07-28-2010, 10:25 AM
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You asked where it should be on your priority list. If you have 3.73 and the 5 speed as stated, then IMO the gearing change is not a priority at all. It is perfectly adequate to get you where you need to go. Where it comes into play is your enjoyment while driving the Jeep.

If you feel you can still have fun driving your Jeep with the new tires, then don't worry about it, you won't hurt anything on your Jeep. I personally drove my 2000 TJ with 4.0 and 5 speed on 3.73's for years, and the loss of 5th gear on hills didn't really bother me.

I now have a 2005 w/ 4.0 and 6 speed, and I am geared at 4.56, which is a much, much better experience, but again, the older Jeep was not unbearable either!

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Thanks for all the info and help finding out what equipment I have. I did, by the way, fill in my profile some more. I guess it's a plus that I have the D44 in the rear?
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Originally Posted by heethern View Post
I guess it's a plus that I have the D44 in the rear?
Absolutely Depending on how seriously you want to get into offroading with your jeep, it is a much stronger base axle to build from than the D35 and will hold up well to your new 33's

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post #19 of 20 Old 08-09-2010, 06:53 PM
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i just got my tj and my heavy *** 32's (just temp) kill me with the 3.07 gears!!!

mine isnt a DD and is going way up very soon, so i just assume but the large gear in now to help.
my build sheet doesnt say an exact type, but it does say 175mm anti-slip diff with a 5-spd.
44 right??
and i have to get a low ratio carrier with a 4.56 or 4.88 gear correct?
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post #20 of 20 Old 08-13-2010, 06:44 AM
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This will help. Search this (Stock TJ Specifications) it has everything you need to fill in your profile! If the Jeep was bought used be sure the previous owner didn't upgrade nothing.. Just my .02
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