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Unread 02-04-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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best lift/tire combo for rock crawling ?

I have a 2005 tj all stock and plan to make an ultimate rock crawler out of it. budget is about $10,000 but I still want to keep it street legal. what's my options?

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Unread 02-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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sinister fab hi-line fenders, currie, savvy, clayton, or rokmen short arms with Johny Joints, a 1in body lift and a under cover fab tummy tuck skid plate. raceline or trail ready bead locks wrapped in either GY MT-Rs with kevlar, BGF Krawlers, or pirbull rockers in 35 12.5 15 flavor. 4:56s gears and lockers
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Unread 02-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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+1 on MTR's I had 35's on my jeep, when I lived i Utah I would rock crawl all the time in moab with them. Did great.
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What ever you do I would go 1" taller in lift then the recommended tire size so you have room to flex. Have fun! and check out the lift pics thread to see exactly what each combo will look like,
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I have a 2005 tj all stock and plan to make an ultimate rock crawler out of it. budget is about $10,000 but I still want to keep it street legal. what's my options?
drive the Jeep over to Mr. Blaine's place and tell him to go nuts.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ev...ue-one-627417/
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drive the Jeep over to Mr. Blaine's place and tell him to go nuts.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ev...ue-one-627417/
there is more then 10k into that one. each shock set up is a like 500 before tuning
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Unread 02-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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there is more then 10k into that one.
of course theres more than 10k into that rig, whats your point? the comment is still valid...take it to blaine/Savvy Off-Road, he's the "ultimate rock crawler" builder for SoCal...
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Unread 02-04-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
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what about if I wanted to do it myself? I grew up on a farm and have access to plenty of tools. IV built mudders BA k home but nothing for rock crawling. what am I looking for?
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what about if I wanted to do it myself? I grew up on a farm and have access to plenty of tools. IV built mudders BA k home but nothing for rock crawling. what am I looking for?
call Savvy Off-Road, buy what blaine & gerald tells you, then install it. you can still go pick it up, you're close enough to save on shipping.

is it just me, or am i repeating myself?
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call Savvy Off-Road, buy what blaine & gerald tells you, then install it. you can still go pick it up, you're close enough to save on shipping.

is it just me, or am i repeating myself?
At this point in the time/space continuum, this is honestly good advice.

Things change & new products get designed, but right now just give those guys a call...
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call Savvy Off-Road, buy what blaine & gerald tells you, then install it. you can still go pick it up, you're close enough to save on shipping.

is it just me, or am i repeating myself?
MrBlaine is the most respected person in the Jeep industry. If I had the money and the location I would be knocking on his door.
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After several conversations with Blaine, too many days spent BS'ing at his place and a run through Johnson Valley with him this is what I came up with (had most of this but still spent a bundle supporting Gerald):

Savvy/Currie 4" lift with steel lowers and aluminum uppers
Currie Front Anti-Rock CE-9900
Savvy TJJ Front Track Bar CE-9120TJJ
Currie/Savvy Rear Track Bar CE-9123
Currie Steering CE-9701 (For $60 more get the Savvy ULT-KIT)
Blaine/Lee Ram-Assist
Fox 12" travel external reservoir shocks on PolyTowers rear/fabbed towers in the front
Raceline RT233 Monster Beadlocks
35" Goodyear MT/Rs
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Polyperformance Cage
Warn winch
Savvy gas tank skid
Savvy under armor
Savvy rocker/slider
D44 rear
HP30 front with Currie mini skids, Black Magic/Centric brakes, new Spicer ball joints, Currie JJ conversion and the Blaine tie-rod flip.
Superior Evo axle shafts in both ^^
4:56 or 4:88 gears depending on your trans (I have 4:88's)
Quality lockers, I run ARB's front and rear with a dedicated pump

Call Gerald at Savvy, he has all of this, can't beat his prices and you can save a bundle on shipping if you go pick it all up, he's sorta right down the 10 freeway from you.

Keep away from big, wide heavy bumpers and carriers. When I ran JV with Blaine, no one carried a spare or gas cans or anything else hanging over back

If you must have one the OR-Fab is a great choice.

I'm sure I forgot something...

Oh, tons of patience, common sense and the absolute ability to always, always always keep your eyes on Blaine when he is spotting you

Or else


That will get you going and pretty well take care of that $10k

If you're serious about rock-crawling, and you're within walking distance of JV, head over there when some of the more experienced folks are on a run and snag a right seat ride. You'll learn more just being there than by anything else.

And Blaine is actually a very kind, sensitive, caring individual, drop him a line

And then run up an "easy" trail like Sunbonnet with Blaine

We'll be down at Superstition Mt OHV near El Centro the weekend of the 2/17-19, feel free to head down, it's not far from you. Some of the best rock-crawling around. We'll get some good wheeling in
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Great post Stvdiego. What exactly is the Savvy/Currie 4in lift?
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Great post Stvdiego. What exactly is the Savvy/Currie 4in lift?
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I have a 2005 tj all stock and plan to make an ultimate rock crawler out of it. budget is about $10,000 but I still want to keep it street legal. what's my options?

Ultimate rock crawler? Sell it and buy a buggy/car chassis.

If you want to have a Jeep that will crawl well and drive well, do some searching here and on Pirate. Some very nice builds.
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