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Unread 07-05-2010, 06:57 AM   #1
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Which is a good SYE Kit... and..

I need some help deciding on a good SYE kit. I am about to get a 3.5" Xtreme Terrain X Factor Plus Long Arm and I have seen many SYE Kits installed on here but which one is worth my money! And I have a 2.5L and I want to run 33's or 35's. What gears should I get since the jeep is my Daily Driver. Lastly will the rear end hold up with the 35's??

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Unread 07-05-2010, 07:02 AM   #2
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I broke my D35 with 33's, and it was surprisingly easy. It may have been dumb luck, and the other thing is who knows how old the shafts were, how they were treated through the 100k that it had on the clock, etc.

As for SYE - I went with a JB Conversions Super Short. There were many cheaper, but this one was what lots of folks said was "If you have the money" vs "How cheap can I go" -- Usually ends better, in my experience! I am very happy with it, I had no issues at all.

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Unread 07-05-2010, 07:03 AM   #3
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Most of the SYE kits will be pretty much identical. I have installed the advanced adapter, rugged ridge, porc and there were no noticeable differences with either of them. I would just go with whichever you find the best deal on. I am unsure of the gear ratio you will need for the auto, but with the 2.5L the lower the better IMO. The d35 will hold up fine for daily driving, not so much for any hardcore offroading. I am running 35's on a d35 right now and have no problems with light wheeling and daily driving. You will want to upgrade the tierod, and make sure your brakes are in top notch condition for the 35's. Don't even think about a locker in the d35 though with bigger tires.
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