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Unread 12-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #1
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Rubicon Express Lift Kit Dilema

I've been doing so much thinking my head hurts. I still really don't know what I want for a lift. I know its going to be a rubicon express and I know its going to be either a 3.5" or a 4.5".
  • If I go with the 4.5" and then go with 35's can my front Dana 30 (stock handle) it...
  • I'm deffinetly going to go with a super35 kit for my Dana 35 but will it be able to handle 35's?

basically, If my rear and front axles cant handle 35's then Ill go with the 3.5" and 33's but I think I would be happier with the 4.5".....what do you guys think?

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Unread 12-27-2005, 03:43 PM   #2
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I just put the 3.5" superflex on this weekend and man it is high, i think it is more than 3.5". I have 305/70's (33x12.50).
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Unread 12-27-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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Unread 12-27-2005, 07:18 PM   #4
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I have the 4.5" lift with 5.5" coils w/ 35s and stock dana 30 and dana 35

dont do any hardcore rock crawling just occasional trail riding, since this is me DD.



these are the lift with 32s, havent got any pics with the 35s yet.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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4.5 here.....

Definetly go with 4.5 if you plan on running 35's
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Unread 12-27-2005, 07:46 PM   #6
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If you go with the 3.5 which will get you around 4.24-4.5" of lift you can always add a 1" body lift and clear 35s. The advantage is a lower center of gravity, I plan on going to 35s this spring, just need adjust the bumpstops, that gives you an incredible amount of articulation. Not sure how to post pictures on this board, scroll down a little.

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here is mine... RE 4.5" f coils/ RE 3.5" r coils/1" BL/dana 30/super 35 on 35" Truxus.



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these are the lift with 32s, havent got any pics with the 35s yet.
Here I was thinking "Those are some itty bitty 35s!"
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here is mine... RE 4.5" f coils/ RE 3.5" r coils/1" BL/dana 30/super 35 on 35" Truxus.




That is such a sweet jeep ...Do you run hardcore trails? Have you broken a shaft yet?
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Unread 12-27-2005, 08:02 PM   #10
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I've run both, and would not go higher than the 4.5 coils with the short arms. I ran 3.5 coils and a 1"bl for a summer with 35"s. Just make sure your bumpstops are set, and frankly it's a good setup. Add a bellyup and all the trimmings to that and your really sitting very nicely for some good crawling. The 4.5 springs are good, and I run them because I wanted a bit more clearance and ability to carry the load... My TJ needs to go on a diet.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 08:15 PM   #11
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If I go with the 4.5 do I need a 1" BL to clear 35's?

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Unread 12-27-2005, 08:21 PM   #12
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Shouldn,t with an RE 4.5in lift.It,s closer to 5.5in of lift.BL will be usefull for bellyup skids though.
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Unread 12-27-2005, 08:23 PM   #13
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If I go with the 4.5 do I need a 1" BL to clear 35's?

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You may need to get longer bump stops. I had RE 3.5 springs on with a 1" BL and rubbed a little, after putting on 1" longer bump stops I had no problems. But now that I have the RE 4.5 springs along with the 1" BL I clear nicely Oh, I might add that it all depends on your tires too, some 35's run larger then others too....
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Unread 12-28-2005, 12:07 AM   #14
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I'm not sure how serious of trails you are planning to do, but it seems like people who get 35's get them for hard core off-road use. With 35's you need to upgrade brakes and steering on top of the axles and gears. A properly set-up rig running 35's also has front and rear lockers. 33's will get you most places you want to go, and they look great if that's a factor.

As far as the lift, I think 4.5" is too much for a short-arm kit. The on-road ride will be worse than the 3.5". 3.5" should be the largest spring you put on a short arm kit, although many run the 4.5" and like it.

I think the biggest question you need to ask yourself is how serious of off-roading you do and how often you drive on the road.
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I'm not sure how serious of trails you are planning to do, but it seems like people who get 35's get them for hard core off-road use. With 35's you need to upgrade brakes and steering on top of the axles and gears. A properly set-up rig running 35's also has front and rear lockers. 33's will get you most places you want to go, and they look great if that's a factor.

As far as the lift, I think 4.5" is too much for a short-arm kit. The on-road ride will be worse than the 3.5". 3.5" should be the largest spring you put on a short arm kit, although many run the 4.5" and like it.

I think the biggest question you need to ask yourself is how serious of off-roading you do and how often you drive on the road.
I do moderate to difficult trails depending on where I am for the day but nothing insane after all it is my daily driver. I think it might be in my best interest to go with the 4.5" kit with 3.5" springs this way down the road if I ever feel the need to go bigger or I want to upgrade then I already have a good foundation laid down. Thanks for all your help guys.
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