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Unread 11-21-2012, 05:49 PM   #76
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Require? No. I would wait til you decide to bigger tires.

Til I decide to do bigger tires?!?!

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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #77
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Agreed. We have 31s on the wifes, and never changed the ratio. It's a 2.5L so it already has 411's. It is a dog, though but she doesn't care.
With the 4.0, I wouldn't think it would be an issue with 31's.
I've got 31's on the MJ with a 4.0 and didn't change gears. Runs fine with it.
I am not a fan of the chrome grills, but I love everything else you did. Nice Jeep!!!!

Hey, 97_4popper! Thanks for the info on the gear ratio... looks like I don't have to shag around with that, which is a good thing. Pocket book can use a break.

And thanks for the kudos on my TJ... much appreciated. Most people either dig or hate the chrome grill... I think I dig it because I'm also a Harley guy (well, I was before I had to sell it to buy the Jeep! ), so I dig a bit of chrome... also like that it offsets my Jeep from the most others.

Gotta say that I am VERY happy with how it turned out. Next step is to put some decals on there... got a couple of cool ones ready to go. Time to personalize this machine now!

Cheers, brother!
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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #78
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Your Jeep looks great! You won't be disapointed.

We installed the same lift a couple of years ago...

Installed 2" BDS lift...

Afterwards chose to install JKS adjustable track bars front and rear instead of the using the rear bracket and redrilling the front mount. The rear was shifted a little more than 1" and the front was off by about 3/4". Bothered me just enough to warrant the change.
Well how the hell are ya, DLA?! Just clicked your link and immediately remembered those pictures... your thread was one of the ones that lead me to make the decision on BDS. I also recall being very impressed that your daughter saved money for her first vehicle and also that she wasn't afraid to spin some wrenches and get her hands dirty. You've obviously done a great job, buddy.

That Jeep you worked on turned out fantastic as well... very cool looking! And thanks for the comments on mine... VERY happy!

As for the track bar... yeah, I'm gonna have a good look at it over the next couple of weeks. The TJ gets a wheel alignment tomorrow... will then drive it a bit to see how it rides... will also take some good looks to see if it needs to be done. Though I have a funny feeling, like you, I may need to get it done at some point.

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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #79
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I did install a track bar relocation bracket. It just appears to me that by raising the height then the track bar would become a little short. If left attached in original configuration it would be pulling the rear axle slightly or constantly have huge amounts of tension and or possible binding when flexing. I never drove it without it, just figured I needed it and installed when I did the lift installation.

No I did not change gear ratio, hers is 3.73 and seems to be fine. It is my daughters DD which includes to and from college every weekend of 100 miles one way. I wanted to maintain as much MPG as possible.

Thanks again for all the info, HanksRide... always a great resource! Cheers, bro!
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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #80
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Got word today that a picture of my Jeep, as well as this thread, is featured on BDS Suspension Blog: http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?p=4240

Very. Damn. Cool.




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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:41 PM   #81
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Guess I'll throw the question out to anyone who may be on here... would an 05 TJ Sport with a 2"-2.5" lift and 31" tires require any changes to gear ratio? Has anyone done this kind of lift and kept ratio the same? If so, how does your Jeep run? Conversely, anyone done this kind of lift and changed their gear ratio?
You can always check the chart. Just google "jeep gear ratio tire size chart". Or go to http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-ti...atio-chart.htm. I'm planning to run 31s with my stock 3.73s and it should be the perfect combination of gas mileage and power according to the chart. I've also got a RC 2.5" lift which I'm going to put in when I get the tires mounted next week.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #82
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Once it settled, how much height did you lose? Any idea?
I had something like 3 inches when I first put it on, it's settled down to about 2.25". Still got more than advertised so I'm happy.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 05:21 AM   #83
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You can always check the chart. Just google "jeep gear ratio tire size chart". Or go to http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-ti...atio-chart.htm. I'm planning to run 31s with my stock 3.73s and it should be the perfect combination of gas mileage and power according to the chart. I've also got a RC 2.5" lift which I'm going to put in when I get the tires mounted next week.
Thanks for the link, Hardtop! Good luck with your lift install!
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Unread 11-22-2012, 05:21 AM   #84
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I had something like 3 inches when I first put it on, it's settled down to about 2.25". Still got more than advertised so I'm happy.
Not bad at all! How long did it take to settle down?
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Unread 11-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #85
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Got word today that a picture of my Jeep, as well as this thread, is featured on BDS Suspension Blog: http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?p=4240

Very. Damn. Cool.




Thanks, BDS!
That is cool. Congrats!!!
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Not bad at all! How long did it take to settle down?
Few months or so. Can't remember exactly.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 05:56 PM   #87
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That is cool. Congrats!!!
Thanks, Popper! Cheers!
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Few months or so. Can't remember exactly.
Cool... thanks, Zach!
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Unread 11-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #89
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Got a wheel alignment done today at the local NAPA AutoPro... $133.50 + taxes (total of about $150)... more than I was expecting. However, the mechanic worked on the alignment for over an hour... and in fairness, I spoke to him before he started in request that he be very particular on account of the new lift and tires - I didn't want a mediocre job done, which would only result in my tires wearing too quickly - and further, he also had to install a needed BDS cam bolt (though he said it was to adjust caster and not camber).

Speaking of which, if you have a TJ and order the BDS Suspension 2" coil lift kit, I would suggest you consider also picking up their cam bolt kit... there was little doubt that I needed it today in order to get a solid alignment. Gotta give a shout-out to Jim MacDonald of Rock Spyder 4x4, who strongly advised I also order that with my lift. Thanks, Jim! The other thing is that, of course, if you don't need it, you should be able to return it for a full refund. My ideology is that I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

Back to the alignment. Everything ended up going well, with the exception of the rear tires... the mechanic advised that due to the construction of the Jeep, he couldn't do anything to properly correct the aligment of the back tires. I asked about a track bar and if that would help... he advised that it wouldn't, and it was his opinion I didn't need a track bar... his only suggestion was frequent tire rotations: with every 5,000 kilometre oil change, rotate the tires.

The shop gave me a nifty alignment report, which I've included below as a picture... the top half is the initial alignment, with the bottom half as the final alignment.

All look fairly normal to you guys/gals?
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Unread 11-28-2012, 07:28 PM   #90
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further, he also had to install a needed BDS cam bolt (though he said it was to adjust caster and not camber).
That is the bolt I was telling you about in the PM's that I had to get also when I did my daughters. I found a guy on here that needed the bolts I had and I needed his so swapped through the mail.

How is it driving now, any issues since all was done?
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