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Unread 10-01-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Newbie suspension question?

First off, be easy on me guys if this is something that has been answered I've searched but this is my first thread because I can't find it... Now to the question.
I'm hopefully getting a 4dr Sahara auto trans sometime in the next week or so (2007) and was thinking of lifting it 2-3" so I can run 33" or possibly 35" tires. Now, I'm obviously concerned with how well it will drive with these upgrades seeing as how its got the stock gearing in it with the auto trans and would like some educated advice on gear ratio's as this will be my daily driver and I don't need to be going around everywhere having to floor it to get it going.
Also, on the suspension/lift kits I've been torn. I've been torn thanks to the fact of this being my daily driver so I don't want to get beat to hell (yes I know that its a jeep I've been driving a 82 scrambler stock height for going on 2 years now) and would really love a softer suspension that would ride more like a truck suspension that won't cost me an arm and a leg. I've heard good things about the teraflex systems and the old man emu systems mainly but have been curious about the fox shocks that are for high speed off roading as I figure they would be some of the softest and best riding on paved road since I'm on the road 95-99% of the time. Any input is more than appreciated.

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Unread 10-01-2011, 11:37 PM   #2
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I like my lift. Check out my build for details. I was about to go rock Krawler but a last minute almost free teraflex lift swayed my decision. It rides great.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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You shouldn't need a lift for 33" tires. . . .

You shouldn't need a lift for 33" tires. All that should be necessary is a new set of rims with more off-set or a set of wheel spacers if you stick with the stock rims. This would give you the ride you're after.

If you want to go with 35" tires, how about going with flat fender flares and a 1.25" body lift. This would still leave you with your stock suspension and room for the 35 inchers.

Sticking with the stock suspension will mean no warranty is voided and you'll save a lot of money. Not to mention that the center of gravity won't change much as you've widened your stance by about 3" and have only lifted the body, not the heavier drivetrain parts.

Just another couple of options . . . .
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Unread 10-02-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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Appreciate the ideas guys, I doubt I'll do 35" tires as of now but the reason I'm lifting is because of the place I do go off-road has a lot of tall but skinny terraces that the jk 4dr would likely bottom out on since they are so long. That's why a lift to me is important because raising it a couple inches with some somewhat larger tires would give me a little extra clearance for those type things without the issues of being too high.

Edit: Also this jeep isn't under warranty anymore so it doesn't matter on that side of things.
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Unread 10-02-2011, 10:55 AM   #5
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I like my lift. Check out my build for details. I was about to go rock Krawler but a last minute almost free teraflex lift swayed my decision. It rides great.
Glad to see another person with the teraflex that is happy. I don't think I've seen anyone with their kits say anything but good things about them at this point.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 06:10 PM   #6
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you think you won't go with 35's.....but as soon as you see your jeep next to another jku with 35's your gonna wish you did!
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Unread 10-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #7
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I went with a BB and 33's on my auto 2008 JK, it was a touch sluggish but I got a Flashpaq tuner and it made a huge difference in throttle response and is the best $ I have spent on my Jeep
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Unread 10-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #8
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Look to AEV for the best riding and handling suspensions.

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Unread 10-13-2011, 08:45 AM   #9
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Unless you're ready to regear, I'd stay with the 33's. Just to give you an idea, I went with a 3.5" lift from Rock Krawler ($1200, plus 4 shocks @ $150 each,) a set of 5 rims and tires (35"x12.5") ran $2500, and gears 4.88 gears, which were about $700, plus another $900 to install. What else? Modified stock tire carrier and brake light. Cost of alignment. The point being, 35's and larger are awesome, but once you go that big there's a lot more to think about than just the cost of lift and tires.
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Unread 10-14-2011, 07:42 AM   #10
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Unless you're ready to regear, I'd stay with the 33's. Just to give you an idea, I went with a 3.5" lift from Rock Krawler ($1200, plus 4 shocks @ $150 each,) a set of 5 rims and tires (35"x12.5") ran $2500, and gears 4.88 gears, which were about $700, plus another $900 to install. What else? Modified stock tire carrier and brake light. Cost of alignment. The point being, 35's and larger are awesome, but once you go that big there's a lot more to think about than just the cost of lift and tires.
Yeah I've been trying to add up how much it'd cost me and I figured about that much for 35's. On a site note can you still cruise comfortably on the interstate running about 80-85? That's my main concern to be perfectly honest. And by comfortably I don't mean the ride I just mean the transmission isn't too low geared for it to hold those speeds without the engine running too high in the rpm range.
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Unread 10-14-2011, 09:35 AM   #11
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BartJJ please take time to fill in your profile for us to help you better. With the auto in the 07, and if you run 35s (with all the items listed above) and regear to 5.13 (the recommendation for an auto with 35s) you will be running high rpms at 85 IMO. You can check the Gear Chart found in the FAQs 85mph is about 20% higher than 70mph so, doing the math you would be turning about 3500 rpms....a tad high for me. Then again I would never drive on 35s at 85....I stick to 75 max in Colorado.
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