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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2020, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Overall best TJ build

How ya doin. I'm lifting my tj in the next few weeks, but need help deciding. I want something that can take the abuse of moderate - slightly aggressive terrain (deep mud, shallow stream/river, decent sized boulders) but also need to be able to reach highway speeds safely lol. My only requirement is 35in. tires, other than that I'm torn between long arm or short arm and lift size. Any help would be great. Again, looking for medium-heavy offroad, but still highway worthy. Thanks!

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-29-2020, 06:51 AM
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What is your budget? You will also need to address gearing, steering, and various other items to run 35” tires. Expect to spend about $10,000.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-30-2020, 10:55 AM
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What is your budget? You will also need to address gearing, steering, and various other items to run 35” tires. Expect to spend about $10,000.
And that $10k is doing a lot of the work yourself. 35s the right way gets expensive really quick. Gears, lockers, axle shafts, brakes, steering, SYE, control arms, track bars, suspension lift, body lift, shocks, fenders, and I'm probably still missing something important. Let us know a budget and we can help you pick the right components and hopefully save you some mo eye and headache along the way. TJs on 35s are about perfect though.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-01-2020, 10:37 AM
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Long arms are only useful when playing basketball, not on a TJ. Expense depends on what axles you have. D30 and 44 are fine with upgraded shafts. Regearing $1500/ Black Magic brakes $200/ upgraded tie rod and draglink $120/ Lift kit $550.
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03' Rubicon/Zone 4" coils with 1" spacers up front/Rancho shocks/5.13 gears-35" MTZs/Black Magic brakes. ***SOLD*** for Covid-19 pandemic rent money. :(
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-01-2020, 03:15 PM
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Don't waste time or money on long arms. Short arms flex just fine with the right control arms.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-01-2020, 03:43 PM
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If you want long arms I would go with a custom build not a “kit”. I’m in the process of removing all the components from a Full Traction kit the PO installed about 8 years ago and replacing with welded on frame brackets and new control arms with real Johnny joints.

Never once been hung up on my lower control arms and I run the most difficult trails throughout California. Apparently everyone’s experiences vary
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-02-2020, 09:16 AM
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03' Rubicon/Zone 4" coils with 1" spacers up front/Rancho shocks/5.13 gears-35" MTZs/Black Magic brakes. ***SOLD*** for Covid-19 pandemic rent money. :(
99' XJ /4.0L-AW4/ 5.5" lift / Rancho RS5000X shocks/33" DC Extreme country MTs. Jeep #18
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