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post #1 of 137 Old 06-15-2018, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Ms. J's CJ7 2.0

Well today I pulled the trigger on some parts to keep me occupied for when I get home from the AFG. This is the thread for my cj 2.0 build to basically treat myself for an occasion. The paint and body will be done when I get home so all I will have to do is instal the following and manuver around the garage without banging the new body up which my dad is paying to have done and a gift to me. Not to say it won't get nicked on the trails somewhere down the road like at Rausch creek.

I was working with a 3k budget and wanted to maximize it so this is what I ordered after my copious amounts of research. It won't let me post pics for some reason. Summit racing gave me a military discount on the wheels and tires which was a perk.

Superlift 2.5in Springs
Daystar HD greaseable shackles .75in est lift
Rough country shocks the to 4in lift
4.56 gear set d30/m20 with master rebuild kits
Detroit truetracs f/r (have experience with these)
33x10.50 maxxis razr tires
ION 15x7 aluminum wheels.

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post #2 of 137 Old 06-16-2018, 07:58 AM
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MS J, about the only thing that sticks out that Id replace on your list is those 15x7 rims, I'd upgrade up to 15x10. I'm not a wheel/tire guy, but I'm not real sure you can put 33's on a 7 inch rim. There are people on here much smarter than me and can pile on my comment. Good Luck and thank you for your service.
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You should count on needing a set of castor shims, brake line extensions, and possibly a dropped pitman arm with that setup.

Also, it would be a good time to get longer sway bar links with quick disconnects perhaps.

Good luck, and please document your progress here.

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I will document my progress here. First thing is getting home and clean out the garage and get ready to put it on jack stands and drop the front and rear differentials. And get them apart. I found out my gear ratio is 2.72 and I already have 1 piece axle shafts. I am glad I went with the 4.56 with the 33s after all my research. I will look into the extra little things and consider sway bar disconnects.

Matt:. Wouldn't a slight lift on the shackle change my Castor angle slightly since im lifting essentially one side of the spring.
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Matt:. Wouldn't a slight lift on the shackle change my Castor angle slightly since im lifting essentially one side of the spring.
Yes, it will. That's why I mentioned castor shims. Shackle lifts will always change the castor angle slightly.

My 2.5" lift YJ springs required 4 degree shims, with no shackle lift, in order to get my castor angle back to spec. So, I'm guessing you may need 6 degree shims. It's best to get a professional alignment done, before ordering shims, though.

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Thank you for the advice. Hopefully I can get this done within the first week of my return so I can enjoy the rest of the summer with my new look.
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See attached for the screen shots of my order. Internet here in wild wild west Afghanistan is slow at times.
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OK, Not to rain on your parade, but I'd consider better springs than you've chosen, if ride quality is important to you. The consensus seems to be Superlift springs are just average. Better than worn out stock springs, but not as good as BDS, RE, or OME. You get what you pay for with lift springs.

I'm looking forward to following your gear swap and Truetrac install. I've been postponing that exact task on my CJ for a while.

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Why 4.56 gears when you're running the 33s? I find 4.56 a little short for the highway even though i have 37s , a 4.10:1 is prolly ideal for 33s. ...also, I'm not sure, but i don't think 2.5" of lift is adequate for 33" tires (unless you're cutting fenders) .
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Why 4.56 gears when you're running the 33s? I find 4.56 a little short for the highway even though i have 37s , a 4.10:1 is prolly ideal for 33s
I have a 5 speed and live in a very hilly area in Pennsylvania. A lot of people recommended that combo to keep stress off the power train.
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...also, I'm not sure, but i don't think 2.5" of lift is adequate for 33" tires (unless you're cutting fenders) .
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She's doing a .75" shackle lift in addition to the 2.5" lift springs. That *should* be just enough lift to clear 33"s, depending on the actual height of the tires. If not, a small body lift would make it work.

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Guess I should order a speedo gear while im thinking about the logic of changing gears and tires causing an in-acurate speedometer readings. I keep getting mixed results when I search this topic. Some say 36 tooth, someone said 37, and one said 39. Any thoughts on 32.8in tires and 4.56s.
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I'm home. Here is a couple pics of the 2 toned rhino lined jeep.
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I'm home.
Woohoo! Thank you for serving our country and welcome home! I'm sure it feels great! I know it did when I was in.

Have fun with your toy!
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Welcome home and nice looking CJ, Princess!!

When does the work begin?

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