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Re: Fitting 35\'s on a yj, this sound right?
bI don't want a mall crawler, we don't even really have malls up here, i want a jeep that looks decent but it capable enough to tackle most trails.
The more i think about it the more big tires will help me put less stress on the jeep for the wheeling i usually do here. A lot of the wheeling in the UP requires you to be able to clear ruts and trees. My tj on 32's wouldn't clear a lot of those ruts and most of the trails we run up here have the deep ruts that require clearance. With 35's you can just idle right over the ruts or trees in the trail compared to running 32's where you are either pulling cable for the entire trail or bouncing off the rev limiter.
There's no way the fenders are comming off this jeep, i'm planning on a little trimming to make the tj flares work but that's it. The 4" spring lift is simple and nothing crazy, the 1" body lift is also simple and nothing wild at all.
My plan for the axles are an 8.8 rear (probably the simplest jeep axle swap) and running 297 non disconect axle shafts in the dana 30 probably with 4.10 gears. This is by no means like my tj's dana 44 fron. The non disco dana 30 shafts are super simple to install when you do gears, all you do is replace the current axles seals with later model dana 30 seals and make a block off plate for the vaccum disconect. I plan on ausie lockers front and rear when cash allows. This axle combo is cheep, simple, pretty strong (only real weak point is the d30 ring and pinion and smaller dana 30 shafts but not many break any where besides at the yoke which is also where 44 shafts usually break), and reliable. It's not where near the complexity of the tj's dana 44 front and it's 100 times harder to screw up.
My plans to replace the puke and go with an ax 15 and 23 spline 23 with sye. Simple, pretty much bolt in swap.
The 258 is getting, lifters, push rods, an aluminum valve cover, new valve seals and top end gaskets as we speek. Nothing fancy or out of control. Sooner or later i'll do tfi and maybe a mc 2100 though for the small amount of time the carter was on the trails it worked fine for me.
All the mods i'm planning on are simple, have been done 4 million times, and are tried and true. The jeep isn't getting crazy "extreme" mods, just sensable mods to get it through most trails. Nothing like i did on the tj, i'm not running a non flipped dana 300 in a tj (very few people had done that before me), or trying to make my own suspension brackets. I don't want a super long complex project like a whole cj build yet. I don't see how this is crazy and i'm not swapping in super crazy hard parts to swap in. I don't really see where you comming from that this jeep is heading the way of my old tj.