Re: Go with a Straight axil of stay with IFS
Here's my 3/10 of a cent worth:
If you're wanting to WHEEL 33's on a Track/Kick, AND use it for a daily driver, you're going to be looking at spending a chunk of change, either way. One of the big questions is: How are your fab skills? That might determine the path you take. To go IFS (like me) on 31's even, here's what you're lookin at:
Calmini 6" lift - about $1000
15 X 8 wheels with 2" to 2-1/2" of backspacing - about $250
Big Honking Tires - about $600 (get FIVE)
New 5.83:1 Ring & Pinion gears, front & rear - about $800
Lower Transfer case gearing (4.4:1) - about $850
That's $3,500, and it doesn't include new bumpers, winch, belly armor, stronger axle housing, roll cage, or Spidertrax Billet Aluminum Gear Shift Knob.
You think the rest is just "minor"? Look at this:
Calmini Front Winch Bumper with 3" lift adapter: $550
Calmini Rear Swing-Arm Bumper: $600
Warn M6000 Winch: $600
Warn Winch Accessory Kit: $160
Full Calmini Belly Armor and Steering Stabilizer: $500
Calmini Anvil Front Axle Housing: $490
ARB Air Lockers - Front & Rear, and Compressor: $1400
That's another $4,300, NOT counting the rest of the parts you'll need to hook up that Anvil Axle Housing, or the Grand Vitara steel 3rd member carrier!!!
So, we're talking $7,800 plus the cost of your Track/Kick (mine cost $3,000), and you don't even have a hi-lift jack yet!!!
You sure you're ready for this? I just added this up for the first time, and I can't believe it! I'm still about $4,000 from completion!
I'm guessing that SAS would be cheaper, but a lot more work! Who can put up GOOD numbers for SAS conversion?