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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-07-2001, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Tire, gears and strenght conbinationl info needed

Fellow suk owners:
I'm in a difficult point here.. actually have 33 x 9.5 swamper tsl's, spoa with CJ7 springs, stock gearing, 1.6 8valve, rear detroit locker.
I have a 4x4 event on the 2 of december.. need advise as to:

I defenetly will have the Crawler gears.. but could I put a front locker with out breaking front axles or ring and pinion? Birfields? Mostly of the rides I go are mountain-mud-some rocks kind of thing..

How about power steering needs?

Could I put some 35" with out the front locker.. and be somewhere in the safe zone..

Folks, I really need help on this one.. can't decide either way..

Thanks as always for sharing your knowledge

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Re: Tire, gearing and strenght conbination - All info

With a tire that tall I believe you take a chance at crackin the birfields! crawler gears with that engine is good but you should slam some sidekick gears (5.12's!) in there just to make it completely level! as for the axles...Well that all depends on your drivin style..I have seen guys drive stock axles with 38*12's!!! yet I have seen people snap axles with just 33's! bottom line you run 35's with a t/c reduction then you are definitely not goin anywhere any time soon!

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Re: Tire, gears and strenght conbinationl info needed

You mean 34x9.5 Swampers? They don't make a 33x9.5.

I'd lock the front end and add the birfield rings. Forget P/S for now, work on getting it later. Forget the 35's, the 33" (or 34") Swamper is the same size as most off-brand 35's anyway, so you won't gain anything there. Gearing will help, but I wouldn't stop at the GRS I, I'd add 5.12's at the same time if you can swing it. I'm running GRS I and 32" Swampers, and it's not nearly low enough to be really effective off-road.

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Re: Tire, gears and strenght conbinationl info needed

heres my opinion for what its worth man. i got 33s with YJ suspension so i got a pretty good idea where your comin from. if i were you, id get me some t/c gears and leave it alone. with a rear locker already, how much more do you need? you said your riding is mostly mountain mud n some rocks. do you really need a front locker? with a front locker, your increasin your chances of poppin a birfield. i personally have never popped one, but im also open diffed. since you are stock gears right now, i think the BEST thing you can do is get some transfer case gears. if you play on rocks a lot, id strongly suggest a grsII gear set. if you arent really serious on rock hopping, a grsI style gear set might well be better for you.
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