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Build the rig to fit the trail

Rob80x

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Really liking how well this combo works. Had no problem going where everyone else went even though I was getting picked on for making my Jeep smaller lol


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Sorry I feel like I have taken over this thread. But it was a big part of my decision to downsize my Jeep. I'm sure it's helping others as well.
One thing that would really help (and always does for everyone) is if you could put the details of your Jeep and modifications in your profile. That way we wouldn't have to keep asking you what lift, tires, etc., each time. Looking at all the mod threads, they start to run together...
 

Rob80x

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Details on the leveling spacers?
When I bought the Jeep the PO had these rubber spacers that went above the front coil springs. They are good for about a 2" lift. I removed them when I put the new 4" lift on (when it was on 35's). When I went to the 2" springs the front was down about 1.75" from the rear. So I removed the factory rubber isolators and replaced them with the 2" risers ai previously removed to give a 1.5" lift. Now the rear sits 0.25" higher than the front. Hope that all made sense lol
 

Rob80x

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One thing that would really help (and always does for everyone) is if you could put the details of your Jeep and modifications in your profile. That way we wouldn't have to keep asking you what lift, tires, etc., each time. Looking at all the mod threads, they start to run together...
Updated, thanks.
 

Tristan

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I think I might need to up my game a little. My AT'S can't keep up on my trails anymore lol. Finally had to use my winch.
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Rob80x

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I think I might need to up my game a little. My AT'S can't keep up on my trails anymore lol. Finally had to use my winch.

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I would say it's just about right if you finally had to use your winch. If you had to use it every time you went out then it's under built for your trails. I still haven't had to use mine for myself yet. But trails around here are really easy, most of the time I am in 2wd.

From yesterday after work:
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Wow, I'm jealous! They mark your roads with what an appropriate vehicle is?! Around here, we're lucky if the roads still have the road number stakes on them. lol Looks like fun in the sun though!
 
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Right? Seriously, how hard is it to hit a road sign. Show some class, use a target or something.
 

Mike_H

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I'm actually impressed that its got the line through the ATV's and Bikes. Most of the trails near me are opposite of that. ATV and Bike ONLY, no Jeeps :(
 

Rob80x

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There's no shortage of ATV/Motorcycle trails as well. I have a Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 as well (way overkill, wish I would have never bought it) as well so I run them too.
 

Rob80x

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I'm actually impressed that its got the line through the ATV's and Bikes. Most of the trails near me are opposite of that. ATV and Bike ONLY, no Jeeps :(
That's because its a fire road so it's only open to vhicles with a license plate.
 

Kyle_W

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Wanting to get other Jeeper's opinions...

I did the whole lift kit, black steel wheels, 33" tires, 1.25" body lift, etc., and now am regretting all of it. It's just too much for me.

So I have decided to soon drop down to 31" tires, on factory Ecco rims; take out my body lift, and take out my motor mount lift. But I have not decided if I want to drop my 2" coil lift for factory springs. I just like how the TJ Rubicon sits and the attitude that you don't need anything more than 31" tires and stock springs. That's the vibe I am going for.

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The question though is, is it worth dropping the 2" lift? Other than losing 2" of extra "flex space", but gaining better aerodynamics?

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This is what I used to have (31" tires, and nothing else). Very tempted to go back.
 

Rob5589

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So you have 2" suspension and 1.25 body? I would run it as-is with the Eccos and 31's. Seems like unnecessary work to remove the BL only to drop it 1.25". I laughed when you mentioned Jeep "aerodynamics." :D
 

JMT

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X2. Keep the 2" suspension lift at least. BL and MMLare optional, but don't know why you would go to all that work to undo what you did. If you do, let me know and I might buy the BL and MML
 
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