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tonytony9
11-03-2019, 06:01 AM
Sure this topic has been over discussed, so only looking for some brief feedback. I have done my fair share of reading prior threads.

After careful consideration I decided not to dump my 160k mileage (and first car) JKU. And instead, keep replacing as I go. I drive a very limited (under 7k miles) a year now that I work in Ny. I also have a secondary car/convertible for the nice months.

I will be stepping up from 33ís to 35s in the next 6-8 months. I donít run too heavy of a setup, 3inch lift, winch, evo bumpers. I have a 08 sport, not the ďheavy dutyĒ tow package. Original axles, 160k on them. I am decently mechanically inclined with the right tools so Iíll do the work myself. I donít off road often or heavily. I take this thing down trails to hunting and hiking spots mostly.

I want to regear for less lag on the highway. Improved conditions essentially. Recommendations?


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Jsouder53
11-03-2019, 06:18 AM
I would suggest just a regear to 4.88s and gusset it. You do know that your Jeep is a convertible also right???

desertrunner
11-03-2019, 06:41 AM
I second the motion for 4.88s sounds like they would be a good fit. For just 35s and light wheeling I think new axles would be over kill. If you want to add a locker, during the re gear is a perfect time but I would only lock the rear and leave the dirty 30 open up front.

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Jkratt
11-03-2019, 03:17 PM
I agree with the others, 4:88 should fit the bill. If you were ever thinking of a locker for the rear only, this would be a good time to do while they do the gear change.

tonytony9
11-04-2019, 12:22 PM
I would suggest just a regear to 4.88s and gusset it. You do know that your Jeep is a convertible also right???

I really really like the wind blowing through my hair haha


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tonytony9
11-04-2019, 12:24 PM
I second the motion for 4.88s sounds like they would be a good fit. For just 35s and light wheeling I think new axles would be over kill. If you want to add a locker, during the re gear is a perfect time but I would only lock the rear and leave the dirty 30 open up front.

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Thanks for advice along with the others. I guess my concern with regearing the stock axles was the high mileage they already had on them.




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tonytony9
11-04-2019, 12:24 PM
I agree with the others, 4:88 should fit the bill. If you were ever thinking of a locker for the rear only, this would be a good time to do while they do the gear change.

Locker isnít a bad idea, I definitely made consider.


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tonytony9
11-04-2019, 12:26 PM
I would suggest just a regear to 4.88s and gusset it. You do know that your Jeep is a convertible also right???

Looks like everyone agrees. Will the 4.88ís significantly improved my high way performance? At least let me get up a hill without almost flouting it haha?

I just replaced my universal joints along with my other steering components and man it handles like brand new


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wjtstudios
11-04-2019, 12:30 PM
Much, it wonít search for gears nearly as much on the highway. Only time it will jump for gears in longer hill climbs.


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Snboarder113
11-04-2019, 12:30 PM
Thanks for advice along with the others. I guess my concern with regearing the stock axles was the high mileage they already had on them.




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Regearing will replace the most worn pieces. Carrier/ pinion bearings and the gears themselves obviously. Throw in wheel bearings and u joints and your axles are practically brand new.


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Jsouder53
11-05-2019, 01:47 AM
Looks like everyone agrees. Will the 4.88ís significantly improved my high way performance? At least let me get up a hill without almost flouting it haha?

I just replaced my universal joints along with my other steering components and man it handles like brand new


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To be honest, I havenít re-geared yet lol its my plan to go to 4.88s because I still have a d30.

mewaschuk
11-08-2019, 01:14 PM
throw a torq master locker in the front while your in there and you'll be amazed what this will get for for the $$.

had the same dilemma on my jk x... ended up going 4.56 on 33s with the d30/d44 and 6spd.

WJCO
11-08-2019, 01:30 PM
throw a torq master locker in the front while your in there and you'll be amazed what this will get for for the $$.

had the same dilemma on my jk x... ended up going 4.56 on 33s with the d30/d44 and 6spd.

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