Hey guys, I recently picked up a new JKU. Already in love, and can't wait to start lifting it, and tinkering around with it. I have a couple quick questions that I'm hoping I can get cleared up. I bought a sport, because the end goal is to gut the front axle for a true 44, and from what I read, the Rubicon isn't a true 44, and would need to be swapped anyway. Also, I'll be running 37s, so the 4.10s didn't do me much good in the long run either.
So my questions start there. I wanna wheel the little dana 30 in the front until it breaks, and then swap out axles. Should I stay with 35s and a 3.5-4 inch lift for now? My thought process here is to make the jeep capable off road without prematurely destroying that axle. I want the 3.5-4 inch to give myself room to grow into the 37s, so I'm not re-doing work down the road. Or, should I gusset and truss the little 30, and just have at it with the 37s and some steep gears?
A little background, I live in Las Vegas, so trails aren't much out here. It's mostly sand, and mild trails in the mountains. Secondly, I have no idea what gears to run. I've narrowed it down to 4.88 and 5.13, but it seems like those are both personal preference gears. This is the DD, so I'm leaning more into the 4.88 since I don't need a racecar, and a lot of the drive to work is on the highway.
My end goal is to have a capable rig with 37 inch tires, and enough lift to comfortably let them stretch their legs. If sleeving the axle, and adding the reinforcements will see my front axle a reasonably long life, then I will pursue that route. I just don't want to be throwing money away to an extent. I know eventually the 30 will fail in the end, and I'm ok with that. But if it won't last too long, I'll stick with 35s for a little while until I can source a 44 and build it.
Third, I understand the backspacing, and trimming fenders aspect of stuffing tires, but how safe are wheel spacers on these jeeps? I will certainly go with hub centric vs lug centric, but coming over from the lifted diesel truck scene, wheel spacers are pretty taboo. I know the jeeps weigh a lot less, but I don't wanna be blowing wheel bearings out quickly if I can just do something else. Ideally I would just find a properly spaced rim, but if that becomes a loss cause, I wanna know my options.
Fourth, I've read into the Teraflex lift kit, and it looks to be a great deal, and I will probably end up with it on my jeep. Has anyone had any problems with it? I've read a lot of great things about it, but I haven't heard many negative things.
I've tried to read up on this jeep a fair amount before clogging up the forum with redundant threads, so if I'm asking commonly answered questions, could you please link me over to the information? Thanks in advance!!