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    I have a 2004 rubicon. I'm wondering if there are any issues with standard TJ lift kits for rubicons due to the dana axels. Anyone out there lifted a rubicon and have any pointers or recommendations for kits? I have my eye on a rugged ridge 3" suspension lift or a skyjacker 2.5". Looking for ease of install, my tools are limited (no acetlyne torch, not comfortable drilling/cutting).

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    for a typical bolt on short arm lift you shouldnt need to do much if any drilling/ cutting. as it says it should just be bolt on. you can talk to the retailer and they can tell you if there is any cutting. also before you buy you can go to the manufacturer's website and find the instructions and look through them to see what it entails. i have an 04 rubi as well and im waitin to put a 4 inch Rock Krawler long arm lift on it. that one has quite a bit of cutting and such.
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    Rubicons will lift just like any other wrangler, nothing "special" needs to be done to them just because of the 44's. You just get the benefit of a slight re gear from the factory with the 4.10s
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    I'm not sure what's involved with either of those lifts.
    With a 3" or lower lift, you probably won't need a new rear drive shaft.
    I would get atleast rear adj control arms if they're not included with the lift.
    Make sure it comes with a track bar relocation bracket for the rear, and you'll probably want an adjustable track bar for the front.
    You won't have to worry about a t-case lowering kit if it comes with the lift.
    You may want to do a 1" motor mount lift (helps with drive line angles). If you do that, I'd probably go ahead and do a 1" body lift at the same time (will off set the mml, so you won't need to worry about t-case linkage adjustments or moving the fan shroud).

    Common problems with the rubicon are similar with other TJ lifts. If you get death wobble afterwards, make sure everything is torqued down good. If you're buying a tire/wheel combo, make sure to get a good balance done (even if it comes balanced from the distributor). And make sure to get an alignment done afterwards.

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    I have lifted an 04 TJ and an 05 Rubicon with the Rubicon Express 3.5 inch Super flex lift kit.
    No cutting was required, as everything bolted into place.
    this is a nice kit, and highly recommended for those that do not want to go extreme.

    I am able to run 35's on my 04 and have also added a 1 inch body lift and motor mount lift.
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    If I recall the Rubicons have a differant rear drive shaft set up and doing a SYE is not needed when you lift them...the only other issue on some of the more exotic lift kits is the front brackets maybe be for a Dana 30 so you need to tell them you have a Rubicon and they should get you the right stuff. THe more basic lifts this will not be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGM O View Post
    the only other issue on some of the more exotic lift kits is the front brackets maybe be for a Dana 30 so you need to tell them you have a Rubicon and they should get you the right stuff. THe more basic lifts this will not be an issue.

    Your D44 has the same brackets as the D30.

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    Thanks for the tips fellas. Will post pics when i'm done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGM O View Post
    If I recall the Rubicons have a differant rear drive shaft set up and doing a SYE is not needed when you lift them...the only other issue on some of the more exotic lift kits is the front brackets maybe be for a Dana 30 so you need to tell them you have a Rubicon and they should get you the right stuff. THe more basic lifts this will not be an issue.
    true. no SYE is required on Rubicon..

    a better drive shaft with something like a double kardon is still a good idea.

    i have 4"SA lift with 1" BL/MML, haven't swapped out the rear DS yet and it still runs fine. this is on an 06 Rubicon..... run 35's with pretty much no rub at full articulation

    new track bar (adjustable) is a good idea, but not absolutely required. at 3" you are starting to get to a point where you will need to re-drill the axle side bolt hole for your tracbar to keep the axle centered. adjustable trackbar negates this piece of the puzzle.

    if you have 125-150 bucks extra, get an adjustable tracbar such as teraflex or whoever you prefer... I run the teraflex, and it works fine.
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    You may also want to look into a drop pitman arm.

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