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Old 04-18-2011, 10:06 PM
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so i have two options for moab. stay with my cute little 255s and stock gearing, or put on my new 315s and throw the 4.88s in this weekend.

advantage, cool factor, more lift
disadvantages, if anything doesn't work out well with the regear, no moab, or worse broke in moab. i will only have two weeks of daily driving to break in the new gears and make sure all is well, no chance of getting off road to flex and check for clearance for tires and that lockers are working.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:09 PM
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Regear ! if it works you'll be happier. If it dosent , at least you tried. and can always ride along.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:11 PM
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Tough to give advice on this one. I would guess the decision would fall on time and money. Remember, whats all involved with the front as it will take time and always costs more than expected. Too bad you don't have spare chunks you can set up then just swap!
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:24 PM
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my hope was to have spare chunks, but everyone seems to think they're gold.

i've got a front end kit already, picked that up in anticipation of the gearing, so not too worried there. just don't like not having time to really get to know the gearing and flex of the new setup. but really want it.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:37 PM
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You could run 315's with stock gearing and enjoy the flex. The gears make it nicer, but if the 315's are the big thing you want to be on, you can still do that.

Another option is to take your diffs after you do the swap up to Robbie and hire him to check out your swap, shims and alignment before installing them in your axle. The few $$ that would cost would give you peace of mind. I would be concerned about doing the gear swap and the part time kit install. I toyed with doing the part time kit and have read the threads and really didnt see much benifit. It reduces wear on your front end components, doesnt help with gas mileage. It does complicate your install and provides something else to go wrong with two weeks left. Just a few thoughts to consider.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:02 PM
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I've been running around for 4-5 months now with 315's and stock gearing, and I have the new gears waiting to go in. But I havn't really encountered that much where I thought "I wish those gears were in". I'll get to them eventually...
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:12 PM
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I say wait. I'm having to hold off on regearing and adding the ARB's. Want to do it right and don't want it to break in Moab.
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315's and stock is fine ige... seriously. it's not a race truck on the road and there is more than enough low rpm grunt to get it over anything you should or would be doing.. part time kit is just a blip on the radar. not worth much in functionality.

remember - the russians beat us to space by a mentality that used pencils and paper while we worried about developing pens to write on carbon paper upside down in zero g. sometimes just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

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Run the bigger meats. Regear if you have the time. If you break in Moab we will get you all fixed up.
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Gas is going to five bucks....toss your 315s on for Moab and then run your pizza cutters the rest of the time..skip the rear gearing..save your money..
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