Hi I just bought a 1987 yj with 45,000 miles. It runs and drives great and no real rust issues. I would like to lift it and put bigger tires either 35's or 37's. I just want it to look cool no off roading or rock crawling or anything crazy. My question is what are your recommendations for types of lifts and who makes good kits. I was thinking spring over axle but I'm not sure. I want something that still handles pretty good going down the road. This is not my daily driver. It'll be used on weekends and quick errands. Thanks for all the help.
I don't want to sound mean but that sounds like a lot of time and money to look cool especially for not driving it to often. I'd find a more aggressive tire of the same stock size, take the top and doors off and drive it. How about starting with a small body and/or shackle lift? What about tj flare swap? Just my $0.02, it's your jeep, have fun with it. Search Google for some great answers to your question and its great for research.
To do that right you are looking at a minimum of 3K plus the tires and rims to look good. You can do a lift and put 33's on that look good and are way more pratical for what you have. SOA is a good mod don't get me wrong but if you are going to be just using it as a grocery getter then I dont see the point in going that big. To go that big you are talking different axle and hub setup as well as the SOA. Those are some real big meats when you get to 35's and larger.
Look at this thread and you will get an idea of what a YJ looks like with different lifts and tire sizes. I dont want to discourage you just make sure you understand what you are looking at. By the way nice score. 45K is really low miles. How much did you pay for it?
I am running 32.5 with a 1" body lift and a 2 1/2" spring lift I have flares ready to put on but plenty of clearance. Cheap and easy. You got a fantastic deal. Welcome to the forum. OME are some of the best out there.
For lifts, OME, BDS and Rubicon Express are some of the better springs out there. I would venture to say they are probably the top 3. I am running the RE 4.5 lift with billstein shocks and absolutely love the way it rides and handles on pavement. One thing I have to say is this, since it is going to be pretty much a road only vehicle make sure the suspension you go with is of good quality. Nothing like picking out a lift kit because it was cheap and hating the way it rides on the road.
Thanks to everyone who's writing. So it's gonna b between rubicon express and old man emu. I've done some research. Bds is just to much for just street use. I mite take it offroading but just minor mudding nothing crazy. Anyone else have any input on driveability for on road which would b better? I no it's not gonna ride like a Cadillac, I'm not looking for that. I just want something that isn't to rough when driving down the road. All input is appreciated.
Get a old man emu lift and 1inch shackles, and you'll be fine with 33's if you're not offroading at all, as that's my current position, you'll be happy and it'll look mean... But of course if you want it too look really bad *** just make a lcog build, metalcloaks front and rear and toss 35's on it with an inch body lift... Horrible gas mileage but it will look great