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Unread 12-29-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Body lift questions

I'm about to get a 2" body lift for my 89 yj. Are some brands better than others? I'm planning on installing it myself in my garage. Is there anything I should know or watch out for during the install? Is is common to have to lengthen the brake lines? A buddy of mine told me i would have to lengthen the transfer case shifter. Is there any truth to that?

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Unread 12-29-2010, 05:24 PM   #2
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This is in the FAQ section. It's very informative.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/b...-w-pix-705291/

As far as brands, I have a 1" Daystar BL that I like a lot. I would think the kit will come with the appropriate brackets. You might need to trim the body a little bit where shifter comes through to shift into 4Lo.
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Unread 12-29-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=Louie4;10698609]As far as brands, I have a 1" Daystar BL that I like a lot. [QUOTE]

I was thinking about buying one of them BL. Did you go with motor mounts too?
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Unread 12-29-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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do what they say in that writeup posted above.. spray everything with PB Blaster for at least a week or 2 before even trying to turn a bolt and you will be much happier
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Unread 12-29-2010, 06:25 PM   #5
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The write up was for a 1" BL. Is there anything more to a 2"?
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Unread 12-29-2010, 06:38 PM   #6
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Regardless of the height, there are two basic types.

1) kits that replace the original body mounts with mounts that
are completely new and 1, 2, or 3 inches taller then stock.

2) Kits that add an additional mount on top of you stock mount.

My 92 YJ's stock mounts were shot. I can't imagine your 89YJ.
The best kit that includes everything you will need, in addition
to your new body mounts and longer bolts, is the Daystar kits.
Remember to compare apples to apples when evaluating kits. The
1" kit doesn't require anything in addition to the mounts and bolts.
Taller kits require gas tank fill neck extension, brake line extension,
radiator relocation brackets and depending on weather you can l
ive with the eyesore, possibly gap guards and bumper relocation
brackets. Just remember, the better and more complete kits do
cost a bit more but are much better. My 1" Daystar kit cost me
$169.00 shipped to my door.
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I was thinking about buying one of them BL. Did you go with motor mounts too?
No. I drilled holes in the radiator brackets and moved the fan shroud down a 1" or so. Nothing else needed to be done.

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The write up was for a 1" BL. Is there anything more to a 2"?
Not really. The hardest part will be removing the old body mount bolts. The instructions should give you all the info you need. You might have relocation brackets depending on the kit.
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Unread 12-29-2010, 06:57 PM   #8
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[/QUOTE] My 1" Daystar kit cost me
$169.00 shipped to my door.[/QUOTE]
I can't seem to find a Daystar 2" BL for my 89

The write up was really helpful. I'm definitely going to drill the holes and start blasting the bolts very soon. I've got an electric fan on my radiator so do you think i'll need to relocate my radiator?
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I've got an electric fan on my radiator so do you think i'll need to relocate my radiator?
No, you will be fine.
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I got my daystar for $143 from amazon.com I think.
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Unread 12-29-2010, 08:24 PM   #11
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when you remove the body bolts, lube them with PB blaster or liquid wrench, and DON'T use a impact wrench, had a friend get tired of using the cheater bar and he decided to just wiz them out with a impact wrench and he stripped out like 4 body mounts, he had to weld in new ones. it was a lot more work than it was supposed to be.

i know the impact wrench would be a ton faster but don't do it... or do... i don't care... just my 2 cents
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dont go more than 1" body lift. i got a 3" and hate it. it will be coming off next week for a 1". def get new body mounts if u dont get the daystar kit. yours will be shot. i recommend energy suspension. also you can get all the lift you need from trimming your fenders
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Performance accessories makes a complete 2" BL with nice wide pucks.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 10:57 AM   #14
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TJ flares or flat fenders are a good idea, they will give you more room than a BL if you do it right, you can get even more room if you can cut into the tub, and highline the wheel well using a welder, which is a great mod for more clearance. a 1" BL is still a good investment because you can wash the underside easier, and it is still 1" of lift.

also, if you go higher than 2" you will have to mod the steering caster angles or whatever the heck it is, and cut into the tub or get a transfer shifter bracket extendy thingy, i don't know for sure, someone correct me if i'me wrong, this is what i've heard, not experienced.
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also, if you go higher than 2" you will have to mod the steering caster angles or whatever the heck it is,
Whoever said that is smoking something they shouldnt be.


Knotching the tub right in front of the shifter may be necessary but is silly easy (30 seconds with any grinder). You can extend the transfer case shifter if you really just want to but its not necessary, its not like you are constantly shifting the TC. Now the shifter for the tranny, you will probably want to extend that if you keep your stock shifter knob. Most people just buy a taller shifter knob like a grenade or something LOL. i simply snapped off the threaded part of my shifter in a bench vise and welded a bolt to it. Worked perfect.
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