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Unread 02-03-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift...Difference? Pics? Rough Country

Hey Guys,
Don't really know the difference between getting a body lift and a suspension lift. Plan on getting one or the other very soon. Looking to get the 2.5 inch lift. Also, when getting a lift kit... I read about all this other stuff you need to do and replace and whatnot. I am new to the jeep forum and new to fixing up jeeps myself. Learned some from my dad but namely motor work. Never the fun parts like this. Any advice is appreciated. Probably going to go for the rough country. so ANYTHING i need to do to successfully lift my jeep so its reliable is needed. from buying the parts to installing. Thanks!

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Unread 02-03-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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By the way, I am going to need to buy wheels and tires to so any suggestions and pictures would also be greatly appreciated. Show off the lift kits and wheels!

Also, my jeep is a manual if thats important.
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Unread 02-03-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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You first need to read the YJ Tech FAQ up top!
After reading that, you will know the answers to these questions, and ALOT more!
Nothing like gaining the knowledge for yourself.

But....
A suspension lift changes the suspension, raising the frame off the ground.
A body lift raises the body off the frame which allows fitment of bigger tires.

In my opinion, a body lift should be used only to get that little extra you need for clearance, and never for a first move when it comes to building a rig.

Happy reading.

Oh, and Rough Country lift kits are pretty decent lifts for the money. Not the best on the market, not the cheapest, but right in the sweet spot were you get good parts for a decent price if you have a tight budget.
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Unread 02-03-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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X2. a body lift should be the "icing on the cake" for a well built rig IMO. for example, get a 4'' lift...RC/RE/BDS etc, and then a 1'' BL and run 33'' tires.
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Unread 02-03-2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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IMO the only time to add a small body lift is if you need a little bit of clearance for a swapped in drivetrain like a bigger transmission or something. Even then, cutting and welding the floor for clearance is a better solution.
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Unread 02-03-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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Just my

If you are looking to enhance your jeeps performance for more (Off Road Ability) a suspension lift is the way to go.
This allows your suspension move up and down more called articulation. This not only allows for fitment of larger tires
but also allows you rig to benefit from the overall improved performance of an upgraded suspension system.

For us pavement ponders like myself, a body lift is an inexpensive way to gain extra clearance for larger tires without
the improved overall performance of a better suspension.

Most guys like the upgraded suspension with the benefit of more clearance for larger tires. It's a win/win situation.
I myself decided to go with the Rough Country 4" suspension lift also. It was affordable, I gained more articulation,
more clearance for my 33x12.5 tires and also gained the benefit of an upgraded suspension over my sagging
leaf springs and bad shocks that needed to be replaced anyway.

As stated before, most guys use a body lift to replace the old bushings and gain an inch or two for that clearance.
The (extra icing on the cake) as it was put. I also agree with them on that. A 4" RC Suspension lift is a great platform
to start off with. It is easily built from to gain a little more height with body lifts, shackle lifts and motor mount lifts to
go larger in the future. Once you have purchased the kit and installed it on your rig, it's very easy to add the extras
to gain up to another 2-3 inches of lift, depending on your needs.

A 4" suspension is as tall as you can go with out having to replace parts like adding longer drive shafts, adding a
Slip Yoke Eliminator, CV's ect... Remember, for every action (modification) there is a equal and opposite reaction.
Everything affects everything else. I also suggest you read the columns suggested and do the research to find
all the pros and cons of the modifications your interested in and see if it will work for you. Then look at your budget
and decide what you want to do.

A perfect example is when I added my 4" Rough Country lift, I also added a transfer case lowering kit to bring back
my steep drive shaft angles, closer to stock angles. This is not the best solution, but for my needs it was more
then adequate. This lowers your transfer case thus lowering your clearance. The exact opposite of what
most people are trying to achieve. My friend, who rock crawls his rig, didn't want to do this mod. He definitely couldn't
afford to loose an inch of clearance. He opted to do the SYE with extended drive shafts. His needs were different
then mine. My rig will never see a rock or mud hole, at least at this point, for me to spend the extra money for the
upgraded drive shafts and the SYE. See my point.

Anyway read up and make an informed decision about what you need and can afford. Not what everyone else says you need.

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Unread 02-03-2009, 05:13 PM   #7
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here you go check the profile. feeling lazy to list everything
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...tforme/006.jpg
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Unread 02-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #8
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here you go check the profile. feeling lazy to list everything
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...tforme/006.jpg
those are some monster shackles
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Unread 02-03-2009, 09:41 PM   #9
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X2. a body lift should be the "icing on the cake" for a well built rig IMO. for example, get a 4'' lift...RC/RE/BDS etc, and then a 1'' BL and run 33'' tires.
I agree. Set it up with a suspension lift. if you dont have much to spend, you'll do well with RC, then add a 1" BL if you need it. That's exactly what I did. Another mod or two though and I'm sitting just right on 37's
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Unread 02-04-2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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yeah they are a little big, i didnt really know that much about jeeps when i bought and installed them,. but hey too late now.(bought them when i first bought my jeep about 7 years ago)
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Unread 02-04-2009, 02:38 PM   #11
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and i have the 4inch rc kit
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Well if I can just jump into this thread( yea a newbie w/ an opion)I also didnt c the diff between a bdy lft or s lift. But after going back and forth w/ so many out there who know more then I do I decided to go with the 2.5" s. Lift. Of course that's after I ordered the 2" bdy lift with leveling and gap guards. So if I hD to say I'd def start out with the s. Lift
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:07 AM   #13
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Why would you dig up a 2 year old thread?
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #14
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Welcome, but you realize this thread is over 2 years old?
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Unread 07-24-2011, 09:11 AM   #15
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But the answers are still the same.
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