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.
Rough Country 4" Suspension Lift
Shackle Reversal Kit
1" Lift shackles
"Total of 5 inches of lift"
Transfer Case Drop Kit
33x12.5x15 Dakota AT's
15x7 American Racing Gambler Style Rims
Air intake Upgrade
4.0L Throttle Body Upgrade
19# Ford Design III Injectors