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post #1 of 15 Old 10-04-2013, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Cutting down body lift?

I just bought a 94 with a 2 inch body lift and 32 inch BFGs. I want to put a 2.5 inch suspension lift on it take the body lift out. Is it possible to cut the 2 inch pucks down? Or would it be smarter to just get 1 inch bl? I want it higher than it sits now and I don't know if the 1/2 I gain from the suspension lift will be enough. I don't off road at all.

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-04-2013, 12:52 PM
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Just cut them down. Save yourself $100.00
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post #3 of 15 Old 10-04-2013, 02:04 PM
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I paddled that boat about a year ago. The PO put a 3" body lift on mine ( I know I know). When I put on my 2.5" Old Man Emu lift, I left the body lift on for about a week before it drove me crazy. I took one of the bolts out to get a solid measurement on it, then went to the hardware store for new Grade 8 bolts 1.5" shorter than what was there. I then took the body lift out 1 puck at a time and cut them in half making a 1.5" body lift. It looks WAY better now and the extra 1.5" gives me plenty of room to work on the transfer case, clean between the frame and body and do other such items.

A couple words of caution about removal: Check your steering shaft before you drop the body. The shaft should slip together as the body comes down. If your slip joint is frozen, the shaft will blow out your steering gear box (ask me how I know ). Remove your fan shroud before you do anything. As the body comes down, the fan will hit the shroud and cause quite the bind. Once the body is where you want it, adjust your radiator so it's even with your fan and reinstall the shroud. My radiator was lowered using flat bar stock. Since I was cutting the lift in half, I simply drilled and tapped new holes half way between the existing holes. Made relocation pretty easy.

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I paddled that boat about a year ago. The PO put a 3" body lift on mine ( I know I know). When I put on my 2.5" Old Man Emu lift, I left the body lift on for about a week before it drove me crazy. I took one of the bolts out to get a solid measurement on it, then went to the hardware store for new Grade 8 bolts 1.5" shorter than what was there. I then took the body lift out 1 puck at a time and cut them in half making a 1.5" body lift. It looks WAY better now and the extra 1.5" gives me plenty of room to work on the transfer case, clean between the frame and body and do other such items.

A couple words of caution about removal: Check your steering shaft before you drop the body. The shaft should slip together as the body comes down. If your slip joint is frozen, the shaft will blow out your steering gear box (ask me how I know ). Remove your fan shroud before you do anything. As the body comes down, the fan will hit the shroud and cause quite the bind. Once the body is where you want it, adjust your radiator so it's even with your fan and reinstall the shroud. My radiator was lowered using flat bar stock. Since I was cutting the lift in half, I simply drilled and tapped new holes half way between the existing holes. Made relocation pretty easy.
Do you have any pics before and after?
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-04-2013, 06:12 PM
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Do you have any pics before and after?
But of course.

Mother's Day 2012. The day she came home. 30x9.5's. 3" body lift. Stock suspension.






As she sits now. 2.5" OME suspension lift. 1.5" body lift. 31x10.5's






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Great. Thanks. How does it ride comparing before and after?
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Great. Thanks. How does it ride comparing before and after?
Words don't do it justice. Buck board to Caddy? The OME lift is one of the best investments I put into my rig and I'm the type that triple thinks virtually every upgrade I do.

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That's great to know because that's exactly what I am thinking about doing. I've read great things about OME. It's just so expensive. I had an 89 a few years ago and I had a 4 inch Rough Country lift on it and it dang near jarred my fillings loose when I ran over a dime in the road.
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I had a Rancho on my last YJ. It was very rough. The OME is like night/day compared to that.

As for price, I was out the door for about $750. I did OME's bushings, 4 standard duty springs (no hard top so I didn't need the heavy duty springs), new Rancho RS5000 series shocks and a new steering stabilizer. I reused the u-bolts, bushing sleeves, shackles and shackle bolts. You already know what the Rough Country costs in poor performance, the couple hundred extra for the OME will pay itself back in comfort and off road performance.

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Just be careful removing that body lift. I know they called for red loctite on the new bolts. Turning them now all these years later may break the body nut loose.

Body lifts aren't the end of the world. .., we'll maybe 3 inch ones.

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post #11 of 15 Old 10-05-2013, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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I had a Rancho on my last YJ. It was very rough. The OME is like night/day compared to that.

As for price, I was out the door for about $750. I did OME's bushings, 4 standard duty springs (no hard top so I didn't need the heavy duty springs), new Rancho RS5000 series shocks and a new steering stabilizer. I reused the u-bolts, bushing sleeves, shackles and shackle bolts. You already know what the Rough Country costs in poor performance, the couple hundred extra for the OME will pay itself back in comfort and off road performance.
Where did you get your stuff from?
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Where did you get your stuff from?
Morris 4x4. That's where I get 90+% of my stuff.

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Morris 4x4. That's where I get 90+% of my stuff.
So if I were going to order the parts separately, what all would I need? Four springs, four shocks...I could reuse my stock shackles and u-bolts right?
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So if I were going to order the parts separately, what all would I need? Four springs, four shocks...I could reuse my stock shackles and u-bolts right?
Reusing your u-bolts depends highly on condition. You'll also need to order bushings for the springs.

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So if I were going to order the parts separately, what all would I need? Four springs, four shocks...I could reuse my stock shackles and u-bolts right?
See my sig.

My OME 2.5" lift parts list with before/ after pics: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/about-order-ome-lift-kit-1489830/
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