Finish my education on budget lift solutions, shackles and body lift for 31s
My cousin just picked up a 1995 wrangler with a 4 cyl and 5 speed. Its his DD and has to remain reliable as it will likely be his transportation for the next 5 years.
Hes looking to do a small lift and run 30-31" tires but is on a budget of $700. It not going to do any crazy off roading; moderate trails, some mud and lots of mall.
I have been "searching" for ideas over the past few days but meeting this criteria seems more convoluted than in the TJ world. It also appears as many of the budget lift methods (i.e. shackles and AALs) are frowned upon for various reasons.
Right now were thinking of going with 1-1.5" lift shackles and a 1" body lift. From my understanding this setup is common, its cheap and should not make the ride unbearable. Is there any opposition to this setup, any reason to avoid it? Most importantly is it safe to run? Any ill-effect to the vehicle? Are new shocks required?
And, of course, the tire size issue. Will we be able to stuff 31s in the wheels wells with the 2-2 1/2" of lift. Once again, no crazy flex just basic Michigan off roading. Were likely going to use the stock steelies but can add some wheel spacers if required.
Sorry if I hit a lot of dead horses with this one lol. Thanks for your help.