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Unread 05-01-2006, 04:37 PM   #1
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How to install a body lift?

Sorry but the search isnt working for me for some reason, I was wondering if someone could post a link or something on how to install a body lift lift on a yj. I heard its rather easy but Im kinda a "n00b" hah thanks.

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Unread 05-01-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
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Body lifts are fairly simple... great place to start though.
Basically there are .. someone else verify this.. but 9 bolts mounting the body to the frame. You unbolt those (which will be the hardest part being a yj, so its atleast 10 years old) and once you get those all loose you jack up one side at a time to put the spacers in... new bolts.. then do the same on the other side. Drop the radiator using the brackets provided. Thats about it I think.. I havent done it in a couple years but the hardest part I had was that i broke 3 bolts off in the frame and had to get them out

Buy lots of PB blaster and soak all the bolts for a couple days/weeks in advance
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Unread 05-01-2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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the bigger the lift the harder it will be to install also. a 1" is the easiest since there is less things that u have to move. like the shifter and rad. can be run in the stock position. but with a 2-3" there is alot more to be moved to line everything up correctly.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 05:22 PM   #4
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I thought I heard there were 11 mounting points, does anyone have a diagram or picture showing all the spots. haha I just realized that I recently herced my tub and went right over all the bolts, oh well. thanks for the replys.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 07:05 PM   #5
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11 sounds firmiliar.... yup.. three on each side 4 in back and one in front
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Unread 05-01-2006, 07:13 PM   #6
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There are 3 on each side(visible ont he outside of the frame), two in front of the gas tank, one on each rear corner, and one centered on the grille. Ohh, and when they spin freely without coming out it's just lovely.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 07:30 PM   #7
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Theres nothing hate more then spinning bolts. I was thinking about a 2" lift, I would go for 3" but it seems everyones against it. does anyone have a 3" BL, is it really that dangerous?
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Unread 05-01-2006, 07:41 PM   #8
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If you go to high the steering shaft probly wont line up correctly.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 08:01 PM   #9
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I was thinking about a 2" lift, I would go for 3" but it seems everyones against it. does anyone have a 3" BL, is it really that dangerous?
3" would be dangerous if you do any good offroading. you'll probably do more work trying to accomodate for the 3" separation between the body and frame to get it operating properly again, like the shifter if it's manual and probly the steering like rm1 said. you also risk the body tub sagging around those new mounts and possibly having one of those mounts pop through the body tub. you should get a 2" suspension lift, and 1" BL max.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 08:04 PM   #10
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People have been running 3 inch BL's for decades without major problems. Get one if you want it.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 08:07 PM   #11
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I would definately avoid a big body lift if you can. But as previously stated, people have been running them forever.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 10:41 PM   #12
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I would definately avoid a big body lift if you can. But as previously stated, people have been running them forever.
And if it's a mall crawler it will be just fine. As soon as you put it through any situation where you're getting tossed around a bit their is an enormous amount of stress on the bolts. Think about it, the body is essentially being held up by these bolts. The longer they are the more leverage the body has on them, the easier they are to bend.
Even on the road, hit too big of a pothole or get into a minor accident and you're bolts may bend or pop through.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 10:48 PM   #13
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I think im gonna go with 2"BL. I doubt that I will ever go "serious off-roading" like a park or something (I know, I know, the YJ deserves better) I was also thinking of a shackle lift too, then I think I will be ready to go.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 01:00 PM   #14
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2" is good.. after all the work to put a bl on an old yj youll kick yourself if you only get 1" out of it.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 01:02 PM   #15
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I have a 3 inch body lift and I hate it. Im switching to a suspension lift soon. I'd say the 2 inch and a shackle sounds like a better idea.
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