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post #1 of 14 Old 02-18-2009, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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lift kit w/ body lift - need advice/opinion

When I bought my yj it had a 2" body lift and 31's already on it. I am looking at putting a 4" suspension lift on it and will eventually run 33's. I can't decide whether I should take the body lift off or just leave it on. The jeep is my daily driver and most everything on it is stock (axles, transfer case, ect.). I will use it offroad every-so-often. I just want to make sure it will look right and most importantly, still be something I can rely on to get me around. Especially in -30 degree icey/snowy winters. Thanks for any input you can give me.

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-18-2009, 10:00 AM
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With a 4" lift I would ditch the body lift. If you still want a bit more clearance, go with TJ flares and/or a small 5/8" boomerang shackle. Just my opinion.

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See what it looks like and how you feel about it after you get the lift on. Since its already on there why cut for tj flares if you dont have to.

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I would leave the 2" BL, then use the money for the 4" suspension lift and get a better quality 2.5" lift.
That will still clear 33" tires, and will lessen the need for further modification due to driveline angles.
But that's just me.

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I would leave the 2" BL, then use the money for the 4" suspension lift and get a better quality 2.5" lift.
That will still clear 33" tires, and will lessen the need for further modification due to driveline angles.
But that's just me.
I've heard that a suspension lift will settle a little bit so if I get a 4" lift, will it be a 3" by the time it settles? I'm going with a Rough Country lift. My brother has this kit (4") on his jeep yj and likes it. He said he hasn't had any problems with it.
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I cleared 33's on my BDS 2" front and 2.5" rear suspension lift. The very top of the front tire would rub if I completely stuffed my tire having no sway bar or trackbar. The rub(inside under the fender) did not hurt a thing so I did not see a need for concern. Also it took alot to get it to rub, a 3 day trip in Moab and it would rub maybe one or two times a day. The rear was close but never rubbed.

If you go with a 2" body lift and 2.5" suspension lift you should be fine. My lift was originally more than 2" and 2.5". If it is a good lift it should settle to about what the lift is supposed to be.
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I've heard that a suspension lift will settle a little bit so if I get a 4" lift, will it be a 3" by the time it settles? I'm going with a Rough Country lift. My brother has this kit (4") on his jeep yj and likes it. He said he hasn't had any problems with it.
True, after time the springs settle.
But, when you first install them they are taller than advertised. So a 4" kit will gain you over 4" at first, then settle to 4".

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If you don't mind the body lift look, then leave it and get the 2.5" lift. That way you wont have to buy a SYE and new shaft. I just ordered the RC 2.5" lift, have heard great things about them and its a reasonable price. If you end up needing/wanting another 1/2-1" you can always get shackles afterward.
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If you don't mind the body lift look, then leave it and get the 2.5" lift. That way you wont have to buy a SYE and new shaft. I just ordered the RC 2.5" lift, have heard great things about them and its a reasonable price. If you end up needing/wanting another 1/2-1" you can always get shackles afterward.
+1. I'm running RE 2.5, shackles, and 1" BL with 33's. My MML eliminated the T/C drop.
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If you don't mind the body lift look, then leave it and get the 2.5" lift. That way you wont have to buy a SYE and new shaft. I just ordered the RC 2.5" lift, have heard great things about them and its a reasonable price. If you end up needing/wanting another 1/2-1" you can always get shackles afterward.
With the 2.5" lift, will I need to worry about dropping the transfer case down any? I've changed out axles and springs but it was never for a lift kit. I need any advice you can give me. Thanks.
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I installed the 2.5" RC lift on my jeep and now I'm getting some vibration in the rear. It doesn't look like there is too much of an angle on the driveshaft and I checked the u-joints (my driveshaft has 3) and they seem good too. I have the shackle lift (6 1/4" bolt center to center) that was on there when I bought it and I also left the body lift on it too. Where could this vibration be comming from? I only started after I put the lift on.
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The Shackles give you an extra 1.25 inch of lift. Stock center to center is 4 and for every inch you get an 1/2 of lift. So 6 .25 gives you an extra 1.25 on lift over the 2.5. My guess is the shackles are causing the vibration. Step down to 5/8 or stock shackles and see if that helps. Most guys dont like going over 3/4 to 5/8 on the shackles anyway.

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The Shackles give you an extra 1.25 inch of lift. Stock center to center is 4 and for every inch you get an 1/2 of lift. So 6 .25 gives you an extra 1.25 on lift over the 2.5. My guess is the shackles are causing the vibration. Step down to 5/8 or stock shackles and see if that helps. Most guys dont like going over 3/4 to 5/8 on the shackles anyway.
Sounds like I need to make some shackles. Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-24-2009, 03:34 PM
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i'm gonna be throwing a 2" b.lift myself soon. will post results after!

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