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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Spring Over vs. Spring Under

I am interested in putting a very small lift on my '87 YJ. I don't want more than about 2.5". Even 1.5" would be ok.

Can anyone offer me opinions or stories that are good, bad or indifferent for a spring over conversion?


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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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It isn't as cheap as you would think and its more like a 5 inch lift. You really should have some type of high steer setup which can get more expensive than a small lift kit.

My vote is OME 2.5 inch lift. If you wanted like 1.5 inches just get their light duty and it should be close to 2 after it's broken in.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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SOA will give you a ~4" lift, and you'll have to invest in other things, including a SYE kit or transfer case drop.

You can easily manage a 2" lift by adding an extra leaf, be it custom made or from a chevy S10. You'll have a slightly stiffer ride, but the extra clearance is great. Later on you might think about a tummy tuck, which will grant you higher clerance and will include a body lift, also giving you space for bigger tires (even higher clearance).
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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I am interested in putting a very small lift on my '87 YJ. I don't want more than about 2.5". Even 1.5" would be ok.

Can anyone offer me opinions or stories that are good, bad or indifferent for a spring over conversion?
Spring Over is not for you.... yet

look at 2" lift springs for spring under
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:41 PM   #5
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I am interested in putting a very small lift on my '87 YJ.
Then forget about a spring over.

If you want something in the 2.5" range then get a 2.5" lift spring kit.

If you want less you can go up at an inch with a shackle lift and another inch on body lift and keep your stock springs.

What size tires are you trying to run? Will you be doing much off roading?
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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What size tires are you trying to run? Will you be doing much off roading?
Currently, this Jeep is my daily driver. I spend my weekends at the river, running ATV trails, racing my buddy in the sand, and low water crossing for island hopping. We probably burn a tank or two on a good weekend at the river.

For this Jeep, I am just wanting a little more clearance for some of the minor obstacles that we encounter. Its a YJ, so I won't be doing any heavy wheeling in it until I can change out the entire drive train.

The biggest tires I'll run, with this drive train, are 31". Currently, I have 235/75R15's. With a tape measure, they measure just over 27.5". I will most likely leave them installed untill the tires actually need replaced.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 03:39 PM   #7
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I have SOA lift and trust me for the wheeling you are planning to do you do not want the hassle or the spending of $$$$$$ involved in a SOA


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Unread 04-06-2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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If you only plan on going up to 31's at the most don't even consider SOA. Those tires would be waaaay too small in my opinion. A spring over will net you at least 5.5" of lift. And it would be much more expensive than a small or medium suspension lift if done right.

Most guys running a spring over are on at least 35's.

For 31's you could just swap in a 1" body lift and some small lift shackles and call it good. You don't even need lift springs to get 31's under the YJ.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 04:53 PM   #9
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I agree with THENEWBIE he hit the nail on the head for what you do a one inch body lift and a small shackle increase will work perfect for you and will not break the bank
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