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post #1 of 8 Old 08-01-2013, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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YJ lift questions.

I posted about this a while ago but I feel like I know more than I did and I know what I want now.

I'm thinking a 2-2.5 In suspension lift, but I don't want to drop a whole ton of cash. Any kits anyone would reccomend? If you're going to tell me to build my own, can you tell me What brands to use and literally everything I'll need?

5/8" shackles from Besrk or Vacj5. I could be wrong but I think they sell plates only, what would I need in that case?

And a Daystar 1"In body lift.

I want to run 31s, will my jeep look goofy being lifted that much with 31s?

If I was to lift my jeep this much, what would I need to do to it? Like Tcase drop, SYE?
Thanks for any help you guys give me!

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-01-2013, 05:08 PM
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Each person is different, so here is my solution.

I didn't want too much of a lift to clear my tires, so I first started off with a set of 2" lift shackles. I liked how they had lifted my Jeep for the cost, but after a few days of running these, I didn't like how they handled. Plus, I didn' like how they would catch on some trail obstacles. So I decided on a bastard-pack lift. Although my lift is out of the ordinary, I scored on a couple sets of Isuzu Trooper springs for $35.00 per set. I took them apart and integrated them into my YJ spring packs.(My write-up is in my thread). After a few attempts with various leaves, and a few trials and errors, I had foungd a system that I was happy with that had netted approximately a 2-1/2" lift that wasn't too stiff. I had also dropped the t-case skid by using a 1-1/2"x3" rectangle tube. I am currently running 31x10.50LT15 Big-O Big foot AT tires. I have no issues with driveline vibration, and I have no issues with my tires rubing, other than on tight twisty trails. I am planning on a 3-1/2" lift in the fture, but for now this set up will work for me.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-01-2013, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Each person is different, so here is my solution.

I didn't want too much of a lift to clear my tires, so I first started off with a set of 2" lift shackles. I liked how they had lifted my Jeep for the cost, but after a few days of running these, I didn't like how they handled. Plus, I didn' like how they would catch on some trail obstacles. So I decided on a bastard-pack lift. Although my lift is out of the ordinary, I scored on a couple sets of Isuzu Trooper springs for $35.00 per set. I took them apart and integrated them into my YJ spring packs.(My write-up is in my thread). After a few attempts with various leaves, and a few trials and errors, I had foungd a system that I was happy with that had netted approximately a 2-1/2" lift that wasn't too stiff. I had also dropped the t-case skid by using a 1-1/2"x3" rectangle tube. I am currently running 31x10.50LT15 Big-O Big foot AT tires. I have no issues with driveline vibration, and I have no issues with my tires rubing, other than on tight twisty trails. I am planning on a 3-1/2" lift in the fture, but for now this set up will work for me.
I might check that write up out when I get on the computer. Sounds like my kinda thing right now considering jeep funds are running low
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-01-2013, 11:44 PM
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Tell ya what. Start with the standalone items like the 1" body lift and 5/8" shackles and see how that works with the 31's. if you need more, then reevaluate the situation after you save up some cash. This'll get ya by for a while.

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-02-2013, 05:26 AM
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-02-2013, 05:42 AM
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Why does Anticanman always have to come up with such logical answers?


My Jeep came with a 3" body lift an 30's. I upgraded to 31's as they'd still fit with the 3" body lift. A handful of months later the 3" body lift was driving me nuts. Looked like hell, so I took it off, cut it in half and turn it into a 1.5" body lift. The 31's still fit. This was done as I was building my order for my OME 2.5" lift. With the OME lift and 1.5" body lift I have good clearance for the 31's without looking stupid, great flex range and the ability to jump to 32's on the next round of tire replacement. I did not need a t/c drop as the suspension lift was not too high. I did need new bushings, shocks, u-bolts, springs, bushing sleeves and bolts. All in all, I was about $700 out the door. This may be outside your budget right now, but if you do the body lift and save up for the suspension lift, you could have it all in short order (relatively).

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I'm running 31x10.5 on stock Ecco wheels, with only a 1" BL. I do rub if I'm at full steer, but I think that could be remedied with just better backspacing on the wheels. I actually get a lot of compliments about the way it looks.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-02-2013, 07:34 AM
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Tell ya what. Start with the standalone items like the 1" body lift and 5/8" shackles and see how that works with the 31's. if you need more, then reevaluate the situation after you save up some cash. This'll get ya by for a while.
A 1" Bl is a good idea. That is one of the items on my Jeep's bucket list.

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