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Unread 08-23-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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Longer Coil Springs vs. BB? Which is better?

I'm wanting to lift my ZJ. I've already posed a few questions about it, but I have a few more. I'm not all that big on off roading, but I want an aggressive look for my jeep. Should I just go with 2" longer coil springs in the front, or add coil spacers, new shocks, and a transfer case drop. I'm thinking about 31" Grabber AT 2. So personally, which one do you think will look better, and which one have you guys had the best experience with?

P.S. Do I need a transfer case drop? I have 145,XXX miles.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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Unread 08-23-2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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Unread 08-23-2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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Springs are better , but , maybe no so in this case . You can first measure for any sag in your springs by measuring from the center of the wheel hub to the underside of the fender , straight up . Stock is 18" , and with 140k on mine , it has zero sag .

The spacers are a fraction of the price , and for a 2" gain , a better buy leaving you more money to spend on quality shocks .

You don't need a t-case drop .

Inspect the jeep before lifting , professionally if you don't know how . Any worn parts need to be replaced first and a wheel alignment is mandatory after the lift so you don't start another DW thread , lol .
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With only 2 inches of lift, a transfercase drop spacer is not needed.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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Im at 4" and dont need a TC drop. fat bobs garage has BB 2" lift for 50$ Then all you need is shocks.But at 2" lift your 31s will still rub. You will need to adjust your steering stops with three washers on each side.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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I've 2 1/4 BBs...on the rear you'll see I don't have coil keepers so you might want to get before you have it all apart..I believe some people use exhaust tube??
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Unread 08-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #8
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Yea theres not much in the back to start with But I think with only 2" you will be okay. Since the coil never leaves its seat. aslong as you go with a bb lift that has lips on the spacers. The flat ones I wouldnt trust not to slip.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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Im at 4" and dont need a TC drop. fat bobs garage has BB 2" lift for 50$ Then all you need is shocks.But at 2" lift your 31s will still rub. You will need to adjust your steering stops with three washers on each side.
Or you can get rims with less BS or wheels spacers.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #10
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Its only 1/4 inch rub. Would be good but like I said its only 1/4 of an inch. I would just use the washers and save the money. Its the tread of the tire that rubs. It doesnt do it with goodyears just tires with agressive tread. Its just that tiny bit. But if you have the money when you get tired of running that 2" and want to go 4" and want to run 33s those wheel spacers will come in handy. But really after you have done 2" you will want more. I would atleast go 3.5. coil is always better than BB but for 2" theres really no point in wasteing the money on a lift. I would do the BB until you have more money to go to atleast 3.5. enless your suspension is a warn out pos. Then by all means upgrade away.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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Love the conan the barbarian quote polka. Just cant beat the originals. 1982.......
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I'm surprised no one has given you the correct answer yet - do both!

For the price and the results, why not do a "Front to Rear" lift? Around here, coil springs sell for $13 each (except when on sale) at the PickaPart, then you'd need two 3" spacers for the front. Add in some shocks and see if you need the trackbar lengthened or not (some claim "no," I did the rear one only). Or are we talking about changing too many parts now?
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For a 5" lift? You would need front and rear track bars, all adjustable control arms, longer brake lines, front and rear endlinks, coils, spacers, ect. That is a lot more money than just spending 300 for shocks and 2" spacers.
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For a 5" lift?
No, I was unclear in my failed attempt at humour! I meant to suggest just a regular 3" Front to Rear, which doesn't require brake lines, control arms, spring post extensions, etc.

The "both" referred to coils at the rear, but spacers at the front.
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