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Unread 12-03-2011, 04:59 AM   #1
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Lift height help!!!

I apologize in advance but... I can't locate the answer on the forum. There are a million posts in the xx tires and xx lift sticky but not this one.

I have a few thou to spend this winter on my totally stock 1995 4 cyl YJ. Rocker panel stock height is 18", my YJ is about 17 3/8". I guess this means the springs have settled or sagged 5/8", but the front springs look almost flat.

How would I know in advance how much lift a 2" BDS lift will give me? I've read quite a few examples where a 2" lift will give more than that due to spring sag. Can I assume the 2" BDS lift will give me 2 5/8" total lift?

A local dealer quoted me $600 for a 2" and about $700 for the 3 1/2 BDS lifts if I install it. I plan to run 33" tires after the lift and I'd like it to be lcog.

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Unread 12-03-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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Stock YJ springs are nearly flat from the factory.

I'd go with a 2" lift and 31" tires until you can afford to put a better rear axle in it and re-gear.
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Stock YJ springs are nearly flat from the factory.

I'd go with a 2" lift and 31" tires until you can afford to put a better rear axle in it and re-gear.
I'm going to disagree with Xpress on this. It makes no sense to buy a 2" lift and then spend the money again later on a taller lift. You pay $600 for the 2" lift today and then sell it a year from now for $200, then you buy the 3.5" lift for $700, you ended up paying $1100 to get the lift you probably wanted in the first place. If you are wanting to run 33" tires at some point go ahead and get the 3 1/2" lift. You will be fine with your stock rear axle. Just don't beat on it to hard.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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go on a shell out the extra 100 for the 3 1/2 lift. if you plan on running 33s a 2" lift may not suffice without shackle lifts, BL, etc. 3 1/2" will give you the room to run them.
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Unread 12-04-2011, 10:13 PM   #5
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In the top pic there is a small rusted out hump on the underside of my frame. Is this the bump stop?

Second pic is a shot of my front passenger springs.
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i'm putting 2in BDS springs in my rig here shortly to lower it down form 5 inch springs. curently on 33s and i see no issues running 35s on 2in springs. you have the right idea keep it low. if the tires rub its nothing a good cut off wheel or saws all cant fix
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Unread 12-04-2011, 11:47 PM   #7
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i'm putting 2in BDS springs in my rig here shortly to lower it down form 5 inch springs. curently on 33s and i see no issues running 35s on 2in springs. you have the right idea keep it low. if the tires rub its nothing a good cut off wheel or saws all cant fix

When you finish, please post before and after pics on the thread sticky How will my jeep look with xx" tires on x.x" of lift?.

I've been looking for a pic of a 2" BDS lift with 31's or 33's.
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I apologize in advance but... I can't locate the answer on the forum. There are a million posts in the xx tires and xx lift sticky but not this one.

I have a few thou to spend this winter on my totally stock 1995 4 cyl YJ. Rocker panel stock height is 18", my YJ is about 17 3/8". I guess this means the springs have settled or sagged 5/8", but the front springs look almost flat.

How would I know in advance how much lift a 2" BDS lift will give me? I've read quite a few examples where a 2" lift will give more than that due to spring sag. Can I assume the 2" BDS lift will give me 2 5/8" total lift?

A local dealer quoted me $600 for a 2" and about $700 for the 3 1/2 BDS lifts if I install it. I plan to run 33" tires after the lift and I'd like it to be lcog.
I'll be honest, I think you're looking at only half of this. If you're set on BDS springs (great choice btw) then I would look at what height you want to end up and subtract from there. You're correct in assuming that the springs will settle (nit sag) to 2" over a couple weeks and you have saggy springs as is so rocker height will end up at 20". Then factor in the shackle lift if you want to clear the mil wrap and you're at 2.5" lift. From there you can start cutting away at the body to make 33's fit a little better. I would get the springs first, then measure for shocks after the springs and shackles are installed then massage the body to get the rubber to run comfortably.

It is also important that with as little of a lift as you have planned, to set your bumpstops accordingly. Most everyone focuses on lift and forgets about bumpstop height.
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I see that MORE lift shackles are greasable and I can get a set for BDS lifts. I didn't know these were needed for a BDS lift.
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