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4" lift adjust. short arms / no money for armor 1 25.00%
Cut Front/Rear fenders and some sliderssss 3 75.00%
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Unread 11-12-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Higher lift/no armor OR Lower COG/armor?

Hi guys,
Heres my dilemma..currently I have the IRO 3" on my 03 GC. Its fine the way it is, but I would like to be able to flex a bit more and have more ground clearance. The highest lift I could do is 4" because of my garage and racks. What would you do...

Spend a pretty penny for an extra inch?
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Keep it at 3" lift, cut fenders front/rear for more room to flex, use the money I would be saving for some sliders, and possibly some lightweight bumpers front/rear (i dont need anything too extreme like how you guys build yours, no way will my bumpers scrape, i just want a functional/better look than plastic...kinda like those prerunner types).

Basically, option 2 is like lakailimited and how he cut his fenders enough to stuff 33's and wheel.

I know in my build thread my thoughts change like the wind, but thats only because I dont wanna mess up, I dont want to spend money unnecessary, and many of you guys out there have A LOT more experience than me.

I appreciate your help!

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Unread 11-12-2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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Let's start off with saying that no matter what height of lift you have, you should have skids and sliders if you plan to wheel. I still hit mine.

What size tires do you want to eventually run? What kind of wheeling is there in Hawaii?
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why not get 1" spacers cause they are fairly cheap then you can still have money for the skids and bumpers. and I also agree with GraKee99 you should have skids and sliders no matter what so you don't end up doing too much body damage.
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Unread 11-12-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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why not get 1" spacers cause they are fairly cheap then you can still have money for the skids and bumpers. and I also agree with GraKee99 you should have skids and sliders no matter what so you don't end up doing too much body damage.
Perfect plan! I love my sliders and skids
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sliders,skids ,HD diff covers. that's my plan anyway for rocky as hell souther Arizona wheeling. Right now I just have the TC and gas tank. Oil pan next and then sliders and finally diff covers.
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Let's start off with saying that no matter what height of lift you have, you should have skids and sliders if you plan to wheel. I still hit mine.

What size tires do you want to eventually run? What kind of wheeling is there in Hawaii?
I'm currently running 32's...I plan on sticking with 32's and IF i do decide to go larger, 33's at the biggest. I think 32's are a great size at the moment. Hawaii offers Lava rock, and a ***** ton of it. Thats the only way to reach fishing spots. While hunting, minor drop offs and washed out areas, but my 3" does fine on that already.

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why not get 1" spacers cause they are fairly cheap then you can still have money for the skids and bumpers. and I also agree with GraKee99 you should have skids and sliders no matter what so you don't end up doing too much body damage.
I wish it was so simple to throw on the 1" spacer. But at 4", pinion angles, driveshaft replacement, all new control arms, and from what i hear, the dreaded PITA a-arm spacer comes into play. Its definitely alot more expensive.
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Sounds like there is no need to lift it higher for what you use it for.
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Cut the fenders it is!!
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