A few notes on body lifts:
1. I used to HATE them and thought they were the gateway drug to REAL lifts
2. I still hate any body lift 2" or over
3. A 1-1.5" body lift creates many benefits for servicing and cleaning.
4. A body lift will allow your suspension to flex a little more
5. If you're removing an existing body lift --- CHECK EVERYTHING to make sure the body will go back down without any impediments.
Our body lift removal turned into a body lift reduction. I decided to trim the lift pucks in half creating a 1.5" body lift. I tested the bolts with a 1/2" socket wrench and 2' helper bar to see which ones were going to give me a fit when trying to pull the lift. Drum roll please ........................... none of them proved to need more than the 1/2" socket in order to be removed. I know, don't hate me, it's a cream puff!
Now for the Oh S*** moment. When the body came down, there was a THUNK/CRACK sound. I had NO clue what had just happened until I walked around front. The steering shaft was frozen solid and did not slip shorter as the body came down. Instead it forced its way straight through the head of the gear box and blew every seal in the steering box. DOH!!!!
Because I'm cheap, and because I don't lose to inanimate objects easily, I decided that I was going to win against the steering shaft. It was coming apart, it was going to get lubricated, and it was going back in the Wrangler!!!
After some work, it finally came apart.