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post #1 of 6 Old 06-30-2010, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about 1" lift

Thinking of a 1" lift (body) for my 2005 long wheelbase Wrangler (LJ-TJ). I'm switching to 31" tires anyway (from the stock 30") so I thought it would compliment the larger tires nicely. I read somewhere that a 1" lift can be done as cheap as $100, true?

Will the combination of 31" tires and a 1" lift affect street handling much? ....it's on the road most of the time so that's where I want it to perform optimally, but I want a little more clearance and the better look and height of slightly larger tires and maybe a tiny lift to compliment it.

Since I have a long wheelbase, am I safe in regards to not needing driveshaft mods or anything like that? Is a 1" lift a practical thing to buy used or fab up? Is this a really easy mod all the way around? Thanks.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-30-2010, 01:27 PM
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A body lift won't affect the suspension, steering, or drive shaft.

With the body lift and 31" tires you will notice little difference in the way it handles on the street. Of course the type of tire you choose can make a lot of difference in handling, noise,...

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I ran 31" tires on my Jeep without a lift and the only modification I had to do was to adjust my steering stops with a washer or two (I had slight rubbing on my front lower control arms at full turn lock).

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If you are going to do a body lift I would consider a motor mount lift as well, just to simplify not having to mess with the fan shroud and shifter linkage. As stated 31 will fit on your Jeep stock. You can get a body lift for $100 or less, and a motor mount lift is about $55-60 more. Rough Country will give you a 10% discount if you call them and talk to Jeffery when you make your order, that will know the body lift down to $90, and the MML to about $50.

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If you are going to do a body lift I would consider a motor mount lift as well, just to simplify not having to mess with the fan shroud and shifter linkage. As stated 31 will fit on your Jeep stock. You can get a body lift for $100 or less, and a motor mount lift is about $55-60 more. Rough Country will give you a 10% discount if you call them and talk to Jeffery when you make your order, that will know the body lift down to $90, and the MML to about $50.
Great information, thanks a bunch! I have a mechanic friend who will do work for me for about $30/hour. What do you think the labor would be if I did the motor mount lift and the body lift? In general, is it best to just leave it stock if I'm only stepping up to 31" tires (for mostly street use and occasional "light duty" off road use). I was looking under it a few weeks ago wondering where in the world the steering stops are, lol, I guess you can't see them. Guess I need to do a search on that. I think I'd have the same problem with the control arms, even with the stock 30" tires they are pretty close at full lock.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-04-2010, 02:20 AM
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I'd do the body lift myself if I was you. It's rather simple if you have access to a jack. For the LJ I think it's like 9 bolts for the bodylift. Not terribly difficult. Motor mount lift may be a bit more extensive if you don't have access to tools but just doing the body yourself would save you at least $30 on install.
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