Originally Posted by Terminal
Hey, I was wondering, can you take a side picture of your front drive shaft where it connects to the transfer case? I want see how bad that angle is. I'm wanting to lift mine, too, but there are a lot factors I'm concerned with.
Also, a side snapshot view of your jeep using the camera centered with the rear axle so you can still see the quarter panel. I want to see how bad your axles are off with stock control arms.
Talk to Kolak (his name is Nick). He is the Guru of the WJ and he is who sells a LOT of satisfied people on this forum their lifts (among many other things). Satisfied not only by the price but also because he will talk with you about any concerns you have and help you through it all. He will also work with you to get you the best possible setup within your budget.
If you get a good adjustable track bar (JKS) and extended rear sway bar links, you'll be fine up to 4 inches of lift. Basically what he told me was that 4" is where it practically drops off like a cliff, meaning you're fine up to that point, but anything higher will pretty much require
other components (especially adjustable control arms and rear a-arm spacer) to avoid death wobble and bad wear on components.
Of course, any amount of lift will cause some increased wear on stock components and shorted their life to some degree (you'll probably have to replace things like tie rod ends, ball joints, certain bushings, etc, a little sooner) but you shouldn't have much issue under 4", other than the lift sooner wearing out components that were already on their last legs. One issue is the front drive shaft, though. Depending on the type you have, if may wear. I don't think it is usually much of an issue until you get to 4"+, but you may need to sooner upgrade or replace if you have a double cardan CV shaft.
Really, just talk to Kolak. He will answer any questions you have an will most likely put your mind at ease if you want to go with a 3 or 3.5" lift and let you know what you'll need for a 4"+ lift.