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Unread 10-26-2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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2inch, 4inch?... how can I measure my Cjs lift height?

Hey there,
Beware noob question!

My CJ has 33" Mudzilla, and had the lift before I bought it, so I really dont know what my lift height is. Im planning to get new shocks thats the reason I need to know my lift.

Thanks in advance

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Unread 10-26-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Pics would be great here. You can run 33's on almost any amount of lift, now you can't flex them on 1" of lift etc lol. How is your spacing of the tire in the fender well, is there a fairly large gap there? Without pics it would be hard to say. Noramal lift for 33's = 4 inches, however with all the types of lifts out there you have to look closely at what you have. 2 inch lift and 2 inch body lift would cause you to need a smaller shock than just having a plain ole' 4 inch suspension lift etc, etc, etc.
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Unread 10-26-2010, 09:59 AM   #3
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also, you'd be better off ordering your shocks by the actual measurement, than a guessed lift height.

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Unread 10-26-2010, 11:35 AM   #4
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X2... but if you go to most places like Autozone or Advance Auto, they'll try to look it up on the computer by asking you what vehicle it's for.

For custom work, you'll have to tell the kid behind the counter that they've got a catalog with shocks by compressed/extended length and the type of ends needed.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 01:48 AM   #5
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Thanks, here are some pics, hope it gives some ideas.


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Unread 10-28-2010, 03:16 PM   #6
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That looks to be at least a 4 inch lift with a good amount of that coming from a shackle lift.
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Unread 10-28-2010, 03:32 PM   #7
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Could be 3" ... 2".... hard to tell.... i would yank those shackles out..... might just take your shocks off and measure? Could be all the glare from that shine......throw a little mud on it...
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Unread 10-28-2010, 05:01 PM   #8
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looks good new shocks are not going to make it ride much better.... looks like a 2 inch spring lift and a 2 inch shackle lift.. I would take those shackles off and go back to a stock one
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Unread 10-28-2010, 05:07 PM   #9
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looks good new shocks are not going to make it ride much better.... looks like a 2 inch spring lift and a 2 inch shackle lift.. I would take those shackles off and go back to a stock one
x 2 for me...
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Unread 10-29-2010, 10:09 AM   #10
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If I take the shackles off and use stock ones, would I need to increase my spring lift, or the decrease in height would be insignificant? or unnecessary even?
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Unread 10-29-2010, 11:03 AM   #11
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Stock shackles for a CJ are 3" center of the bolt hole to center of the other bolt hole. You really don't want to go more than 1" longer due to all the steering issues that really long shackels introduce on a street driven rig.

Because shackles are only on one end of the spring, the lift they give you = 1/2 of the extra length beyond the 3" stock. ie a 4" shackle will give you 1/2" of lift, a 5" shackle will give you 1" of lift.

I would suggest you get 4" shackle. This will make sure they are long enough to work properly with your lift springs, help stableize your steering, and still give you 1/2" of lift.

You should clear the 33s just fine for street driving, just don't hit the curbs too fast ;-) you have not mentioned what kind of off road you want to do if any, so we can't really give you much advise of how much more spring lift you might need.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 11:22 AM   #12
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Thanks for the replies,
Helpful tips chewtoy

This is the maximum Im going off the road, so not a big deal I suppose.
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Unread 10-29-2010, 11:30 AM   #13
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Oh yeah. if you find that you need just a little bit more, you can always throw a 1" body lift on it and be in good shape. Welcome to the addiction.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 04:24 AM   #14
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It has been long since the last post,

I decided on ordering a 2.5" skyjacker lift kit, new shackles, and 1 or 2" body lift.
I broke my leafs 2 times since this thread, so Im doing this the right way this time.

So Im brainstorming, please let me know you thoughts

With 1" body lift plus the 2.5" lift kit, clearance would be just enough for the 33 tires I have. 2" body lift would be enough, but would have some downsides.

If I could afford a 4" kit with tc lowering and long brake lines, maybe it would be the best, but I know I definitely CANT afford an extra CV shaft. Would I need it if I had TC lowered?

So which one would you say is the most cost - effective,

1. 2.5" susp lift + 1" body lift + 1/2 shackle lift (my favorite)
2. 2.5" susp lift + 2" body lift + stock shackles
3. 4" susp lift + stock body + stock shackles + No CV shaft + TC lowering + extended brake lines


Im going to start a new project diary after I decide which one to go on.

Thank you all.....ride safe!
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Unread 05-13-2011, 05:06 AM   #15
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I have the first one (Your favorite) on my CJ5.

I had to do the tranny drop on mine cause the CJ5 is so short.
I still needed to get extended brake lines anyway, mainly for the rear axle, the brake hose actually stopped the axle from dropping far enough.

I'm also running 33 X 12.5 on 10" rims on the CJ5 narrow track axles. If I had the wide track axle, it probably would not clear the fender lip. As it is on NT axles, they fit nice when flexing.
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