By cutting the fenders, you would have to remove the flares. Some have used TJ fender flares and cut the fenders to match them. They have larger openings. Here's a link to another Jeep site with tire fit info: Jeep tire fit guide, what fits?
why spend $100 for a 2in body lift when for a little more you could go SOA and gain 5"
Are you serious? I mean, really... I have not heard of anyone doing a SOA for less than $1200. There is SO much that has to be done other than just putting the kit in. You have to do the control arms and all of that, longer
brake lines, you have to do all that work to the steering, man, an SOA is no novice concept, nor is it a budget concept.
To answer the question...
I would SERIOUSLY look on here for the "DIY Highline" threads. Popular enough in the YJ forums. There is a GREAT idea for you. That will give you a lot of room for that set up, with ZERO lift. FREE... All you have to do is cut the fenders up higher, and put the flares back on where they were (for the rear.) Then on the front you end up trimming the bottom of the hood. Raising it up about 3.5 inches. (Where it meets the fenders) This allows you to move the fenders up, drill new holes, and bolt the fenders back to the tub just a bit higher. You may have to move some of the things bolted to the inner fender a touch, but that is not a big deal.
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Just save a few bucks then spend the money on a 4" superlift. I got mine on sale, bought the shocks, pitman arm and brake lines then did the install myself. Ended up having to buy new shackeles too, after snapping a few bolts. Into the whole thing for just under $700.00. 33's sit like a dream and the ride height is perfect for on or off road
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With that 2.5 do you rub any? I have a friend who did a tuffcountry 2.5 in lift and he rubs. I'm thinking about a 2.5 with slightly bigger shackles. I want to stuff 33s with no rubbing as low as possible without cutting anything up!