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Unread 09-18-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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ABSOLUTE SMALLEST LIFT FOR 33's

Hey ya'll, can i get away with 1" body and 33's on a 77 CJ7? Don't have much money at all but have access to free 33's. Should I do 2" body or ??? I need the cheapest option guys!! Thanks

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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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Grab a sawzall and cut the fenders, no lift required.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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Are you planning to offroad or just drive it on the street? A 2 inch body lift would be okay for street driving, but I'd say you need 3-4 inches of lift for offroad.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:20 PM   #4
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Light wheeling, mainly street use. Do i cut right up to the flares or?? thanks for the replys!
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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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?
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #6
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i personally would not enlarge the wheel well opening on my own jeep. especially if it was my daily driver, i just dont like the look or the sharp edges that it creates.

when i bought my cj, it came with 33's. stock suspension and no body lift.
so they may fit with no lift at all.

i then purchased a 4 inch lift. but wish i had gone with 2 or 2.5 inch lift for a lower center of gravity but still enough tire clearance.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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I really don't wanna cut either, will try w/ stock and 33's...c what happens! Thanks all
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Unread 09-18-2009, 01:59 PM   #8
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Here is mine with the tires next to it, not mounted. It is at stock height, lift is going on next week. Front fenders were made in flat fenders and TJ rear flares.

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Unread 09-18-2009, 02:18 PM   #9
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I'm running 33" and no lift and I hate it. The PO put them on. Whenever it flexes the slightest, they scrub and the body cuts the tread up. I wouldn't do it without a lift.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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My 33's rubbed an arc in my flares with stock springs. I have a 2-1/2" with a 1" BL now.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 03:31 PM   #11
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why spend $100 for a 2in body lift when for a little more you could go SOA and gain 5"
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Unread 09-18-2009, 04:19 PM   #12
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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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Unread 09-18-2009, 04:54 PM   #13
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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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Unread 09-18-2009, 05:10 PM   #14
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2.5 inch suspension lift. I ran 33's for years and wheeled.
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Unread 09-18-2009, 05:13 PM   #15
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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!
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