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Unread 07-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Anyone Have the 3.5" Black Diamond Lift

Hey everyone,

Just purchased this lift kit and hoping to run 32's or 33's. Anyone out there have this kit installed? Pics? Ride Quality?

Any feedback would be great! Thanks everyone

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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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I have that lift on my 85 cj7. I got 33 x 12.5 under it with out any problem, although I do have a 1" body lift too so I could clock the T/C. Ride and flex are good, not crazy flexy but good. It was supose to do 750 on the ramp, but I have not had it on one.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 08:19 AM   #3
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I have the Black Diamond 3" as well. A little rough for my tastes and removed a rear leaf to soften the ride some. Will probably switch to an Old Man Emu lift kit using YJ springs in a couple of years.

Click on my signature shortcut below that will take you to my restoration build. It has pictures of the install of the Black Diamond lift kit.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback, keith yours looks great, nice ride height. Any major issues installing? hoping not to have to do too much as far as drive shafts etc. are concerned.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 10:32 AM   #5
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No issues at all.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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Hey everyone,

Just purchased this lift kit and hoping to run 32's or 33's. Anyone out there have this kit installed? Pics? Ride Quality?

Any feedback would be great! Thanks everyone
I also am running the 3" springs (they were advertised as 3" anyway) and height is perfect for my 33" Goodyears. I am just wrapping up my build that is linked in my sig, but fit is perfect. I paired with stock shackles, OLd Man Emu shocks, and small body lift because I installed a glass body.

I will try to get some side shots and post to my build thread soon since it now moves.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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I have the Black Diamond 3" as well. A little rough for my tastes and removed a rear leaf to soften the ride some. Will probably switch to an Old Man Emu lift kit using YJ springs in a couple of years.

Click on my signature shortcut below that will take you to my restoration build. It has pictures of the install of the Black Diamond lift kit.
Keith, which spring sit you pull? Did you drop tcase or do anything with drive shafts? My Jeep came with 1" drop I would like to remove.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:47 PM   #8
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Keith, which spring sit you pull? Did you drop tcase or do anything with drive shafts? My Jeep came with 1" drop I would like to remove.
Spring set? Don't know what you mean.

I have no TC drop or shims installed. No drive shaft mods either.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:49 PM   #9
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Spring set? Don't know what you mean.

I have no TC drop or shims installed. No drive shaft mods either.
Sorry, which leaf did you pull. My phone corrected sit for did.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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I have the Black Diamond 3" lift kit on my 85 CJ 7. When I researched spring lifts before buying, everyone raved about how good the Black Diamond lift kit is. Over the 4 years or so I have had it installed, the back springs have sagged some. Even though the Jeep has a hard top, I'm kinda disapointed with the Black Diamond lift. I will admit that the Jeep rides much better than with stock springs, but it is still a Jeep. I'm also running Black Diamond hydro shocks, greaseable shackles and JKS quick Disco's. My 32" Cooper STT tires have never rubbed while running the trails near Ouray-Silverton, Colorado. If I could have a do over, I'd go with a high quality 4" lift and 33's. A 4 inch lift with 33" tires seems to be the gold standard for CJ's.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #11
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luckily I have a soft top for now as hard tops are pretty tough to find for a 76cj5. Seems like it might be a little stiff but for the price and what I have on there now I think it will be tolerable. I mean it is a 76 jeep. Would love to be able to run 33's. I also have 1/2" greasable shackles to hopefully clear the 33's. Looking forward to installing it, if I ever get it here....
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Unread 07-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #12
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I also am running the 3" springs (they were advertised as 3" anyway) and height is perfect for my 33" Goodyears. I am just wrapping up my build that is linked in my sig, but fit is perfect. I paired with stock shackles, OLd Man Emu shocks, and small body lift because I installed a glass body.

I will try to get some side shots and post to my build thread soon since it now moves.

yours looks great though! love the ride height
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Unread 07-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #13
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I have a Black Diamond lift in mine. I got it when they first came out and were produced by Warn (the winch people). I see now Superlift owns and produces the brand. I wonder what has changed with them since way back then? I know mine doesn't sag and it rides like a CJ should (stagecoach).
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Unread 07-07-2013, 03:12 PM   #14
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yours looks great though! love the ride height
Thanks. Just posted new pics in the build thread
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Unread 07-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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yea i saw i think im going to be pretty happy with this kit. I couldn't afford OME, rubicon, or bds so I feel like this was the next best option out there for the price
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