Originally Posted by Rumpeltiltskin
Tire clearance is definately an added bonus when I get the money to buy bigger tires but the main reason is so I can raise the whole drivetrain about an inch or so...my goal is to keep the trans/tcase at or above the bottom of the framerails. I can't tell you how many times I got to the top of a hill and hit the trans skidplate and then had to back down...well over 100 times! Those are the ONLY times I beleive a cj5 is superior to a cj6. Don't get me wrong I still love cj5's but the ol cj6 holds a soft spot in my heart.
I think you'll need a suspension lift to get the drivetrain any higher. A body lift is just gonna lift you and the body 1" higher on the frame. The drivetrain will stay put, which includes your skidplates.
You could go with a 1" shackle lift if you need to do it on the inexpensive, that would raise your drivetrains ride height and be significantly cheaper than new springs.
1978 CJ7 I6, 2.5" dik cepek spring lift, 0.5" shackle lift, Cooper Discoverer S/T 33's, 1.25" Wheel Spacers.
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