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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:15 AM   #1
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Getting rid of body lift

As you can see in the pictures, I have a ridiculous body lift on my cj. It's really starting to get to me but being 17, I'm on a really tight budget. Really tight. If I were to take off the body lift, what's a cheap way I can get it back to that height without having to get new springs and what not. Higher shakels? Currently running 33s. I want to run 35s

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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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For quality and SAFETY you need to put a suspension lift on it. Most people will not advise anything above a 1" shackle (a 5" bolt to bolt shackle) or body mount lift.
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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:39 AM   #3
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Other than shackle lifts, is there any other option? Maybe a shackle left, and somthing else
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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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You could have springs re-arched and add-a-leaf. Worked for my friend. Still looks good after 20 years.

I use a superlift 4" lift.

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Unread 01-19-2014, 10:54 AM   #5
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There are two ways to do things, the cheap/easy way, and the right way. You have a really nice looking CJ, so you should do things the right way. If you are going to lift it, use a suspension lift with all the necessary parts.

Those 33's look like they have plenty of miles left in them, spend the tire money on a proper lift, and start saving for bigger tires and axle upgrades the 35's will probably need.
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I didn't know you had to change any thing about the axles to run 35s..
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I agree with the crowd...you have a really nice CJ so do things right. If it were me I would go with the 1" daystar body lift and see how bad your rubbing really is with the 33s. Wear the 33s out, save money, and if you want to go with the 35s later then get ready to spend ALOT of money on a 4" lift, driveshaft/geometry correction, and bigger tires.
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X2! Especially on the money part.

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I didn't know you had to change any thing about the axles to run 35s..
check your current axle gears. for 35" tires you'll be needing something like 4.56 or 4.88 depending on engine and transmission in your jeep. those gears will get you back your driveability that you loose with the stock setup and 35" tires. and you're talking somewhere between $750-1,000 to have them set up correctly. unless of course, you have those skills.
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As you can see in the pictures, I have a ridiculous body lift on my cj. It's really starting to get to me but being 17, I'm on a really tight budget. Really tight. If I were to take off the body lift, what's a cheap way I can get it back to that height without having to get new springs and what not. Higher shakels? Currently running 33s. I want to run 35s
First, good looking Jeep! I am 23 years old, and looking back at my vehicles from High School, I am going to tell you what I would do if I were you.

I am assuming that, like most 17 year olds, Cadillac ride quality isnít very important to you. This in mind, I would do an add-a-leaf and some 5 inch shackles (Stock on Yjs) then get some inexpensive shocks. You most likely will not clear 35s though.

In my humble opinion, instead of going to 35s, I would spend a bit more on getting the lift and getting it right, unless you have a specific reason to want 35s.

When I was 17 I built a 91 Camaro with a 383 stroker engine. It had straight pipes, didnít run well when it was cold, the heat didnít work, the T-tops leaked, and the syncros were shot. At that time I loved it!
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I gotcha. Do you think it would get to about the height it is now with the extra leaf and higher shackles?
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I gotcha. Do you think it would get to about the height it is now with the extra leaf and higher shackles?
How tall is your body lift?

What what I have read, an AAL and shackles *should* be enough for 33s. If I were you, I would double check that.
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Ok. I'm not sure how high the body lift is. I'd say maybe 2.5 inches
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Ok. I'm not sure how high the body lift is. I'd say maybe 2.5 inches
Well, either way you cut it, there are only so many ways to get lift.

You can shackle lift, its reconmended that you only go 1 inch of lift, which means a shackle that is 2 inches longer than factory, which I believe was 4 inch. YJ shackles I believe are 5 inch. 7 inch shackles exist, but are strongly recomended against. Shackles are afordable, and they get the job done.

Add a leaf will get you a bit more height too. Research your options, see how much lift you can get with these. Most will make (acording to my research) a harsher ride. Affordable and effective.

You might do a smaller body lift. 1 inch doesnt look bad, and adds clearence. You can also do this after the rest is done if you are still unhappy with the lift.

Dont buy shocks till you can measure your flex and get the right shocks. Bump stops are not the devil, they can really help.

You will want to have an allignment done after, so budget for that. You may also need to get some castor shims for the front axle.

Hopefully this helps you get started!
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