Photos would be a big help. Also, how long are your shackles bolt center to bolt center?
Thanks for the quick response. I'll take some pics and get measurements tomorrow. At work right now. doing this whenever I get a chance. I noticed you're from Northern California. I bought my jeep from Sacramento. (Elk Grove)
SC here are photos and the shackle measures 5 inches bolt center to bolt center.
I agree... It all depends on what you want to do with it. If you are building a trail rig vs a daily driver. My cj7 is on city streets more than dirt so 2.5 is good for me. I clear 33 12.5 with no running with that lift.
Those front shackles look dangerous to me... Back ones look substantial but the from ones look like the shackle lifts we put on wrangles in high school when we didn't have a dime to our name. Pic from the front might tell me a different story but I might think about changing those out.
General rule of thumb, divide the extra length of shackle(length over stock ones-not sure the stock shackle length) and divide by 2. this will give you an idea, however age/compression of springs make this only a guideline, and not an exact number.
best way to tell for sure is to measure the distance between the hub and fender, and compare that to the OEM ride height.
BB that shackle does look weak in the pic but I measured and it's the same as the rear shackles. Once I get some other things straightened out I'll put a lift kit on it. I did that to my last CJ and it made a world of difference in ride and handling, I put a 4" lift on a 63 CJ but wish I had only gone 2 and 1/2. It still rode and drove better even with 4".
SC. I'm running 32 1150 15's and going down the road it seems to steer way to easy. I have to stay right on top of it thanks for the lift info. I was trying to figure out what shocks it needed but I think it best to get a lift kit with shocks.
Thanks for the pics SC. Nice Jeep! I'm thinking for me I'll go with the 2.5 inch lift mainly because it will be driven in town some and my wife couldn't get into the jeep I had with the 4" lift. With side steps she should be able to get into this one. Now onto the next step. I just noticed today my heater core is leaking. I saw one thread on here that sums it up. JEEP Just Empty Every Pocket. HA!