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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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How much lift: 81 CJ5

I know this has been talked about on here before but can anyone give me a good way to find how far my 81 CJ5 has been lifted. It has heavy shackles on it that don't look like factory. Thanks.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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Photos would be a big help. Also, how long are your shackles bolt center to bolt center?

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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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Photos would be a big help. Also, how long are your shackles bolt center to bolt center?

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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.
image-2793805899.jpg   image-2918032380.jpg   image-2111443278.jpg  

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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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I have 2.5 and wouldn't go higher
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:41 PM   #5
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I have 2.5 and wouldn't go higher
Hey BB,

It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. For what it's worth, I have roughly 5" and think it's perfect for my application...

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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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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.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:48 AM   #7
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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.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #9
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5" shackle will raise your jeep 1". Stock shackle is 3". So, 2" extra length divided by 2 is 1"...

A shackle of that length will affect your caster angle and make the jeep wonder. It is best to stay with shackles 4" or less and use springs to raise your Jeep.

Are your tires 31's or?

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Unread 04-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #10
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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".
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Unread 04-05-2013, 01:05 PM   #11
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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.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #12
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Here's an old photo of mine with 2.5" lift and 5" shackles with 31's. You can compare to yours....

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f281/old-red-1124838/

Here's how it currently sits..4.5" lift, 4" shackles and riding on 33". No wondering and drives like a daily driver...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/da...l#post13912998

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Unread 04-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #13
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81 CJ lift thanks for the help

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!
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Unread 04-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #14
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Here's an old photo of mine with 2.5" lift and 5" shackles with 31's. You can compare to yours....

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f281/old-red-1124838/

Here's how it currently sits..4.5" lift, 4" shackles and riding on 33". No wondering and drives like a daily driver...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/da...l#post13912998

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Unread 04-05-2013, 10:24 PM   #15
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A shackle of that length will affect your caster angle and make the jeep wonder. It is best to stay with shackles 4" or less and use springs to raise your Jeep.
The only thing my jeep wonders about is when am I going to get to work on it.
The steering does wander a bit, it's on the list.

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