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Unread 03-19-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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lifting ?'s

My cj already had a 2" shackle lift when I bought it. Im interested in doing 4"suspension. #1. Is this difficult? what might I get caught up on? #2. With the total at 6" will I need to make any other adjustments? ie. dropped pitman arm, dropped transfer etc....? thanks for the help!

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Unread 03-19-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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Hey! Welcome aboard!
My rig, like yours, came from the previous owners with a 2" shackle lift...no fun on the street, as it changed the caster angle for the front axle and promoted wandering on the street! I ditched it quick-like!
I went with a 2 1/2" lift as I wanted no larger than 33's in the future. My conversion was very easy and went well. Make sure you have a cement work surface, a floor jack, good jackstands,and an assortment of hand tools. My spring bushings were semi-seized and required a few major grunts on my part to loosen and remove. I went with extended brake lines even though they weren't required. On the 4" lift I believe extended brake lines and a dropped pitman arm are requred, as well as lowering the transfer case. All the required parts SHOULD be included in a quality kit.
All in all I am happy with my lift (Skyjacker), as my ride quality improved marginally and my articulation improved two-fold.
If I were to go with 35's,I would definately use a 4" lift OR a 2.5" and some judicious fender trimming (this option keeps your center of gravity down).
Remember if you go with larger tires, compensate with correct diff gearing!
Good luck with your wrenching, and welcome aboard...again!
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Unread 03-20-2003, 05:42 PM   #3
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do your 33's rub?
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Unread 03-21-2003, 11:38 PM   #4
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33's will rub.

33" tires will not stuff into the rear wheel well without rubbing, unless you cut some metal( or do a body lift). The wheel opening is smaller than 33". If you plan on getting full articulation, you will have to do some modifying( cutting the wells, or body lift). They will fit, with minor rubbing, if you don't mind that.

I've been there, done that.
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