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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Skyjacker 4" lift

I just got my new lift on and new 35's and haven't got to drive it yet because I broke a brake line on the front axle. I had a rancho 2.5" lift and before I swapped it for the skyjacker 3.5-4" lift I put the 35's on just for kick's. The rear fender flare was just barely touching the tire, after installing the new lift I can barely get my finger between the flare and the tire. I think they should advertise it as a 3" lift, not a 3.5-4" lift. Anyway I think it will ride better than the rancho and hopefully won't sag much!

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Unread 01-27-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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OK, so what is the punch line?
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Unread 01-28-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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I just got my new lift on and new 35's and haven't got to drive it yet because I broke a brake line on the front axle. I had a rancho 2.5" lift and before I swapped it for the skyjacker 3.5-4" lift I put the 35's on just for kick's. The rear fender flare was just barely touching the tire, after installing the new lift I can barely get my finger between the flare and the tire. I think they should advertise it as a 3" lift, not a 3.5-4" lift. Anyway I think it will ride better than the rancho and hopefully won't sag much!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 02:44 AM   #4
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Unread 01-28-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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What I was getting at was the lift shouldve raised my jeep 1-1.5". It only raised it about .5". Im sorry if I worded it so it would be hard to understand.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:07 AM   #6
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Tom,

I take it you don't plan of off-roading your CJ.

If you only have .5" of clearance with the 35"s, they will tear the he!! out of your tub the first time you flex the suspension.

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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #7
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Actually I do go offroad. Im not done with the jeep by no means. I just thought the new lift would lift it more than .5". Next Im going to get some cut out flares, then maybe a 1-2" body lift. I jacked up the left rear tire about a foot off the ground and believe it or not tire tucked right up in the fender well just fine, I still want a little more room though.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:34 AM   #8
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I jacked up the left rear tire about a foot off the ground and believe it or not tire tucked right up in the fender well just fine, I still want a little more room though.
Umm...that is a physical impossibility.

The rear wheel wells on a CJ measure almost exactly 32" horizontally across the bottom of the tub. If your suspension allows the tires to tuck inside the wheel wells, 35" tires will rub. It's a given.

Try flexing the suspension like the pics below and see what it does. These are 32"s with a 2.5" spring lift.

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tiretuck1.jpg   tiretuck2.jpg   tiretuck4.jpg  
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Unread 01-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #9
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I measured 31 3/8" on my spare tub. I didnt stuff the whole tire in wheel well but a good portion of it. Thats a nice jeep by the way. I like the high lift jack mount!
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I just got my new lift on and new 35's and haven't got to drive it yet because I broke a brake line on the front axle. I had a rancho 2.5" lift and before I swapped it for the skyjacker 3.5-4" lift I put the 35's on just for kick's. The rear fender flare was just barely touching the tire, after installing the new lift I can barely get my finger between the flare and the tire. I think they should advertise it as a 3" lift, not a 3.5-4" lift. Anyway I think it will ride better than the rancho and hopefully won't sag much!
You sure the rancho was a 2.5"?

I'm guessing lifts are like tires. You buy a 31" tire made by Goodyear, it might only measure 30.25, while a 31" Swamper might measure 32".
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Unread 01-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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Yes it was a rancho 2.5" lift with .5" shackle lift bought new in '94. Its had 33x12.50's the whole time. I figured the rancho had sagged a lot over time but I guess it hadnt.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 04:43 AM   #12
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Well, I took the stock fender flares off to get a little more clearence. I really like the ride of the new springs, but it be march before I can get new shocks. Then it should ride like a caddy!!! Haha!
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I had the SkyJacker 3.5-4" lift previously on my CJ-7. Can't say I liked it, even though they advertised it as a "softride" suspension which it was not. I believe the stiff gas shocks that came with it had a lot to do with it. Anyway, took it off after having it on for 20 years and sold it cheap.

Shown here before restoring it and wearing 33" tires.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #14
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You said you had the gas shocks and didnt like them? Were they the nitro's? I plan on getting the cheaper hydro's, I figure they will give a better ride. What kind of lift did you replace it with?
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Unread 02-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #15
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I believe they were the nitro's. Harsh ride with them and with my new lift kit, hydro's.
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