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Unread 03-31-2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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Switching my 3 inch body lift with a 1 inch - need advice

I dislike having the body that far off the frame.
My current plan is to just drink alot of beer, unbolt the current mounts, and bolt in the new ones.
The last 6 years with this jeep have taught me that there is no way it's going to be that simple.
Any words of warning?
What is most likely to go wrong?
It also has a 3 inch suspension lift and a 1 inch shackle lift that I will be leaving on if that matters.

Thanks for your help.

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Unread 03-31-2011, 05:34 AM   #2
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well I just removed my 2.5 inch and went to stock...looks and rides better...

Soak the bolts all 9 of them...with PB blaster etc...

look at your clutch assembly/bell crank, they should have moved it higher for the 3in lift....you will need to adjust that first for the 1 inch...

I used 3 jacks and did one side at a time per Daystars instructions....

I had to sawzall off 6 bolts..and cut into the square bolt retainers remove the old square nut and bolt welded and rusted in place...I made my own square bolts, taped new threads and used of course shorter grade 8 bolts.....

Just a timely project if you have issues with bolts.....if not you can finish in a few hrs with no issues..and yes beer helps....
I am very happy with removing the body lift the natural look is nicer

Let me know what else I can help you with...

Good luck
Neal Trombley
1980 CJ 7

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Unread 03-31-2011, 05:55 AM   #3
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Neal gives good advice here.

its not a hard job at all but depending on hardware, it can be a little time consuming.

again, soak the hardware every night a few days before.

loosen hardware on all sides to allow the body to move and remove one side at a time.

might want to disconnect your fuel filler hoses too before hand.

and yes, some good tunes and beer will be your best tools!

take before and after measuements and pics for us to see!

edit: steering shaft may have been lengthend/replaced or just slip.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 09:55 AM   #4
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your clutch rod would have been lengthened, you will need to go back to a stock one and, your radiator should have been lowered, you need to remount to the stock holes. fuel filer hoses may have been replaced with longer ones
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