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post #16 of 23 Old 05-13-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input man. I am tempted to just put a 4" lift on it and be done with it. But heard so many bad things over the years about handling after the fact, steering not matching up, drop arm?? something or another needed, etc... Seems from what little I know, a 2.5" kit will avoid many of these issues. Much to think about obviously.


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post #17 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 01:57 AM
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4" lift, Transfer case lowering, long brake lines, drop pitman arm would solve much of the 4" lift problems.
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 03:50 AM
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This is mine with a 2.5 rancho with 33/12.50/15

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post #19 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 04:58 AM
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I ran a 2.5 inch Procomp lift on my old CJ-7 with 33X9.50 BFG MT's, on stock wheels. Here are a few pictures. The skinny tires do not make the Jeep look big, but they give the ground clearance.

In mud with a hard layer within a foot of the surface they were great, in deep mud they left something to be desired as they do not offer much for flotation. In soft snow they were awesome, but on snow-machine trails with a hard packed surface and soft underneath, more flotation would have been very nice. For general Trail running very good, as good or better then a wider tire I would say.

No rubbing even stuffed at full lock. In general they were a good choice for me. I do not know if BFG still makes this size though.

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post #20 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Nice looking rides. Thanks for the pics.

Alaska? Spent two years in nome and kotz. Was in ANC Jan-feb. Lovely state.

The 2.5 lift and 33's are looking good. Still undecided on the spacers.
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post #21 of 23 Old 05-14-2011, 08:29 PM
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Run the 33s if they rub, trim a little and if they still rub buy some tube fenders and open the rear wheelwells a little, the road manners will be alot better than if you run a 4in lift and I like the low cog look.

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post #22 of 23 Old 05-10-2013, 11:26 AM
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I have a 2.5" rancho lift and a 1" body lift with Mickey Thompson Baja 33's and they rub when I turn all the way I'm going down to a 32"
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-10-2013, 06:51 PM
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I have 33"s and factory chrome wheels with a 2.5 bds lift but I also have a 1 inch body lift. It's my daily driver with no issues. The tires are a little puffy but you shouldn't blow a bead on the trail

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