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Bayview471 03-18-2011 11:14 AM

Budget Boost and Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift
Hey guys. I'm new to the forum and have been reading up on lift kits as I want to put one on my TJ. I am up in the air about getting a BB with a BL to achieve a 3" total lift verse getting a 3" suspension lift. Which one is better? I live in South Jersey and do a lot of driving on the beach and in boggy areas. The stock suspension is just not cutting it anymore as I am getting stuck all too often. Also I am a college student so price is obviously a huge factor. If i went with the BB and BL it would be the 2" Skyjacker Spacer Lift and a 1" BL. The suspension would be a 3" Zone Full suspension lift (Which runs $459.99 btw). Thanks to anyone who responds.

Dogman 03-18-2011 11:22 AM

I have done a lot of wheeling on my BB + BL. I am going to a 4" suspension lift for 35s, but for the money it's hard to beat the spacers. It also depends on if you have future plans to go bigger.

ChrisTJCO 03-18-2011 11:27 AM

Why do you keep getting stuck? A lift alone won't really help that.

jaythornton000 03-18-2011 01:32 PM

I just ordered the zone lift after reading up on lifts for months. Personal opinion is that coils are going to be the better option.

05TurboS2K 03-18-2011 01:40 PM

Getting stuck due to a lift? Lift won't help at all unless you've got snow up to the bumpers or something.

What you may need is a locker for the axle. If snow is the issue I highly suggested a selectable locker like ARB/OX otherwise an autolocker like Aussie or Detroit would be great.

Best upgrade I did wasn't my 2"BB lift but instead my aussie front locker for $249.99! HUGE difference.

As for lifts, a 3" suspension is the best option sure but a 2"BB is the cheapest for how much you gain. A BL is the worst with the exception of 1.25" being useful for other mods and a small gain of clearance.

Again, why are you getting stuck is the most important question. Without that we can't help you. A lift might not help even in the slightest. Are you just doing this for looks or do you want function?

05TurboS2K 03-18-2011 01:41 PM

Also. Besides a locker your next best thing would be lower your tire pressure!!!! That'll do a ton especially in sand or even in the mud. Try about 10psi and you'll see MAJOR improvements on not getting stuck. That'll do way more than a lift.

Bayview471 03-18-2011 02:00 PM

I always sink in the soft spots that you normally have to cross over to get to the beach. I want the lift to fit larger tires, both height and width wise. I tried back spaced rims and wider tires, but they rub. I'll also admit I am doing it for appearance too.

05TurboS2K 03-18-2011 02:03 PM

OK, well as stated lockers will do WAY more for you in terms of not getting stuck, taller tires will do very little for you and wider tires will do....something but not tons.

Lower pressure would do more than a larger tire. It's a pain to air back up perhaps though.

In any case for what you need just do a 2"BB +1 BL and you can run 33's just fine after that.

Bayview471 03-18-2011 02:19 PM

Thanks. Any suggestions on what brand lifts I should use?

ChrisTJCO 03-18-2011 02:25 PM

Try searching. Old Man Emu and BDS are often recommended. Zone and Rough Country are also popular and a lower price point. I have old man emu springs and I love the way my jeep rides, on and off road.

Bayview471 03-18-2011 02:28 PM

I've been looking around and it seems that a lot of people are recommending an SYE for over 2 inch lifts. Is there a cheaper solution if it is needed t all?

ChrisTJCO 03-18-2011 02:30 PM

If you do 2-2.5" lift and a 1" body lift, you definitely do not need a SYE. 3+ inches and you are starting to get into SYE territory.

Edit - I shouldn't say definitely, but it is very likely you won't need a SYE to eliminate vibrations. Any vibes you might have can probably be fixed with a minor transfer case drop, which would cost you five bucks in washers.

Rasberry 03-18-2011 02:39 PM

I know the common rule is over 3 inches you need an SYE. But does that also apply to body lifts? As in if you have a 2.5-3 inch suspension and a 1 inch body lift do you need the SYE?

ChrisTJCO 03-18-2011 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by Rasberry
I know the common rule is over 3 inches you need an SYE. But does that also apply to body lifts? As in if you have a 2.5-3 inch suspension and a 1 inch body lift do you need the SYE?

No it does not apply to body lifts because you don't change the geometry of the drivetrain with a body lift.

spdcat01TJ 03-18-2011 04:08 PM

2.25" BB, + 1.25" BL + 1" MML = ability to run 33" tires at low cost with no vibes. I works great for me. I even added a 3/4" extra spacer to the front to level it out. Just be sure to get longer shocks so you don't lose flex. Also you need to adjust the bumpstops so you don't rub the fenders at full flex. Mine required 1.25" bumpstop extensions. I made those out of rubber boat trailer rollers cut to size. Springs might be better in the long run, but BB is definately cheaper.

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