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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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