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Unread 02-10-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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Confused. Why 4" suspension lift plus body lift instead of taller suspension lift?

Ok , so here is the dilemma, We have a 2001 sahara stock 3 spd auto were getting ready to upgrade to 8.8 rear axle ,4.56 gears, front hp 30 with 4.56 gears. Plan on 35 " tires with a clayton 5.5" lift.as well as upgrading brakes and steering to currie components.
Where we get confused after hours on this forum is why do people run 4" lifts plus body lifts when you could just do the 5-5.5" suspension lift and run 35's? Is the change in center of gravity that much different, will we really notice the difference?
We wheel what ever comes our way rocks,mud ,trails ,will try just about anything at least once.But still drive it around town as well as highway.
Have heard nothing bad about the clayton and have decided we want a long arm for ride issues on highway.
We are torn between the 4" clayton and the 5.5"
So if I could get some reasons why people go one way or the other that would be great . Thanks

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Unread 02-10-2011, 09:00 AM   #2
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BL's open the door for other mods and most people run SA 4" lifts.Anything over 4" on SA's would ride like crap.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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What type of mods are you referring too that you can do with a bl that can't be done with a suspensiojn lift?
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BL's open the door for other mods.
X2! Getting that tummy tucked up tight one of the most effective mods out there.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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What type of mods are you referring too that you can do with a bl that can't be done with a suspensiojn lift?
Most TT's and it makes a MML slightly easier.Plus the BL doesn't make the driveline angles worse and gives you better clearance.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 09:13 AM   #6
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If you wanna talk center of gravity, a 5.5" isn't a good idea
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Unread 02-10-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
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True,, the body lifts allow room for growth...Some say you need them for the MML, others not so much, mostly for the fan shroud etc. You can get into a larger fuel tank etc etc... I would do the 4" on the suspension, and go for the 1" BL just in case while you are under there to give yourself room with the 5". Put on some higher clearance fender flares, etc. 4" seems to be the magic number. If you do the 5.5 with the 1" you are pushing the limit on the lift and getting into other necessary mods to get your angles and geometry where it needs to be for best performance. (CV driveshaft, transfer case drop, MML, bump stops, longer shocks, coil spring retainers, sway bars, on and on it goes.. Good choice on the Currie components and LA lift. I love my antirock, currectlync, and Rock Krawler 5.5" LA lift (w/ all the mods to get everything else back into alignment). Longgg story short,,the higher you go,, the more $ you are looking at.
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You do realize there are no rules to this stuff, right? You don't NEED 4" of lift to run 35's. You definitely don't need 5.5". I run 35's on 2.5" of lift with a 1" body lift. I'll bet I have as much shock travel as you'll have with your 5.5" of lift, a lower center of gravity, and the same or more belly height. I use the body lift solely for tucking purposes. I run a flat transfer case skid plate and a tucked gas tank. 20" under the belly and 18" under the gas tank.
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So has anybody ran the full aev 4" kit or just used different parts from it ?
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What type of mods are you referring too that you can do with a bl that can't be done with a suspensiojn lift?
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You do realize there are no rules to this stuff, right? You don't NEED 4" of lift to run 35's. You definitely don't need 5.5". I run 35's on 2.5" of lift with a 1" body lift. I'll bet I have as much shock travel as you'll have with your 5.5" of lift, a lower center of gravity, and the same or more belly height. I use the body lift solely for tucking purposes. I run a flat transfer case skid plate and a tucked gas tank. 20" under the belly and 18" under the gas tank.
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Gotta say, Thread titles like "confused" don't do it for me. Please put some info in your titles.
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get metalcloak fenders and run 35's
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A TJ with a 4" suspension lift plus a 1" body lift has a slightly lower center-of-gravity than a similar TJ with a 5" suspension lift yet it has the same tire clearance.
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And works well with 35" tires...
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