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post #1 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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lift kit, how high is too high?

I have been thinking about putting a lift on my 97. I currently have a 2" rough country and wanted to move up to at least a 4" so I can put 35" tires under it; however, thinking about the phrase go big or go home, I have been eyeing the 6" lift but from past experience lifting a short wheelbase vehicle too much creates many problems with drive shafts and u joints. So my question, is 4" big enough to fit 35" under it, and if I went with either the 4 or 6, what other stuff do I have to look at? Thanks.

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post #2 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 09:22 AM
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I've had 8 inch springs and 6 inch springs in the past.

I'm currently on 2.5 inch lift springs, 1 inch BL, and 35's.

No need for excessive lift height like 6 inches.

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go big or go home
IMO, anything more than whats necessary to clear your tires is too high

that phrase does not equate to most offroaders.
reminds me of "fear this" or "its a jeep thing"
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post #5 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 09:31 AM
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I have been thinking about putting a lift on my 97. I currently have a 2" rough country and wanted to move up to at least a 4" so I can put 35" tires under it; however, thinking about the phrase go big or go home, I have been eyeing the 6" lift but from past experience lifting a short wheelbase vehicle too much creates many problems with drive shafts and u joints. So my question, is 4" big enough to fit 35" under it, and if I went with either the 4 or 6, what other stuff do I have to look at? Thanks.
some run 37s on 2" of lift, others run 33s or 35s on 6" of lift. It depends on what you're after...frame clearance? belly clearance? tire clearance? articulation? compromise of all? or the best of all?

I run 33s on ~2.5" of lift with about 16" under the belly pan. It's a compromise like everything else, but it's been working very well for what I've done so far.

There's plenty of build threads on this forum, and links in my signature to keep you busy reading and learning for the next year or more.
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post #6 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 09:32 AM
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If you have more spring lift than available suspension travel, then you arguably have too much lift. Is 30" of belly clearance on 30" tires a thoughtful build? Maybe for someone out there. Those are exaggerated numbers, btw.

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post #7 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 11:21 AM
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When I decided to lift my TJ, I did my due diligence and researched for a year or so before spending any money. I ended up going with Savvy and their 4" lift, UCF belly skid to get that crap out of the way, all other related parts and pieces for it all to work correctly, and 33" TSLs.

It has all worked flawlessly, and I believe everything is top quality, but, if I were to do it all over again, I'd look for less lift. Heck, maybe less lift and more tire. Sometime in the future, I may drop it down a little, and start high lining it to fit.

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post #8 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 11:26 AM
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4.25" lift with 35's.


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Springs have one job and one job only and it isn't to affect, determine, or create ride quality.
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post #9 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 12:30 PM
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I wouldn't go more than 4" personally....
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post #10 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 01:25 PM
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On short arms 4" to 4.5" inches is about as tall as I would go, imho.
On long arms u could go taller, but I see little reason to do so.
in the end, its all a matter of opinion.
Many of us want to be as low as possible, and still fit our desired tires.

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post #12 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 03:20 PM
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Actually too high is when you lose the ability to corner or sidehill. Height & width need to be engineered together. The philosophy of an LJ being capable of higher lifts forgets LJs & TJs are the same width.
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I have 5.5" long arm lift and am running 35s. It's too tall in my opinion. Extreme driveline angles and it's a pain to get in and out of for a 5' 10" short guy. I bought it that way and have been dialing it in since I bought it. If I were doing it I'd do a 1" body lift to increase air flow and facilitate a tummy tuck and 3" spring lift or so.
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this should be a photo thread.....
That's what I was thinking..I was hoping to see some of the retarded hack jobs some think are cool.
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post #15 of 50 Old 02-10-2015, 06:54 PM
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this should be a photo thread.....
I think I had a pic of the same Jeep before he painted the wheels black.


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Springs have one job and one job only and it isn't to affect, determine, or create ride quality.
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$1K for pinion seal and axle seals? Do you wear a ski mask while you work?
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