My sons and I are starting a 97 TJ project. It is 100% stock, low-ish miles, and has some rust issues. We will do the interior in Herculiner, paint the exterior, and de-rust the underside.
The stock steelies on it are very heavily rusted and the tires are worn-out. So, I bought some larger (not huge) TJ stock alloy wheels and tires from craigslist. At the max turn limits, the new wheels rub the suspension on the front. I probably should have done some backspacing research but didn't. I'll solve this with either a lift or spacers.
Every fastner/bolt on this thing has been a real challenge despite PB blaster, elbow grease and a torch. While fun and good learning for the boys, 10 minute projects turn into hour long battles. I am considering not doing a lift as we are not going off road with it.
Will 1.5" wheel spacers change regular road driving handling?
Am I being overly concerned about rust issues with doing a suspension lift? We are looking at a 3 inch lift with a transfercase drop. We have the tools and capabilities to do it if it was not rusted.
It should handle better with wheel spacers because of the wider stance.If it only rubs at full turn,you can add a couple washers to the steering stops instead of buying spacers.I just put some RC spacers on my XJ and had them on my 03' TJ.