Lift vs. Wheel Spacers Question
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.
Thanks for the advice.