I am sure that this has been addressed many times in the past, but I'll put it in again and maybe someone can direct me to the most appropriate thread!
I helped my son buy a '98 TJ back when it was new, and he gave it to me this Father's Day!! He had installed a 4" Trailmaster suspension lift and a 3" body lift. Sits way to high, so I, at least, want to change the body lift, I think. Tires are 33x12.5, but I don't want to put the money into it to replace those tires (at this time; they have almost the original tread). Can I go back to the OE body height with that suspension and those tires? If so, where can I get a kit with the original body cushions and all of the items that went with them? I have looked into several lift kits, and the 1" kits come with all of the parts, but the OE kits just seem to have the 'rubber'. Thanks for any suggestions. BHJohnston 26JUN2013
You'll have plenty of room for 33s either way.All your original rubber mounts should still be on the Jeep unless it's a Daystar BL that replaces the stock rubber mounts.You'll need to address the shifter brackets,radiator fan shroud and gas filler hose being too long.
4" is enough to run 35s if it is set up right. Here is a kit to replace the OEM pucks. Just so you know though most BLs just add a spacer on the factory pucks. Download a 3" BL install and just reverse the instructions to remove the pucks.
Thanks for everyone's help on this. I am new to Jeep, but I do know one thing, this Wrangler really drives squirrely (sp?). While the body lift has raised the center of gravity, I don't think that the lift is causing the driveability issues. Does anyone know of persons or businesses in NW South Carolina that might be able to see what I have and give me some clues? 'Clemson 4 Wheel Center' has been suggested at this end. BHJohnston 01JUL2013
Steering seems 'loose'. Kind of like in older cars when the toe-in was not correct. And, with the added height (3" body lift and 4" suspension lift), the body seems to 'roll'. Don't want to take turns too fast! I am probably not describing this accurately and think that someone with 'know-how' really needs to drive it to see what I am talking about. My son said that the steering changed quite a bit after he put the steel wheels and 33x12.5 tires on it. He claims that he has changed steering dampers a couple of times, but with no obvious change. I think that there is more to it than just dampening the steering. BHJohnston 01JUL2013
You very well could have loose steering parts. I would start by checking the tie-rod ends and all the bushings in the front end. Search death wobble and you will see what parts I am refering to. You may have DW that is being cover by the damper. The damper is not the fix or the cause. As for the body roll, does it have front and/or rear sway bars?
I have only had the Jeep for a short time and I have not crawled under to see what things look like. I'll do that and try to let you know what I see. I do know that my son had some place install the lift and suspension kits and he does not seem to know all that was done. BHJohnston 01JUL2013