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Unread 02-27-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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A run down on suspension lifts.body lifts.spacers

I just really am confused about the difference between suspension lifts, coil spacers, and body lifts.

Which one is more recommended? are some better than others? and which one will give you more lift for a lower price?

thanks. Im still a beginner when it comes to jeep tech., but Im willing to learn as much as possible

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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Best - Suspension
Cheapest - Body
Spacers are somehwere in the middle.

Suspension lifts move your axles further away from your frame.
Body lifts move your body further away from the frame.
Spacers are a type of suspension lift that move the coiled springs further from their mounts, effectviely making them longer.

In a perfect world your jeep would clear big enough tires to get your axles over stuff you want them to be over without making your center of gravity too high and thus the Jeep to easy to roll. The combination of lift choices is specific to the owner and the location. There are a blue million ways to do it, but a good way is a combination of the three. A couple inches of suspension and a 1" body lift is pretty solid and relatively cheap.

Hope this helps, you'll probably find some better answers below.
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Body Lifts help if you want to a tummy tuck skid plates. I wouldn't say one is any better that the others, they all have there purpose, body lifts are cheap, but you should really limit it to 1.25", Suspension lifts can really go as high as you want or need to clear tires and as deep as you wallet will go. Long arm lifts are used usually when you get to 4" and above to get better angles, and better ride and articulation. Short or adjustable arms are what are normally used in smaller lifts. Then you have coil spacers which are a really cheap suspension lift, usually a combination of all three are used to get the stance the way you want it. Lastly the one you forgot is the Motor mount lift, which helps with driveline angles when you do suspension and body lifts.
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Unread 02-27-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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I just really am confused about the difference between suspension lifts, coil spacers, and body lifts.

Which one is more recommended? are some better than others? and which one will give you more lift for a lower price?

thanks. Im still a beginner when it comes to jeep tech., but Im willing to learn as much as possible


Great question.

Frist things frist....What are you trying to do ( Mall jeep, woods, rocks, etc...)?
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Unread 02-27-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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Usually a small body lift is used in conjunction with a suspension lift. Also if you go over 3-4 inches in the suspension department you will need a slip yolk eliminator and a cv driveshaft to compensate for the steep angle between the output shaft and the pinion. Best bet is to start with a solid suspension lift and work around that.
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Unread 02-27-2009, 11:21 PM   #6
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thanks for the feedback

well right now my jeep spends most of its days in charlotte where I go to college and I really havent had a chance to take it off road yet..i plan on asking fellow jeepers at unc-charlotte..
right now I think it has 1 inch coil spacers (budget boost-rubicon). is that good enough to go off road without risking breaking any vital parts (i am in college and dont have a job yet)
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