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post #1 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all... I just purchased a set of 33x12.50's for my 98 TJ which is stock right now. A guy told me to go to the salvage yard & get the front coil springs off of a grand cherokee V8 & put them on the front of my wrangler & move my stock front springs to the rear. He said this would give me the 2.5-3" of lift needed to fit my 33's comfortably. Is this true?? Also, can I leave my factory shocks on it afterward without any problems? & finally, will I have to make any other adjustments in doing this, like lowering the transfer case or anything? (I am saving up for a proper lift kit but at the moment I only have about $50 left & have already purchased the coil springs from that salvage yard). Thanks for any advice y'all could give me!!

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 02:36 AM
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With just 2.5'' you might have to limit the uptravell with longer bump stops.
2.5'' OME with 1.25'' Zone body lift,is what I did.

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post #3 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 02:54 AM
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1. I am unsure about the lift you will get or if you can use stock front TJ springs in the rear, if they do fit I'm guessing it will be a very stiff ride.

2. If you do get the 2.5 to 3 inches of lift you shouldn't have to drop the t-case.

3. You should replace the shocks to accommodate the lift.

4. What wheels are you putting those tires on? If they are stock wheels you will need spacers. Generally want 3.5inches of back spacing for 12.5

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post #4 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 04:42 AM
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it will be close on the lift. it might still rub. u could add a 1" body lift.
u will need shocks. u will need wheel spacers.
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post #5 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 07:28 AM
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Just buy a budget boost and some skyjacker hydro shocks.
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post #6 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! They are Pro Comp 33x12.50 mounted on aluminum "American Racing" wheels (they were previously on a 97 Wrangler with no spacers needed. The prior owner said they are Offset already, or somethin like that). I'm afraid to do a body lift right now because of a couple small areas of rust right around a few mounts that I may need to reinforce (weld plates)...so I am doing my best to raise it with what I have until I can afford the actually kit w/new shocks & all. Again thank u for the tips!
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post #7 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 08:21 AM
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Around 2-3" of lift would work for clearing your 33s.

You could add 2" coil spacers and keep the stock length shocks, but you will have limited downtravel because of the shocks being too short. This would cost around $60-80. I wouldn't normally recommend this, but it is an option for a cheap lift while you save for a more complete lift setup.
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post #8 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 08:26 AM
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Do your current tires need to be replaced right now? If not, I would wait, save some money, and get a proper lift.

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Ye, my current stock wheels & tires need replaced very soon. Since I wanted 33's this summer, I found a great deal on a set 2 weeks ago, mounted & ready to go on the "ARE" aluminum wheels. I need to get them on soon now because of the current tire conditio.
I did also think of the 2" coil spring spacers, bit was told that 2" isn't enuff clearance for 33's (must be at least 2.5-3")
*****Heres a thought... What if I put the coil springs I got on the front, move the front OEM to the back, THEN put the 2" spacers on all 4 springs & try that?!? (Again, will the factory shocks be long enuff to leave on there once I do that??) ****** UGH....
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2" spacers and shocks is fine as long as you add enough bumpstop extension to keep to the tires out of the fenders.

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OH... Are they something that I can buy from my local auto parts store today? (Like Auto Zone or NAPA?)
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OH... Are they something that I can buy from my local auto parts store today? (Like Auto Zone or NAPA?)
No, but you can get a full set of spring spacers for $50. on eBay.
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-03-2014, 09:33 AM
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The bumpstop extensions? For these you can either use hockey pucks, or preferably body lift pucks. Here's what I did:

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I have a leveling kit on my jeep and it clears 33s

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I have a leveling kit on my jeep and it clears 33s

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There's a difference between clears and running properly.

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