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post #1 of 22 Old 03-09-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it bad to have a body lift and a suspension lift?

I am looking into buying a lift kit. I am looking for a cheeper solution. And was looking into a body lift kit. Around 2 or 3 inches. But I want more lift in the future. So I was gonna get a suspension lift like 3 inches later when I have the funds. But I recently herd this is a bad idea? Why? And is it safe or safer if it's only a small lift on each kit?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-09-2009, 07:50 PM
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Your XJ is unibody, no body lift.

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Ok that makes sence. Is there anyother way to get more tire clearance without using a full suspension lift?
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Sawzaw or shackles and spacers.


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Alright. When you trim the wells what do you all cut out? And any recomendations on a good website for shakles and that stuff?
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your better off with a lift kit. rustys 3" kit is nice, its what i have on my XJ. if your competent with hand tools it shouldnt take more than a saturday to install.
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Alright. When you trim the wells what do you all cut out? And any recomendations on a good website for shakles and that stuff?
you can only cut so much because the body is where a unibody gets its strength.
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Ok cool. What size tires are you running with the rusty 3"
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You should be able to fit 31x10.5x15 tires easily with a 3" kit from rustys. A 2" budget lift should allow for 30x9.5x15 tires. If you go with a budget lift make sure it uses shackles for the rear and not blocks or an add a leaf. You will be able to use the shackle later on if you lift it more.

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Awesome thanks. Any info on the 4.5" lift? What tires? Pros and cons?
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Its a rustys 3" lift, sat 4.5" in the back 3.5" in the front, added a 1" spacer to level it out. Runing 31" Dayton Tiberline AT's every day and run 31" Destination MT's for wheeling. Love it. Pro's: Pretty much fun all around whether I'm Wheeling or just cruising around. Cons: A Little loss in fuel econemy due to larger/heavier tires.

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Make sure you look into fender trimming before you go hack them up. If you cut the rear fenders you will have a big hole that goes straight into your cab. You have to cut and fold the fender.

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will the .75 frnt spacers with the 3" lift level it out?
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I would install the 3" lift before worrying about spacers, measure after lifting to get your actual lift then add spacers if necesary to level it out.

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Ok. Awesome. Well I just looked at my leafs and I noticed that they have sagged so much that they are now flat. I'm wondering if I should just get new leafs and then throw some spacers up front. This seems like a cheeper way to get a few more inches out of my jeep. Is this a good idea?
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