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Pros-cons Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift


 
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Shane
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:55 pm    Post subject: Pros-cons Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift Reply with quote

First off, this is a great area. I am glad I found it. Tons of info already.
I have and 04 TJ, and basically would like to lift it to run 33's. I know I probably need at least 3" of lift so I am told. I have heard lots of opinions on how to go. Basically right now I would like some lift for aesthetics, playing, while maintaining a good ride, but later on down the road, I would like for this vehicle to go off road with a 4x4 club. One person has recommended 3" of BL, says it will not affect my ride, and inexpensive. I have heard that it doesn't look that great, but can't find any pics to see. I have also heard go with 2" of SL, and 1" BL, should have good ride. Then people say 4" SL. Any opinions welcome, as far as power loss, anything, as well as pics so I can see.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Joined: 02 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out this write up that thephantum did on his wifes TJ. I have the same OME lift give or take a few components and love the ride on and off road. I also have a JKS 1-1/4" BL and clear 33's without any problem. I also use a 1"MML to correct the driveline and compliment the BL.

This is my rig

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is with 4" SL and 33s


I wouldn't go with over 1" of BL tho. My Suspension is the Superlift....there's nothing special about it, but I also havn't found anything to gripe about.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



3" Body, 2" Suspension, 1.75 Shackle and rear YJ leafs at all 4 corners.[/img]
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you just want the look right now and aren't gonna wheel it, a 1" body lift will clear 33's. Again, don't wheel it that way or your fenders may never speak to you again. For more moderate wheeling and a much more balanced look, a 2" spacer lift and 1" body lift will be the most economic way to go. You'll be able to retain the body lift when you move up in size as well, so it won't be money wasted. And like mentioned above, I'd stay away from anything taller than the 1" bl. Not any personal experience, but it places too much stress on the bolts if you go higher than that for my liking, plus it creates an ungodly gap in the fenderwells, and there's always the 'my brother's brother's uncle's cousin's neighbor's gynecologist saw the bolts shear off in an accident' arguement as well.

To keep it inexpensive right now, stay away from any tall suspension lifts as they'll create the need for more money sinks, SYE, adjustable control arms, trackbars, etc. As far as how much power you'll lose, it all depends on the current engine/transmission/gear ratio combo you have now. You're power is gonna shift outta the useable RPM range regardless, it's just a matter of how much is it gonna effect ya. I found 33's with a 5spd/6cyl/3.73 geared TJ to be tolerable...not great, just tolerable. 4.56's were much better Mr. Green .
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how easy is it to put those spacers in? and if they're 2 inch spacers, how much does the TJ height actually increase? I heard somewhere that a 2" spacer lift will only lift your ride about 1.5"...true?
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