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Old 11-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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3.5" vs 2.5" with 1" body lift

It seems most think body lifts are for posers and/or to just stay away from them... What are the reasons? When my stock Rubi tires wear out I'll be getting 315 70 17 Duratracs. I'd like to go 3.5 for lift over 2.5 for the look but would like to avoid the extra expense of drive shafts and such. So was thinking 2.5 aev with a 1" body lift. I have a '14 jkur with a soft top. Thoughts? Here she is as she sits now.

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Old 11-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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Oh and I don't like the look of flat fenders...

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Old 11-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #3
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body lifts are for posers? lol whoever told you that is an idiot. running 2.5 inches of lift and 1 inch bl is alllowing me to run 37s while still maintaining reasonable driveline angles. some obstacles I used to struggle with are an absolute joke now. almost takes the fun out of it.......almost
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I haven't heard that one before (body lift is for posers). Guess I'm going to go the "poser" route when I get that extra 1" down the line... to run some 37's!
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body lifts are for posers? lol whoever told you that is an idiot. running 2.5 inches of lift and 1 inch bl is alllowing me to run 37s while still maintaining reasonable driveline angles. some obstacles I used to struggle with are an absolute joke now. almost takes the fun out of it.......almost
I agree 100%. A combination of different types of lift is a great way to get your Jeep set up for 35's. The smaller lift will keep the drive line angles to a minimum and maintain the performance and handling of the Rig.

The Teraflex 2.5 Inch Lift With Shocks and a M.O.R.E 1" Body Lift will make a great combination.

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

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BLs have their place... however, seeing someone with a 3" BL and XL shackles driving around in their 35" tire'd YJ is, perhaps, not the wisest...

Nothing wrong with a BL though - they help keep the driveline happy without having to go to re-engineering the driveshafts, diff pinion angle, steering geometry, etc.
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I think a 1" BL on a JK is fine. With the pinch seam the Jeeps have it makes it a little less noticeable compared to the Jeeps of yore.
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Thanks for the advice! Of course I still got a one way to go before my current tires wear out... But looking like that's the way I'll go!
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Not sure for JKs, but with the Tj, you need to drop the t-case linkage with a bracket and the gap is not very nice to look at.... even with just 1 inch of body lift....
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Only issue on the JK with a body lift is if you have a manual it can cause issues with the gear selector popping out of gear in the lower gears (2,4,6,R)
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Only issue on the JK with a body lift is if you have a manual it can cause issues with the gear selector popping out of gear in the lower gears (2,4,6,R)
Yeah... Had that with 2000 manual tj before I knew anything and bought like that from the dealer. No problem now... Have automatic. And will be doing this myself!
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Only issue on the JK with a body lift is if you have a manual it can cause issues with the gear selector popping out of gear in the lower gears (2,4,6,R)
i had to do some trimming on my inner boot and buy the rough country shifter adapter. i installed your body lift love how you provided the hardware made install a lot easier. theres a great writeup on here for guys with manuals. followed it to the detail and mine shifts great
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It seems most think body lifts are for posers and/or to just stay away from them... What are the reasons? When my stock Rubi tires wear out I'll be getting 315 70 17 Duratracs. I'd like to go 3.5 for lift over 2.5 for the look but would like to avoid the extra expense of drive shafts and such. So was thinking 2.5 aev with a 1" body lift. I have a '14 jkur with a soft top. Thoughts? Here she is as she sits now.

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^ the 2.5 and 1"BL should look and work GREAT!. Also less expensive than getting a 2.5" lift and flat flares. I have a friend running with a 1"BL and Leveling kit with 35's and does not have any rubbing issues.

I have a 3"Synergy lift with 33's and will be getting 35",s when they wear out. any issues and I will add the 1" BL ( Easy to install too )

Good luck! your jeep looks nice too

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