Originally Posted by JCDriller
I don't have any problem buying the control arms and track bars if I'll benefit from it with a 1.5" lift, just don't want to spend money just to spend money. Especially if I can reallocate it elsewhere. I do like the fact that if and when I decide to go 2.5 or 3.5, it's a simple spring swap. I'm assuming all the control arms are the same between lift hights.
The 2.5" lift worries me because I don't want to get into drive shafts and exhaust spacers at this moment, especially if it's not needed for a daily driver. I realize you shouldn't need that for a 2.5" lift, but the lifts are made for heavy jeeps and at this moment mine is not heavy so it would sit higher.
I know body lifts aren't "cool" but what is the downside to a 1" lift?
I wouldn't worry about exhaust spacers and so forth. You're only talking about maybe a couple hundred pounds difference between "heavy" and "light" Jeeps that weighs thousands of pounds to begin with. And that's not enough to really get into a need for all of that extra stuff you need above 2.5".
As far as body lifts, there's really nothing "wrong" with them. It's just extra work to install both. There's no difference in the work to install a 1.5 or 2.5" suspension lift. But there's a big difference between not installing a body lift and installing one.
The one legitimate gripe people have with body lifts is that it doesn't get your frame up any higher and doesn't help with ground clearance. Will one inch make that much of a difference? Maybe. I'm sure many people out there have strong opinions one way or another.
My build started with a 2.5" lift to run 35's. I have no trouble with exhaust or driveshafts of any kind. When I step up to 37's, I'll just throw on the flat flares and toss the new tires on the rims and head down the road enjoying my Jeep.
In the end, it's your Jeep. If you're worried about it and want the peace of mind, go with the body lift. Build it the way you feel comfortable.