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Old 07-09-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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body lift installation difficulty

Alright guys (and gals),

Lift is scheduled for Thursday...3 1/2" Rubicon Express. Ordered 33" tires but thinking i may want 35's. Options are 1" body lift stacked on RE lift kit or install cut out flat fenders (smittybuilts or equal) to clear the tires. What to do? stick with 33's or go bigger? I know the 35's will make my TJ extremely slow.....input?

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Old 07-09-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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Body Lift install is cake. Especially if you have access to air tools. I did my BL in like 30 minutes and that was my first time. Motor mount lift is a b**** tho!

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Old 07-09-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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Exactly what jwm says. BL is pretty basic but the MML can be a pain, it was for me. I am running 295/75/16's (like 34" ?) with the 3.5 SF from RE and 1.25" BL from JKS. You may need a little extra backspacing if running stick rims or your lower arms might rub.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:17 PM   #4
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What's so difficult about the MML? Just curious since I plan on installing one with a BL in the near future...
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Like others have said the BL is pretty easy and you should be able to run 35's ok w/ that RE lift combined w/ the BL. I was in the same position you are in a few months ago deciding if I wanted to run 35's or 33's. I decided to stick w/ 33's since it is my DD and didn't really want to start messing with upgrading the axles which you should do if you want to run that big of a tire.
What gearing do you have and what axles are are you running. I would think about those types of things when deciding on what size tires to run along w/ lift options.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:56 PM   #6
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What's so difficult about the MML? Just curious since I plan on installing one with a BL in the near future...
You may have a different experience, of course. I went with the JKS spacers, not the raised mounts. Make sure you have enough socket extensions to get at the MM bolts and still apply enough torque. One of the bolts from JKS cross-threaded so I had to re-tap the driver's side mount but that was installer error.

You may want to loosen your exhaust or take it off the rear hangers until the motor is set because the angle will change. Jacking the motor up to remove and install the MML can put just enough stress on the manifold to cause the very popular crack in the one-piece headers.

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