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Old 02-11-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Body lift questions

I am maybe looking at a body lift. I have read mixed reviews about them and have also heard no more than 1-1.5" of lift. I am just wondering if id be a good cheep upgrade, i have a 2006 golden eagle wrangler with a dana 44 in the rear. I would just like to hear some thoughts about the idea and also what a good kit might be. Also is there anything else i would have to buy like shocks, shifter relocater, etc. It is a 6 speed maunal I6. thanks for any feed back

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Old 02-11-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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1.25" is the most you want to go. JKS is the one you want, you can find it on Amazon or any of the usual aftermarket sites. You most likely will need to trim the fan shroud but everything else should be in the kit.

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I've had a JKS 1.25" body lift for a number of years and I've been nothing but happy with it. I used it with a 1" motor mount lift but if you didn't want to do a motor mount lift at the same time it includes provisions to drop the fan shroud a small amount. It's a very complete kit which includes new longer rubber grill snubbers. I feel like a body lift any larger than 1.25" doesn't look good and requires other modifications to make everything work right.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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If your existing mounts are in good shape buy either JKS or an aluminum puck kit.

You should also consider adding a motor mount lift which will allow you to leave the fan shroud in place and is only a little more work.
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is a body lift kit easy to install at home or should i have a professional do it
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:25 PM   #6
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Good advice already. I'll add that a body lift and motor mount lift can open the door to other mods. The added room between frame and body will allow for high clearance skid plates. The motor mount lift will make it so you don't have to mess with the fan shroud, and adjust the driveline angle enough to counteract a 2"-3" suspension lift. This eliminates the need for a transfer case drop down the road, which would eat up the clearance of a suspension lift.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:41 PM   #7
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A body lift is an easy fun home job. As is the motor mount lift.
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is a body lift kit easy to install at home or should i have a professional do it
Yes, pretty easy provided your body bolts are not rusted in. It can be done with normal hand tools and a floor jack. Impact wrench makes it quite a bit faster, but isn't necessary.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:45 PM   #9
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The JKS 1.25 body lift w/o the mml took me about 4-5 hours on my neighbors jeep and that was my first body lift install. He was just afraid to do it. Very easy. Hardest part was modifying fan shroud but it wasnt bad at all.
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would i have to install the motor mount lift first before the body lift? well would it be better to do it first? and i wont have to modify anything for the engine to still fit properly under the hood? i also have a K&N intake on it
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would i have to install the motor mount lift first before the body lift? well would it be better to do it first? and i wont have to modify anything for the engine to still fit properly under the hood? i also have a K&N intake on it
No, it doesn't matter. Just take the 4 bolts out of the fan shroud so the fan doesn't jamb against it.
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will this lift affect my gas mileage at all?
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will this lift affect my gas mileage at all?
little to not at all. you will do other things that are far worse for your mileage, like try to pass another vehicle.
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little to not at all. you will do other things that are far worse for your mileage, like try to pass another vehicle.
also will i have to disconnect the transfer case linkage when i do the install on the body lift? i watched a video tutorial and the guy did not do it and did it find with out it but im still not sure
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It is a good idea to adjust the linkage after the BL install. Its one bolt. I did it after the installation.
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okay, and doing the lift shouldnt affect my gear shifting or anything right?
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I didn't have to adjust or disconnect my linkage with my 1.25" BL. Taller than 1.25" is where things start getting out of whack.
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okay, and doing the lift shouldnt affect my gear shifting or anything right?
If you have the stock rubber accordian boot, 2 and 4 may be a bit harder to get into but a leather shift boot should fix you. its a minimal change anyway.
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If you have the stock rubber accordian boot, 2 and 4 may be a bit harder to get into but a leather shift boot should fix you. its a minimal change anyway.
i have a leather boot
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i have a leather boot
I think youll be just fine then. If not there are ways to fix it but with 1.25 i think youll be good
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what are ways to fix it if it does occur
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what are ways to fix it if it does occur
The older style rubber shift boot sometimes binds up. The newer 2005-2006 pleather boot does not. The fix would be switching from the rubber boot to something more flexible.
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I'm also looking at doing a body lift. This thread has been helpful. 2 questions though.

I have an LJ, is there any difference or anything I should know when installing?

Also, my stock mounts are falling apart, does the jks replace them? If not, should I get new ones?
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The JKS sits on top and slightly surrounds the stock rubber. If they're not in good shape I'd start with fresh ones. I've never installed a BL on a LJ but I'd imagine it's the same.
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i wont need new shocks or drive shafts with the body lift right?
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i wont need new shocks or drive shafts with the body lift right?
Correct. The body lift won't affect shocks or drive shafts. When used in conjunction with a motor mount lift it could smooth out minor driveline vibrations.
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I'm also looking at doing a body lift. This thread has been helpful. 2 questions though.

I have an LJ, is there any difference or anything I should know when installing?

Also, my stock mounts are falling apart, does the jks replace them? If not, should I get new ones?
If your stock mounts are deteriorating then I'd recommend the Daystar 1" BL. It's a complete mount replacement kit.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001GH5OBG
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Good information
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This is the Daystar 1" kit on my son's TJ.

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If your stock mounts are deteriorating then I'd recommend the Daystar 1" BL. It's a complete mount replacement kit. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001GH5OBG
Thanks! I would still want a 1" MML with this, right?

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