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Old 04-03-2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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Coil spacer lift vs. Body lift?

Which is better? and What is the difference between them?

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Coil spring spacers go inbetween the spring and where it mounts so your actually getting additional clearance. The body lift raises the body up off the frame so you can have more tire clearance only. I have both over time while money was tight but when I put a 4'' suspension lift I didn't take either of those two off.
The spacer would be the better of the two. People hate the way body lifts look especially 3'' like I have, heck even I don't like the way the gap looks. Thats the problem with Craigslist....buying cheaper stuff as it becomes availiable. With by nerf bars and my Hi-Lift jack you can't see as much but over the rear tire. But when I'm in the Jeep setting way up there I don't care about the gap or what others may think.
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
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Coil spacers ftw! Kpool is exactly right in his description. You want ground clearance, not tub height.

His first pic is the body lift, pic 2 is coil spacers.
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What size coil spacers look nice?

I would eventually get a nice suspension lift, but money is a little tight now. Its definitely coming in the future!!!
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:54 AM   #5
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Just remember stock height shocks can only get you so far.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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^^^^ Yep, good point Jp....keep that in mind. I think 2" coil spacers are about as high as you can go with stock shocks. Check the for sale section here and craigslist and ebay. I got mine for $50 used....
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I put 2'' on the front and 1'' on the back to make it more level.
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None...Do it the right way and get a full suspension lift.
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None...Do it the right way and get a full suspension lift.
Coil spacers are a suspension lift, and perfectly adequate for someone not desiring to go higher than a couple of inches..... Nothing wrong about it.
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i went with coil spacers last summer in my 97 tj, also added some longer shocks while i did the addition. an easy and pretty cheap (if buying used) way to get up a couple inches and i didn't notice any significant difference in handling. a bl isn't bad either, as long as its moderate i think, i mean it feels more comfortable around 1-1.5". i went with a 1" BL and 1" mml blocks to keep things easy and simple. since i've got my new jeep, there were some spacers up front on her, already had a 4.5" RE lift in it, but w/no carrier on it the PO threw in some 1 5/8 spacers up front to even her out, well anyways they were the first thing to go when i got back home ( i had a bumper/ carrier fab'd for me that i picked up on the ride home) its also on a 1" BL & browndog 1" motor mounts. that's not the point i'm trying to make though, what i did notice was that with the spacers gone on this new rig, WOW what a difference in ride quality. i might not have noticed much with the change & my old ride bc those were 12 yo stock shocks on her, which were pretty beaten up. so, expect some difference in the quality of ride, but if you're driving a jeep, your expectations for stuff like that can't be too high to begin with!
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i have a 97 TJ and looking to do a budget lift to ride on 33s. i found a 2" kit for a good price. will i be good?
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i have a 97 TJ and looking to do a budget lift to ride on 33s. i found a 2" kit for a good price. will i be good?
You should do a minimum of 3" of lift with proper bump stops to run 33's if you have stock fenders. If you're on a really tight budget, you might want to consider a 2" budget boost, and a 1" or 1.25" body lift.
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i have a 97 TJ and looking to do a budget lift to ride on 33s. i found a 2" kit for a good price. will i be good?
Are you working with springs that are 17 years old? If so you are probably close to an inch lower than what the need for a 3" lift was based on . Adding a 2" spacer and a 1" BL will likely leave you lower than it should be and it will show. If the springs are from 1997 I would suggest saving and get new set of 2-2.5" springs and shocks and be much better off. You can look at pics of a TJ with OE Springs ,spacers and BL and they usually are not as tall as a TJ with new 2"springs and BL
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Coil spacers are a suspension lift, and perfectly adequate for someone not desiring to go higher than a couple of inches..... Nothing wrong about it.
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