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!