Lift advice requested - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on
Old 11-30-2010, 08:47 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Posts: 339
CapnDean is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to CapnDean
Lift advice requested

The victim: 1999 TJ 4.0L 5 speed 88K miles: Warn 8000# winch weight in front.

Jeep has a 1" body lift. 15X8 alloy wheels currently running 31 X 10.5 tires.

Useage: 99% of the time: Cruising the street on pretty weekends with the top off. 1% of the time: Driving down the beach or down the trail to a fave sand bar.

Almost never mudding - definitely not rock crawling or anything like that.

I want to upgrade to 33 X 12.5 tires for the look and the footprint in sand.

If I make any change to the ride I would like it to be SOFTER rather than stiffer. (I have factory shocks, coils, bump stops etc and will gladly change any to suit a better ride)

I would like to suspension lift this jeep just enough to make sure I have the clearance & ability to steer without rubbing. I would prefer NOT to need a step ladder to get in.

Has anyone lifted enough TJ's to know how few inches of suspension lift I can get away with and what the best kit is? I would really rather not to have to rework the shifting arms etc...unless its just the right way to do it.
CapnDean is offline   Quote
Old 11-30-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
bobjenkins's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,646
bobjenkins is on a distinguished road
I'm no expert but I clear 33s just fine on three inch lift (no body lift). As for the rims you'll need four inches of back spacing

bobjenkins is offline   Quote
Old 11-30-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
Gumpy2030's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 278
Gumpy2030 is on a distinguished road
I believe you could do a 2"BB in addition to your 1" BL and clear 33's. If all you do is cruise the street and the beaches I don't think you would have much rubbing issues. But as stated above you will need the proper backspacing so you don't rub on your control arms.
"The problem with arguing with an idiot is others can't tell which one the idiot is"
Gumpy2030 is offline   Quote
Old 12-01-2010, 04:56 AM   #4

WF Supporting Member
jeepjones's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Canada, Eh?
Posts: 1,892
jeepjones is on a distinguished road
If you change the springs and shocks I can almost guarantee the ride will become stiffer, there really isn't anything softer than the stock suspension. Get a flat fender kit and cut out the rear of the tub and slap on bigger tires if you want to keep your squishy suspension.
jeepjones is offline   Quote
Old 12-03-2010, 07:30 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Posts: 339
CapnDean is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to CapnDean
Alright sounds great. I dont know what my back spacing is already...but it is significant. With 31 X 10.5's I had to add the 4" fender flares to cover them.

Thanks for the great advice...Think I will go 3" for safety.
CapnDean is offline   Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #6
BANGER's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 338
BANGER is on a distinguished road
I just got a 2.1/2 inch lift done . I went with Rough Country and kind of like it . I,v only drove it about 30 miles with the lift and don,t really see a difference in ride . I have BF 32.11.5/15 tires and could run 33,s easy .

I would not go any high then you just have to . The high you go the more things you need to do to make it ride/steer . 2 inches or even 2.1/2 inches don,t need much of anything else .

BANGER is offline   Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 12:45 PM   #7
MoA's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: kokomo indiana
Posts: 2,945
MoA is on a distinguished road
if you dont plan to offroad A TON.. id go with a 2'' bb from rubicon express with their monotube shocks..

as for rims.. running a 3.75'' bs'd rim with 33x12.5 will work just fine..

and dont ditch the bl
99 sahara :: 2'' coils (front), jks acos f&r, jks front trackbar, jks bl/mml, RE monotube shocks, hp30/d44, 33'' procomp mts, 15x8 eagle alloy 187s, hella optilux fogs, raingler nets, & more random junk::

06 charger r/t :: 5.7l hemi w/ flipstick, tinted windows, leather heated seats, 2 kenwood 12s =D my new baby ::
MoA is offline   Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 12:47 PM   #8
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 42,687
Jerry Bransford is on a distinguished road
Since you have aftermarket wheels, no worries on the backspacing question. However, backspacing is backwards from how you have it. The more backspacing the wheel has, the more INTO the wheelwell the well is positioned. The factory wheels have the most backspacing of all, they have 5.25 to 5.5" of backspacing.

Your (and pretty much all) aftermarket wheels have a reduced amount of backspacing when compared to the factory wheels, probably 3.75" or so, which causes the wheels to stick out further.

Lift-wise, for 33" tires, 4" is the recommended amount of lift or clearance above the tires. Since you already have a 1" body lift, you could go for a 3" suspension lift. A 2" budget boost lift may however provide enough clearance for your particular needs which don't involve a lot of serious offroading like rockcrawling.

When you have a choice, buy American.
Jerry Bransford is online now   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice for a hard top lift Ripnhl2005 JK General Discussion Forum 32 08-22-2010 08:28 PM
Help a broke teen lift his 2006 Wrangler fr0st m0nkey TJ General Discussion Forum 78 06-27-2010 04:10 AM
Lift Advice pmleister TJ General Discussion Forum 11 06-23-2010 07:10 PM
advice on a lift? cbmedina33 YJ General Discussion Forum 9 10-28-2007 07:36 PM
Buying RE3.5in Lift..Advice? hokie822 TJ General Discussion Forum 3 10-11-2006 11:24 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:22 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner