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Old 11-15-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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3" body lift, nerf bars?

I recently purchased my first YJ ('95) and it has a 3" body lift on it. Was not thrilled about the body lift when I bought it, but it wasn't ugly enough to make me pass up the deal. Personal opinion, I do not like the 3" BL on MY jeep, have seen some that it looks good on. I would like to take it off, but have been reading stories about how much time it could take and there may be mods the PO made that I don't know about. Also, i'm running 31" tires and they are still in decent shape and don't want to buy new ones yet. So, I'm thinking about nerf bars to cover up that ugly frame. Is this a good idea? Any particular brand that looks good on jeeps to hide a BL? Any other ideas? Thanks!


P.S. would 31" tires fit on a 1" BL?

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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I don't think there's much you can do to hide the ugliness of a 3 inch body lift... maybe some Smittybilt SRC Rocker Guards since they are bent upwards to protect the bottom of the body. But with the body so high off the frame, it would kind of defeat the purpose and cover mostly just the frame.

Here's what I think you should do. Get a pair of regular old tube nerf bars and get rid of that 3 inch body lift. That's the best way to try and hide all of its disadvantages. In favor of a 1 inch. It will look great on 31" tires!! In fact, I had tube steps without a body lift, and after putting on a 1", I think it looked much better. It makes them more noticeable. A lot of people on here run 1" body lifts to prevent rubbing from 31's.

Depending on the mods the PO actually did, he probably just did the basics of dropping the radiator and extending some lines. I would think dropping down 2 inches wouldn't affect any linkage extensions, but you will probably have to relocate the radiator again. Don't quote me on this though. Let's see what others have to say.

Good luck! Mind posting up some pics of your Jeep?

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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i personally love my tummy tuck, winch and bumper cover it in front, bumper and spare tire in back, and the side looks fine
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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VVJ, I don't have any pictures of it on this computer, sorry. Thanks for the idea and your opinion, I will probably go with the 1" and possibly some regular nerf bars. 89 that's a good lookin' Jeep, I like it!
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:42 PM   #5
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I have a 1" BL on my jeep. It looks way better than a 3" and if you want to add a 3" or less suspention lift on later you can add a motor mount lift and then you wont have to lower your T case. I would loose the 3" BL put a 1" BL on it and be done with it. Dont like nerf bars myself but thats just me. I think the 1" BL will clear 31s, if not you could put a small shackle lift too. Good luck with whatever u choose.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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The 31's will fit if you have no body lift.Especially if you mostly drive it on the street.
Mine had 32's on it when i got it. I put a 3" bodylilft on mine and 33's and it looks awesome. I know peopl always say the body lifts look bad and it may to them.
I built some steps/rocker rails on mine and it get a lot of compliments on it. I wanted a factory ride and enogh to clear the tires I had until I get some other things done and the body lift worked for me.
In the end it is your Jeep and if you don't like the lift just return it back to stock, and run the 31's.

Here is mine 1) stock with 32's
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:25 AM   #7
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i like it!
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:35 AM   #8
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man I like that too! Making this a tougher decision than I thought haha
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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I think it turned out good to. Now keep in mind my YJ had no rust on anything at all, and all is/was in mint condintion when I got it 2 months ago. I would not have even thought about a body lift if it had rusty body mounts or anything like that.
I was against body lilfts in the past and I do lifts and build bumpers for friends all the time, and I got my BL kit for nothing so I had nothing to lose but my time.
The next rig I buy in great condtion will get the same. Now I can get a smaller suspension lift or SOA and get plenty of room for the tires I want
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:20 AM   #10
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if you do more street driving then offroading, the body lift is a way smarter thing to do, but if u do a lot of offroading like rocks and stuff u will probably want suspension soo you get the neccesary suspension movement
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I was thinking about a 3'' BL and a 2'' Add-a-Leaf plus a 1.25'' shackle myself, and run those irok 36x13.5'' swampers. that would be my budget lift until I can afford the full SOA, and keep the leafs, throw out the BL, or maybe just a 1'' BL, throw out shackles, add tube fenders at that point if I didn't do it already. But mainly I would use it as a DD or for mudding/running the beach, so I wouldn't need much suspension travel until later when I decide to hit the trails.
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I was thinking about a 3'' BL and a 2'' Add-a-Leaf plus a 1.25'' shackle myself, and run those irok 36x13.5'' swampers. that would be my budget lift until I can afford the full SOA, and keep the leafs, throw out the BL, or maybe just a 1'' BL, throw out shackles, add tube fenders at that point if I didn't do it already. But mainly I would use it as a DD or for mudding/running the beach, so I wouldn't need much suspension travel until later when I decide to hit the trails.
By the time you buy all of that you could probably do a spring over axle
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your best bet is to get new springs, u can get 4 4inch lift springs for 200 by super lift and they will get you more suspension travel then just add a leafs, SOA will give you the best flex but give you other problems

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