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Old 07-28-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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YJ Lift Question

I need some suggestions on which way to go about lifting my YJ.

It is currently sitting on 32" tires, with everything else stock (no lift) and the fender flares removed.

After testing it out on the trail (in order to see how much of a lift will be needed) the tires obviously hit the car far before the bump stop.

I was originally looking at simply throwing on a suspension lift, but I would prefer to keep it cheaper if possible. Looking at both shackle lifts, and body lifts, I see far too many downsides from what I have read to justify the decrease in price. A friend of mine also mentioned that by simply cutting away some sheet metal, you can clear up a couple of inches of room.

I am hoping to keep the lift as small as possible, so as to eliminate problems with stock parts not cutting it, and the heightened center of gravity.

Since I have no previous experience with lifts, I figuered I would put the question out here to see what my best option would be.

I can get pictures and such if it would be of any help, thanks in advance for any responses!

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Cheaper is not always better. Im not so sure I would want to cut the tub up just for this reason. You can weaken the structure of the tub if you are not Strategic with your cuts. Check out Pro Comps web site. They Have a little for all budgets. Shackels would be a better Alternative to a body lift; in my opinion. Kick it around, do some shopping and opinions will vary. Good luck.

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body lift sucks, shackles are more common for a first lift, but they still aren't great. suck it up and do a nice 2.5" suspension, it will look great w/ 32's, and you'll do it once, and do it right.
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body lift sucks, shackles are more common for a first lift, but they still aren't great. suck it up and do a nice 2.5" suspension, it will look great w/ 32's, and you'll do it once, and do it right.
Thanks, I think I will go with a suspension lift, seems like the best option.

Any recommendations? I'm looking at the Rubicon Express lift, heard good things about that. Anything else I need to get for a 2.5" lift that would not be included in a kit?
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I did the RE 2-1/2" lift on mine. I have done two things differently....Went with JKS disconnects and added SS brake line extensions. I didn't care for the extension pieces that came with the RE kit. The kit is solid and very complete. My only comment on it was that I had to invert the rear shocks to make them fit. The body was too large in diameter and was tight against the axle despite what the instructions and their illustrations showed.
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Im running Skyjacker on my current jeep and have had no problems with it so far. I think you will be happier with doing a suspension lift.

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