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Old 01-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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2" Body Lift worth it?

Completely new to Jeeps.

Mostly for cosmetic reasons, and to possibly put on larger tires. Heard suspension lifts can get really expensive, and are mainly for off roading.

2" BL worth it or will it lead to more problems down the line? Guys is quoting me a price of around $600-700...

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Okay, I am by no means an expert but I have learned a thing or two in my short stay here; ditch the body lift idea and go with a budget boost kit.. It's coil spacers, shocks, and bump stop extenders.. Generally around 150-200 to buy and shouldn't be too difficult to install. Shocks are a cake walk to install and the spacers should be easy too if you can rent a coil compresser from local parts store..
Even if you pay a shop to install you're looking at like maybe 6 hours of labor, MAYBE, and unless they're charging $100+ an hour you'll be under the price of the Bl you were lookin at to begin with..

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600-700 for a body lift? you are getting ripped off
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LOL for real, also seriously, do some searching every body lift thread in the TJ section will tell you not to go above 1.25in.
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600-700 for a body lift? you are getting ripped off
Ok. That's what I was concerned about. Any thought on what a good price to pay for a 1.25" BL?

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LOL for real, also seriously, do some searching every body lift thread in the TJ section will tell you not to go above 1.25in.
Yea I am reading over a few threads now. Seems 1.25 is the highest for a BL. Definitely can't afford a Suspension lift, and don't plan on off-roading that much.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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Do an 1.25" body and do it your self. Its not that hard to do.
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Okay, I am by no means an expert but I have learned a thing or two in my short stay here; ditch the body lift idea and go with a budget boost kit.. It's coil spacers, shocks, and bump stop extenders.. Generally around 150-200 to buy and shouldn't be too difficult to install. Shocks are a cake walk to install and the spacers should be easy too if you can rent a coil compresser from local parts store..
Even if you pay a shop to install you're looking at like maybe 6 hours of labor, MAYBE, and unless they're charging $100+ an hour you'll be under the price of the Bl you were lookin at to begin with..
Thanks. Can you go 2" BB? Or is it the same 1.25 as a Body Lift?

Have to research this a bit more.
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Thanks. Can you go 2" BB? Or is it the same 1.25 as a Body Lift?

Have to research this a bit more.
You can run a 2" BB just fine. Anything taller then 2" is what you wanna stay away from
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You can run a 2" BB just fine. Anything taller then 2" is what you wanna stay away from
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So is just as easy as ordering one of these kits and having someone install?

Why are these 2" BB kits so much safer/better than the 2" BL kits?
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You won't even need a spring compressor for a bb. You can do it in about any hour or two if you take a lunch. All you need are basic hand tools socket set, hammer, jack, lug wrench and a can of pb blast. Pb blast the lower front shock bolts and upper sway bar studs then do the rear shocks and lower sway bar bolts.
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don't do a 2" BL
After talking with you guys, I won't.

Just wondering why a 2" BB is so much better/safer than a 2" BL?
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BB is suspension...BL you are Lifting the Body from the frame
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After talking with you guys, I won't.

Just wondering why a 2" BB is so much better/safer than a 2" BL?
Neither are ideal! I would replace the springs entirely myself, but a bb will serve your purpose just fine. There are many reasons a 2" body lift is frowned upon. The gap it leaves looks awful, the body roll increases, many things need lengthened or relocated to make everything work and fit.
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Neither are ideal! I would replace the springs entirely myself, but a bb will serve your purpose just fine. There are many reasons a 2" body lift is frowned upon. The gap it leaves looks awful, the body roll increases, many things need lengthened or relocated to make everything work and fit.

Thanks again to everyone for the help. Learning a ton.

So before I spend or waste money here, I just want to be extra clear.

Is it as simple as ordering something like this, and just having someone install it? Why do some people do this AND a 1.25 BL?


Teraflex 001341200 - TeraFlex 2" Budget Boost Lift Kit without Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec


Damn this can get confusing...
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:41 AM   #17
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Is it as simple as ordering something like this, and me install it? Why do some people do this AND a 1.25 BL?

Teraflex 001341200 - TeraFlex 2" Budget Boost Lift Kit without Shocks for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

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first off im guessing the price you were quoted was "installed"..
2nd i just finished a 2" bl on my rig and its totally fine, wouldn't go 3" though
but for your situation coil spacers would be better
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Not worth it. 2" body lift will be ugly and won't help you with anything.

Get a quality 1" body lift and install it yourself. That's worth it.
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first off im guessing the price you were quoted was "installed"..
2nd i just finished a 2" bl on my rig and its totally fine, wouldn't go 3" though
but for your situation coil spacers would be better
600-700 is style a way overpriced, even if its including installation.
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Thanks again to everyone for the help. Learning a ton.

So before I spend or waste money here, I just want to be extra clear.

Is it as simple as ordering something like this, and just having someone install it? Why do some people do this AND a 1.25 BL?


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Yeah, it's as easy as that. But even easier if you do the work yourself. There's no expertise in doing it yourself. Simple tools. Just use some PB Blaster, or Kroil (what I use). It's just taking bolts off..jacking a bit..then putting bolts back..cake walk.

I edited just to say. I did the spring/shock replacement for my 2.5". I got the BDS kit. Did it myself and love it.
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Forget the body lift entirely. I went with BDS 2" spring and shock kit around $300
Otherwise I have a new untouched 2" RE basic boost kit sitting on my porch I would rather than a 2" BL
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Completely new to Jeeps.

Mostly for cosmetic reasons, and to possibly put on larger tires. Heard suspension lifts can get really expensive, and are mainly for off roading.

2" BL worth it or will it lead to more problems down the line? Guys is quoting me a price of around $600-700...
For $600-$700 I can do a 4" suspension lift which is way better than a 2"bL
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For $600-$700 I can do a 4" suspension lift which is way better than a 2"bL
If you think that's all you need to spend to do that tall of a suspension properly, you're mistaken.
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If you think that's all you need to spend to do that tall of a suspension properly, you're mistaken.
key word is "properly"
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If you think that's all you need to spend to do that tall of a suspension properly, you're mistaken.
I was just saying you could do a 4" suspension, maybe not with sye and cv and all the other goodies, but you could do it. I was just saying that $600 for a 2" bL is the biggest rip off
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I was just saying you could do a 4" suspension, maybe not with sye and cv and all the other goodies, but you could do it.
Could, sure. Why you would, I don't know. You lose more than you gain when approaching suspension like that.

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I was just saying that $600 for a 2" bL is the biggest rip off
Yes it is. I generally charge $50/hour for labor. Assuming I don't have to deal with too many broken bolts, I can knock a body lift out in an hour.
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even if it was a little more expensive, i would probably go with a suspension lift... then you dont have you underneaths hanging down and from rough country you can get a 3 in lift with everything you need for 400$. you can put it in yourself to save labor? Thats what i'd do.
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Noooooo......never choose BL over the right way! Choose SL and respect yourself more after the decision. I did a BL 3" on my 1981 CJ7 years ago...granted the technology has changed some and obviously so have today's jeeps but I regretted that decision only months after doing it. I vowed from that point to never use a BL again. I'd rather protect my investment and hard work by waiting for the money and doing it right using SL. Just my two maybe three cents hope it helps!
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even if it was a little more expensive, i would probably go with a suspension lift... then you dont have you underneaths hanging down
That stock skid will still be present and at that height, it'll probably have to be dropped 1". And guess what you need to make those 'underneaths' go completely bye bye? A 1" body lift.
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and from rough country you can get a 3 in lift with everything you need for 400$. you can put it in yourself to save labor? Thats what i'd do.
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Noooooo......never choose BL over the right way! Choose SL and respect yourself more after the decision.
So how is adding a small body lift, say 1", doing it the wrong way? Let's take a buddy of mine's rig that I've done the work on--stock suspension, 1" BL/MML, high clearance skid plate (gain 3.5" at the belly). Take another rig with no body lift, stock skid and 3" basic suspension lift from Zone or RC. Line both rigs up at the bottom of a steep wall and allow both to go full throttle. Assuming no driver variance, the same tires, diffs, etc who will make it up to the top with less drama, less of a chance of flopping and virtually the same breakover angle? The first Jeep. Why? Superior suspension geometry and clearance where it counts.

A small body lift doesn't screw up a thing and allows many gains to be made. Cheap, incomplete suspension packages do.

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