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Old 09-06-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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Lightbulb 2" Lift... Spacer vs. Suspension vs. Body

Hey guys,
I'm looking to put a 2 inch lift on my 99 wrangler sport, I'm in high school and I don't have the cash for a suspension lift yet, and the body lifts are said to be insufficient... so the big question is whether or not a spacer lift would work for me, and specifically whether or not these spacers would work...

They seem cheap to me, but if they work, they work...

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hey Decker
The 2" spacers do work and work pretty good. You'll need longer shocks and bumpstops which should come in the kit. I've used them on my '98' and '2000', and would recommend them for a budget.
Remember, everything you do to a jeeps suspension effects something else, once you start lifting you must be committed to spend $$$ to address them all or your jeep won't like it. So 2" spacers w/ shocks, is about the cheapest and easiest way to add lift. Id stay away from body lifts, they look stupid and screw up your jeeps balance. I've had several jeeps and lifted most of them, but the best thing you can do is to install lockers. I know alot of people will argue with me, but a jeep with lockers will blow away one without. A jeep with a lift looks cool, but a jeep with lockers IS cool.
Also don't determine tire size by wheel well space. It's gear ratio that really matters
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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thanks tim any good locker recommendations?
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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I have wanted to try out ARB's air lockers, but my concern has always been longevity. Having more wheels turning is a huge boon.

The thought of an air locker is pretty enticing though. I don't know if I would opt for a fully time locker scenario for a daily driver though. I know people who do run them, but my experience has always been uneven tire wear. Tires cost too much these days for me to ignore it.

But I drive a lot, so if yours is mainly an off road toy, then go for it.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:28 PM   #6
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I think i'm going to stay away from the lockers right now, its my daily driver... but any good reviews for 2 inch spacer lifts?
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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I am actually going to try the ZJ V8 spring lift, and then move my front springs to the back. Most say it grants somewhere between 1.5-2.5 inches of lift. Of course they also say it makes for a stiffer ride, but I tow often so, I'm actually hoping for it. Just another budget option.

As far as spacers? I would say many are about the same, but I am not experienced enough with them to say.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:51 AM   #8
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Spacer lifts are all pretty much the same... Poly pucks to fit between the springs and the tub... Just get a set that has bumpstops and shocks and get on with Jeepin'....


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