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Old 08-25-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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im looking at a 3 in body lift from rough country, ad says comes with all hardware. my question is do I need to change shocks also or will stock work for now, wanting to just put 33 tires, will be used for daily driver and fishing. kit says it comes with spacers linkage ext but nothing about shocks. can anyone help me out on this tim

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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you do not need to change shocks with a BL, but 3" is not recommended.

personally i'd stick to 1.25" or less.

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you do not need to change shocks with a bl, but 3" is not recommended.

Personally i'd stick to 1.25" or less.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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X4 don't do a 3" body lift. Search around about 3" body lifts. Besides it being unsafe it just looks like shit. Stick with a 1.25" or less.

Get a 2" BB (budget boost) and a small body lift. That will achieve the 3" of lift your wanting.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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The last thing you want to install into a TJ is a 3" body lift. They just create far more problems than you can imagine. Not to mention there would be a LOT to be done to other items to get everything working right after such a tall body lift... you'd have to bend the shifter handle, extend the gas tank fuel lines, install a transfer case shifter relocation bracket, and then you'd have to learn how to withstand the years of ridicule having installed a 3" body lift would cause.

If you want 3" of lift, go with a 3" suspension lift. Or a 2" suspension lift and a 1" body lift which is a great low-cost easily installed combination when you want 3" of additional clearance. A 1" to 1.25" body lift is as tall as I'd go with, and that size is fine.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:14 PM   #8
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Body lift above 1.25 will cause you so much pain
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #9
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A 3in body lift will cause quite a bit of problems... especially for a manual. Not to mention your center of gravity.

I agree with 1.25 or lower.
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A 3in body lift will cause quite a bit of problems... especially for a manual. Not to mention your center of gravity.

I agree with 1.25 or lower.
Ugh, I was trying to get this point across to someone on a different jeep forum. And I qoute, " As long as you dont skimp on it theres nothing wrong with a 4" BL" say whut
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #11
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3 in body lift

I understand the center of gravity point this has an auto trany I was just wondering what else needed changed. its been 15 years since my last jeep and its all kinda new. tryen to get back in the game tim
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Just curious. What made you decide on a 3" body lift?
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:08 PM   #13
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I understand the center of gravity point this has an auto trany I was just wondering what else needed changed. its been 15 years since my last jeep and its all kinda new. tryen to get back in the game tim
First thing that needs to be changed is your shopping list. All of this advise is SOLID. We should push for a ban on the manufacturing of 3" BLs.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
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I understand the center of gravity point this has an auto trany I was just wondering what else needed changed. its been 15 years since my last jeep and its all kinda new. tryen to get back in the game tim
to get that tire size and type of offroading, you would be much better off doing a 2" BB. you get new shocks and a taller stance. I'd say install would be easier as well. if you wanted the extra bit you could do a 1 or 1.25" bl and 1" mml.

the 3" bl will require replacing the fuel filler hose, replacing steering supports, adding massive towers to your grill supports, and probably getting a novak shifter cable after attempting to use the stock linkage with that much of a change in body to frame distance. You would also have to relocate your radiator as your fan will be wedged into the shroud.

thats a lot of work to keep your frame at the same height and run your stock suspension. Plus many see 3" BL's as a safety issue as you are adding leverage to the body and can damage the body mounts to the point of breaking bolts and ripping off mounts. I have never personally experienced the safety issues, but there is a truth to adding leverage to a somewhat limited attachment point. I mean in reality, the body and everything inside of it is held on with 11 bolts
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:13 PM   #15
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First thing that needs to be changed is your shopping list. All of this advise is SOLID. We should push for a ban on the manufacturing of 3" BLs.
I agree. But have you noticed the companies that are worth buying and are good quality don't sell 3" body lifts? Like BDS, JKS, Savvy, GenRight.
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Body lifts aren't the way to go any longer. A 1.25" bl with a 1" mml is considered a good mod but no larger. And as said before, you literally gain no suspension travel. So if you really want to have a better riding jeep, getting longer aftermarket shocks, such as Old Man Emu or Bilstein's, is the way to go.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:38 AM   #17
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thanks for the info a guy gave me the setup for doing some work on his wifes car, since they had no money I took the kit as payment. woulda done the work for free anyway.

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