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Old 10-15-2010, 10:38 AM
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3" Body Lift

I recently purchased a 99 Wrangler Sport with a 4.0, and 5 speed with a 4" Susupension lift rolling on 33's. I want to add a 3" body lift so i can run larger tires (35's or 36's) after i have the gears changed, but have some concerns about what brand to buy and what's included in the kit. I'm really concerned that i will encounter some issues with the E brake handle and the transfer case shifter. What kits come with brackets to adjust the position of these two components and what will i have to buy separately? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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Scott, the very last (!) thing you want to do to your Wrangler is install a 3" body lift. No wheeler or Jeep builder with any experience or conscience will EVER recommend that anyone install a 3" body lift. A 1" body lift is fine and many of us including me run them. Some run 2" body lifts but those are rare and usually only in unusual circumstances. Only the clueless newbies run 3" body lifts. They are not only a PITA to install, they are even a bigger PITA to get everything working right with afterwards. Longer fuel lines, bending the transmission shifter, relocating the transfer case shifter, moving the console until you can shift gears, etc.

Bottom line? Don't install a 3" body lift. Besides, they are an instant clue to anyone seeing a Jeep with a 3" body lift that the owner is clueless and doesn't know what they are doing.

For 35" tires, all you need in addition to your 4" suspension lift is a 1" body lift. The vast majority of experienced Jeep builders and offroaders running 35" tires run that combination, a 4" suspension lift and a 1" body lift. Plus that helps keep your center-of-gravity low.

What rear axle do you have? Only go to 35" tires if your rear axle is the stronger optional Dana 44. The standard Dana 35c rear axle is not strong enough to run 35" tires offroad. Broken axle shafts are the usual result of running 35" tires on a Dana 35c and that can even happen with 33" tires. On the street it's ok but not offroad.

Once you let us know what rear axle you have and can thus determine what size tire you can safely go to, then we can talk about what is a good axle ratio to regear to.

Below are photos showing the standard Dana 35c and the much stronger Dana 44. Also, the Dana 35c has a black plastic snap-in lubricant fill hole plug, the Dana 44 has a steel plug in the lubricant fill hole. The first photo is a Dana 35, the bottom shows a Dana 44.

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Old 10-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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That's right brother man. I removed my 3" BL soon after I bought my 04. It looked ugly and awkward. I had no mechanical issues with it but I replaced it with a 1.25" lift which is less ugly but gives some usable tire clearance. Maybe go for tube fenders for extra clearance. Friends don't let friends install 3" BLs.
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Only the clueless newbies run 3" body lifts.

This is so true. Don't do it.
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Welcome Scott. Let me first say I'm not posting to start a war of knowledge with Jerry bransford because I would surely loose. But I have a 3" body lift on my Jeep. I know it is frowned on by most everyone here & I know there are some safety issues with the longer bolts to the tub. With that said I didn't have to bend shifters or move the console so it would shift. The kit I bought had everything in it to do the job right & not cutting or messing anything up. I had no problems after the install of the operation of my Jeep. I also have a bb on it to help clear my 33" tires. I'm not putting 35" tires on because of the 35 rear end. I have a grand total of $150 in the bb & body lift. A poor man has poor ways. After I get the house payed off in about three more years the boss told me I could fix up the Jeep the way I want. That's when ill upgrade to a full suspension lift & pull the body lift. Until then I hope everyone will still let me come out & play on the trails too since I'm clueless & don't know what I'm doing.
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Putting a 3" BL on a wrangler is like putting 20" chrome wheels on a rusted out corsica. Just don't do it. There are many cheap ways to get to a desired height that are safer and don't look ridiculous. Please take the advice of this thread and don't install a 3" bl.

Is this really what you want your jeep to look like?

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Thanks for the heads up about the lift. I'll go with the 1" lift. I have the Dana 35 with 3.07 gears and it's just a dog in 5th gear.
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I knew the 3" BL wasn't a great idea, but I bought my LJ that way just over a month ago, and will leave it that way for now. I don;t have any problems with it, and looks nice (to me). The only place I hate the look of it is in th rear, but might address that later with a 2" body and 4" or so suspension. I don't do and hard core wheelin so I'm not really worried.
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Good choice not doin a 3" body lift...

Most i'd go is a 1" body lift...my general opinion is if your going to lift it, lift it...dont float it.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:06 PM   #10
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a 3" body lift is so ghetto-fabulous!Make sure and put some chrome 28" spinner wheels on it too!
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ha i would have to agree with the poor ways for a poor guy aproach to it . i have a 3" bl and a skyjacker spring spacers... for now . i run 33's . but only offroad once or twice a month so it works just fine for my needs. i am still in college and need to drive a lot for school and dont get to work alot so this set up is perfect for my price range and what i am doing with it

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