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Old 02-26-2014, 04:03 PM   #1
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3" spacer lift?? Thoughts?

Oolong to lift my daily driver 3" or so. My friend told me of coil spacers. Will I have to lower my transfer case as well since it's an unlimited? Longer shaft? I know it may sound silly but I just want to know for sure.

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Old 02-26-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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Shouldn't be a problem

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Old 02-26-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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I disagree with the above post and also think you should disregard what your friend said...

invest the money into a 3" suspension lift or even go with a zone 4.25" lift which will eliminate the need for a tcase drop. It'll be a better setup than a spacer lift and give you more usability.

No need for a longer driveshaft either route, though.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Wasn't necessarily endorsing the 3" puck lift but on an LJ should not require a t-case drop and your drive shaft will be ok. Whether to use a spacer lift or springs would depend on how you drive (wheel) and your budget. My first choice would be a spring lift but pucks aren't necessarily bad. 3" on a puck lift might be a little much but they do make them. My 2000 TJ came with 1.75 spacers when I bought it and I changed the front to 2 1/4" about 3 years ago to make it sit level. I added a 1.25 BL and MML about 2 years mainly to get my oil pan up a little more but also have noticed the floor runs cooler since I got the body further away from the exhaust. We also have a 97 TJ that we put a 3.25 spring lift on last summer, no body lift. We ride the same trails and both jeeps perform well, I have no complaints with either set up. I don't know much about the Zone 4.25 kit recommended but I checked it out last week and it is a very nice, complete and reasonably priced kit. Will probably consider it on my next project. Many folks here recommend it and a few bash it, but if you look hard enough, you find that on just about any of them.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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This is my first jeep. When I'm out on trails they are seasonal roads here in michigan. Out looking for hunting spots and just cruising. Looking to make it look a little beefier is all. Some people say they work well, others say spend big bucks and do it right. I'm not out jumping the jeep and rock crawling. I may only have that type in there for a little bit until I put on a better lift. I just didn't know if I was a waste of money. Sooner I get the lift, sooner I can get bigger tires
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A zone 4.25 kit is only like 500 bucks...
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:30 AM   #7
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you have to evaluate what you want.

do you want a fundamentally well functioning suspension? maybe even better than factory? do you want it to drive & behave nice on road and off? do you want it to be fun to drive? do you want components that will last for years to come?

or....are you willing to accept a rough, poor quality ride? are you willing to tolerate scary/darting behavior on the road? are you OK with a suspension that fundamentally does not function well, and causes parts to wear out much faster? so in other words, do you want a cheap, low quality setup that may make you want to avoid driving the vehicle?

if you lean more toward the top choice, I'd suggest doing a lot more research and reading before opening your wallet. if you are on a budget (most of us are), then you should want to make sure you are buying something you will be happy with, and you should understand the ramifications of the mods you are installing.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:03 AM   #8
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This is my first jeep. When I'm out on trails they are seasonal roads here in michigan. Out looking for hunting spots and just cruising. Looking to make it look a little beefier is all. Some people say they work well, others say spend big bucks and do it right. I'm not out jumping the jeep and rock crawling. I may only have that type in there for a little bit until I put on a better lift. I just didn't know if I was a waste of money. Sooner I get the lift, sooner I can get bigger tires
Unlimiteds definitely look better with at least a small lift on them and slightly larger tires. If you want to do something that isn't too expensive, then I'd think about doing a simple 2 inch budget boost. Believe it or not, 3 inches adds a lot more complexity. You can basically do 2 inches with spacers and shocks. Unfortunately if you want a good ride, the shocks will cost you $$, and if you really want to use it offroad, you may want to eventually add swaybar disconnects for the front end, but you'll also need longer brake hoses so you don't stress them out when flexing and turning.

It all adds up and it gets much more expensive as you go over 2 inches. About 15 years ago, a friend told me that as a rule of thumb, when you lift a Jeep plan on spending $1000 for the first 2 inches (including tires), and $1000 per inch above 2 inches. I find that to do it right, this is actually pretty close and probably needs to be adjusted for inflation these days.

...and if you do it in steps, you'll end up spending some of that money twice.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:58 AM   #9
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good info,i think it very much,thanks for your sharing
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Great info!! Yah just a small 2-3 inch is all I'm after for sure. It's a daily driver so I don't want to get to crazy with it, but still want to turn some heads with it. Being an unlimited it does that already I think. Thanks for the info!!
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If you do a coil spacer lift dont go over 2" the stock shocks dont have the travel fo them. If you go over 2" then get new shocks. I Had the Zone 4.25" lift and loved it. I paid 530$ and it was a nice kit for daily use.

A 2" lift you will notice as you get in and out for a day or so. 2" is not enough for others to notice unless you say something. 3" is enough for others to ask.
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Great info!! Yah just a small 2-3 inch is all I'm after for sure. It's a daily driver so I don't want to get to crazy with it, but still want to turn some heads with it. Being an unlimited it does that already I think. Thanks for the info!!
If it's your daily driver and you want 2-3 inches, take a look at the Zone 3" Lift Kit. You can upgrade to the Nitro shocks if you'd like and the kit includes everything else you'll need. Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like a quote!

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:10 PM   #13
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IMO pucks and cheap lift is ok up to 1.75 or maybe 2 inches. Beyond that, you should consider a proper lift. Not necessarily expensive, just proper.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:23 PM   #14
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First thought is eff no... The other few thoughts follow along that same lines.

Some life advice, not specific to this problem (but applicable):
If you're going to do something, do it right. If you don't have the time/money to do it right the first time, when are you going to have time/money to do it right the second go ?
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