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Old 10-22-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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Body Lift/Budget Boost Reviews

I have recently purchased a stock 2000 jeep wrangler 4.0L 5spd except for the 30" tires. I am looking for a lift to clear 31"-32" tall tires(preferably body lift/budget boost). I also want something easy to install with little to no modification (I am not very knowledgeable about fabricating/mechanics). Please post any pics/reviews/recommendations for size lift. Thanks in advance.
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If you look you can see alot more frame by the back tire.

I am going to get 31s soon but 2inches isn't super noticable till I park next to a stock jeep. After I get tires it will look better.
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If you look you can see alot more frame by the back tire.

I am going to get 31s soon but 2inches isn't super noticable till I park next to a stock jeep. After I get tires it will look better.
How is the ride quality(I dont want anything that is too stiff)?
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Its about perfect. Almost like stock. And thats because it is almost like stock lol. The shocks do better on larger bumbs. On rapid little bumps it feels a littler ruffer. So better on the big ones and slightly ruffer on little rapid bumps.
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Its about perfect. Almost like stock. And thats because it is almost like stock lol. The shocks do better on larger bumbs. On rapid little bumps it feels a littler ruffer. So better on the big ones and slightly ruffer on little rapid bumps.
Is there enough clearance to clear up to 32" tall tires.
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Should be. I offroad as much as possible so I want more clearance so I am only getting 31s. The 31s I am getting are almost as tall as 32s. It also depends on how wide you are going. 11.5 or 12.5. The 31s are only 10.5 but I intend on using sway bar disconects. If you get 32s and offroad enough to rub a little just add a 1inch body lift. A 1 inch body lift is only like 80 to 100 dollars.
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I have a Skyjacker 2" BB spacer with Hydo shocks for $260 . I am please with it but the ride is a little stiff on hard bumps. After reading several post about lifts, you might want to consider OME spring lift, they cost more and you have to buy shocks too but supossedly the ride is smother.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:13 PM   #9
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I have a 2in spacer with 33in mud tires and the ride is fine on and offroad and i have no clearece or rubbing problums at all on or offroad, but i plan on going witha 4in lift here soon, so i suggest saving and going bigger in stead of just settling for a smaller lift and saving alittle money!
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:23 AM   #10
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Should be. I offroad as much as possible so I want more clearance so I am only getting 31s. The 31s I am getting are almost as tall as 32s. It also depends on how wide you are going. 11.5 or 12.5. The 31s are only 10.5 but I intend on using sway bar disconects. If you get 32s and offroad enough to rub a little just add a 1inch body lift. A 1 inch body lift is only like 80 to 100 dollars.
Are body lifts easy to install, and do people like them?
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they're not that hard to install, takes b/w 1-2 hours usually. everyone here will tell you that you need to stay under 2" majority of people run 1 or 1 1/4 inch BL's. once you go higher you've got some differences in strucutal integrity, geometry, center of gravity, etc, a definte change in drive which may not workout for a daily driver. i'm going with a 1" bl with a 1" jks motor mount lift (mml) before winter gets here.

i had a BB with skyjackers and loved it, still do actually, i just took out the stock springs and added a pair of zj's in there.
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they're not that hard to install, takes b/w 1-2 hours usually. everyone here will tell you that you need to stay under 2" majority of people run 1 or 1 1/4 inch BL's. once you go higher you've got some differences in strucutal integrity, geometry, center of gravity, etc, a definte change in drive which may not workout for a daily driver. i'm going with a 1" bl with a 1" jks motor mount lift (mml) before winter gets here.

i had a BB with skyjackers and loved it, still do actually, i just took out the stock springs and added a pair of zj's in there.
Can you add some pictures of your lift? I would like to get some ideas for my wrangler.
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This is when I used to have a 2" Skyjacker with hydro shocks. I really liked it and it wasn't rubbing too much. I looks pretty good and it got me through some tough trails. If you are not looking to do anything crazy thats the way I would go. 2" and 32's

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i went with the tera flex 2"BB and later down the road i got a full set of ome shocks and steering stabilizer.
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Can you add some pictures of your lift? I would like to get some ideas for my wrangler.
ya no problems here ya go. Sorry about the second pic its a little blurry, my battery was dead and couldn't even focus...

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i'll see if i can get some better pics up it tomorrow. Look for a new thread called something like "zj coil spring modification" i couldn't find anything about the modification in this forum and figured i mine as well make a thread about it for others i'll proabbly add the lift into that "lift review" sticky
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This is mine with a two inch bodylift and 31's.
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This is mine with a two inch bodylift and 31's.
Do you like your body lift? Did it require any modifications to install? Does it wear down/put stress on any other parts?
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:56 PM   #18
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jeep95 - I feel you on the bodylift curiosity. i have a 2" BB on stock springs... drives great.

im on 33's but want more lift, I'm on road 95% of the time so im torn between a 2" Bodylift, and a 1.25" from JKS. everyone says stay under 2", dose that include not using the 2" BL's?

if im going to spend 119? why not get another inch for like 30 bucks more. you'll notice it more, and ill just cover the space with gap covers.

hopefully this thread can help me decide.
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what kind of lift do you really want? the BL will just put you up higher and play around with the entire structual integrity of the jeep. since you're on a BB right now, why not take the BB out and put in a solid suspension lift??

i was in the same category as you about three weeks ago... i started this summer off with some 31's then addded the 2"bb with skyjackers.... added a new front bumper, then decided i wanted to go bigger...now im on 33's with the zj springs up front and the stock front coils in the rear which have me totalling a 3" suspension lift. next to come is the 1" BL which will be plenty for me, 4" overall! most definitely a 1" MML to go with it too. i have some buds in our local club who ride with 2" + BL's sure it looks great but like i've said before, when they move side to side while recovering off of a ledge etc. uggh it kinda gives you the creeps thinking that 11 bolts are holding that tub together, i mean what if its you're DD and you're on the highway and you have to jerk the wheel? just something to think about. I'm not discouraging the 2" BL, but if you're gonna do it, i guess you should just be smart on what you plan to use your jeep for, thats all!
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Do you like your body lift? Did it require any modifications to install? Does it wear down/put stress on any other parts?
It was very easy to install. Did it myself in a couple hours. No stress on anything with a 2". When you go bigger then that, then there's modification. With a two inch, the hardest part is raising the radiator. But the brackets are in the parts. I say hardest meaning=pain in the butt to get to two bolts/screws. When I did mine I actually purchased a NEW radiator. So I just took the old one out, did the lift and installed the new one. I have an auto. There was no need to increase the shifter. They give you a piece to extend it. But to be honest. You don't need it and don't notice anything. The only adjustment is for the 4wd linkage. Thats solved by loosening up one bolt and shifting the shifter, then go underneath and tighten it. I did mine because I was cheap and easy to do. I wanted 31's not the 29's that were on it when it was purchased. And wanted to raise it a bit. I like the look of it much better. As for handling= I have no problems. If I choose I can still go off the freeway ramps at 45-50mph without a problem. To me the center of gravity did not change all that much. Maybe because I have more rubber on the road now, making tracktion. LOL.
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if ur gonna spend the money please do not put in body lift its a waist!! i hate to look of the spacers in between body and frame.. why not just by spacers to go on top of your coils and its not much more $ at all!! looks ALOT beter also!
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dannbc - thanks a million, i mean the advice you gave me has made me look more into the 2" BL. I just need to know wether to buy a 1inch MML and a T-case drop kit, or one or the other... to make sure i dont get vibes.
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dannbc - thanks a million, i mean the advice you gave me has made me look more into the 2" BL. I just need to know wether to buy a 1inch MML and a T-case drop kit, or one or the other... to make sure i dont get vibes.
Why would you expect vibes from the BL? I don't have any. It only effects the body/tub of your jeep. Nothing mechanical. The shifters just go thru the hole in the tub. With a 2 inch or less you will not need brake line extensions either. If you get a good BL it'll come with good instructions-easy to follow with pic's. Or google it-type in jeep body lift instructions. There's alot of info out there on the web to help you out. Don't be affraid to use it. As for what "YjPoWeR93" say's=he's intitled to his opinions. That's what makes jeeps great. Everyone has there own idea of what they like and don't like. I myself like the look. I am also mostly a mall driver=LOL I do very little off roading. I drive to and from work, and use it to tow my boat. So it made sense to me to do it this way. Easy & Cheap. Done in a half a day.
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If you recommend a suspension lift, what lift do you recommend? I would be looking at 2-3", so would that require modification to install?
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This is mine with a two inch bodylift and 31's.
WHY????? It doesn't look like you offroad much.
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WHY????? It doesn't look like you offroad much.
Read reply #23 for your answer.
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Why would you expect vibes from the BL? I don't have any. It only effects the body/tub of your jeep. Nothing mechanical. The shifters just go thru the hole in the tub. With a 2 inch or less you will not need brake line extensions either. If you get a good BL it'll come with good instructions-easy to follow with pic's. Or google it-type in jeep body lift instructions. There's alot of info out there on the web to help you out. Don't be affraid to use it. As for what "YjPoWeR93" say's=he's intitled to his opinions. That's what makes jeeps great. Everyone has there own idea of what they like and don't like. I myself like the look. I am also mostly a mall driver=LOL I do very little off roading. I drive to and from work, and use it to tow my boat. So it made sense to me to do it this way. Easy & Cheap. Done in a half a day.
I expect more vibes, because i have a some tiny vibes now from my 2" BB.

so the 2" bb + the 2" bl might make it worse. most say get the MML with the BL... so is there a 2" MML with the 2" BL?

with the 2" BB plus adding a 2" BL will i need brake line extenders?
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there is no 1" MML.

install a 1.25" BL and a 1 MML.

or if you want to install a 2" BL with a 1" MML you have to drill 4holes in the radiator trop brackets (comes with the BL) that teh radiator drops only 1" and not 2".

and no you donīt need longer brake lines.
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so with the 2" BL,one that comes with the radiator drop brackets, do i even need the MML? or is that so that ppl don't need the drop brackets in the first place?
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With a 1" BL ad a 1" MML you donīt need the drop brackets because you rise the fan shroud (1" BL) and the fan (1" MML).

With a 2" BL (lifts the fan shrould 1") and a 1" MML (lifts the fan 1") you have to drop the radiator and fan should 1".

I would install a 1" MML because teh rear driveline angle becomes better and there are no more driveshaft vibes that you could have with a 2" budget boost lift that you already have.

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