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Old 07-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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body lift or suspension lift

Im new to this forum and I just bought a jeep (99 tj) 2wks ago. am wondering what is the difference between these two. What are the pros and cons. (if any)

Also any kind of information about these jeeps would be awesome!

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Body lift just lifts the body from the frame and doesn't really enhance off-road performance. In many people's opinions, suspension lifts look much better. Suspension lifts also enhance off-road performance more. The only pro I can think of with a body lift is that it's quite a bit cheaper. Do whatever you want to do! It's your Jeep!

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It's generally recommended around here not to do more than a 1.25" body lift. Small body lifts do have their place. They provide added clearance for bigger tires without breaking the bank, they add clearance between the transfer case and tub (in the event one wants a higher profile skid plate) and they don't alter the stock road manners (suspension) of the Jeep.

One good way to go IMHO, is a small suspension lift together with a small body lift....normally called a combo lift. When doing a larger suspension lift 3+" you run into driveline vibrations which fixed properly, require SYE's (slip yoke eliminators) and a new drive shaft and other necessary hardware that adds up pretty good. By doing the combo lift, you aren't changing the driveline angles enough to really need all that stuff. Do a search on the forum for lifts, and you will find all kinds of good info.

Oh, an welcome to the forum...Good choice on a "99"
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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It's generally recommended around here not to do more than a 1.25" body lift. Small body lifts do have their place. They provide added clearance for bigger tires without breaking the bank, they add clearance between the transfer case and tub (in the event one wants a higher profile skid plate) and they don't alter the stock road manners (suspension) of the Jeep.

One good way to go IMHO, is a small suspension lift together with a small body lift....normally called a combo lift. When doing a larger suspension lift 3+" you run into driveline vibrations which fixed properly, require SYE's (slip yoke eliminators) and a new drive shaft and other necessary hardware that adds up pretty good. By doing the combo lift, you aren't changing the driveline angles enough to really need all that stuff. Do a search on the forum for lifts, and you will find all kinds of good info.

Oh, an welcome to the forum...Good choice on a "99"
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It's generally recommended around here not to do more than a 1.25" body lift. Small body lifts do have their place. They provide added clearance for bigger tires without breaking the bank, they add clearance between the transfer case and tub (in the event one wants a higher profile skid plate) and they don't alter the stock road manners (suspension) of the Jeep.

One good way to go IMHO, is a small suspension lift together with a small body lift....normally called a combo lift. When doing a larger suspension lift 3+" you run into driveline vibrations which fixed properly, require SYE's (slip yoke eliminators) and a new drive shaft and other necessary hardware that adds up pretty good. By doing the combo lift, you aren't changing the driveline angles enough to really need all that stuff. Do a search on the forum for lifts, and you will find all kinds of good info.

Oh, an welcome to the forum...Good choice on a "99"
Could not have put it any better than this.
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It's generally recommended around here not to do more than a 1.25" body lift. Small body lifts do have their place. They provide added clearance for bigger tires without breaking the bank, they add clearance between the transfer case and tub (in the event one wants a higher profile skid plate) and they don't alter the stock road manners (suspension) of the Jeep.

One good way to go IMHO, is a small suspension lift together with a small body lift....normally called a combo lift. When doing a larger suspension lift 3+" you run into driveline vibrations which fixed properly, require SYE's (slip yoke eliminators) and a new drive shaft and other necessary hardware that adds up pretty good. By doing the combo lift, you aren't changing the driveline angles enough to really need all that stuff. Do a search on the forum for lifts, and you will find all kinds of good info.

Oh, an welcome to the forum...Good choice on a "99"
X3 - A very fine answer. And welcome to the forum.
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It's generally recommended around here not to do more than a 1.25" body lift. Small body lifts do have their place. They provide added clearance for bigger tires without breaking the bank, they add clearance between the transfer case and tub (in the event one wants a higher profile skid plate) and they don't alter the stock road manners (suspension) of the Jeep.

One good way to go IMHO, is a small suspension lift together with a small body lift....normally called a combo lift. When doing a larger suspension lift 3+" you run into driveline vibrations which fixed properly, require SYE's (slip yoke eliminators) and a new drive shaft and other necessary hardware that adds up pretty good. By doing the combo lift, you aren't changing the driveline angles enough to really need all that stuff. Do a search on the forum for lifts, and you will find all kinds of good info.

Oh, an welcome to the forum...Good choice on a "99"
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Something to keep in mind. The higher you go the more you sacrifice with a daily driver. Top heavy, gas mileage, fitting in the garage/parking structures/car washes, difficulty getting in and out of it, etc.

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