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Old 02-20-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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Body Lift Reduction (3" to 1")

1997 TJ. The PO put a 3" body lift on it. Needs some input on reducing it to 1" with no hoist.

I've got some ideas, but want some input.

Yes, I did search for it. But, searching "reducing body lift" comes up with entirely to many post to dig through. Google-ing it is useless.

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Old 02-20-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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I would look at the installation instructions with it in mind that you probably have some brackets for the 3" that would need to be changed to the 1".

http://4x4media.info/instructions/zon/J9120.pdf

I would not think you would need a hoist, just do one side at a time after you loosen.

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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I haven't bought the 1" BL yet. But, I have read through some instructions. A Taco guy I know says to support the tub, undo the body and basically raise the frame up to the body and mount it. My biggest fear with that is aligning everything as I raising the frame up and it seems useless to do it that way.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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It's much easier than you may think.. Just do one side at a time, after removing all the bolts from one side, and the one in front, use a floor jack to lift one side up from under the rocker panels, ( use a 2x6 to distribute the lift point ) just high enough to pull the 3" pucks, then lower unto the 1" pucks, install bolts, firm, but not tight. The one in front can be done as well, but dont bolt it in yet, until the opposite side is down... then do the other side, then torque all the bolts down in a criss cross pattern, working from the middles out, but just to 15 lbs or so, then torque em all up tight in the criss cross pattern, same as you would torque a head down onto the engine.. I recommend the Pro Thane 1" kit. Some of the cheaper kits stack on top of the stock rubber bushings, the prothane has everything you'll need. After a couple of drives, recheck your bolts and re torque.. Keep checking them every weekend till you are satisfied they are staying tight...... Good luck ,,
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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Forgot to mention, I have 3" DOM tubes welded to the frame for rocker protection and step. I DO NOT want to cut them off and reweld just to do this. But, I guess if I have to I will. The wife is taking the kids on vacation and I'm taking leave to de-redneck (no offense to rednecks, I is one too) the rig from the PO's build. So, I'm also doing new suspension, BL reduction, removing all the chrome, reducing the wheels from 38" to 35", 9" rear has bad bearings, ball joints and brakes are worn from the 38's and also assorted other minor things. Trying to do it all in five days and I'll have minimal help cause all my friends will be at work. Plus, I want one or two days of getting drunk just becuase the wife and kids will be gone of course.
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Too bad you're in Pensacola, I work for free beer and Pizza !
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As I quickly learned, and I'm not saying you don't already know. But just be sure you know what all you need to run 35's properly. If the PO had a 3" BL, he probably didn't have it set up right for 35's much less 38's. Just sayin'. I bought a 97 TJ with 4" spring lift and 3" BL, and he was running 35's. Opened up the diffs and saw pure carnage. Death wobble like you wouldn't believe and horrible driveline vibes. Looks like your rear diff has been upgraded, but does it have adjustible CA's, at least rear uppers and front lowers, SYE/CV, adj trackbars, good gear ratio, etc... this forum is full of what all is needed. I am dropping the BL down to 1" and doing curry arms all the way around with an SYE/CV, but going down to 33's until I can find a D44 or something else in the rear.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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As I quickly learned, and I'm not saying you don't already know. But just be sure you know what all you need to run 35's properly. If the PO had a 3" BL, he probably didn't have it set up right for 35's much less 38's. Just sayin'. I bought a 97 TJ with 4" spring lift and 3" BL, and he was running 35's. Opened up the diffs and saw pure carnage. Death wobble like you wouldn't believe and horrible driveline vibes. Looks like your rear diff has been upgraded, but does it have adjustible CA's, at least rear uppers and front lowers, SYE/CV, adj trackbars, good gear ratio, etc... this forum is full of what all is needed. I am dropping the BL down to 1" and doing curry arms all the way around with an SYE/CV, but going down to 33's until I can find a D44 or something else in the rear.

Not trying to sound like a Poophead, but your making uneeding assumptions of basic Jeep building towards how this rig is built. I did not feel the need to mention the full current set up of it. My previous comment was to just explain what's planned for that week.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:48 AM   #9
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Correct. You didn't detail the whole set up and I wasn't assuming that you didn't know the correct set up, which is what I said, or that the rig wasn't already set up correctly for 38's or 35's. Just offering a friendly heads up in case it wasn't and in case you didn't know, because I certainly didn't know and it was painfully obvious that the PO of my Jeep didn't know. No worries, good luck on the project.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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