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Old 04-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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body/suspension lift questions

I have an 03 jeep wrangler. i want to put a 3in body lift nd a 4in suspension lift. if i do this will i need to extend the steering column or any wiring? Thanks.

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What size tires do you plan on running? Before you get all of the replies about running a 3" body lift.

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Old 04-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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probably 33's or 35's
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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You don't want a 3" body.....trust me haha
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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probably 33's or 35's
I would run a 4" suspension and 1" BL. That's the perfect ideal hight for 35s.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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Do some useful research before you make some regrettable purchases.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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Ok, the 3" body lift will prob require dealing with the fuel filler hose and transfer case linkage as well as the radiator fan shroud and possibly motor mounts.
The suspension lift will require dealing with driveline angles and a sye/ driveshaft in a non rubicon or a driveshaft with a rubicon.
With the 33's in a rubicon or non rubi you will not have to address anything else aside from gears depending on your transmission and current gear ratio. With 35's you will have to look at steering components and gears on a rubicon. In a non rubi you will have to look at axle shafts and depending on whether or not you have a Dana 44 or a Dana 35 in the back you will have to look axle upgrades or full swaps. Additionally of you don have 4 wheel disc brakes you will have to look a brake upgrades.
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Also, the lift you described would be more suitable for 37's at the least from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. Also, body lifts over 1.25" are generally not suggested.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #9
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so if i just do the 4in suspension and 1.25 body with 33's would i need to do any other mechanical changes like u said?
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:25 PM   #10
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I would recommend regearing but you can get away with not re gearing. A lot of the extra cost has kept me out of 35's.
What are some of the specs on your jeep. That'll probably help.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:26 PM   #11
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I have a 3" body lift ( was on when I bought it) and I suggest doing like said above...4" suspension, and a 1" body.....You'll enjoy much more Imho....
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I would recommend regearing but you can get away with not re gearing. A lot of the extra cost has kept me out of 35's.
What are some of the specs on your jeep. That'll probably help.


i dnt have anythin done to my jeep im startin with the lifts
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Do you know what model, transmission, axles and gears. If not we can point you in the right direction to figure it out.
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03 wrangler manual transmission 5 speed
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4 cyl, 6 cyl, x, sport, rubicon?
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4 cyl
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My 03 has 3" suspension and 1.25 body. I twisted it every way and the 33's have never rubbed. I would stay with the smaller body lift and not do the 3"
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Alright. You have an s model. Your axles are going to be a Dana 30 up front and a 35c in the back. The 35c will be ok with up to a 33 but you have to go easy on it if you take it off road.
With 33's on a 4cyl you will likely have problems with power in 5th gear above 65 mph. You will currently have 4.10 gears in the axles and would need to bump up to 4.88's. I rolled on the 4.10's and dealt with the loss of power myself because of the cost associated with a regear.
With a 4" suspension lift on an 03 manual you should only need to worry about replacing the rear driveshaft with a double cardan drive shaft and a slip yoke eliminator (the combo runs about 500 bucks).
Bottom line is add 500 for the sye/ds on the lift and it will get you by.
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ok thanks, all the info was very helpful!

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