Hi guys, new to the forum.
The PO of my '05 LJ installed what looks like a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift. The coils are about 15.5" long which is between the 15" suggesting 3" of lift and the 16" that suggest a 4" lift. I'm running a hard top though, which may have compressed the springs a little extra. Then again, I have no winch or heavy bumpers, no rack, not even side steps.
Should I be OK switching down to 3" Bilstein 5100s and some 3" coil springs? Or do I need some extra hardware since the shocks/springs will be a little shorter. And do I get the long- or short arm-specific shocks?
I am really just focused on improving my ride at the moment. I don't get to wheel very often, so I have prioritized ride comfort right now (already lined the cabin with second skin vibration dampener and ensolite). I wanted to go with the 2.5" OME kit, but I feel like if I get the 2.5" light duty kit for the softer springs and comfort, I will possibly get less than 2.5" of lift, because of my hard top. 2.5" is too short for my 33" tires, and I don't really want to go to body lifts.
If 3" shocks and coils (with the possibility to add a 1/2" or 1" body lift sometime in the future) are the right way to go, what 3" lift springs do people recommend? On the forum I've read that Currie 3" lift springs are good, but they are not for LJs, and would probably end up giving me less than 3 inches.
I've emailed OME about coils not designed for the LJ which may give me 3"...
What do you think?