As you know times are tough and I'm in college which makes money even harder. I know it's not ideal, but what are some options for me to get a cheaper 3"-3.5" lift? Right now I have stock suspension with 2" coil spacers. I'm about to buy metalcloaks and that's a big expense. I was looking into larger coils and new shocks. But also saw body lifts. Not really sure what would be better. Lookin for nothing more than $500. I know very little about suspension. Can you guys give some input on some options? (And yes. I know a nice long arm kit would be the best. But it's just not in the cards right now.) thanks.
Do a quick search of the forums for "Zone lift". The Zone 4.25 kit (3" coils w/ 1.25" body lift and MML) can be had for a little over $500 and seems to be a pretty popular option around these parts. It does call for drilling a hole for the trackbar, so you'll have to plan for another couple hundred bucks and invest in a good adjustable trackbar.
I did the 3" Zone lift a couple of weekends ago and so far I'm pleased with it. The instructions were very thorough (though some of the pictures kinda sucked) so the install went pretty smooth.
In my opinion for budget purposes, I would get a 1" body lift since you have the 2" spacers already, buy new extended shocks based on what you have left and want to spend with it, probably have enough for a steering dampener too. You are set for 33" tires and since you are getting fenders already you'll have a hopefully trouble free nice looking functioning setup without any major modifications or troubles down the road. Transfer case linkage adjustment and a fan shroud trim maybe, just my personal opinion as I run same set up, all based on budget, purpose, priorities.
Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.
Agreed, 35s or 37s out of budget. I second the notion to either replace the spacers with 2" coils, or simply just upgrade shocks and leave the spacers since you already have metalcloaks which can easily clear 33s.