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Old 05-17-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Cut down existing Body Lift?

Currently have 3" lift and at least 2" possibly a 2.5" BL on my TJ.

I really dont like the 2" BL. (just bought it this way last month) However i would like to keep a 1" in case needed in the future mods etc.

My question. Instead of pulling the 2" kit and buying a 1", can the 2" kit be cut down easily to 1"?

Any thoughts or ideas?


You can kind of see what i am dealing with in the attached pic.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:40 AM   #2
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Cut it down to 1.25" with no problems. It is handy if you later want to do a tummy tuck and if you still want to use your 33s without rubbing.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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You may have to trim your bolts back as well.....
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Good to know! thanks gents!
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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Just keep in mind that depending on the type of body lift it is, you may be removing things like a tapered end by cutting them. For example, look at the picture of Savvy's body lift:

Body Lift 1.25" TJ/LJ 97-06

The top is shaped to fit the tub perfectly, and the bottom has a lip that keeps it centered and seated properly on the rubber body mounts. Not all body lifts even have these features, but if they do I wouldn't want to loose them. It certainly isn't the end of the world, just a nice thing to have.

But I agree, I'd shorten that BL up at least a bit.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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I think your jeep looks great, I would not do a thing to it, I bought mine with the same amount of bl and i love it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #7
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i made my own body lift out of old lift kits. I cut the blocks on my table saw and looked on a body lift instruction manual to see all parts that i needed. your biggest effort will be relocating the radiator shroud and the blocks back by gas tank (in front of the tank). i also made spacers for the radiator supports. Good Luck its not that hard. instruction s tell you exactly what length and size bolts.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:16 PM   #8
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I have a huge body lift thanks to the PO too. I decided to just buy a kit for a smaller lift, but I plan to recycle the old one that comes off.

The old spacers will be cut down to make seat risers and spare tire bump stop extender... and whatever else I can come up with.
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I have a huge body lift thanks to the PO too. I decided to just buy a kit for a smaller lift, but I plan to recycle the old one that comes off.

The old spacers will be cut down to make seat risers and spare tire bump stop extender... and whatever else I can come up with.
You can also use them along with longer bolts to extend the 3rd brake light housing if you have a larger tire there.
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You can also use them along with longer bolts to extend the 3rd brake light housing if you have a larger tire there.
True, but I have already solved the third brake light issue.


But I have read that I may need to drop the transfer case a tad when I put the 2" BB in.......... does any one know if that's true?

Redlegs, did yours have any spacers on the tranny skid plate?
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True, but I have already solved the third brake light issue.
So did I:



I was just putting it out there as another thing to add to the list of what to do with the spacers. They're always useful for something.

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But I have read that I may need to drop the transfer case a tad when I put the 2" BB in.......... does any one know if that's true?

Redlegs, did yours have any spacers on the tranny skid plate?
That's one of those every Jeep is different scenarios. The PO of my Jeep had a BB on and without the spacers there was a slight vibration. Others report nothing. If you do need to drop the t-case a bit, I would just use washers. I highly doubt you would need to drop it that far. I only needed about 3 under each bolt for mine.
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Redlegs, did yours have any spacers on the tranny skid plate?
I will have to check. Not going to lie, havent had it that long and havent been able to do the thorough look over like i need to. One of these days i will slow down and get it done!
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So did I:



I was just putting it out there as another thing to add to the list of what to do with the spacers. They're always useful for something.



That's one of those every Jeep is different scenarios. The PO of my Jeep had a BB on and without the spacers there was a slight vibration. Others report nothing. If you do need to drop the t-case a bit, I would just use washers. I highly doubt you would need to drop it that far. I only needed about 3 under each bolt for mine.
Oh, I know. I had looked at using spacers under the brake light but I liked the center cap idea better.

I know the t-case wouldn't need to be dropped than far but I thought it was about an inch. Good to know it's just a few washers. Thanks, I may just do that when I install the BB just for the hell of it, don't see where it could hurt.
Now, we are talking about just the six bolts around the tranny skid plate, right? Just to drop the tranny a bit.
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How far down you have to drop the case correlates to how high you've lifted the Jeep. With a 4" suspension lift, the t-case drop could be anywhere from 1"-1.5". But with a small BB, a few washers should do the trick.

And yes it's just the six bolts holding the t-case skid up. However, before you start putting the drop in, loosen the 4 nuts in the middle of the t-case skid plate. They hold the transmission mount to the skid plate. After you loosen those, install the t-case drop and then tighten them back up.
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How far down you have to drop the case correlates to how high you've lifted the Jeep. With a 4" suspension lift, the t-case drop could be anywhere from 1"-1.5". But with a small BB, a few washers should do the trick.

And yes it's just the six bolts holding the t-case skid up. However, before you start putting the drop in, loosen the 4 nuts in the middle of the t-case skid plate. They hold the transmission mount to the skid plate. After you loosen those, install the t-case drop and then tighten them back up.
lol, yeah, I figured out the whole skid plate/transmission mount/4 bolts in the middle when I changed the exhaust. That was a fun night.

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