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Old 10-20-2011, 01:21 AM   #1
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First jeep and need some help

I have an early model 98 tj still has the slider control for heat..
The previous owner for some reason put a 3" body lift on it. Don't know why cause it looks like crap. Everything else is stock. I am not a mechanic but can turn a wrench and follow direction well enough. It is my daily driver now and I have found after changing all the fluids that I have a leaking seal in the rear yoke. I plan to change the yoke and seal.What I would like to do is run say 31-32" tires and run a few trails on the weekend. Should I remove the body lift...(I'm almost sure I should after reading on the forum) and go to stock. Then what sus lift 2",3",4" or what? should I replace the yoke or just go all in and do a SYE then lift? Keep in mind I am a college student with a pregnant wife who also is a college student but loves jeeps and trails so a HUGH PLUS 1 for her.....jus looking for advise on a shoe string budget....all and I will need it to be great on the highway as she likes to jump in it and take off, and I am sure that won't change....thanks in advance from a new well a little used jeep owner..
sorry forgot its a 2.5l all stock 5 speed

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Old 10-20-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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First, welcome to the forum, and in my opinion(IMO), I've never been a fan of body lifts and never will be, but I've got 4" longer springs up front and spacers in the back and everything else is stock, and I run 31's and can go/do everything I want to
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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Hi, welcome to WF.

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Greetz from another wrangler noob.
'98 TJ 2.5 - 2,5" lift - 31"s on Pro-Comps
'02 KJ 2.5 - 3" lift - 245's on Moabs - Diesel
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:31 PM   #5
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I guess i should break it down like this...body lift going to remove leaking rear yoke..should i replace the yoke or go for a sye...i plan on doing a suspension lift soon but cant afford both sye and i must do 1 at a time...should i use the money and do a sye..or go ahead and replace yoke and do lift..i am thinking around 3" for 31-32..what would you guys do?
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:25 AM   #6
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I have decided to just take off the body lift and go back to stock, then put on a sye...I will have to save money for a lift but at least I be able to do a good lift to fit some 32's....or am I just really confussed about it all?

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