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Old 03-22-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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Hey guys i wanna lift my 97 TJ but i saw so many things i got lost ... what is the difference between a leveling lift kit , a body lift kit and a suspension lift kit ?

Im a newb at this and i need help coz i wanna get started as soon as possible ...
and i was wondering if its possible to use a 1.25" body lift kit with a 1.50" suspension lift kit .. is that good ?

1 more thing .. my jeep is stock so when i lift my car i probably need wider tires so that means i have to use wheel spacers... is that all i need for the tires ?


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Old 03-22-2012, 07:30 AM   #2
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I body lift is a set spacers that goes between the tub and the frame. the max that most will go on a body lift is 1"-1.25". After that the work becomes more involved and frame flex as well as safety become concerns.

A leveling kit usually consists of two 3/4" spacers that are added to the top of the front springs. These are typically used to make the jeep sit flat instead of having a rake as designed by the factory. Another use is to offset the weight of a heavy bumper or winch up front.

Suspension lifts come in 3 main types.
1. A budget boost or spacer lift. These are the same as a leveling kit in design. However, they are added on top of all four coils and lift the jeep 1.75" to 2" instead of the .75" only in the front.
2. Coil spring suspension lifts are exactly as described. They lift the jeep by replacing the factory coil springs with aftermarket springs. The replacement springs are longer and therefore make the jeep sit higher. 3" is typically the highest that factory control arms can go with a coil spring only lift.
3. Replacement arm lifts. There are two main versions here. Short arm and long arm. Both styles include replacing the coil springs and add new control arms. Short arm lifts use the factory mounting points to replace 4 to all 8 control arms. Most do not require welding and maintain decent clearance over obstacles. The drawback is typically ride quality due to the changing angle of the arms. Long arm lifts replace factory length control arms with longer control arms that typically mount at or near the transfer case skid. Long arm lifts typically provide a smoother ride due to the reduced angle that longer arms provide at ride height. Most long arm kits require welding to install and can reduce your clearance over obstacles.

If you search some sites you will see that the cost varies greatly between all of these.
1" body lift - 100
Leveling kit - 35
Budget boost with shocks - 250
Spring only lift - 400-500
Short arm - 500-2000
Long arm lift - 1500-6000

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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thanks man i appreciate that so much but i still didnt get the answer i needed ...

um is it possible to use a 1.25" body lift kit with a 1.50" suspension lift kit .. and is that good as a starter kit .. ?
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