Originally Posted by TheCheaperJeeper
Well just as a quick reference for ya, just today I popped a couple 1 3/4 daystar blocks on the front of my tj to level it out. Already running a three inch lift. It was pretty easy install after disconnecting tie rods and trac bar. Hope that helps!
I did the same on my 2" springs after removing the factory coil spring isolators. I was still running factory control arms. The hard part of the swap was that the factory lower arms limit axle droop because they hit the mount making it very difficult to squeeze in the spring. When I did my 3.5 spring lift I replaced all of the arms and the axle would droop to the floor making installation much much easier, in fact it was effortless. Now with 3.5 " of lift i am also about at the max on my rear shock brackets with a decent pinion angle. The sye wasnt a problem bc i already had one due to my belly up skid.
Here is what you will be likely looking at with 5" at minimum to be still capable off road.
1. Upper and lower control arms all the way around. To dial in pinion front and back uppers will need to be adjustable. This is non negotiable. 800-1000 bucks.
2. Sye and drive shaft. 500 bucks. Or drop the trans skid 3" and compromise the frame strength.
3. Rear lower shock relocator brackets. 50 bucks.
4. Coil springs that don't bind. I think bds is one of the few companies that offers them. 350 bucks.
5. 4 shocks of high quality to compensate for the arm angle. 300 bucks.
6. Bump stop extensions. 50 bucks.
7. Front track bar and rear track bar bracket. 200-300.
8. Extended brake lines up front. 100 bucks.
9. Brake fluid...5 bucks.
That puts you roughly in the 3 thousand dollar price range for adding the spacers.
I will say there are cheaper ways to go about it but it is possible. A full 4.5 lift kit plus shocks can be had under 2k. A 1" body lift is 120 and the sye/ds for 500 still comes in under 2500. The 3" springs will flex better on the new control arms but they will be limited by the spring compression on one side with the spacers.
I hope this helps. I've learned stuff the hard way and that's no fun either.
If you already have a bunch of the aforementioned upgrades then it may be as simple as throwing on the pucks.