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Old 02-02-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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lowering my lifted TJ, newbie

I have an 02 sport with a man. Transmission and 4.0. I bought the jeep as seen in the picture. This is my first jeep and I don't have any experience with lifts. Currently it appears to have rancho 9000 shocks with coil springs and what appears to be a 3 inch body spacer lift on 35x12.5x15. I really don't have the need for all the extra height. I am thinking about taking the spacers out. Would I also need to change the coil springs and shocks so the ride is not a stiffer ride than already, or would it not affect the way it rides.

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Leave the spacers, get rid of that horrible 3" body lift!!

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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I can not tel from the pictures but a 3" body lift consists of 3" tall rubber spacers between the frame and the body. If you lower the jeep you will need smaller tires

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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Why did you buy a Jeep lifted that much and on 35"s if you don't need all that lift?
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Its a clean looking rig, id buy it if the price was right. The body lift is not a deal breaker and they can be easily removed. You will def need smaller tires though..
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I would also rotate those white lettering to the inside... Mud once and they look brown.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #7
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Why do people on this forum hate body lifts so much?
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Your lucky man i wish i baught my jeep lookin like that haha if you remove the body lift send it my way!
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3" body = no-bueno.

Look into 1.25" body lift kits and all the parts that are included. You would need to address everything the kit comes with. ie: bolts, grill supports, linkage brackets, etc. IMO, it would be cheaper and easier swapping a 1.25" body lift rather than going back to stock, if you don't have all the necessary parts.

The "riding stiff" comment tells us you have some kind of suspension lift on it also. What kind? How high? Softer shocks may soften the ride.

I am sure you will not have a problem trading those 35's for 33's if you chose to do so.
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Why do people on this forum hate body lifts so much?
Because anything above an 1.25" is pointless, looks super tacky and is potentially dangerous in an accident. Do you honestly like the way a 3" body lift looks on a jeep?
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Why do people on this forum hate body lifts so much?
3" of body lift does nothing but allow bigger tires. a suspension lift allows more flex as well as generally gives a better ride.
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Why do people on this forum hate body lifts so much?
If you notice I have a body lift. But only 1.25". As already said anything taller looks horrible, requires a lot of work to make it work right and is unsafe. You're putting the body on 3" stilts. Its just a bad bad idea.
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Thanks gentlemen for informing me. IMO it looks ok. I see how there is no benefits for offroad capability. What benefits does a 1.25 body lift give you besides maybe a little bigger tires?
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Thanks gentlemen for informing me. IMO it looks ok. I see how there is no benefits for offroad capability. What benefits does a 1.25 body lift give you besides maybe a little bigger tires?
none.
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What benefits does a 1.25 body lift give you besides maybe a little bigger tires?


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none.

It allows just a little more tire clearance, it allows to do a motor lift with out having to modify the fan shroud, it allows you to do a tummy tuck easier and a high clearance gas tank skid easier. So a 1"-.1.25" body lift does a lot actually.
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Thats a nice looking jeep there. From the looks of the picture, if you don't like the 3" lift that much it looks like you have plenty of room to drop down to a 1 1/2" body lift and still keep the tires.
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it allows just a little more tire clearance, it allows to do a motor lift with out having to modify the fan shroud, it allows you to do a tummy tuck easier and a high clearance gas tank skid easier. So a 1"-.1.25" body lift does a lot actually.
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Wow guys, thanks for all the feedback. Yeah I was looking at just removing the spacers and possibly changing the shocks. I have rancho 9000s on it now, which my rear passenger I believe has gone bad anyways. Flexed it to much with it adjusted all the way on soft, now it barks and squeeks lol. I believe I have plenty of room to keep the 35's and step down on the spacers. I've flexed it pretty good and still hand room in the fenders, by the way can someone tell me the difference in a body lift and spacers?
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..... can someone tell me the difference in a body lift and spacers?
Spacers, lots of different spacers when it comes to Jeeps.

Body lift spacers. They go inbetween the body and the frame. Lifts without suspension modification. More than an inch is not a good thing.

Spring spacers go on top of the coil springs for an inexpensive way to add lift instead of, or with, lift springs.

Wheel spacers are commonly used when running wide tires on stock rims.

Transfer case spacers, or TC drop. They go inbetween the TC skid and frame. Helps with driveline angles and vibrations when lifting without using a slip yoke eliminator and DC driveshaft.
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Wow guys, thanks for all the feedback. Yeah I was looking at just removing the spacers and possibly changing the shocks. I have rancho 9000s on it now, which my rear passenger I believe has gone bad anyways. Flexed it to much with it adjusted all the way on soft, now it barks and squeeks lol. I believe I have plenty of room to keep the 35's and step down on the spacers. I've flexed it pretty good and still hand room in the fenders, by the way can someone tell me the difference in a body lift and spacers?
Try disconnecting the sway bar.

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Spacers, lots of different spacers when it comes to Jeeps.

Body lift spacers. They go inbetween the body and the frame. Lifts without suspension modification. More than an inch is not a good thing.

Spring spacers go on top of the coil springs for an inexpensive way to add lift instead of, or with, lift springs.

Wheel spacers are commonly used when running wide tires on stock rims.

Transfer case spacers, or TC drop. They go inbetween the TC skid and frame. Helps with driveline angles and vibrations when lifting without using a slip yoke eliminator and DC driveshaft.
Thanks, looks like I have the body lift spacers, appears to be almost 3 inch. These are what I want remove.
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Try disconnecting the sway bar.
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Try disconnecting the sway bar.
Nice rig, what kind of lift and tires do you have?
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Because anything above an 1.25" is pointless, looks super tacky and is potentially dangerous in an accident. Do you honestly like the way a 3" body lift looks on a jeep?
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3" of body lift does nothing but allow bigger tires. a suspension lift allows more flex as well as generally gives a better ride.
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If you notice I have a body lift. But only 1.25". As already said anything taller looks horrible, requires a lot of work to make it work right and is unsafe. You're putting the body on 3" stilts. Its just a bad bad idea.
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Nice rig, what kind of lift and tires do you have?
Stock springs 2" spacers 1.25" body lift on 33x10.5 bfg km2 mud terrains. Im in the process of piecing a lift together as well as doing a tummy tuck. I have 3" BDS springs in the box waiting....
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I always wondered how to disconnect it? I have the stock sway bar not the quick disconnect one.
You get new sway bar links. I have the JKS quicker disconnects.
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I would also rotate those white lettering to the inside... Mud once and they look brown.
You must have different mud than us. I've been running white letters out for 25 years and never had them turn brown from mud.
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I would also rotate those white lettering to the inside... Mud once and they look brown.
White letters look so much better out.
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White letters look so much better out.
Most folks these days don't think so. You've inherited that opinion..

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