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Old 12-15-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Need to make a Shocks/Lift decision

Recently bought an '03 TJ Sahara with a 3" body lift and 33x12.50 BFG's. Shocks and tires are worn slap out... I will do very limited wheeling but do want to keep the genreal look it has now. Can some of you more experienced guys give me suggestions for replacing the shocks?

I was told by my regular mechanic that I couldn't really go any narrower on the tires b/c of the width of my wheels.

Should I go with a small susp lift and drop the bl to 1-1.5"? Can I get away with a kit without the springs? If so, are there any drawbacks?

Like most folks, need to keep it on a budget but also want to do it right. Thanks in advance for any help!

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Old 12-15-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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I think most people don't recommend going over a 1"-1.25" BL. If you want to run 33's you'll probably need at least a 3" susp to keep from rubbing if you want to wheel it any, although you might get by with 2.5.

As for shocks I highly recommend the Rancho RS9000 adjustable shocks. I love mine. A little more expensive but worth it. Rock Auto has them more affordable.

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Old 12-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #3
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I'd swap the BL to a 1.25 which is ideal. Then to make up for lost lift just get a budget boost kit. There is a cheap generic brand which is the same material for $60 on amazon.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:07 PM   #4
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I agree that most folks on here would not recommend a body lift over 1.25". So I would drop your BL down to 1.25" and buy a 2.5" budget boost. BB is just spacers that get installed on top of your stock springs. The stock springs should work fine. As for shocks, I recommend Bilstein 5100's. We installed ours a week ago and they are fantastic!! Couldn't be happier with them. We also have a 2.5" BB on stock springs and the setup works great for us.

What I urge though is look around the vendor section of this forum and send a few PM's until you locate a dealer that has the shocks IN STOCK and ready to ship. Otherwise, they could end up on back order for two months like ours were...
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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So sounds like for my application I would be OK with 1.25" BL and 2.5" BB and still be able to run the 33x12.50 BFG's???

In searching, I have not been able to find a 2.5" BB. I have found plenty of 2"....are you getting 2.5" by adding back in the original spacer?
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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Anything I should be careful of when dropping my 3" BL down to 1.25"? Is there anything wrong with cutting down the 3" components I have rather than buing a new kit?
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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i went with 2" budget boost and skyjacker shocks..mainly cause of price.i hear they ride "softer" than most and thats what i wanted.plus i dont do much off roading either.should be decent with the 31 tires.i was looking for more of a looks good and drivability factor rather than flexing ability and major off roading...though that does look fun!
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I agree that most folks on here would not recommend a body lift over 1.25". So I would drop your BL down to 1.25" and buy a 2.5" budget boost. BB is just spacers that get installed on top of your stock springs. The stock springs should work fine. As for shocks, I recommend Bilstein 5100's. We installed ours a week ago and they are fantastic!! Couldn't be happier with them. We also have a 2.5" BB on stock springs and the setup works great for us.

What I urge though is look around the vendor section of this forum and send a few PM's until you locate a dealer that has the shocks IN STOCK and ready to ship. Otherwise, they could end up on back order for two months like ours were...
This is a good setup on the cheap. You should have no problems running 33". I ran a 3" BDS with BFG 33" A/t with no issue. Im now upgraded with a 1.25" BL and MML for my flat belly skid. I also upgraded to the Bilstein 5100's. Great shocks!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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Rubicon express makes a nice budget boost with twin tube shocks that is reasonably priced. You can cut down the body lift pucks but you will need to adjust the radiator fan and the bolts will be different. You will probably only be out 100 bucks for a 1" body lift with all new components. A 2" budget boost and a 1" bl will clear 33's. The only thing I would add is front bump stop extensions and those are pretty cheap.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:32 PM   #10
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Anything I should be careful of when dropping my 3" BL down to 1.25"? Is there anything wrong with cutting down the 3" components I have rather than buing a new kit?
Others may have more knowledge than I, but what I would look at is your engine fan and shroud when you change the body lift height. Make sure everything is positioned correctly. Oh, and maybe your 4WD linkage may need some adjustment?

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies! I will probably spring for the new BL instead of cutting mine down...will have to buy new hardware if I cut mine down as the bolts will be too long so might as well go ahead and replace it all.

10-4 on the fan/shroud and the 4x4 linkage. Thanks for the heads up on that. It's hard to shift into 2nd and R sometimes now. I assume the PO did not properly adjust that when he put the BL on it, but hope it will be resolved when I drop it back down.

Going to try to tackle all the labor myself. I'll document and post pic's so that others can learn from the mistakes I am certain to make.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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2.25" BB, bilstein shocks, new front and rear sway bar end links and new stearing stabilizer installed today. Took about 7.5 hours. Power Blaster is the most valuable tool I own!!!!!!!!

No more death wobble and it rides great. New shoes coming Monday along with alignment. Then need to drop the 3" BL the PO put on down to about 1.25" or 1.5" and than re-gear the speedo. That should complete the current list of mods...till the next list developes.

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