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Old 04-19-2007, 11:14 AM   #1
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Newbie needs help deciding on lift

Just picked up a 97 Sport stock. Looking to use 32" BFG. Can I get away with a 2" spacer lift kit with new shocks? Ebay's got them for under $200 with Pro Comp shocks. Will I need a new stabilizer? I'm not going to do much off roading. What is a BB, by the way?

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Old 04-19-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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You will clear 32's great with a 2 in. BB. All a BB does is space the distance out between the top of the coil spring and the spring perch, making the Jeep sit up higher. You shouldn't have to bother your steering stabilizer as long as you get everything good and tight, nothing is worn out and you get your tires balanced good.

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Old 04-19-2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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Do I even need new shocks? 80K miles on a 97.
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:13 PM   #4
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Do I even need new shocks? 80K miles on a 97.
You'll need longer shocks to go with the lift. At 80k, I'd say you were probably ready to replace them.

And hey, since you have to replace the shocks, might as well lift it while you're at it! (Gotta love built in justification)
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. So to clarify, a BB is just a spacer lift?
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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yes. i've heard the pro comp shocks suck though.
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:58 PM   #7
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I would say go ahead and get some nice shocks when you replace. It should really make the ride on your jeep much better!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:10 PM   #8
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Sounds like a good plan. Although not common, there are some things you may encounter when you do only a 2" lift.

Like in my case, I'm having an issue where my rear axle is shifted towards one side by about 1".......and I'll likely be needing a traction bar relocation bracket or an adjustable trac bar.

Just gotta keep your eyes and ears open once you do the lift. You'll know if something ain't right.
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:49 PM   #9
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The basic OME kit comes with everything you'll need for a 2" lift including the traction bar relocation bracket. It's a bit pricey but worth every penny!!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:23 PM   #10
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I ran a 2" spacer lift with 32" MT's for 2 years. It was cheep and worked well. You will need new shocks. I started with pro-crap shocks, but it rode terrible. Get shocks that are valved specifically for a lightweight jeep.
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:49 PM   #11
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I would suggest the RE twin tube shocks that is what I ran with my BB and I like it a lot.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:13 PM   #12
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For 90% street driving, what shocks should I be looking at to maintain a similiar ride and feel? Someone said I should stay away from gas if I want a factory feel. They're saying oil shocks - the cheapies. Any recommendations?

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