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Old 11-17-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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Removing 3"BL ?s

I'm itchin' to remove my 3" body lift but I'm trying to decide on wether to completely eliminate a body lift and get a 2" BB with shocks or simply replace the 3" with a JKS 1.25" BL and skip the BB. I'm wanting to downsize from a 32" tire to a 31". If I eliminate the BL where can I get original length body mount bolts? If I go with a BB will I need an adjustable trackbar to keep my steering wheel straight? Here's a picture of my Jeep as it is now. Shield your eyes from the 3" BL.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #2
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God bless you for planning to remove that BL!!! If you're going down to 31's I'd go with a 2" BB and no BL. Not a huge difference in cost, but the BB should perform a little better and will give you a chance to upgrade your shocks if you don't buy the cheapo kit. You can find the right bolts at most hardware stores to remove the BL, or you could try to chop yours down to fit if there's enough threads. You should always get an alignment when you change the lift height, and that'll take care of centering the steering wheel. Your axle might be off center a tiny bit, but not enough to worry about with a 2" BB.

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Old 11-17-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Schmo. It would be nice to raise the belly off the ground a couple of inches. I was looking at the Skyjacker kit with hydro shocks. Do they suck that bad and why. What's the best bang for your buck?
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:09 PM   #4
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A BB is pretty darn basic... spacers, bumpstops, and shocks . . . hard to go wrong with the spacers and bumpstops . . . buy em cheap . . . look on ebay and the likes cuz as long as they are the correct size, they're hard to screw up. The shocks are where you'll want to spend your money and I would avoid, the cheaper Skyjacker, ProComp, Rough Country, etc shocks and get something decent . . . lots of guys like OME for a softer ride and Bilsteins also seem to be pretty popular. If your springs are old and saggy, you can also look at kits that provide new and longer springs vs. spacers, but many like the OME 2.5 kit may require dropping the belly to avoid vibes, which is counter productive. I had a Rubicon Express BB with 31s for a few months before going to a 4" lift with 33s and it performed better than stock. Just get some decent shocks and you'll be set.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:14 AM   #5
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x2 on the Rubicon Express kit. Includes new shocks with it. Decent price, but you will have to buy shock boots if you want them. I just put the kit into my friends TJ, he loves it and is running approx. 32's with no fender rub. Just make sure you keep all the mounting hardware from your jeep, the Rubicon Express Kit does NOT give new mounting hardware, you must reuse the ones on your jeep.
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