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Old 02-12-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Removing a 3" body lift?

The 2006 TJ that I just picked up has a 3" body lift on it and I want to get rid of it. I plan on possibly replacing it with a Rocky Road 3" budget lift combo.

Problem is that I have no clue where to begin, I don't know what was done in order for the 3" body lift to be put on it or what needs to removed?

Before y'all start preaching about how I should save my money for a "real" lift kit that will allow me to do some "real" off roading... I live in Louisiana, and the closet we get rocks around here are the stones they import to line the back of the river levee with. I will probably do some light trail driving and some playing in the mud. We do have mud. lol

So where do I start with ditching this 3" body lift? What should I look for? HELP!

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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Loosen bolts all the way around. Then remove bolts from drivers side, lift tub with a jack and a 4x4, remove pucks. Reinsert bolts (keep loose). Repeat all the way around. Its important not to remove all the bolts or the tub can slide. Then your in for a world of hurt.

Also, remove the fan shrowd. They may have redrilled the shrowd or used a bracket. Id also be willing to bet they had to add an extension for the gas filler tube so you may want to take a look at that as well.

No doubt someone with more experience will chime in, but hopefully that gets you started

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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I read about the fan, it looks like they added some brackets to drop it. I'm pretty sure they did add a longer fuel tube. It also looks like there is some sort of spacer added to the shifter.


Is there anything else that I should look for? I've read about steering extensions, drive shaft extenders, motor mount lifts... what are the chances that it has all that?
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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Hard to say. Motor mount lift wouldnt necessarily be benificial unless it has a small suspension lift. If it does have an mml then it wont hurt to leave it on (in fact thats a bit of a bonus for you). Id be surprised if they added it with only a BL though.

Might be an adapter for the 4x4 shift linkage as well. With a 3" bl you probably wouldnt be able to get into 4lo without one
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i have a 3 inch body lift on my jeep as well i have been planning on removing, ur a gonna need shorter bolts, idk what sizes tho. also, take the fan shrowd off and there should be a block on the steering knuckle, look through the driver wheel well and you will see it. then take loose the gas ext.s and let them hang loose, then remove both the trans shifter extender and the transfer case bracket, lower the body down and see what you need to do to get the fan back in place, and the gas lines back togethet. then bolt the knuckle back down, then bold up the transfer case linkage
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05wrangler, it's a shame we don't live close enough to help each other with ditching our crappy body lifts. lol

Bolts aren't a problem, I plan on replacing it with a 1" BL so I should have new bolts from that.
This is what I think I will be replacing the 3" BL with.
http://www.amazon.com/Jeep-Wrangler-...=3AA7Z78CX4L65

Like I said, I don't really need the articulation so much. Our land is pretty flat. I do want some extra height though as it tends to flood around here. lol
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I replaced my 3 with a 1.25. I just drilled new holes in the shroud cover. Don't forget to remove the spacer under the steering column located on top of frame. I also had to shorten the fuel filler hose. One of the best mods I've done.
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05wrangler, it's a shame we don't live close enough to help each other with ditching our crappy body lifts. lol

Bolts aren't a problem, I plan on replacing it with a 1" BL so I should have new bolts from that.
This is what I think I will be replacing the 3" BL with.
Amazon.com: Jeep Wrangler 3" Budget lift kit, TJ 1997 & newer: Automotive

Like I said, I don't really need the articulation so much. Our land is pretty flat. I do want some extra height though as it tends to flood around here. lol

lol ik that would be nice, i went with a 1 inch daystar body lift to replace with it so i can do a tummy tuck and i dont have to buy new bolts. the reason i went with daystar is, they replace the hole body mount so if the guy over tightend your body mount bolts like they did mine, ya can replace those busted body mounts
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lol ik that would be nice, i went with a 1 inch daystar body lift to replace with it so i can do a tummy tuck and i dont have to buy new bolts. the reason i went with daystar is, they replace the hole body mount so if the guy over tightend your body mount bolts like they did mine, ya can replace those busted body mounts

That's good to know. thanks.
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That's good to know. thanks.

no problem
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Ok, how bad would it be to run 33's with no body lift, a 2" BB and 7" wide fenders?

There is a gold TJ in the garage at my office that has 33's with nothing more than a 2" BB and she seems to be pulling it off just fine.
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watch out for 4x4 shifter on my f-150 I had to heat and bend it not sure on my jeep not bl yet
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Ok, how bad would it be to run 33's with no body lift, a 2" BB and 7" wide fenders?

There is a gold TJ in the garage at my office that has 33's with nothing more than a 2" BB and she seems to be pulling it off just fine.
im sure it can be done, but 3-4 inchs is ideal for 33s on a TJ IMO with out heavy mods to the finders and tub. how much do you wheel and do you do any kinda rocks or big off camber trails? some LCG guys will chime in im sure with some details on this. as far as the shifter linkage goes, i dont think it will be but if it is a problem look into the Novak shifter cable and should fix any problems there.
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im sure it can be done, but 3-4 inchs is ideal for 33s on a TJ IMO with out heavy mods to the finders and tub. how much do you wheel and do you do any kinda rocks or big off camber trails? some LCG guys will chime in im sure with some details on this. as far as the shifter linkage goes, i dont think it will be but if it is a problem look into the Novak shifter cable and should fix any problems there.
That's the thing, we don't have any rocks or big off camber trails around here. I live in Louisiana, flat land with lots of mud. The highest point in New Orleans is Monkey Hill in the Audubon Zoo...

And I can climb that with my girlfriends Scion Tc. lol

I kind of figure that if I do find it is too low I could always add a 1" bl later on.

So the plan seems to be to completely remove the 3" bl (probably replace all the body bushing when I do), add 2" bb suspension spacers and give it a whirl. It seems to work for the girl with the gold Jeep at my office.
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Man, I would replace the 3 with a 1.25 while you're at it. Then you won't have mess with it later.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #16
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Good point JeepinJim.

Does this 1" BL kit include the body bushing that 05wrangler speaks of?
Amazon.com: Prothane 1-114 Red 1" Lift Body Mount for TJ: Automotive


And if I do this suspension spacer set...
http://www.amazon.com/Wrangler-Budge...=3AA7Z78CX4L65

is there anything other than shock extenders/longer shocks that I may need?
I have read about the bump stop and even about making your own bump stop extenders, I think I can handle that.

I didn't pick the bb lift with the shocks because I would rather go buy them locally to have the lifetime replacement, but how do I find the right extended shocks to use?

Thanks all your help everyone. This would be a real pain without the guidance of those that have been there/done that. lol
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This review is from: Daystar KJ04508BK Comfort Ride 1" Body Lift Kit (Automotive)
Did the job very well but you will need a set of Moore engine mounts and a steering shaft riser bracket. And you will need to raise the transmission and that will affect the shaft angles and lengths. Then that will require a "slip yoke eliminator" kit and new Tom Wood's drive shafts that is about $500 plus labor to rebuild the transfer case plus fluids....
All said and done will cost you over $1,000 Plus a lot of labor.
Yea, they don't tell you all that to buy there product.


Is all that true?
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yep thats the body lift i got. and it does replace all the body bushings with polly ones. it comes in black, red, or yellow i think. idk about all that BS about the trany and case and stuff. iv read reviews that say it went on just fine. and lasts for years. just my .02 on that. read around about a 2" bb lift and im sure someone will know what size you will be needing, people run them all the time.
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That review would be true for a 4" suspension lift.... NOT a 1" BL. Whoever wrote that got hosed over by some company telling him he needed all of that. Quite frankly it's a bunch of BS.

A body lift in no way impacts the angle of the driveline. A lot of people put in a MML, but that's just to keep from having to adjust the fan shrowd.

With a 2" BB, you might look into a MML to prevent vibes, but it's possible it won't be necessary.
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I used the JKS 1.25" BL. that extra 1/4" might help keep your front left tire from rubbing your sway bar at full turn. I run 33x12.50 Dyratracs with the BL and Skyjacker's 2" BB and my tire just barely clears the sway bar. I would get the hydro shocks with the BB kit. You know they fit and they last a long time. Good reputation. I love them. Both of these kits include everything you need. Nothing needs to be fabricated or rigged.

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