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Old 11-20-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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What would a 3" body lift put stress on

I bought my jeep used and it has a 3" body lift. im wondering what exactly changes in the geometry of the front end if anything does. I hit a lot of speed bumps going through school and the front end definitly makes some noises im just curious as to if there would be an easy fix knowing that it has had a 3" body lift on it

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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My jeep came with a 3 inch bl, i know that mainly it puts alot of stress on the bolts for the body mounts, as well as the brackets, because if you lift a tub up off its natural resting point its a lot like standing on your tippy toes. I know if you were to reduce the kit, you linkage me be out of wack, most 3 inch body lifts requires a longer shifter rod for the 4wd , or maybe you will just need an adjustment. all the hoses were extended as well.
I don't like body lifts much after having a 3 inch, why increase center of gravity with no added performance.

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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most people on the site will only recommend a 1.25" body lift at the max...

i vote you drop it down to a 1 or 1.25" and throw a budget boost or something of that nature on there.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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Yeah my plan is to install a 3" lift with a 1" body lift. But i know i need to fix some parts in the front end i have a couple issues i want to know exactly what they are before i fix it and then realize i will need to upgrade it anyways with the lift. I just cant justify going to a stealership for a diagnostic!
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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put a video up , videos are a good way to have people here help figure out your problem
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:17 AM   #6
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yeah ill put a video up of the noise in my steering later today
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #7
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If it drives and steers fine....check your swaybar links to make sure they are functioning. If they are loose/broken, they will rattle going over speed bumps.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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Ok so after a trip to a local mechanic i was told that i needed sway bar links and bushings. as well as stabilizer bar end link. my next question is will fixing both of these fix the steering wheel clunk. another question i have is: if i plan on getting rid of the 3" body lift and putting a zone offroad 4.25" combo kit in a month, should i still fix the stabilizer bar link and sway bar link, or should i try to buy a kit that comes with these....
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The Zone 4.25 Combo lift comes with new sway bar links (and the end link bushings) and you have the choice to upgrade to sway bar link disconnects (which is good to have if you plan on wheeling at all). It doesn't sound like it would be smart to replace any of the parts mentioned until you are ready to install your lift.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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Andd thats exactly what i was hoping to hear!
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #11
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It sounds like I'm in a similar situation. First time Jeep owner and I purchased a 99 3 months ago with a 3" BL and 33's. Hard shifting and difficult shift up to and down to 2nd. Everything I've been reading is that this is probably due to the 3" BL and no other adjustments were made. Problem seems to have gotten worse...BL was installed just prior to my purchase.

Jeep is in good shape and runs strong so I'll probably invest in a 4" suspension lift. I'm open to any other advice. Thanks!
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It sounds like I'm in a similar situation. First time Jeep owner and I purchased a 99 3 months ago with a 3" BL and 33's. Hard shifting and difficult shift up to and down to 2nd. Everything I've been reading is that this is probably due to the 3" BL and no other adjustments were made. Problem seems to have gotten worse...BL was installed just prior to my purchase.

Jeep is in good shape and runs strong so I'll probably invest in a 4" suspension lift. I'm open to any other advice. Thanks!
Be aware that a full 4" suspension lift requires one of two things. Either a massive transfer case drop, which kind of defeats the purpose of the lift, or a SYE, and double cardan rear drive shaft, which with other necessary parts will run between $500-$1000 or so, depending on brand and what all you need.

A better way to go to save money, would be a small body lift 1"-1.25" coupled with a less than 4" suspension lift, 2.5"-3". If you're on a tight budget, take a look at the Zone 4.25" combo lift.97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ - Zone Offroad 4-1/4" Combo Lift Kit J25/J26 If you have a little more to spend there are nicer kits out there, OME etc.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:13 AM   #13
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Thanks Water Dog! Am I reading this right that this kit is $529? I had thought I was going to have to spend $1000+ just for the hardware.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #14
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For the very BASIC Kit that's the price.
That's EXCLUDING Shocks / Links / Steering upgrades / Alignment Cams / Stabilizer and Track Bar Pin which by it's self runs around $230.00, or the crossover Steering System, all so around $230.00

$$$$$$ Mounts up REAL QUICK, But that's the cost of doing things RIGHT !!
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #15
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For the very BASIC Kit that's the price.
That's EXCLUDING Shocks / Links / Steering upgrades / Alignment Cams / Stabilizer and Track Bar Pin which by it's self runs around $230.00, or the crossover Steering System, all so around $230.00

$$$$$$ Mounts up REAL QUICK, But that's the cost of doing things RIGHT !!
If your talking about the Zone 4.25, your wrong. It is a basic setup but it also comes with everything you need. Only thing I really needed was a new steering stabilizer and the shop threw that on for free. So in all plus labor it cost around $900. Not a bad setup as its done me well on the trails with no real hookups minus the ones I get myself into
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It would put stress on your jeeps soul... lol
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I just put a 3bl on mine. I had to cut out the console so I could shift, get a drop linkage for my 4wd shifter and will have to extend my steering arm. I enjoy the extra clearance though,
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I just put a 3bl on mine. I had to cut out the console so I could shift, get a drop linkage for my 4wd shifter and will have to extend my steering arm. I enjoy the extra clearance though,
Do yourself a favor and take it back off.
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Do yourself a favor and take it back off.
How is it not better to have all the extra clearance for my wheels?
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:22 PM   #20
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How is it not better to have all the extra clearance for my wheels?
A standard suspension lift would have given you the same amount of clearance with out messing up a ton of other things. It also would have been much safer when getting into an accident.

You wouldnt have had to cut into your console or done a ton of adjusting to the linkage under the Jeep.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #21
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Well, I already have a 3" suspension lift so the other 3" body was in addition to that. How would it be less safe in an accident?
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #22
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Mine has a 3" bl and it rides good and drives good Personally I don't see any problems with body lift opinions are like as#@$%!^ everybody has one MAN UP it is your JEEP

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