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Old 05-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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Would a 3" body lift look stupid on my TJ?

I'd like to lift mine at a decent price, I have 31s and they are basically new. I have no real reason since my tires already clear but if it looks good I would do it. Are Body Lifts easy to install? And do I need to regear or anything?

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Body lifts on a TJ can be done in your garage by removing and replacing 11 bolts if I remember right, but anything over an inch looks a little goofy IMO. Watch your O2 sensor wire too, or you can pull it taut. No re-gearing is necessary, but you may also have linkage problems with a stick. It can be adjusted out.

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I'd like to lift mine at a decent price, I have 31s and they are basically new. I have no real reason since my tires already clear but if it looks good I would do it. Are Body Lifts easy to install? And do I need to regear or anything?

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i have a 3 inch body lift on my jeep right now and i run 33x12.5 on 15 inch rims. now alot of people on here will tell you 3 inch body lift look stupid and ugly and are dangeruse. as far as looks it all in the eyes of the beholder. i personly dont like mine it came on my jeep. your jeep will ride way worse than what it does now. and they arnt the safest thing in the world. but it is cheep and you do not need to regear for 31s. if you want to go with the 3 inch body lift. im thinking of buyin a 1.25 and may sell mine in the near future
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I am not a fan of anything over an inch either. If you are looking for more lift for cheap, consider something like a 2 inch BB and a 1" body lift...theres your 3 inches that will look more appealing. You wont need to regear though...tire size is what affects your gears, not your height. Like said above, body lifts are an easy mod to do in your garage.
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It would look stupid....bad idea
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #6
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Yes, go with a suspension lift...
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The things they don't tell you when you do a body lift:

1) might have to stretch your steering column due to your wheel now being 3 inches higher
2) You will have to lift your gas tank or buy a longer fill hose and vent hose. (or do what I did and cut them in half an add an additional piece of hose.
3) lower the fan shroud on the radiator. The radiator is attched to the body, the fan is by way of engine, attached to the frame.
4) you will probably lose either the upper half or lower half of your gears (1-3-5 or 2-4-R for a 5 speed) and will have to trim the body to be able to reach them.
5) you will need to install a bracket (should come with the kit) to readjust your 4wd shifter so it still works, may still require additional adjustment after installing the bracket.
6) other things I may not have thought of yet...

if you only do a 1" you should only have to re locate the fan shroud and install the bracket for the 4wd shifter. Taller body lifts will require more work.
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The things they don't tell you when you do a body lift:

1) might have to stretch your steering column due to your wheel now being 3 inches higher
2) You will have to lift your gas tank or buy a longer fill hose and vent hose. (or do what I did and cut them in half an add an additional piece of hose.
3) lower the fan shroud on the radiator. The radiator is attched to the body, the fan is by way of engine, attached to the frame.
4) you will probably lose either the upper half or lower half of your gears (1-3-5 or 2-4-R for a 5 speed) and will have to trim the body to be able to reach them.
5) you will need to install a bracket (should come with the kit) to readjust your 4wd shifter so it still works, may still require additional adjustment after installing the bracket.
6) other things I may not have thought of yet...

if you only do a 1" you should only have to re locate the fan shroud and install the bracket for the 4wd shifter. Taller body lifts will require more work.
5 great reasons not to install a 3" body lift.
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Take my advice because I recently removed a 3" body lift and replaced it with a 3" suspension lift. DON'T DO IT! It looks stupid. It raises your center of gravity. It does bad things to your Jeep (see 5 things above) that are a pain in the a$$ to undo.
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Take all the above answers and advise and that sums up what I have to say.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:49 AM   #11
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1 inch body+ 2 inch BB= way better setup.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:57 AM   #12
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1"-1 1/4" is the only way to go. I only did that to allow for a TT, otherwise I would have stuck with only a suspension lift.
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Take my advice because I recently removed a 3" body lift and replaced it with a 3" suspension lift. DON'T DO IT! It looks stupid. It raises your center of gravity. It does bad things to your Jeep (see 5 things above) that are a pain in the a$$ to undo.
Only suspension lifts raise center of gravity not BL's.
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Only suspension lifts raise center of gravity not BL's.
Actually they both do. Anything that raises weight upwards whether its the tub or the frame raises the COG. A BL will raise it less though
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Rokmen makes a .5" BL which they say is good for a TT...Idk though..I have a 2" BL and it is ugly as sin..contemplating going to a 1" or .5"
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How would a body lift not raise the center of gravity? Yes it raises it slightly less than a suspension lift but not by much. Any way you lift a jeep you raise the COG no way around it.
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Actually they both do. Anything that raises weight upwards whether its the tub or the frame raises the COG. A BL will raise it less though
Aight, Aight I stand corrected. My bad.
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I think it should be illegal to sell 3" body lifts and all offenders should be caned for having put them on a vehicle! But really though 1" to 1.25 max on a bl.
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The law in Washington State is 4 inches of body lift maximum, i think they ought to lower that to 2 inches, i can understand someone putting a small one on to clear tires, but the higher up the worse it looks...
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1"-1 1/4" is the only way to go. I only did that to allow for a TT, otherwise I would have stuck with only a suspension lift.
+ 1 Honestly if you wheel your Jeep at all a 1"-1.25" BL is one of the cheapest and best additions to any wheeled rig. Because it allows you to suck that big heaping, rock grabbing, eye sore looking TC skid and put a nice almost flush one on there
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+ 1 Honestly if you wheel your Jeep at all a 1"-1.25" BL is one of the cheapest and best additions to any wheeled rig. Because it allows you to suck that big heaping, rock grabbing, eye sore looking TC skid and put a nice almost flush one on there
Agree, all of my TT stuff is getting at home waiting on my Currie rears.
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Agree, all of my TT stuff is getting at home waiting on my Currie rears.
Pics or it didn't happen.

Now.
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Pics or it didn't happen.

Now.
It was sitting at home...lol

went with UFC TT (x-fer, trans, and oil pan), brown dog mml 1", rc 1.25" bl, currie jj's upper and lower rear.

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body lifts look bad and are bad for your jeep. go suspension lift
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peepers got it right, the reason the 3 inch looks bad (and the 2) is because of the big ole gap. now you can get gap gaurds but its just ugly still. plus more money. plus the high COG and other issues peepers mentioned. I suggest 1.25 or less. I personally dont run any BL., the only reason I might get a 1 inch is to keep my 33s from chewin my fenders disco'd, and to do a TT down the road.
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peepers got it right, the reason the 3 inch looks bad (and the 2) is because of the big ole gap. now you can get gap gaurds but its just ugly still. plus more money. plus the high COG and other issues peepers mentioned. I suggest 1.25 or less. I personally dont run any BL., the only reason I might get a 1 inch is to keep my 33s from chewin my fenders disco'd, and to do a TT down the road.
I have 3.25" lift with 285's and when I get real flexy while disco's it goes up in those fenders something bad.
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Ahh I see now. The side steps are attached to the frame and then the side of the body will have a gap between...I'll just wait till I can afford a suspension!!

Okay, so for an average quality suspension and decent price, can anyone tell me how much a 4" suspension would cost including having INSTALLATION by someone?
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Here's what I would do. Get some ome 2" to 2.5" springs and shocks. Then a 1" bl. You can install this in your driveway in a couple hours with basic hand tools. When you go 4" you need a sye and cv drive shaft . These will run you another five or six hundred bucks, plus install

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