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Old 02-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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yet another lift question.

I've searched and read a ton, but still don't know the answer.

'98 tj... moved to 8500 foot in colorado and would like a bit more clearance with the 31's I put on. Do not plan to off road. Was looking at a 2" body lift, but now it appears I need new shocks. Does it make sense to spring for a suspension kit with shocks? I do not plan to do the lift myself. Any thoughts or recommendation?

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I'm anxious to hear what answers you get from this. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place too. Good luck..

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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Don't waste time and effort on a BL especially if you need shocks

Look at something line a 2" BDS lift with springs and shocks and call it a day.

You will make room for the 31s, get ground clearance, and improve your ride. With a BL all you do is raise your problems and get nothing in return.
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But with a 2 inch shock/coil lift, don't you still need sway bar links and a rear trackbar bracket? Just curious......
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But with a 2 inch shock/coil lift, don't you still need sway bar links and a rear trackbar bracket? Just curious......
Your stock trackbars should work without the additional brackets. The axle shift will be minimal. Sway bar links aren't that expensive from say Autozone or Pepboys (especially if you don't care about having quick-disco's) Only reason I will change my trackbars when I git my lift (2" BDS coil/shocks) is because I bought them for my 03 TJ and never got them on before it was wrecked)
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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I just wanna do it the right way. Thanks
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I just wanna do it the right way. Thanks
I know what you mean. That's why I'm saving for a BDS. I hear majority of good things about them. Just gonna be a while.
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I'm debating on doing the RC 2.5 with Smittybilt XRC sliders w/step, and Bushwacker flatties. I'm just concerned about the whole thing making my 31's look tiny. Or....do I go with the lift, sell the 31's, (which are like new), buy 32's, skip the sliders and go with the flatties. I'm really undecided what to do. This is my first Jeep.
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But with a 2 inch shock/coil lift, don't you still need sway bar links and a rear trackbar bracket? Just curious......
95% of a jeeps with a 2 inch lift don't need those.

I used a trackbar bracket to center my rear axle. But I am in the minority.
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on my 00' sahara the PO put a puck lift and shocks.the pucks are 2" and it still has stock track bars the only thing is with wider tires you need to run a wheel with a wider back spacing cause the tires will rub on front lower control arm and rear upper spring cup
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Yea. I already have 15 x 8 black steelies with 3.75 inch of backspacing.
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I've searched and read a ton, but still don't know the answer.

'98 tj... moved to 8500 foot in colorado and would like a bit more clearance with the 31's I put on. Do not plan to off road. Was looking at a 2" body lift, but now it appears I need new shocks. Does it make sense to spring for a suspension kit with shocks? I do not plan to do the lift myself. Any thoughts or recommendation?
A 1" BL alone will suffice.

My setup works pretty good in Colorado....here's more info.
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on my 00' sahara the PO put a puck lift and shocks.the pucks are 2" and it still has stock track bars the only thing is with wider tires you need to run a wheel with a wider back spacing cause the tires will rub on front lower control arm and rear upper spring cup
Your tires should not rub. I run a 2" lift with 31s that are wider than stick and have no rub at all......on stock rims too.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #14
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yeah im running 32/11.5's and was getting slight rubbing with my stock wheels so i ran some lug centric spacers until i could get som aftermarket wheels

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