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Old 02-02-2017, 09:58 PM
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Body lift and suspension kit??

I have a stock '89 YJ, and I want to get some floor clearence, I'm a bit on a budget here, but I would like to start a project on this, I've always loved jeeps since I was a kid, I'm thinking on starting on suspension, and this is my idea:
- 2.5in suspension kit
- 1.25 body lift
The questions that pop on my head are:
- Do I need a steering shock?
- Do I need sway bars disconectors?
- What size of tire do Y'all recomend for this project?
Gotta be honest with Y'all, the jeep will be used on the city and also on dirt, not big off roading trails but it wil go off road into dirt and also mud...
I'm from Mexico and I live in Monterrey, we have excelent trails around here, I'm really into camping, hiking ans MTB, and this jeep will be my way around these beautiful mountains we got around down here...
Also I wanted to ask, if any of Y'all know if my jeep is able to have a "safari snorkel" this is a bit of a "tantrum" because I always loved the way they look with it, I want to be clear with Y'all I'm not gonna be crossing deep rivers or anything like I said, this is more of a"tantrum"...
Please let me know your comments and recommendations, I'll be on this! Thanks Y'all for your time!!
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If you are on a budget do what needs to be done and forget about the snorkel. If you don't need it don't get it. Build your base for your Jeep. Then if you get it like you want it and still want a snorkel do it. Just remember JEEP= Just Empty Every Pocket. Good luck

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If you are on a budget do what needs to be done and forget about the snorkel. If you don't need it don't get it. Build your base for your Jeep. Then if you get it like you want it and still want a snorkel do it. Just remember JEEP= Just Empty Every Pocket. Good luck
Thanks for the reply, all right then, let's say I leave the snorkel out and stick to the real question here...

How important is the body lift and the suspension lift, like I mentioned on the original tread, that's what I am trying to find out, because I do not want to spend money on something that it's not all usable, for example, if I get the 1.25in BL and a 1in SK, or if its better to get a 2.5in SK, Y'all get my point?
Also, if i need a steering stabilizer shock with those heights? and thanks for the luck!!! I really appreciate y'all feedback!
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What size tires do you want to end up with? If 31's get the 2.5" lift, if 33's get a 4" or 4.5" lift. Count on a sye(slip yoke eliminator) in the future if you go the larger lift. You can always do a body lift later. Most lift kits come with the steering stabilizer shock. From experience, invest in a quality lift. The cheaper kits are ok for a while but I'm finding I should have invested in a better quality lift.


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Attachment 3444258Attachment 3444266

First pic is 30" tires
Second is 33", both with a 4" lift


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First pic is 30" tires
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Thanks for the answer it really helps, to be totally honest, I did not thought about the tire size until now...
I'm trying to get from stock, to a bit more off roady look, I'm guessing the 31" tires will be the best for this...
I don't want to go all aggressive (yet), what my budget allows (and what actually I am aiming to) right now it's the following:
- Rough Country 2.5in Jeep Suspension Lift Kit
- Rough Country 1.25in Jeep Body Lift Kit (Man Trans)
- Rough Country Jeep Steering Stabilizer
- Rough Country Jeep Steering Brace
- Rough Country Pitman Arm (Manual)
- Rough Country Jeep Front Track Bar Bracket
- Rough Country Jeep Boomerang Lift Shackles
- Rough Country 1in Jeep Motor Mount Lift
Got to be totally honest, that's what the guy from the 4x4 shop tells me... and I do have the budget to get it, let's call it, the first phase of what I want, now, seeing this and having not at all a completely idea, I want to know if all that is really necessary?
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You get what you pay for. The Rough country lift doesn't have the best reputation.
I suggest a better quality lift and do your mods incrementally as you can afford them.

I would find a 2 1/2" kit that came with shocks and a transfer case drop. That way you could save the cost of the motor mount lift (new motor mounts) and the labor to install them.
If you stay with 30 or 31 inch tires you shouldn't need a body lift, nor the labor to install it. The larger the tires, the greater the loss of power without a regearing of both axles.
Based on your statement of how you plan to use your Jeep, you probably don't need the boomerang shackles either.

Many Jeepers remove their track bars with no negative effects. You may not need the track bar bracket.

As far as the stabilizer, the Pitman arm and the steering brace, hopefully other posters with similar lift heights can chime in.

Search this forum for comments on lifts and comments on track bars. Also, do a Google search for the same.

I understand that you are in a hurry to get started on your project. I suggest that to get the most benefit from the money that you have available for this project, you do a lot more research. Just drive your Jeep the way it is for a couple/few weeks and then decide what lift and tires to get. Follow this forum daily and you will learn a lot without actually spending any money.

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Body lift and suspension kit??

IF you end up with the Rough Country, the 4" or 4.5" comes with drop pitman, steering stabilizer and the 4.5" comes with shackles I believe? I would invest, as I am...(currently having issues with 4" rough country) in a better spring. The rubicon express or bds is highly recommended as is OME


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Thanks Y'all for your answers, exactly that's what I am doing, I am doing as much research as I can, sorry if I show to much emotion, I am really excited about starting this project, but I want to spend what is right and functional for my Jeep, so please, continue with the pro, con, etc.

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