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Old 04-23-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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Opinions on shackle lifts

I'm only 17 working 2-3 days a week... while paying for my jeep, insurance, and gas. Gonna take forever to get a lift kit. So I was looking at shackle lifts since they are relatively inexpensive. Need some opinions on them. It will only be temporary till I can HOPEFULLY convince my dad to get me a lift and tires for christmas. But if i do get a 2" shackle lift, will it still look ok with 28" tires?

Any other opinions/ideas/statements are also appreciated.


And suggestions of which shackle lift i should get.

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Old 04-23-2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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YEah, it'll look ok, I think.
Keep in mind that a shackle only lifts from one end, so you get half the extra length. So a 2" shackle will get you one inch of height. (it's like lifting a stick from one end - you might lift it one foot, but in the middle it's only 6" off the ground).

But it will make your front "fangs" two inches longer, which will reduce your approach angles, and look a little weird. But 2" isn't much - that's more an issue for the really long shackles.

What do you gain with that extra inch of lift? Can you now fit 33" tires? Not sure that you can, but I'm not a YJ expert. But there are a few around here, and one will comment in a bit.

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I'm only looking to put 31's maybe 32's on it. My dad will complain about it being a pain in the ass to get in and out of if i get too big of tires/lift >.<
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:07 PM   #4
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I'm only looking to put 31's maybe 32's on it. My dad will complain about it being a pain in the ass to get in and out of if i get too big of tires/lift >.<
Dude! You're not building this Jeep for the old and infirm! This is how they thin the herds.

(Joking! I'm probably older than you Dad, and you still want his money. So good choices.)
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Dude! You're not building this Jeep for the old and infirm! This is how they thin the herds.

(Joking! I'm probably older than you Dad, and you still want his money. So good choices.)
lol

I put a 3" body lift on my 87 and put some 31" tires on until I am ready to add another 3" suspension lift and put some 35's on. I get lots of complements on the road and the lift only cost 120.00 bucks. It was not hard to put on but I also had access to a lift and air tools..
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Is a shackle lift the same as a body lift?
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I put one of those cheap kragen shackle lifts on my 87. I was able to fit 31" tires under it but it wasn't worth having fangs hanging down. My shackles would catch on any rock, curb, or piece of wood they could find. I couldn't even go mall crawling anymore. If i was you i would wait until you could get a lift or do an SOA. But if you don't do much crawling than it can be a quick fix.
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Is a shackle lift the same as a body lift?
no. a body lift raises the body off the frame, where a shackle lift drops one of of the spring farther away from the frame.
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Kohrs: do some research on body lifts. It's basically just a set of poly donuts that go between the body and the frame. It's cheap, and relatively easy to install. Keep it to 2" maximum, and it doesn't complicate things, or look too weird.
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Kohrs: do some research on body lifts. It's basically just a set of poly donuts that go between the body and the frame. It's cheap, and relatively easy to install. Keep it to 2" maximum, and it doesn't complicate things, or look too weird.


Yeah that's what I thought it was. But when he said he did a 3" body lift on my shackle lift thread I got confused >.<
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What i plan on doing with mine is a 1-1/4" shackle lift and a one inch body lift. That combo will allow you to fit 31's comfortably, and probably 32's pretty nice. But in my opion i would just stick with 31x10.50's
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Yeah that's what I thought it was. But when he said he did a 3" body lift on my shackle lift thread I got confused >.<
Awesome. Forgive me if I get condescending. Young new Jeepers basically give me a chance to show off. Ignore unneeded advice. Here and everywhere.

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And if you dont regear anything taller then 31's is just gonna kill you for power(which you dont have much of to begin with). With stock gears and motor i would personally go with 31's at the max. But thats just me...
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Yeah that's another thing i was taking into consideration. After I get a lift (whether it be body or suspension) I'm gonna stick some 31 GY A/T's on there. I think.
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sounds good to me. I have 31's on mine and(for now) she's stock.
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You have 31's on stock? Any rubbing???
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When i turn the wheel all the way to either side on a shrp turn they hit the springs a little(aftermarket rims can fix that). I havent been offroading with it since the 31's but I could only imagine they will hit the fenders/fender flares. So i would do a little lift for 31's. But thats just me... If you click on the 89 YJ Project thread yopu can see the pics of mine with 31's. there a little worn so there prolly like 30's by now. but i would suggest a small lift before running 31's. but check my thread for the pics.
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Kohrs.....You need to do a body lift and a shackle lift to run the 31's. If 89YJ has 31's on a stocker he's got rubbing issues any time he hit a driveway at a minimum. Do the 1" BL and 2" shackles (to net 1") and you'll be fine for 31's. Patience my friend.....tough lesson.....but you'll soon find you want 33's and that will drive a 4" lift and other goodies like a SYE and drive shaft!

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i dont hit at all on the street... not even when i hit potholes... the only problem on the street is rubbing on the springs.
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I put 3 inch shackles on mine and didn't mess with anything... I put 31/10.50's on mine and they look just right to me.. but i don't do any of the off-roading in mine.... If I broke something bc i was muddin it.. i would have to pay to fix it.. and i'm only 17... kinda hard.. lol

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