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Old 02-15-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Suggestion for a quick, cheap, small lift?

I probably won't be able to afford a 4 inch lift kit and 33 inch tires by the time summer rolls around, so I figured I might be able to do a small cheap lift for now. What would you guys recommend doing? I'm looking for 1-2 inches of lift so I can fit 30's under the Jeep.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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Boomerang shackle lift. Quickest and easiest to do. A big plus is that it will compliment your spring lift in the future by helping prevent shackle inversion which leads to bent springs.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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I am going with a 1-1/4" set of shackles along with a 2-1/2" suspension lift. As it sits now, with the shackles I can fit 32" tires without rubbing the fender flares. I'm putting the susp lift on for a little more tire clearance when off road. As a bonus, it gives it a better look.

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Old 02-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #4
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Is there a boomerang lift that will give me 1 1/4 lift? I'd like to have at least that much
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:11 AM   #5
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Yep, just don't forget to get greasable bolts. Although I wouldn't go more than 1" on shackle length over OEM (.5" total lift) but it's just me.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:30 AM   #6
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Move your leaf springs from the bottom to the top of the axle. Cut the perches off the bottom and weld them on the top. You can add a BL cheep for some extra clearance.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:18 PM   #7
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Yep, just don't forget to get greasable bolts. Although I wouldn't go more than 1" on shackle length over OEM (.5" total lift) but it's just me.
... Almost forgot. When you install shackles you might need to drop the tank if you're planning and can keep the original bolts, so prep accordingly:
- you'll need a 4" hand grinder with a cut-off wheel (more likely ) to deal with 3 bolts that hold the skid above the axle;
- replacements for those;
- if your current springs are flat you might need to cut a tiny little piece of the skid to have clearance for the left bolt;
- and for your own sake DO NOT put those bolts in the way they were. When installing place the bolt so the nut goes on the side of shackles closer to the tank NOT the head of the bolt. In the future it'll save you a lot of pain in ... well, I'll leave it up to you to decide where at
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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Hmm didn't know that changing shackels was this difficult lol. Maybe I should just wait for my 4 inch lift?
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:59 PM   #9
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It is not. Just more detailed description it's fun anyway.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:10 PM   #10
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Hmm actually.. I need to fix a fuel line above the tank anyways. It's cracked so it's dripping a little bit of fuel. I need to fix that so while the tanks down, I can install the shackles. But what size shackle should I use? I never did favor shackle lifts but for the summer, I'd like to fit 30s under the jeep with a little bit of clearance between the tire and the flare. My front springs are flat but my rear springs still have some arch in them.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:27 PM   #11
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I got 1" over OEM length .5" total lift with trimmed flares
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:32 PM   #12
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So it's not really worth it to buy them fir temporary reasons?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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Not true. You can go without them, true. It's just a cheap way to get extra lift by paying price of slightly (on smaller shackles) overloading springs on one end. That's probably the reason not to go with too long shackles in the first place. Might be more thought.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:05 PM   #14
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The boomerang shackles are totally worth it if you plan on doing any crawling as someone has already said(spring inversion)

I've got thirty inchers under mine with no lift at all, but then I haven't flexed her out yet........
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:18 AM   #15
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Although its the cheapest way to get a lift this is what bothers me with big shackles. When you looking at the construction of a leaf spring you see a bow where both sides loaded equally and therefore work equally also. When you start loading up one side of it it will, first - do more work than the other, second - will be bent more then the other and will be sagging faster. Anyone is welcome to correct me if I'm wrong.
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I have 1 3/4 shackles and I love them I've had them for over a year and they haven't bothered my flex one bit it did change my drive angle a bit tho and had to go with a slip yolk eliminator to rid the vibrations but other then that they've served there purpose no sagging springs yet either but they are 4 in rough country springs so they may hold up better then the factory ones if u look close you can see the shackle on the right front
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:51 AM   #17
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I see what you guys are saying. The thing is, once I get a suspension lift, the lift shackles would be coming off. I'm trying to do a 3.5 inch suspension lift with a 1 inch body lift. I'm afraid to do a 4 inch suspension lift incase i end up needing an SYE. I don't have the money for that right now. But now on the same note, my body mount bolts won't come out easy and the head will round off. So I don't know what to do lol
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:01 AM   #18
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If you are going to do a 4 inch lift later on keep the shackles on there, I know a few guys who have 4" suspension lift with 1" shackles and just the t-case drop with no vibrations. If your really wanting to do the 1" body lift go ahead and just get it now insted of the shackles...
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I'd say get ready for a 1" body, change to 1" over OEM length shackles, and trim the flares for now. Shackles ad flare trim should clear a little better those 31" wheels. Body lift will help as soon as you do it, and then whenever you will through that 3.5" suspension lift to finish it. Re: SYE, I'd plan for it anyway to be safe. As I understand you can possibly get away with dropping t-Case but SYE does seem to be more appropriate way to go although more expensive. I have 1" over OEM length shackles, will be installing 1" BL and 2.5" SL when it warms up and even with that little I'm aiming to buy SYE and change to CV shaft. It does sound excessive but it is the way it was supposed to be done to begin with, isn't it? So, with that said, it's your Jeep. Make it right the first time, so you won't have to come back to it later. "Cheap one will pay twice." Save the time for redoing your mods for some other more useful projects. It's just me though, you might be different as well as there will be a ton of people that will disagree with my thoughts. It's not that you cant do those things, it's that sometimes there are better ways of handling it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:00 PM   #20
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Hmm... The one bad thing about this forum is everyone makes good points lol. Btw, do you NEED a cv driveshaft with an SYE? I was curious because when I saw the price of the cv driveshaft, I automatically assumed an SYE was out of the question
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I thought it can be replaced piece by piece buy I could be wrong. Interesting question though. Anyone?
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You have to buy both the SYE and CV shaft they won't work without each other
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:40 PM   #23
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I have a 1.5 inch lift on my YJ and I fit 31s with plenty of room. If you only want to put 30's you'll be just fine with a 1 inch shackle lift. Putting 33s on tomorrow, once i get them on I'll post some pics.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:43 AM   #24
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Okay I think I've decided. I think I'll just wait to buy the suspension lift and use the other money to buy POR15. lol
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I have a skyjacker 2 inch coil spacers lift with hydro 7000 shocks I could sell you. Just took it off my Tj. It has less than 1000 miles on it.
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Sorry I just noticed you have a yj.
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Got my 33x12.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains on finally. haha

I'm putting a 4 inch lift on in a couple weeks. But you get the idea
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Got my 33x12.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains on finally. haha

I'm putting a 4 inch lift on in a couple weeks. But you get the idea
Dude! I just noticed your plate. Where are you located?
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I'm located in Naperville, its about 45 miles southeast of Chicago.

You know of any good Jeep Clubs around? haha
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Barryc41---lol it's all good man thanks for the offer though!

Jeep-YJ-91---Nice lookin' rig! What kinda lift do you have on their now? Looks good with those 33s!

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