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Old 04-11-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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i am starting a 1976 cj5 build and wanted to see what everyone thought about lift size. it has a 2 in body lift on it now and it clears 33s nicely.i was maby going to go with 35s and was going back and forth between adding another 4in or 2.5 in suspension lift to it.. what r ur thoughts on lift size and tire size?

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Old 04-11-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Im for keeping them as low as possible and still clearing tires..but that's just me. Personally I would ditch the body lift andthe go spring over. But you could keep the BL and add a 2.5". And there is the other option is ditch the BL and go 4".

Don't think I've helped at all. Might have even muddled it further.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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My 77 CJ5 is sprung over with 2" shackle lift, and will clear 35's, but im only running 33's. I had to get extended brake lines, drop pitman arm, weld on new spring perches, and I still need to weld on new shock mounts for long travel shocks. I love it! Great articulation considering its leaf springs, but be prepared to put a little work into it.

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It depends on what you are going to do with it as well. Hard core off road, mostly street with some off road, no off road pretty show jeep....

You have to worry about fewer things with a pretty street jeep, clearing the tires when they turn and some suspension travel is all you would need, if that makes sense....

I agree with keeping things as low as possible. The higher the vehicle, the higher the center of gravity, right? I don't know if you have been upside down in a vehicle, but I don't recommend it.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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now when u do a spring over do u have to flip the axles or anything?
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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now when u do a spring over do u have to flip the axles or anything?
if you flip the axles it will go backwards...
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Do not do spring over. Your axle will want to rotate upward. I do not recommend this. Like said, it depends on what you want it to look like in the long run. There are a few ways you could go at this point.
1.You already have a 2" body lift on the Jeep. If you like the way that looks just add 4" CJ springs for 35" tires. that will give you 6" of total lift with only having to buy springs.

2. If you plan on keeping this Jeep awhile and doing trail rides/onroad driving often, then I would suggest when you buy 4" springs, buy the 4" springs for a YJ. They are wider and provide a better ride (for a CJ anyway) and will give you a bit more flex. Now you will have to change the spring hanger which are cheap enough. Google it and you will all whats involved.

You have to have more than a 2" body lift to clear 33" nicely.

The best setup to me is 4" YJ springs (all you do is remove your current hangers and replace with YJ hangers) with a 2" body lift if you want to clear 35"s. Anything bigger than a 35 on a CJ5 makes driving suck unless you add wider axles.
2. If you plan on keeping this Jeep awhile and doing trail rides/onroad driving often, then I would suggest when you buy 4" springs, buy the 4" springs for a YJ. They are wider and provide a better ride (for a CJ anyway) and will give you a bit more flex. Now you will have to change the spring hanger which are cheap enough. Google it and you will see all whats involved.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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i have a 80 cj5 with 4' springs in the front and shackle reversal and spring over in the rear with a set of xj springs turned backwards to give me 6's of stretch and turned the rear 8.8 axle enough that the driveline won't bind,there is a fine line to acomplish this.

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