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katieclaire0207 09-22-2007 02:32 PM

body and suspension lift kits
I have a question.. I am a new owner of a 2 Door 07 Wrangler X and I am thinking about buying a lift for it. What is the difference between a suspension lift kit and a body lift kit? And would a 3.5" lift look good or would a bigger one be better?

nregas1 09-22-2007 02:45 PM

BL just lifts the body away from the chassis via spacers.
SL raises the actual suspension via extended length coils or coil spacers.

JK's require less lift to achieve clearance for oversized tires.
0" lift will allow up to 32" tires
2" lift will allow up to 33" tires.
3" lift will allow for 35" tires.

A JK can add just a 2" BB for anywhere b/w $120-$400 (depending on shocks).

Basically depends on your use and intentions for the vehicle. If it's for looks and the occasional trail ride a BB will do you just fine.

katieclaire0207 09-22-2007 02:58 PM

Thanks! One more question.. what is a BB?

Scout 09-22-2007 03:09 PM

Try this too:

katieclaire0207 09-22-2007 03:21 PM

If I buy tires I obviously have to buy rims for them too right?

Triple88a 09-22-2007 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by katieclaire0207 (Post 140017)
Thanks! One more question.. what is a BB?

BudgedBoost is just a cambo that uses the stock springs and adds plastic material like spacers on top of the coils so now the coils are "longer". Most BBs come with the spacers and shocks which makes them cheaper.

So a BB would be spacers and shocks while a suspension lift would be with coils and shocks. Coils are more expensive than spacers..

You can mount bigger tires on the original rims so no you dont have to get new rims unless the tire is too tall and wide. Too big of a tire will rub parts of the body and the chassis when offroading or when turning sharply.

nregas1 09-22-2007 07:47 PM

Oh yeah. Sorry about the BB - as Trip88 said, it means "Budget Boost". Poly coil spacer with shocks and all the needed parts. By far the easiest/quickest/cheapest "lift" modification you can do.

Wheels depend on your choice of tires and the size and backspace (moves wheel/tire away from body/frame) of your current wheels. Decide on the tires and that will dictate your wheels. But you may be just fine with certain stock rims.

katieclaire0207 09-23-2007 03:28 PM

well, if i was going to buy 35" tires, could the original rims fit on those? i'm pretty sure the originals are 16" rims.

Levinoss 09-23-2007 03:42 PM

Go with 33's, unless you want to open up a whole new can of worms.

And dont believe the stock rims will work for anything above 31's?


katieclaire0207 09-23-2007 03:47 PM

so stock rims won't work for 33s?

thedon 09-23-2007 04:21 PM

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What are you looking to do with your Jeep?
You can run stock wheels with 35"s, but you have to put on a wheel spacers.
33"s are about the biggest you can go with out wheel spacers our new rims.
We run our JK with out 1 3/4 lift and a 1" body lift with 35" tires and works great.

Its been to Moab and the rubicon trail and back.

JEEPers 09-23-2007 04:24 PM

Yes you can put 33's on your stock rims, I have 35's. check this

katieclaire0207 09-23-2007 04:24 PM

I'm looking to put either a 2 or 3" lift on it and just don't have the money for rims and I kinda like the stock rims so I just need to know if I can use stock rims on 33s without buying any extras.

Triple88a 09-23-2007 04:42 PM


Originally Posted by katieclaire0207 (Post 140487)
so I just need to know if I can use stock rims on 33s without buying any extras.

yes you can. If you have any rubbing you can add some small wheel spacers to space the wheels apart so it doesn't rub.

nregas1 09-23-2007 04:59 PM

With a little lift (BB) and (perhaps a 1" BL but I'd wait on that) you should be able to run 33's on your stock rims. According to all publications about lifting a JK, 33's will have plenty of clearance with just the 2" BB. The only remaining issue with your current rims will be the backspacing and whether or not it will result in rub of the 33's when you're at full turn. At worst, you'll get rub at full turn. JK's have more stock clearance that TJ's.

katieclaire0207 09-23-2007 08:44 PM

thanks so much to everyone who replied! hopefully i'll be posting pictures soon enough with my lift, new tires, and some kc lights!

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