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KP Texan 02-16-2011 04:48 PM

Best Lift for This Application?
 
I just bought a '97 Sahara Edition and it came with almost new 31x10.5-15 BFG Mud Terrain KM2s which I really like. This particular Wrangler came with the 15" Alloy wheels that have round holds in them (not sure what Jeep called them) but the clearcoat looked pretty terrible on them. Since I prefer the stock type look, I was able to snag a set of 5 nearly mint TJ Canyon wheels off Craigslist for $200. They look pretty sharp but I think that I need to increase my wheel well clearance just a bit since the 31's are larger than stock; I'm thinking that 1-2" of lift will do well for this.

I was at first thinking of getting a 1.75-2" coil spring spacer lift. My primary concerns with a suspension lift are that I won't be able to run stock sized shocks and that they have a tendency to mess up the driveline angle. I've got plenty of experience with that issue from when I put a 4" suspension lift on my K5 Blazer and it was not fun to deal with. I'm sure a 2" suspension lift may not change my driveline angle terribly, but I still read about people having to drop the T-case or raise the front engine mounts for budget boost lifts.

This brings me to the next option that I'm leaning towards: a 1" body lift. With the body lift, it's easier to install, I'll be able to run stock sized shocks, but I will have to move the fan shroud and possibly tinker with the transfer case shifter adjustment. Now, I used to frown on body lifts of any magnitude but it almost makes more sense in this case. How are body lifts construed in the Wrangler community? Are they a cheap and/or lazy attempt at lifting a Jeep or are they actually considered to be okay when done in a tasteful manner? I know there may be issues with a 3" body lift but I'm thinking a 1" won't mess with the gaps too bad and should still look relatively clean. Am I right?

What would you guys do if you were only going to have 31's and wanted to keep a relatively stock look but still have a bit of a boost?

Thanks so much,

Wes

schnutzy 02-16-2011 04:53 PM

a 1-1.25 inch BL is very common, and required for most high clearance skids.
as for the fan shroud, most instal a 1 inch motor mount lift to correct that issue.
i see nothing wrong with the 1 inch BL, and it gives you the ability to instal a high clearance skid should you want to.

sheba918 02-16-2011 05:13 PM

I have 31's that rubbed as well, I threw in some Daystar 1.75 inch spacers on the front and some longer front shocks. It leveled the jeep out and now I have no rubbing issues and it still rides like stock.

530ktm 02-16-2011 05:37 PM

Your Jeep can run 31 inch tires on stock suspension but you may need to add some washers to your steering stops so the tires don't rub at full turn. If you really want to add a 1 inch or 1.25 inch body lift that is fine but you will need to address the fan shroud relocation as well as perhaps the transfer case linkage. As mentioned, you can add the 1 inch motor mount lift to eliminate the shroud and linkage situation. This is the most economical way to get a little more height out of your Jeep if you want to keep 31 inch tires. The problem is most of us are never satisfied and want to go bigger down the road. :whistling:

KP Texan 02-16-2011 05:51 PM

Thanks for the quick replies! Yeah I already bought the washers for my steering stops but have yet to put them in. I've pretty well decided that I won't ever do enough hardcore offroading in my TJ to need anything more than 31's. When I put 33's and a supsension lift on my K5, I really ended up regretting it because it did not drive as well as stock and I never got into anything that I needed larger than stock tires for. I've decided that this Jeep will stay fairly close to stock and should work great for the beach/camping/fishing/hunting that I want it for.

I was reading the installation instructions for the Rough Country 1.25" BL and it seems pretty easy to deal with the fan shroud issue; says you've got to re-drill a few holes in the plastic shroud and make a cutout at the bottom for the radiator hose. $100 shipped doesn't seem too bad to me: PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES BODY LIFT KIT PAB951 - eBay (item 280314671462 end time Mar-10-11 11:21:35 PST) . I've seen some people say that all brands seem to be okay and that the premium for Daystar isn't worth it. I also like the MORE BL since aluminum just seems sturdier than plastic. Thoughts?

Thanks so much,

Wes

530ktm 02-16-2011 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by KP Texan (Post 1060707)
Thanks for the quick replies! Yeah I already bought the washers for my steering stops but have yet to put them in. I've pretty well decided that I won't ever do enough hardcore offroading in my TJ to need anything more than 31's. When I put 33's and a supsension lift on my K5, I really ended up regretting it because it did not drive as well as stock and I never got into anything that I needed larger than stock tires for. I've decided that this Jeep will stay fairly close to stock and should work great for the beach/camping/fishing/hunting that I want it for.

I was reading the installation instructions for the Rough Country 1.25" BL and it seems pretty easy to deal with the fan shroud issue; says you've got to re-drill a few holes in the plastic shroud and make a cutout at the bottom for the radiator hose. $100 shipped doesn't seem too bad to me: PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES BODY LIFT KIT PAB951 - eBay (item 280314671462 end time Mar-10-11 11:21:35 PST) . I've seen some people say that all brands seem to be okay and that the premium for Daystar isn't worth it. I also like the MORE BL since aluminum just seems sturdier than plastic. Thoughts?

Thanks so much,

Wes

I went with the JKS but any of the good quality lifts are fine. If you go to 33 inch tires you really need to re gear the Jeep with 4.56 gears if it is the manual tranny and 6 cylinder. It will drive like stock with this set up. Your Jeep will surprise many at it's ability to go off roading in stock condition so if you are just doing light trails, etc. you will be fine. Enjoy it.

sheba918 02-16-2011 08:12 PM

I should have been more specific, I used the Daystar 1.75in coil spring spacers. They were like 35 bucks and took about two hours to put in. I managed to do it by just pulling the shocks and disconnecting the sway bars.

KP Texan 02-16-2011 08:26 PM

Well it looks like it's between the Performance Accessories kit listed above and this Rough Country BL: Jeep Accessories - TJ Body Lift . Given that they are both $100 shipped, is there any reason to choose one over the other? The RC is .25" taller but that's also .25" more gap between the body and frame. Jerry Bransford recommends the PA kit and he seems to be one of the gurus around these parts.

Thanks so much,

Wes


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