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Old 04-04-2009, 05:16 PM
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Body Lift Question?

I'm new to the forum and I have a 2.5 inch rough country lift on my 2006 wrangler. I want to put a 3 inch body lift on with it but i'm a little curious what the ride will be like? I want to be able to run 35s but it's my main ride and I don't want it to be a horrible ride.

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First, welcome to the forum!

Second, avoid 3" body lifts like the plague. A 1" body lift is fine, a 2" is ok if absolutely needed but few experienced Jeepers would even consider a 3" body lift. Too many mods needed to lift the body up off the frame 3" and it looks lame too.

There's a LOT needed before you can run 35" tires, the least of which being the required clearance. Sufficient rear axle strength (the standard Dana 35c is not really strong enough), gearing (stock gearing won't allow the engine to easily turn 35" tires), steering (not strong enough), etc.

To go to 35" tire, you need to do it right which means preparation... 35" tires are a MAJOR upgrade, not one that is done easily without starting to break stuff, create poor braking, reduced engine performance, etc. You really need 5" of suspension lift or 4" plus a 1" body lift, new lower axle gear ratios, stronger steering componentry, strong enough rear axle, better brakes, etc.

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I would suggest a 1.25 JKS Body Lift and Motor Mount Lift or equivalent with your 2.5" lift. You could run 33s with that and then put money into armor. Since it's your daily driver 33s will most likely eek you out better MPGs than 35s anyway and will still look awesome on your TJ.

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+1 on the JKS 1.25 BL. I have one on my 02 TJ. Easy to install and is the best BL IMO due to how the spacers conform to the OE body mounts. Jerry hit it right on the spot ( which he always does ). The list of modifications that must be done to run 35's are extensive. If this is your goal, read, read and read some more about what you have to do and do it a peice at a time.
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If I run 33s will I need to regear?
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If I run 33s will I need to regear?
If you have anything higher (lower number) than 3.73 then you should re-gear for sure. If you have an auto tranny it becomes more critical to re-gear. Here's a link to a chart:

Gear Ratio Guide for Larger Tires

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