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Old 09-12-2015, 09:39 AM
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Body or Shackle lift

I have a 1990 YJ with 4" lift and 33s, I think it looks a little full though. I want it to stand a little taller. So should I do a 1"body or 1/2" shackle. I know most people don't recommend shackle lifts but whatever.

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Old 09-12-2015, 09:41 AM
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Here's my jeep:
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I think it yours looks good but then again I'm only lifted 2.5" , shackles would probably be easier are yours stock? I'm not a fan of body lifts I think the look funny.
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Nothing wrong with either. A 1" body or 1/2 inch shackle are the safe maximum for both. A body lift gives you no more frame and skid plate clearance, but will give you more wheel/ body space. A shackle gives you a bit more usable clearance, it's fine to run both.

Now the downside, 5 1/2" of lift is too much for your size tires IMHO, they will look like pizza cutters. The general idea in the off-road community is only lift enough to give you the articulation needed for the tire size you are running. Going too high just makes you top heavy and more prone to ending up rubber side up.

But of course it's your jeep so do as you wish, I'm just giving my opinion.
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I'd go for a slight shackle life. You can get some beefier grease able shackles that will be an upgrade and give you a little bump in lift.

Never been a fan of body lifts. To me they look odd, and is not want to deal with the issues they can create.

HOWEVER: looking at your picture (it's hard to tell) are you sure you have stock shackles? They look a little long and thick.

You don't want to go too much over stock on the shackles. I think 1" longer (1/2" lift) is about maximum before handling gets affected.
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Not sure more height will help.
I'd say pull the flares and do a highline with a bigger opening.
The lift/stance all looks great.
Just open up the wheel opening...
maybe even just trim the factory flares.... free.

But
i think the front flare needs to move back and the rear flare needs to be longer.
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Nothing wrong with either. A 1" body or 1/2 inch shackle are the safe maximum for both. A body lift gives you no more frame and skid plate clearance, but will give you more wheel/ body space. A shackle gives you a bit more usable clearance, it's fine to run both. Now the downside, 5 1/2" of lift is too much for your size tires IMHO, they will look like pizza cutters. The general idea in the off-road community is only lift enough to give you the articulation needed for the tire size you are running. Going too high just makes you top heavy and more prone to ending up rubber side up. But of course it's your jeep so do as you wish, I'm just giving my opinion.
I agree with you, I was planning on either the body or the shackles. 5-1/2" is way too much for 33s.
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I'd go for a slight shackle life. You can get some beefier grease able shackles that will be an upgrade and give you a little bump in lift. Never been a fan of body lifts. To me they look odd, and is not want to deal with the issues they can create. HOWEVER: looking at your picture (it's hard to tell) are you sure you have stock shackles? They look a little long and thick. You don't want to go too much over stock on the shackles. I think 1" longer (1/2" lift) is about maximum before handling gets affected.
I have never done anything to them and I'm pretty sure the PO didn't either considering this was the same jeep when I bought it:
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