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Old 06-28-2016, 12:36 PM
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89 yj lift? Spacers? Wheels? Confused...

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I'm a little confused about lifts, wheels, etc. I've had 2 different shops tell me 2 different things.

Firstly, this jeep is not my daily driver. This is my off road toy, but it needs to be able to fit in my garage, and since I don't have a trailer I need to be able to drive it to the off road sight which is about an hour away.

Currently has a 2 maybe 2.5 lift with the leaf under the axle,and is on 32.5 tires. I've had this about a month and the previous owner had no specs to give me. As of now I'm rubbing the leaf with my front tires.

One shop told be to get a lift moving the leaf Over the axle to get more clearance and to get bigger tires and wheel spacers.

Another shop told me spacers are bad, but to get wheels with back space. I'm not sure what he's talking about. Looking at my current rig, what's the best way to go about getting more clearance?

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New wheels with backspacing is an option to get the tires to sit a little more to the outside of the wheel well. Cheaper option would be 1.5" wheel spacers which you can install yourself. Redoing the suspension system will be pricey.

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Going spring over is a thing but it will met you about 5-6" of lift and open up a can of worms with needing an sye, new driveshafts, steering, etc.

Not knowing what type of lift you have, it's hard to make recommendations on how to proceed.
It might be simpler to add to what you have now. For example, if your shackles are stock, you could add up to 1" lift shackles. That on top of a 3-3.5" lift is plenty to clear 33's.

You need wheels with the proper backspacing to keep your tires off the hardware when turning. Backspacing is the distance from the wheel mounting surface to the inside of the rim. For yjs, to run 12.5" wide tires, you want 8" wide wheels with 3.5" backspacing.

If your tires are only rubbing at full steering lock you can simply adjust the steering stops, one on each knuckle, and be good to go.
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Also keep in mind that most of the time a low center of gravity is helpful when off-roading. You don't want to be too tall.

Id focus on making what you have flex as well as it can to start. Grease your spring and shackle bushings and bolts so they can move, ditch the sway bar and track bars , and grease up the tie rod ends on the steering links.
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