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I want to lift my LJ to 3” and need some opinions. It currently has a Daystar 1.75” BB with shocks. I bought the Jeep to tow a dirt-bike trailer and I will likely only do moderate trail-riding.

I was thinking of:

A) 3” Suspension lift using AEV or BDS springs (+ yet to be determined shocks, links, trackbar brkt.)

B) 1” body lift, stock springs and Fabtec adjustable coil spacers (+ yet to be determined shocks, links, trackbar brkt.)

I really like the idea of the adjustable coil spacers because I hate un-level vehicles. Right now, my Jeep (typically) sits slightly lower in the right rear. I have a Dirworx rear bumper and a Rampage front recovery bumper coming in. They're pretty heavy and I’m a little afraid to invest in 3” springs and shocks only to find the vehicle isn’t level or sags significantly when I tow the trailer. I've had my 100lb son stand on the front and back bumpers and his weight lowers the vehicle about 1/4" at both ends, so I think my stock springs aren't too bad.

If I go with new coils, I'm leaning towards the AEVs as they are progressive rate. Any comments on the difference between the AEVs and the BDS?

Thanks!
 

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I have the complete bds 3 inch lift on my lj and love it. It handles off roar great and doesn't sag with a heavy front bumper and winch and rear tire carrier bumper. Since I have the whole lift kit, I have the bds shocks too. The Jeep rides very smooth especially since it has mud tires. I would just do the whole bds kit for 600$ or so. Plus they have the no questions warranty. Check it out.
 

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Good quality springs of the height you want are always a better choice than spacers are.
 

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kylekae said:
I have the complete bds 3 inch lift on my lj and love it. It handles off roar great and doesn't sag with a heavy front bumper and winch and rear tire carrier bumper. Since I have the whole lift kit, I have the bds shocks too. The Jeep rides very smooth especially since it has mud tires. I would just do the whole bds kit for 600$ or so. Plus they have the no questions warranty. Check it out.
How big of tires are you running with that lift?? Just trying to figure out what I wanna put on mine. It's a stock 2000 tj. Thanks
 

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If you want progressive rate 3" springs, look into the Curries that Savvy sells. I have them on mine matched with Rancho 9000XLS shocks and it rides very nice.
 

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Good quality springs of the height you want are always a better choice than spacers are.
I agree,

I just hate the idea of getting it all on and (possibly) dealing with sag down the road and going trial and error with pucks to level it out.

What I'd really like would be 3" springs and the ACOS, but I just bought new 32s and don't want to go higher than 3".

I am leaning towards the AEV springs though, and piecing the rest together.
 

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I just hate the idea of getting it all on and (possibly) dealing with sag down the road and going trial and error with pucks to level it out.
I played that game for a while. Then I used some common sense I learned in physics class a long time ago.

How much a spring compresses is determined by the inherent properties of the spring...it's unloaded length, and it's spring rate.

Spring rate is reported in pounds per inch (lbs/in). The length is reported in inches. If you know how much weight you have, you can figure out how much the spring will compress...and vice versa.

Therefore, using common sense thinking, you can pick a spring that will give you the length and rate necessary to prevent sagging due to a winch, bumper, etc.

With a little work, my Jeep with a winch sits nicely whether it's got a hard top, soft top, unloaded or loaded with 300lbs of camping gear and towing my trailer. no spacers at all.
 

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My jeep has the Fab tech coil spacers, previous owner installed them. I haven't had any problems with them, but plan on getting a real lift.
 

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My jeep has the Fab tech coil spacers, previous owner installed them. I haven't had any problems with them, but plan on getting a real lift.
10-4. I always want to do things the "right" way and know that ultimately, taller coils are the best solution, but I just want to do things once and don't like the uncertainty of getting new springs... Some sag, some don't, others sit higher or lower and ride smoother or rougher than advertised. With your ACOS, the ride is not affected and you can adjust them up or down when you add equipment or the springs settle. If I were going to go any higher, the spacers would not be considered at all, but at 3", I'm still leaning that way.
 

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Well I over-researched until I couldn't take it any longer and just ordered the Teraflex 3" kit with shocks from 4X4 Group Buy. I hope it doesn't sit too high in the rear (right now, I'm an inch higher in back w/o a spare), 'cause I don't want to go any higher in front to level it out.
 
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