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Lift kit vs. body lift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by newguy16, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Aug 30, 2017 at 7:51 PM
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    newguy16

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    Hey, I only have a 4 banger 1995 wrangler and want a lift kit. I don't want to get too big b/c this engine needs to be able to turn the tires so I am considering a 2.5 inch lift. Is it crazy to do the suspension lift as well as a 1 inch body lift?
     
  2. Aug 30, 2017 at 7:56 PM
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    Welcome! IMO build your Jeep in strategic stages. Perhaps start with a quality complete lift kit, tires to match, re-gearing to recover lost power then evaluate the need for additional lift. Just my opinion.
     
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  3. Aug 30, 2017 at 7:57 PM
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    when buying a kit, will I need to buy anything else? Again, only going 2.5 inches. Break lines, steering? Thanks for the info
     
  4. Aug 30, 2017 at 8:04 PM
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    For 2.5" I would steer away from a body lift, a suspension lift and then a 1" body lift for that extra little clearance is fine. A 2.5" body lift to me looks funny with the extra space between the body and frame. A body lift also causes other issues such as your shifters hitting the floor before going into gear.
     
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  7. Aug 31, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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    Many states only allow a 1 in body lift. If you want an easy. 3.5in lift for your jeep. Get Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5 in springs and get you some 5 in shackles for another 1 in lift front and rear. This will allow you to run 33x12.50s. 4:56 gears will really help the 4cyl get along. You will want to eventually install a slip yoke eliminator SYE on your Tcase to eliminate driveline vibration. installing a new SYE will require you to get a new rear driveshaft. Tom woods driveshafts $2-300.
     
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  8. Aug 31, 2017 at 6:57 PM
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    Just my 2 cents. Not that it's needed at this point. Lol. I agree with above posts. Originally I planned on a 2 inch lift and a 1 or 2 inch body lift. The more research I did on body lifts. I decided to stay away from them. To many issues I didn't feel were worth it. And not worth the time and effort that I could accomplish with a suspension lift. And without the unsightly gap between the body and frame.

    As aggrex more or less stated. Install your suspension lift. And go from there.
     

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