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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 11:15 AM
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I recently purchased a 1980 cj5. I want to mount 33/12.50 tires on 15/10 wheels. How much lift do I need and what is the best way to go.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 11:49 AM
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Re: lift kits

I run 33x12.50s on my YJ with a 3" suspension and 1.25" shackle lift (4.25" total) and I can clear them easily. I hate body lifts and would recommend staying away from shackle lifts, though. I would suggest just getting a 4" suspension lift. If you wanted to make sure that you cleared them, you might get a 1" body and/or a .5" shackle lift along with the 4" suspension, but no more than that.

93 YJ/33x12.50s/3" Heckethorn suspension/1.25" shackles
post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 01:49 PM
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It also depends on how you plan to use the Jeep. If you're gonna keep it on the asphalt, you can probably get away with a 2.5" lift, maybe a 1" body lift for good measure. I would recommend a 4" for offroading. See how that goes. If the tires rub alot, then try a shackle lift and/or body lift. If you can fab, then maybe consider a spring over. With a spring over, you can maintain your stock leaf springs (which will ride better and articulate better). But remember that its gonna give you about 5" of lift, give or take considering the condition of your springs. Theres lots of info about different lifts on the board...try doing a search to learn more about spring over (SOA) and other lifts.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 06:49 PM
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Re: lift kits

Do a search on the subject and you'll find plenty of info and opinions.

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