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Re: 2\" Body Lift on a CJ-7, Need any Mods?
I have a 3 inch body lift and a 4 inch suspension lift on my 79 CJ7. I reinforced the tub with 5/16 steel plates at the body mounts. I haven't had any problems with the tub shifting or the bolts tearing through the tub. I have had the jeep in some precarious positions. I once slid down a hill sideways, mostly on two wheels. The jeep landed on the bottom pretty hard without any damage to the body mounts or shifting of the tub. The driver's side seat covers were in bad condition though.
With that said, if I was going to do it again, I would do a spring over. The time I spent reinforcing the body and the cost of the suspension lift would have equaled out to a spring over.
I personally have never been sure that some of the people that knock body lifts have ever had any experience with them. I don't know how much more stress a 3 inch body lift puts on the body mounts than a 1 inch or 2 inch body lift. I am sure that there is more stress, the higher the body lift. How much stress is too much? I've read stories about shifting tubs and metal tearing around the body mounts.
Consider all the advice you get, do a search on lifts and then do what you think is best for your situation.
Something else to think about, it usually cost less to do all the suspension mods at one time. Will you want 35's next year? If so, plan for it now.