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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2002, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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CJ Lift - Help I need some advice - kinda long

The basic question: Is SOA with 7leaf rear springs and a 1" body lift too much lift for 33's? I just don't see myself going bigger than 33's but it seems that most people SOA are running 35's.

Warning - my rambling thoughts on the topic follow

I'm lucky if I will get out on three off-road trips this year and while it's not my only vehicle I do like to drive it as much as possible. I would like to clock my transfer case without cutting the floor hence the 1" body lift. I'm far from being an expert wheeler but I do like to fabricate which is why clocking and SOA w/highsteer appeal to me.
The other option I guess is to leave it and wheel with the 31's (but do the clocking for more ground clearance). It's the 31's w/3:54 gears (2.5" lift)that started the whole debate for me, they are BFG AT's so my initial though was if I'm going to change gears and buy new tires why not go to 33's. 4" springs are also a possibility but the ride will suffer. Money is a consideration: SOA will take me a year to slowly collect/make the parts and 4" springs/shocks will take a few months to save for. I see a mix of terrain here in Northern and Central Indiana (Badlands)but I would eventually like to go to Tellico.

What do you guys think?
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Re: CJ Lift - Help I need some advice - kinda long

Thoughts anyone?
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Re: CJ Lift - Help I need some advice - kinda long

IMHO - Keep it simple.
Use the 2.5" lift you have. Get the 33s and lower gears (or maybe leave the 3.54s ????). Use your fabrication skills to cut fenders for clearance of the larger tires and finish the fender opening to look like a professional job. Clock the t/c. Raise the fuel tank too, while you are at it.

Now you have more ground clearnce from larger tires and raised belly (clocked t/c) but you still have stability because you didn't make a skyscraper out of it. You didn't break the bank and you can still drive it daily w/o long months of downtime to convert to SOA.
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Re: CJ Lift - Help I need some advice - kinda long

I've got 2.5" springs, .5" shackles and 1" body lift on my CJ-7 and there is a TON of room for 33's. At full stuff with the sway bar disco'ed my 31's have more than a 'fist' worth of room all the way around. I doubt 33's with their 1" greater radius, would interfere, unless you go very wide (12.5's should fit.).
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Re: CJ Lift - Help I need some advice - kinda long

Hey guys thanks for your input. I think that I am going to try the keep it simple approach to start. I'll try the 1" body lift with 33's and see how it goes.

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