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Re: Saftey on vs. off-road
You can't have the best of both worlds. Everything is a tradeoff. Generally speaking, the more lift (both tire and suspension) will raise the center of gravity of the vehicle which will also make it more unstable. That's true on and off-road. It is also why car manufacturers don't sell lifted vehicles. However, more lift will increase clearance and the coolness factor. The trick when doing modifications is to find the sweet spot which works best for you and the intended purpose of the vehicle.
I remember years ago, I was cruising at 75 MPH on I-5 when a lifted CJ driven by a young woman passed me like I was standing still. About 200 yards up the highway, the driver got off the pavement, lost control and the CJ spun two or three full 360s before it ended up in an empty field. I and abvout two other drivers had to swerve to avoid a collision. I pulled over and got out. The young woman took one step out of the CJ and fainted but no one was hurt. Miraculously, the CJ did not flip. That driver learned a lesson she will remember for life. The point is that a wise driver adjusts their driving style depending on the vehicle they're in.