Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Minimum lift for skinny \'33\'s on Scrambler?
Okay, 'guys much smarter & experienced than me', I again seek your counsel:
I know the generic answer to 33's on a CJ is 3" of suspension lift. However, I am thinking that may be b/c of the width as well as the height, and since I intend to go w/ 33x9.50's or 10.50's, I thought I'd ask the question.
Some of my specific weight issues: I will be using 258 (4.6 Stroker eventually) coupled w/ a T-18 (now a T-5). I have a full-length hardtop and will be adding a winch and heavy front bumper. (I understand I need 1" body lift to use T-18? Can anyone confirm? If so, since my body mounts are next to nonexistent, I figured on using the body mounts that add about an inch of lift [Daystar, maybe?].)
This is a daily driver - not a dedicated trail rig.
Also solicit your specific recommendations on lifts to use and/or avoid.
I am wary of, but open to 'spring over', but not knowledgable enough about what it entails (+/-'s) to know if I want to go that route.
Related issue (is this a variable affecting lift?): Still running stock axles, but know I'm going to have to do something w/ gearing if increasing tire size to 33's. (Currently I've got mid 3.xx ratio.) Given cost of regearing, I'm looking at upgraded axles vice regear of stock - and am completely overwhelmed by all the varied, but well-grounded, opinions on axles. I have an '81 J-20 that could donate it's D60 & D44 (3.73 ratio) axles, but am thinking they may be overkill(?).
Finally, (gearing issue not withstanding) can I run the 33's without adding any lift if I'm just commuting?
Thanks aforehand for all assistance/guidance/recommendations/opinions.