Re: Best lift for CJ-7
For the money, SOA is the way to go....assuming you have some mechanical abilities.
Find some stock Wrangler springs....same front and rear. The rear part of the front spring will fit your existing frame, but the front spring hanger and shackle will be too narrow. Replace the front spring hanger with a stock rear hanger and move it forward 1". Overall, you will end up with about 5" of lift.
I do NOT recomend poly bushings. Keep it stock rubber and it will ride great without beating your kidneys to death.
As with any lift, you will need new shocks, CV driveshaft and longer brake lines. Don't waste time trying to shim the rear....it won't work.
One other thing....going over 31" tires means you really need to regear. With 33's, you want to have around 4.10 gears. Hence, you really want to look at your axles before you start droping gears in them.