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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2007, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Whats ur opinion?

2 inch suspension lift and a 1 inch body lift on tj with 32's or shoudl i got with a straight up 3 inch suspension. ill only be doing offroading a little bit. i want to do this as cheaply as possible. what do you guys think?

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I ran 33's on mine with a 2" BB and 1" BL for a couple of years without any problems. Assuming you don't mind a little fender tweaking when you get fully stuffed.
I think it's a good way to go for those of us strapped for cash and wanting the extra clearance of the bigger tires.

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A 3" does not cost any more than a 2" lift.

A body lift does nothing for ground clearance.

At 3' of lift and less, you should not have any driveline vibration issues.

A body lift looks ugly....you now have that space between the bumpers and body...

A 3" lift is easier to do than an 1" body lift


I would be more concerned with gear ratios if you are running stock gears with a manual and 32" tires. If you want an idea of what I'm talking about, try driving your jeep around town using 2nd gear instead of 1st gear to start off. That is how those 32" tires are going to make it feel.

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A 3" does not cost any more than a 2" lift.
With all due respect, I disagree with the statement above, and a few other comments. Due to the coil spring suspension in the TJ, a 2" lift can be obtained for $250 or less vs > $500 for a 3" lift.

I would opt for the 2" budget boost + 1" body lift. The budget boost retains your original springs and suspension arms. The lift is obtained by installing a spacer between the the spring and the spring bucket. I have attached a link to a Rubicon Express setup.

TJ/LJ 2" BUDGET SPACER SYSTEM

I have the 1" daystar integrated body mount/lifts on my CJ7. It was easy to install and provides for access between the frame rails and body. It does make it easier to clean things.

JeepDawg does have a valid point about the effect of taller tires on a stock geared Jeep. You should consider this before changing tire sizes. You may or may not need to change gear ratio depending upon original tire size vs new tire size, current gear ratio, and your transmission.


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i cleared 32's with a 4wd brand 2" lift on my tj.....flexed great....lots of room

was cheap for a kit of coils and shocks....

who needs a body lift?

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1+ on just a suspension lift, the body lifts are a PITA and you can find a 3" lift to fit your budget if you do some looking around. Plus I've never liked the idea of stress points on my tub from the body lift pucks.

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Rustys sells a good priced good quality 3" I have it and it has alot of flex. I rub the fenders a bit, but nothing that causes any problems with 32" tires. With 32's I lost 5th gear for most purpouses. with a 4.0 and a manual tranny I doubt you will have any trouble, but the autos tend to loos a bit. All and all my setup is acceptable and works well. I don't like body lifts for various reasons.

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I run a Rusty's 3" suspension lift and 32" tires and am very happy with it. The lift was $500 a few years ago, probably a bit more now. It works fine for what I do. As far as the gearing goes, my stock 3.73 ratio was a bit low on the highway for the stock tires (automatic no overdrive), but is just fine with the 32" tires. Sure, my crawl ratio isn't great, but it works fine for where I take it.

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