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The shocks have to match the suspension. Shocks with a long stroke will be too long when compressed to fit stock suspension.
Yes, you can do a spring-over, but it's not nearly as simple as it seems at first glance. Done right you will have about 5" of lift and a very nice handling Jeep. Done wrong and it can be a handling nightmare.
Revolver shackles allow the axle to drop farther than normal. But the weight on the tires is only the weight of the tires and axle, so you really don't get much benefit in off road capability.
The one cheap and easy thing you can do for articulation is install swaybar disconnects, if you have a swaybar. If you do that much you'll have plenty of articulation for a lot of wheeling.
And, IMO, putting lift on a CJ5 is not a good idea. Those '5s are short, narrow and fairly high already. They're pretty tippy in stock form, and lifted turn into something that should only be driven with the greatest care. If you want to lift it you should consider wider axels in the process.
Last edited by Jim_Lou; 04-26-2009 at 09:05 PM.