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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-02-2000, 11:26 AM
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How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

I'm going to do a 3in body lift soon. But what do i need to do to extend the clutch linkage and other stuff like that? Am i missing anything else that i need to worry about not being long enough? Maybe radiator hoses? Thanks...

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Re: How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

Other items are fan shroud repostioning, steering column may not be long enough. IMO a 3" body lift on a CJ is TOO much. Personally I wouldn't go over 2", I have a 1" on my CJ-7. With the 3" you not only have a bunch of adjustments to make, but you are also really starting to stress the body mounts.

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Re: How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

OK Brad,(and any one else)
I'm not doubting you. But how deos the 3" body lift stress body mounts more? I guess I could see how it adds some leverage. And what other adjustments are needed. I have no fan shroud so I don't have to worry about that one. I don't plan on doing any really hard wheeling right now. At least not until I have something else to drive if I break my CJ.
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Re: How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

You will have to cut the solid clutch linkage and weld in a 3" piece of similar bar. You could use a piece of a bolt. YOu need to drop the linkage on the firewall down 3" by using a piece of angle iron bolted on to the original two bolt holes, and 2 new holes in the angle iron. A good body lift kit should come with all this and detailed instructinons. As well, the steering shaft has to be extended. There is a plastic linkage in the sliding shaft you need to melt with a torch or drill out (torch works best, watch for dripping hot plastic!).

A 2" body lift from Dick Cepek is cheap and comes with good instructions.

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Re: How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

Exactly, the leverage. Plus, IMO anything more than 2" looks weird on a Jeep.

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Re: How to extend clutch linkage when doin body lift

I have a 2" and would not go any more than that IMHO.
To my best recollection this is the mods I made.
Had to drop rad and shroud 2". Dropping the shroud alone still let the fan hit the lower outlet on the rad.

Had to knock the plastic pin out of the steering column so that it would extend farther.

The clutch linkage still worked w/ some minor bending and adjustment.

Had to inlarge the hole in the firewall (down) for the clutchrod off the pedal.

Had to inlarge the hole in the "hump" for the shifters. Since you are farther up on the levers.....they move "farther".

Had to lengthen a few wires here and there. My fuel filler hose JUST BARELY streched far enough.

And then I made covers in the rear fenderwells to hide the GAP.
My nerfs hide the sides. And bumpers hide the rest.
I think the big gaps are UGLY.
I don't think you can hide a 3" very well.

And as stated 3's are really hard on the mounts.
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