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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2001, 07:41 AM
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I own a 79 CJ-7. It is a six with stock 6 leaf springs all around, with the pass. rear drooping. I am getting ready to buy a mild lift. Wife doesn't want any or much. I don't really 4 wheel that much, but would like to be able if needed. The leading canidate to buy right now is a superlift 1" and maybe 1" lift shackles. I probably have about $700.00 to spend. What would you guys recommend? should I shoot for a 2.5"? Do the extended shackles stress the leaves? anybody know a websight that shows a jeep with 2.5" of lift so I can show my wife its not gonzo looking? Any help appreciated, I don't know many jeepers in Mississippi that I can look to for advice. I feel so alone on this important decision! thanks StevenCJTJ

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Re: lift kit to buy

Your best bet is a 2.5" suspension lift. You might want to look into BDS, Superlift or Skyjacker. They have good quality kits at a reasonable price. I'm personally looking at BDS when I'm ready to lift mine.

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Re: lift kit to buy

Go to Ebay There are usually a couple dozen CJ's listed in various states of lift. Tire size is just as important as lift, since each 2" increase in tire size makes the jeep sit 1" higher.

We went through the same thing, wife didn't want "too tall". This condition is known as monstertruckphobia [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Looked at lots of pics. It's hard to judge from pics. Some stock jeeps look tall, some lifted jeeps look small.

One day we were out and happened to see a stock TJ next to a moderately lifted CJ with 32-33" tires. Wife immediately agreed larger tires and a good lift are a must.

2.5"-3" lift is a good size for a daily driver -- not too tall but still giving you room for decent tires. 2-1/2" springs and 1/2" shackles give a respectable 3" total. Definately do-able for under $700.

I wanted to keep 35" tires an option someday, so ended up with 4" BDS springs, 1/2" shackle, and the Daystar 1" body mounts. That way I can run 33's now, then in the future (after axles) trim fenders to fit 35's.

Jack the jeep up a couple inches on one side and let the wife see if it's "too tall". If she thinks it is, order the springs anyway and find a doctor in your area that treats monstertruckphobia.

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thanks for the info. will check ebay, and hadn't thought about the BDS brand, will look into it. Will check yellowpages for Doc who cures monstertruckaphobia! steven

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I will recomend the BDS lift, you cannot beat the warranty, and rides just as good as a SJ or SR lift. My buddy has the 2.5 on his CJ and it rides and flexes great. His buddy has the 4" and it works very well, rides a bit stiff though. I like YJ springs, little lower and flexes great.

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I recomend a 3"Sus, 2"body, and a SOA, 42's or so, You won't be satisfied without.

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Re: lift kit to buy

Inferno is just about right. But here's what I'd do. Go with some 4" lift springs, SOA of course! Then get some 1 1/2" life shackles. Next up set her up with a 3" body lift and MASSIVE trimming. You should probably be able to fit 44's on there. And don't worry about upgrading the drivetrain. I'm sure your stock axles will hold up fine. And 3.07's or so would be just about right!

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