Re: Who\'s happy running stock, near stock w/29\" or 30\"
The first thing I bought for my Sam was a set of 30x9.50 AT's. For about 6 months that was the only mod I did. No lift, no engine beefs. Just tires. I had to cut the fenders, bang out the seem under the fender flares.
I was able to go through puddles of water and mud that I had gotten stuck in just the week before with stock tires. But I couldn't climb worth beans. I wouldn't advise anything larger than a 30" with stock gears. And even then, yer pushing it in my opinion.
If yer going to go an inch, you might as well go 4 inches. It's the same amount of work, and the yield is far greater. You'll be happier in the long run.
Height is not the only factor to consider. I have seen set ups with several inches of lift that had little to no gain in articulation. Investigate everything first, take your time to analyze what yer buying into when you decide on the lift.
I'm not saying you HAVE to go out and put a SPOA and 3" springs with a 2" bod lift. There are small, subtle ways to get an inch or two here and there and get some decent articulation, and still maintain near stock as you seem to want.
And listen to these guys here, by and far they know what they are talking about.
Neal the Zukiguy
"If it is '...a Jeep thing...' I hope it isn't contagious"
88.5 Weber carb, header, 4.16 t-case, 31x10.5 M/T's, 2" s/r, 2" bod lift, front tube, Swift seats