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    My wifes 88 YJ build

    After several years of me having a toy (A heavily modded 97 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP) I decided to part with it (16 year old daughter getting her licence) and go in a different direction. Now the toy will be for my wife (wink,wink) so she thinks. We have started a build up on an 88 YJ.
    it was in decent shape when we picked it up a month ago and started the tear down. I am sorry to say that we didn't take enough before pictures but we are working on taking more as we go along.

    Progress to date: Completely stripped the tub and interior and stored for the winter so we can concentrate on the chassis. Entire engine torn down, frame degreased, wire wheeled and ground down to bare, epoxy primered. Diff fluids changed, new ujoints all around, fuel tank surround refurbished, all brake components removed.

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    In the works:

    4" suspension lift (on the floor waiting to go in)
    3" body lift
    slip yoke eliminator
    engine complete rebuild to original
    new seals and synthetic lubricants all around
    new shocks, steering stabilizer
    custom front and rear bumpers
    33" rubber on yet to be decided rims
    and much more im sure... like a second job to pay for it.

    will post more pictures soon, thanks for checking it out

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    Don't go over 2 inch for a body lift! its just not worth it! 1 inch is normally the safest!
    Seems like you have a good direction! Good luck with it!
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    if you are only gonna run 33's why do you need a body lift period? they suck

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    For 33s you can get away with the 4inch suspension with plenty of travel. Body lifts are useless beyond 1 inch.

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    They body lift was free..don't necessarily need to use it. See I've gotten information already. Just starting to learn about this stuff.

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    you have plenty, i have 4.5 " and had a 2" body lift, i put it back to stock. the suspension will be plenty, if its not tall enough for you, fab up some lift shackles before you install the springs.

    you can sell that body lift to fund your brake line extensions. you will need those. or just to buy polyurethane oem replacement mounts
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    why dnt ppl like body lifts? no driveshaft issues,motor,frame and trans stay stock for a good low center of gravity a big hassle to put on a rusty yj.
    let me know of any issues so i can make a decision on my body lift future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mud bros.1 View Post
    why dnt ppl like body lifts? no driveshaft issues,motor,frame and trans stay stock for a good low center of gravity a big hassle to put on a rusty yj.
    let me know of any issues so i can make a decision on my body lift future.


    Mianly because if anything happens ( accident perhaps ) the tub keeps going and the rest stays put. As well, after a few hardcore wheeling sessions, the tub begins to shift on the mounts...

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    the longer the body lift bolts the more stress it put on them.

    the bolts for 2" + body lifts are too long and the tub will shift eventually over time.

    with the setup you are planning, you will easily clear 37's, which are too big for your stock axles.

    IMO just put the 4" kit in and dont worry about the body lift
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    Thanks for all of the input.

    I had alot of questions about the good and bad aspects of these. I have seen several jeeps with a body lift and some look good and others not so good. I have found one set of lift shackles and could fab up another pair at work, they are 1 1/2 inches longer between bolt holes.

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    that idea is a better idea. you wont regret it

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