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    Here's the deal I have my 85 CJ7 and I want to put full fenders back on it, (1) the PO didn't do a very good job at trimming them, (2) I like the look of the full fenders with flares much better. So question is how much lift am I going to need to put in to clear my 36 TSL's. I currently have about 2.5 inch suspension and 1 inch body, will going to a 3 inch body be enough? SOA is out of the question really don't want this to get huge as it is DD. Any and all responses are appreciated, Thank in advance.
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    I am running 35" Pro Comps with a 4" Superlift and 3" body. Didn't have to trim anything. I think you'll have to go at least 4".
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    I would try to keep the body lift to a minimum and do whatever is required with suspension lift if you don't want to cut.
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    I'm not a big fan of tall body lifts personally. But yep, you'll need some lift to clear 36's without any trimming.

    I have 33x12.5's, with 3" spring and 1" BL, and they rub at full stuff.

    Heres what 33's look like stuffed into stock fender openings.





    I used a set of old stock fenders, and made 'flatty's' from them, and installed longer bumpstops in the rear.

    You might not need as much up front, but I know that only 34" tires will catch the rear of the rear opening, and bend the sheetmetal. My buddy had 34x10.5's on his '86, and bent the tub good.


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    This is what she looks like as of now with the 36's on, rear has been trimmed already but still rub from the looks of the tires, so sounds like I'll be looking for a suspension lift, any recommended manufacturer, 4" or 6"? With a 4" would I need new shafts?
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    IMHO to clear it properly SOA it with the 2.5" springs and you are good with 35-37" tires. I run 4" SUA with 35" SSR's the only way they clear is with the TJ flares as it's cut out under them. I am going SOA with 2" YJ springs and plan to run 37's.
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    So if I were to do a SOA approximately how much lift would it give me, the last time I did a SOA was on my 69 CJ5 and it turned out to be a complete nightmare. Granted I didn't have the knowledge or funds to do it properly. I ended up with damn near 9 inches with factory springs. Is there any good write ups on doing SOA'a I've done some poking around and haven't found anything yet. Once again thanks in advance!
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    Agreed and you may be able to use your current spring packs and just do SOA and be good, you say SOA is out of question since its a DD but if done correctly you should be fine for a DD..
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    unfortunatley i bought my jeep with a 3" body lift in it and to my knowledge thats all it has. i can fit 36's just fine without rubbing. but mine is a '76 and i dont remember if they lowered it a little bit in the later years
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    I would say go with a 6" lift and 1" Body Lift and sell the or trade the 36's for some 35's andyou will be plenty happy
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