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    So guys - school me on lifts. I have an 87 YJ Laredo automatic and am interested in doing a little trail riding with it but would be more comfortable with a little more ground clearance. I'm also getting up on time to replace my rubber and it would make sense to put the money in replacements toward bigger and better tires.

    So what's ideal for me? 1.5"? 2"? 2.5"? what are my options? Should I go with something like this? http://www.rocky-road.com/jeepbudget.html
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    what size of tires you plan to put on your ride? this is the first thing that will tell you about what kind of lift you need. this site helps me time to time, even has gear calcultions for regearing

    http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-li...ndex.htm#3inch
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    All depends on what you want to do with your Jeep. Some guys like to get them up in the air, some guys like to keep low center of gravity and lift them a little, tuck up the underneath and but big meats and run high-line/trimmed fenders. With a short wheel base like that, I'd do the later if you can afford it. A good lift that makes you happy is worth the money. Most guys can't afford to do it more than once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CutterN55 View Post
    All depends on what you want to do with your Jeep. Some guys like to get them up in the air, some guys like to keep low center of gravity and lift them a little, tuck up the underneath and but big meats and run high-line/trimmed fenders. With a short wheel base like that, I'd do the later if you can afford it. A good lift that makes you happy is worth the money. Most guys can't afford to do it more than once.
    Like said above really depends on what you want to do with your Jeep and what you're willing to cut or not cut.

    I did the following
    1.25 lift shackles
    front http://www.quadratec.com/products/16049_201.htm
    rear http://www.quadratec.com/products/16049_301.htm
    rebuilt leaf packs adding main leaf and second leaf from donor taking 2 small leaves ending with 5 leaves front and rear netting approximatly 1.5 inches of lift.
    Trimmed the fenders a bit
    33x12.50/15s with a little rubbing at full flex..

    then I did a home brew highline to the front and trimmed the rear all the way up to the flat part of the bed well.

    same tires no rubbing at full flex.. I could flex alot more but limited to stock brake lines and stock hieght shocks.

    I spent total about $115 the donor packs I got free.

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    Leaf rebuild http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...ad.php?t=16338
    Home Brew High line http://www.militaryjeepers.com/commu...ad.php?t=16787

    on the first I'm going to get the Rough Country 2.5 inch lift http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_yj_2.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19delta View Post
    what size of tires you plan to put on your ride? this is the first thing that will tell you about what kind of lift you need. this site helps me time to time, even has gear calcultions for regearing

    http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-li...ndex.htm#3inch
    I'm not especially certain how big the tires that I want to get are. Are there benefits to having more lift/smaller tires to give more clearance between the body and the rubber?
    I'd really not want to bother with regearing.

    I would like a modest setup that makes wheeling easier. I think I could do that with a 2" or 2.5" lift and 30" tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by CutterN55 View Post
    All depends on what you want to do with your Jeep. Some guys like to get them up in the air, some guys like to keep low center of gravity and lift them a little, tuck up the underneath and but big meats and run high-line/trimmed fenders. With a short wheel base like that, I'd do the later if you can afford it. A good lift that makes you happy is worth the money. Most guys can't afford to do it more than once.
    well, it's not a commuter but I do like to take it to school during the summer so It should at least meet state requirements for vehicles. I believe the fenders (flares) have to cover the treaded portion of the tire here so I may have to upgrade my flares. really I want to give it a little more balls off road too.

    Grevus - I might be interested in those 2.5" rough country kits you linked. Considering the suspension I have now is vintage to 1987, I can't imagine it could hurt the quality of the ride either.
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    if youre ride is some what smooth then go for a shackle, BL, or trimming the fenders.

    if its super soft then throw an add a leaf in the packs.

    a regular spring like a Rubicon Express 1.5" reverse eye would be great for a decentride and allow for a great height after a SOA if you decide to go that way.

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    the only way to get more ground clearance is bigger tires (the height under the pumpkin)

    and do what ever it takes to make them fit but if you go to big you run into axle problems aka the d35
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    Go here and find out what size tires and gears you will need.

    http://www.4x4offroads.com/tire-size-calculator.html
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    Just found a guy in WV this am with a pro comp 5" coil conversion lift for sale cheap. It's a un-used 2000.00 kit for 1000.00
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