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    ok... my dilema. I am running a stock jeep with a 2in BB. my 30's just aren't cutting it on the trails and like everyone i need more clearance. doc was awesome enough to hook me up with some JK coils- but from what i've been told now they probally won't work, and def won't work without new shocks and maybe other serious mods. now the problem. between repairing my windshield and countless other financial pits, I just can't throw money at a lift. Assuming i can find some CHEAP 33's, that'll be the extent of my budget. I have lots of runs i want to do with MJ and 4x4corps but lack the rig to make them. so now to cutting. i know cutting will fit up to 35's on a tj- and with a bb i don't see a problem with rubbing- especially with 33's. I have decided that cutting (with help) would be much cheaper and in the end better than lifing. i can keep my COG and all that fun stuff. i've looked at different forums and a lot of people say buy some highlining kit- which defeats the purpose completely. any help with pointing me in the right direction to start chopping away would be awesome. i have no experience with cutting and very little with lifting. if you're in SoCal, and help doing it would be even better. time for the
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    Start with the hood. Cut down the lines on both sides. Now move your fenders up to match. A good set of hood pins to hold the hood in place.
    On the rear, just mark off a little higher up and cut to fit.
    http://www.xomba.com/diy_highline_je...t_how_to_guide

    If you search on pirate4x4 you'll find some good write ups as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffb_79 View Post
    Start with the hood. Cut down the lines on both sides. Now move your fenders up to match. A good set of hood pins to hold the hood in place.
    On the rear, just mark off a little higher up and cut to fit.
    http://www.xomba.com/diy_highline_je...t_how_to_guide

    If you search on pirate4x4 you'll find some good write ups as well.
    help a lot, thanks.
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    It's on my list of future mods. Seems like everything else... take your time in research and prep. Measure right and cut once.

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    it talks about extreme mechanical aptitute... uh oh
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    Quote Originally Posted by tickwomp View Post
    ok... my dilema. I am running a stock jeep with a 2in BB. my 30's just aren't cutting it on the trails and like everyone i need more clearance. doc was awesome enough to hook me up with some JK coils- but from what i've been told now they probally won't work, and def won't work without new shocks and maybe other serious mods. now the problem. between repairing my windshield and countless other financial pits, I just can't throw money at a lift. Assuming i can find some CHEAP 33's, that'll be the extent of my budget. I have lots of runs i want to do with MJ and 4x4corps but lack the rig to make them. so now to cutting. i know cutting will fit up to 35's on a tj- and with a bb i don't see a problem with rubbing- especially with 33's. I have decided that cutting (with help) would be much cheaper and in the end better than lifing. i can keep my COG and all that fun stuff. i've looked at different forums and a lot of people say buy some highlining kit- which defeats the purpose completely. any help with pointing me in the right direction to start chopping away would be awesome. i have no experience with cutting and very little with lifting. if you're in SoCal, and help doing it would be even better. time for the
    Let's do the PA 1in body lift around $80.00 on ebay. That's enough for 33's, should'nt have to cut. Will take around 1-2 hour's!

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    the front jk springs will fit fine in the front of a tj, the backs i believe are a larger circle, so if i would venture to say that if you could get some jk spring buckets for the rear and weld them on, that should be albe to take care of if. my experience with this is when i had my tj and bought some 5.5 springs, wanted to put them on my jk after i traded it in. i twas told that the fronts would work but not the back. if you want more info, dave at northridge is always willing to answer question and he only builds jeeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bguerrero View Post
    Let's do the PA 1in body lift around $80.00 on ebay. That's enough for 33's, should'nt have to cut. Will take around 1-2 hour's!

    I agree. You already have a 2" BB ( I am assuming 2in coil spacers), just add a 1 or 1.25" BL. That is what I was running for a while, until I got a great deal on some 3" springs. I didn't have any rubbing issues either.

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    Ok, you said you have 2" BB. When I was looking at a BB for the wife's TJ, I found out that a 2" BB is really 1.75". 4wdcustoms.com has a 2.25" BB and when I combined that with '03 Rubi springs I EASILY clear 33 TSLs! The kit was that expensive and my LJ will probably be getting the same setup soon. I can easily see that setup and 34x9.5 TSLs working without any problems.

    Recommended: 2.25" BB (from 4wdcustoms.com), JKS 1.25" BL and factory Rubi springs. That should be able to clear at least 34s, and 35s easily with cutting your fenders.

    Personally: Stay away from the nylon reinforced plastic BLs. Go with the JKS, or any 1" polyurethane BLs.\

    PM me for measurements of before and after the Rubi springs and 2.25" BB. You will be suprised at what I gained.
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    1" body lift. I've never seen a 1.25" lift, but it's more or less the same.
    Going more than that though is odd looking, and makes the Jeep more top-heavy.
    A body lift is a cheap way to go too, even a 'premium' kit will only cost about $125 or so (MORE has a great setup).
    Eventually your stock springs are going to need to be replaced anyway.
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