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My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
10-18-2016, 11:54 AM
Post: #1
My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
I'm not complaining. I expect the factory springs had sagged over the last 12 years/120,000 miles.

I didn't take good measurements before the lift. I wish I had. I did have some pictures I took before. Tires/rims are the same in each pic, front tires were rotated left/right.

This was factory suspension, after adding a winch. Two foot ruler. Not the right-hand side, bottom of factory bumper sits at a little over 17 1/4"

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2" OME HD springs installed. Factory spring isolators retained. Underside of bumper is now at about 21 1/4"

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These pics aren't great, because the original pic was posed to show tread-depth, not lift height. But, it's the only "before" pic I have with a ruler in the wheel-well.

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Here's the same side. Same ruler, with another ruler added to it.

Note where you can see through the engine-bay to the grass on the other side.

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10-18-2016, 12:31 PM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
so does it look like a roller skate now?

yj project under construction

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10-18-2016, 12:47 PM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
Before (and before winch)

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After (Liberty photobomb!)
Includes weight of winch, rails. Minus the weight of the limp rear wiper arm. Wink

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10-18-2016, 01:20 PM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
I'm sure the springs will settle over time. The other thing is since they are HD springs they will have a higher spring rate and sag less when weighted down with rails and skids and a winch, in comparison to someone who just threw 2" spacers on top of their stock worn out soft ride coils.
Explains why you had some driveline issues. I don't think I've ever seen that on a tj with only 2".

Dan
1998 ZJ limited 4.5" lift 32s, lots of stuff
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10-19-2016, 12:23 PM
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Looks good Eric.
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10-20-2016, 09:29 AM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
The 3.5'' of lift in the front of my Cherokee has dropped to 2.''

Mike
2000 XJ Cherokee - 3.5'' lift / 32'' Tirerecapper Pizza Cutters / Front Locker
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10-20-2016, 04:29 PM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
looks great, those tires do not look as small as I expected.

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10-21-2016, 07:59 AM
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RE: My "2 inch lift" gave me almost 4" of lift.
Pat, you're right. I would have thought 4" of lift with stock tires would look like this:

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I posted this same thread over at jeepforum.com, and learned why my lift is so much more than expected.

I was told
Quote:12" and 8" are the compressed heights typically referenced for OEM springs.

I then went and measured my springs.

Top of spring to bottom of spring:
Front - 14 1/4"
Rear - 10 1/2"

This is with a flex tape measure, poking my head behind the tires. Not precise.

Over stock height, this equals about 2.5" increase, with a little given up to the winch weight.

So my factory springs had settled 1.5-2" before they were retired.
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