6 inch lift off road capability

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6 inch lift off road capability

Post by Yogi » Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:01 pm

Anybody ever take their 6 inch spring lift into serious off road situations? Seams like a lot of these lifts end up on pavement princesses. I don't know, maybe that's not the case. Anybody want to report on how theirs did on the trails? I know soa will always do better, but still interested in others experiences with spring lifts.

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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by tgreese » Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:01 am

What's your frame of reference? What are you expecting? These Jeeps will go lots of places from the factory. If you want to run high-difficulty trails, I think this is not the platform to chose. If ultimate performance is your goal, the vehicle you start makes the most difference. I'd guess you get most of the performance potential from this platform from a mild lift, larger tires and some rocker protection. Plus whatever traction aids you can add to your current platform, ie selectable lockers or such. Lift is a compromise between more ground clearance (break-over angles) versus a higher center of gravity, less fuel economy, and worse ride and flex.
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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by rocklaurence » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:29 am

X2-tgrease, For performance I'd say the #1 improvement is Gearing/Lockers. The Second is Bigger tires. I'd be tempted to cut-up the fenders to fit bigger tires than add a Tall Lift.


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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by Yogi » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:34 am

Won't be trying anything tougher than the rubicon, to use an example everybody is aware of. And yeah, for ultimate capability I'd be better off with something different, but this will be a multi use wheeler/camper/hunter/road trip/snow rig, hence my choice. Probably in the long run I'll have been better off with less lift, but I do admit, I have a phobia of bashed ro-cker panels, and wanted a good break over angle + sliders. Anyway, just thought I'd throw my line out and see how others have done, bad or good, with this setup.

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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by Stuka » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:22 pm

Yogi wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:34 am
Won't be trying anything tougher than the rubicon, to use an example everybody is aware of. And yeah, for ultimate capability I'd be better off with something different, but this will be a multi use wheeler/camper/hunter/road trip/snow rig, hence my choice. Probably in the long run I'll have been better off with less lift, but I do admit, I have a phobia of bashed ro-cker panels, and wanted a good break over angle + sliders. Anyway, just thought I'd throw my line out and see how others have done, bad or good, with this setup.
I split this off onto its own thread.

As for what you are wanting, I know people that have done the Rubicon with their FSJ's (I don't live far from there). I would highly suggest a spring over. I would not do that trail with a spring lift. You really need the extra clearance and articulation that a spring over gives. You will also want to trim the fenders to fit at least 35's. And of course rock rails, recovery points, regear the axles and put in front and rear lockers. Potentially just put 3/4 ton axles in it for the extra strength.

A spring lift is fine for moderate trails. But going to a trail that is rated a 7-10, you need more than what a spring lift offers.
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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by Yogi » Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:17 pm

Articulation, or lack thereof, was a concern of mine. I imagine you can get the clearance you need out of a 6 inch spring lift plus what ever else you might toss at it, like body lift or extended shackles with 3 inch block in back (I'm dealing with a rusty's lift with 2 inch blocknin back), and wider axles to deal with the high center if gravity. But even with all that and f/r lockers, the relative lack of flex should be an issue, no?

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Re: 6 inch lift off road capability

Post by Stuka » Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:38 pm

The very arched 6" springs certainly won't flex like the flat springs used in an SOA.

And the spring under up front does hurt ground clearance. Not an issue for moderate stuff, but with rock fields like the rubicon has, it will cause you to get hung up more often.
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