I’m looking to off-road mine but the belly seems to be the most likely hit point hence I was thinking of going for the lift but keeping 33s. I think it looks fine and I don’t see as much benefit to clearances with the tires as with the lift. I think the pager tires are just more weight and crappier mileage. Does it look better. Yeah. But functionally I think the lift would keep my belly off the ground and the tires won’t make a world of difference. Plus once I wear down the 33s I can replace them with 35s If I want.
True, but you do gain improvements in all your approach/departure/breakover angles.The purpose of the lift is to fit larger tires. You don't get any added clearance with suspension alone because it is your axels / belly that are your low spot. The suspension doesn't do anything to change that. It is the added height of the tires that actually elevate those core components from the ground for greater clearance.
Im not suggesting what you should do as far as modifications go - but, if you are looking for clearance of core components... it is tires that do that vs the suspension.
My Jeep before and After. Really made appearance more Jeep. Took the Factory Rake away too. Not too big. That last photo is Google playing around. I noticed 1 MPG drop since lift and BFG KO233's 275/70/R18
I am about to do the exact same set up with the same JLU Sahara trim.... did you consider Spidertrax 1.75 wheels spacers also?
True, but you do gain improvements in all your approach/departure/breakover angles.