Originally Posted by ENFORCER
Having 4 wheel independent suspension will make it less likely to get better articulation unless you start replacing 1/2 shafts and many other bits.
You may get a few inches of ride height, but any more brings a whole world of pain and cost.
Many new 4x4 have the same problem as they are now more soft roaders, designed to give on road performance, not to allow hard core 4x4 to jack them up and put 35" rubber on them.
Agreed, but there are sometimes small worthwhile gains that can be had. With the jackaroos, there was an additional 37mm of articulation at the front to be had just be changing the bump stops. You were able to go up from 245/70R16 rubber to 275/70R16 without issue, but after that it got messy.
Other traps are to make sure the aftermarket shocks actually do have more travel than the originals. I bought a set of Rancho 9000XL's for the Jackaroo and was stunned to find that the rear shocks had LESS travel than the original shocks. 4WD1 knew what to do and exchanged them for a set that had the correct travel but were meant for ... of all things ... a US Postal Van. They worked great!