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Unread 11-16-2012, 05:43 AM   #1
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98 xj budget build eastern north carolina

Well I bought an xj for 1500 bucks. As you see it is how it was bought trimmed fenders near bald 32x11.50 a/t, 3 inch spacers and 3 inch blocks...ugh it's. start
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Unread 11-16-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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Went and bought a 4.5 RC lift kit from galloways 4wd shop for 500 bucks. The kit came complete with front springs lower control arms all four shocks rear shackles and an add a leaf and a tcase drop. This install is pretty straight forward it has reasonably good instructions.

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Unread 11-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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So, what part of Eastern NC are you in? I'm up in the Lumberton and Kinston areas on occasion with my job. Nice looking XJ, BTW, and looks like you're headed in the right direction with it!
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Unread 11-16-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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I'm interested in your experience and thoughts on this lift/project. I'm looking at the same kit, always like first hand feedback.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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You may wish you'd bought the rc drop down kit for your 4 link. The front axle needs to roll forward more and you lose a Lil handle on it and it won't flex as good as it could. And get rid of the factory top arms for the 4 link, they are a weak link and won't take a pounding. I've built 4 xj's and 2 tjs and have had success tearing up a lotta ground and parts ! Just put my newest together this past week.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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Well new tires are on lift kit is complete! Alignment done my self and is better than the last one I had done at a shop. She drives and rides better than when I bought her. But that was with 3" pucks and blocks.... Winch bumper from karnage off road coming this weekend!!! Check them out on eBay!

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Unread 11-18-2012, 05:53 AM   #7
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Emerald Isle, between Morehead city and jacksonville
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Unread 11-18-2012, 08:04 AM   #8
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Well I bought an xj for 1500 bucks. As you see it is how it was bought trimmed fenders near bald 32x11.50 a/t, 3 inch spacers and 3 inch blocks...ugh it's. start
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Are you kidding ? Thats a great start for that price ! Nice choices on your upgrades too.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #9
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Are you kidding ? Thats a great start for that price ! Nice choices on your upgrades too.
Thanks man!
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:07 AM   #10
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What kind of steering mods do you have? I want to do a 4.5 inch lift on mine but skeptical about steering and driveshaft vibes.

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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:12 AM   #11
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What kind of steering mods do you have? I want to do a 4.5 inch lift on mine but skeptical about steering and driveshaft vibes.

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I had some vibes around 32-36 miles and hour before I dropped my transfer case( which is included with the kit) since then I have had no problems since, and that was around 450-500 miles ago
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Unread 11-19-2012, 04:17 AM   #12
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What kind of steering mods do you have? I want to do a 4.5 inch lift on mine but skeptical about steering and driveshaft vibes.

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If anything I would buy a matching drop pitman arm
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Unread 11-19-2012, 05:59 AM   #13
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I had some vibes around 32-36 miles and hour before I dropped my transfer case( which is included with the kit) since then I have had no problems since, and that was around 450-500 miles ago
With the tcase drop do your shifters still work properly?

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Unread 11-19-2012, 06:00 AM   #14
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If anything I would buy a matching drop pitman arm
Planned on that. And an adjustable tracbar

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Unread 11-19-2012, 06:52 AM   #15
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Planned on that. And an adjustable tracbar

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If you don't want to spring for the adjustable tracbar you can remove yours and drill a 7/16 hole 3/4" over but on the same plain( level with existing hole) and reinstall with factory hardware
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