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Unread 07-10-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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99 cherokee 2.5 lift install questions

Is installing a lift on a 99 cherokee the same as many other year xjs , and if so what years are the same ? Because I'm trying to read up on how to install a 2.5 rancho suspension lift on my friends xj and I want to be prepared for problems that have come up for people in the process of doing theirs. And problems that pop up after the installation of the lift. Anybody who is willing to give me their experiences doing this would be great. Thanks

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Unread 07-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Hi I'm currently putting a lift on as well! I also had a 3" on my XJ before new one. My main suggestion to you is load up the bolts to remove with PB blaster. Most will be a bit fussy to come out but if you are careful then everything will go on smoothly! Also what does kit contain?
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Unread 07-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #3
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Hi I'm currently putting a lift on as well! I also had a 3" on my XJ before new one. My main suggestion to you is load up the bolts to remove with PB blaster. Most will be a bit fussy to come out but if you are careful then everything will go on smoothly! Also what does kit contain?
Hi.Okay will do.
Don't know what s in the kit yet. But when I find out I'll post it.
Keep the information coming.
thanx
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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:32 AM   #4
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Is installing a lift on a 99 cherokee the same as many other year xjs , and if so what years are the same ?
It's basically all the same regardless of year. Its either stiffer/longer coil springs or spacers for the front and bigger curved springs/more springs/longer shackle/block in the back.
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Okay. What are the difficulties one runs into during installation on these xjs ?
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Unread 07-12-2013, 05:45 AM   #7
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It's basically all the same regardless of year. Its either stiffer/longer coil springs or spacers for the front and bigger curved springs/more springs/longer shackle/block in the back.
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Okay. What are the difficulties one runs into during installation on these xjs ?
You got an answer. Its identical equipment to what is already installed, just bigger, stiffer, stronger, etc.

You have a lifted CJ... you should know what to expect. Rust, seized bolts, stubborn leafs.

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What are the difficulties one runs into during installation on these xjs ?
Leaf pack front bolts are stubborn (seize to the bushings; weldnut inside the frame may break loose), same goes for shackle upper bolt. If it's a vehicle from the south I wouldn't much worry.

If it's from the salt belt, bring a case of beer, have an angle grinder with cut-off wheels, and new mounting bolts for the leaf packs/ shackle and LCAs (if going to install aftermarket arms). Bolt size is ~110mm long, 14mm x 2.0 thread pitch; class 10.9 (do NOT get class 8.8!!!), or Grade 8. New U-bolts aren't a bad idea either if the lift kit doesn't have 'em. LCA and UCA bolts can be cut fairly easily, they tend to get stuck inside the bushings and I really see no reasons why anyone would like to use the 12+ years old hardware again..

All LCA and UCA bolts and shackle lower bolts can be replaced with SAE hardware (9/16" grade 8 for the LCAs/ shackle lower, 3/8" Grade 8 for the UCAs), but leaf front bolt and shackle upper bolt needs to be metric.
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