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Unread 11-12-2007, 09:31 AM   #1
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Best Lift Kit for XJ????

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My son owns a 96 Cherokee sport 2DR 4X4 with auto and 4.0L. Any suggestions on the best lift kit for the buck? I am looking to get it for him for christmas and don't really want to go over 4" of lift but he needs new rear leafs and coils so need a complete kit. Any advice appreciated.

Thanks, Kirk

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Unread 11-12-2007, 09:36 AM   #2
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Rubicon Express 4.5"
http://www.quadratec.com/products/16300_802.htm
You could do a aal (ad a leaf) kit if you wanna go a little cheaper.
http://www.jeepinoutfitters.com/scri...?idproduct=114
Rubicon express is amazing from what i hear. My gf is buying me the 3.5 superride kit for christmas. I'm pumped. Everyone tells me that its a really great product.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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The company in your second link is going to be cheaper than the company in your first link, regardless of which kit you're looking at.

Kirk, I definitely agree with murrayman that RE is the way to go. I'd do their 3.5" kit though as it by itself will get you close to 4.5" initially. Plan on doing at least a t'case drop to keep vibs away on that '96. SYE kit and CV driveshaft are really the best way to go though.

There are cheaper kits than RE out there, but IMHO there isn't a better one out there.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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i have the 4.5" RE kit, and i have no regrets at all about buying it! other than it got me itching to modify all sorts of other things on my jeep...

3.5" might be better though, since you won't need such big tyres, and in turn you won't want to re-gear the axles or get an SYE kit


by the way khurst, i am also in corpus christi, you may have seen my big white jeep driving around.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Best kit for the buck, all kinda depends on what your budget is. For a real inexpensive lift I love the kit I got from Rustys, If I had more money I was looking at the 3.5 RE kit. I have no complaints about the kit I got, and would stand by it as an excellent kit for the money spent on it.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 10:48 AM   #6
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i'll have to concur with most everyone......i have been so far pleased with my rubicon express 3.5" lift. I bought their full leaf pack kit since my leafs were pretty much shot. i have had their 2" budget boost plus i have their track bar....so far everything is great. just shop around and check prices, there are a 2-3 vendors on here that have great prices. make sure you check them all out and get the best prices. see who can do the best for you. good luck
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Unread 11-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #7
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Personal experience and opinion- I absolutely love Rubicon Express. Talk to Jason (JeepinOutfitters.com) he'll help you with anything...hes got a post a few up from mine. Good luck with the lift!
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Unread 11-12-2007, 11:05 AM   #8
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I Have the Rubicon Express 5.5 Long Arm kit and I have got to say that its the best kit i have ever seen on a XJ and the flex is amazing and it handles better then my OEM suspension ever did. It will run 33's but wont flex all the way out with them so you'll need either smaller tires or bushwacker fender flares. But like myself if you can't get enough, you'll end up cutting more out of your fenders and putting a pucks in the front and a AAL int the rear to get an additional 2 inches out of it so you can run thoose 35's, On your Rubicon Express 7.5 long arm. grunt grunt grunt. That is all that is manly.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 11:13 AM   #9
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The RE 5.5" kits are more than tall enough to run 35's as they are. And adding an AAL to those spring packs won't add 2", and will probably do more harm than good in terms of ride and articulation. 7.5" of lift is like 38" tire height.
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'00 TJ, SOLD, wife's, RE 4.5" long-arm, 35" MT/Rs, D30+OX, D44+ARB, 4.88s, full cage, winch, C4x4 & Jeeperman bumpers, etc, etc.


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Unread 11-12-2007, 01:06 PM   #10
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IMO...Same as everyone else has said about the RE. Its an excellent kit, rides well and I haven't had any troubles with vibrations. I have the 3.5" super ride kit with the AAL's and monotube shocks.

I have put a handful of lift kits on cherokees: RE, Rustys, Superlift and Rough Country. I have been the most impressed with the fit and ride of the RE.

Quite a nice gift I might add...
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Unread 11-12-2007, 01:12 PM   #11
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dont have a lift yet but when i do it will be the RE 3.5 super flex. i havnt heard a single bad thing about it.
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Unread 11-12-2007, 01:42 PM   #12
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if he plans on wheeling it get the superflex not the superride re lift
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Unread 11-12-2007, 01:44 PM   #13
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I am selling a used 3.5" RE kit in classifieds =)
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