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post #1 of 8 Old 04-04-2007, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Build my rig - need help!!!

Hey guys!

Ok, here's my dilemma. I'm new to Jeeps, not new to off road driving! I am buying either a 2001 XJ or a 2001 WJ in the next couple of weeks, and I'm trying to do a "mock build up" of each to see what it would take to accomplish my goals.

I am really leaning toward the XJ, but I'm not sure what aftermarket parts I'll need to get where I want to go! My last truck was an '89 Montero LWB 3.0V6, and I was able to do pretty much every trail in the local mountains (Big Bear...Holcomb Creek, etc) as well as most trails in Death Valley Nat'l Park. I want to make sure my new truck can at least tackle these trails!

My Monty had a 2.75" lift (rear coils, front torsion bar crank) with 32x11.5" A/T's, factory LSD. That's it. From lurking the boards, it seems that the jeep is gonna take quite a bit more cash to fit the same rubber and tackle the same routes.

Here's where I need help. I'm guessing I'll need a 4-4.5" lift and 32x11.5's on 15" wheels. Am I on the right track? Someone please advise, all these lift kits look the same and I don't know which is "better". Thanks so much guys!

EDIT: Leaning toward the Superlift 4" kit with shocks @ $899, only because I don't know any better?! hehe. Is this a decent value? Overkill? Good match with 32" rubber?

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-04-2007, 08:58 PM
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the 2001 jeep XJ was listed as the best stock offroad vehicle made that year. i have seen a stock XJ with just a front locker climb a hill a wrangler with 38's did, not as easily but i mean it was stock. the thread of the vid is somewhere on the next few pages.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-04-2007, 09:01 PM
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With no fender trimming, or minor trimming to clear the bottom of the bumper molding, 4-4.5" should clear 32's.

The kit will depend on your budget. You want a smooth on road and GREAT flex off road, consider dropping the coin on a TnT 4.5" long arm setup. Go through www.jeepinoutfitters.com and talk to Jason about what your setup options are.

Beyond that, the RE super flex is a good kit and it's one that is ran quiet a bit. There are many many options for kit manufacturers. RE, and Rusty's are fairly populr options. There are several other makers though like Full Traction, SkyJacker, and even TeraFlex.

The advantage of the XJ is the solid axles and aftermarket support. The ride will be rougher than the WJ, but the XJ will be cheaper all the way round.

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A 4" lift should fit 32s nicely.

You will need a SYE (slip yoke eliminator) along with the lift and tires. Some will say to do a T-case drop, but it's only a temporary bandaid that can only be fixed with a SYE.

A great brand is Rubicon Express, and they have a very complete 4.5" kit here Only thing is they cost more, but the price is reflected in the quality of product. Another good brand would be OME (old man emu). I don't know a lot of different brands but if you look in the FAQ sticky there is a huge list of lift kits available for xj's.

Rusty's and Rough Country are more for people on a budget if that is you.
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So what equipment is required to handle a trail with some respectable obstacles? I'm wondering more about ground clearance, overhang, and grip!

I hope someone familiar with my home trails reads this, I don't know what they're rated but that's my main question...I don't want to buy a 4.5" lift only to find I would have been OK with a 2" lift! When will I need lockers? Stuff like that.

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3" lift, 31 M/T's, and locked out ox's will get the job done

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Does "budget" mean a bad thing? What's missing from the kit, and what are the drawbacks?

This is the info I needed, we're on the right track. THANK YOU!!! I'm pre-approved for $10k, and the check is burning a hole in my pocket. I should find the right truck in the next few weeks I hope. But I want to get it kitted out ASAP because I plan on wheeling with it the first weekend I have it!!!

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The advantage of the XJ is the solid axles and aftermarket support. The ride will be rougher than the WJ, but the XJ will be cheaper all the way round.
My Montero did very well, but the front end was IRS. HATED IT!!!!! I wished I would have gone with an XJ after realizing I was severely limited with my suspension options in the Montero.

99% sure I'm gonna go this route. It's also looking like 4-4.5" and 32's is a good choice...drivable on the street, and capable in the rough. I'll poke around some more but it's hard to learn the abbreviations!!! So far, I've learned SYE, AAL, and a few others so I'm doing OK I guess. haha.

Is there a major drawback to coil packing? I see the cheaper kits have different methods of lift, so what am I losing by going with the cheaper kits?

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