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Unread 11-20-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Cherokee Rear Drive Shaft

Just got a lifted 89 Cherokee base with a manual transmission, looked it over and it seems when the 4.5" lift was installed nothing was done to the transfer case or rear drive shaft. A buddy was saying i need to lengthen the rear drive shaft but I thought I needed to put a transfer case drop kit in. If you can give me your input on what should be done I would appreciate it. If the Drive Shaft needs to be lengthened how do I do that?

Please help!!

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Unread 11-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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The correct thing to do is to install a Slip Yoke Eliminator (SYE) and a double cardan drive shaft. With an older XJ Cherokee you might (or might not) be able to get away with a transfer case drop.

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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:49 AM   #3
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SYE or run it like it is.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 08:59 AM   #4
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I have an 87 with 4" lift and I started out with tc drop and eventually had to do a sye, I would recommend just doing the sye
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