This weekend I set out on doing my lift 98 xj...primarly cosmetic reasons. Planning for 2.5 to 3" lift.
96 CG from v8 - front springs
One inch spacers
97 s10 leafs
xj main, s10 main, xj 1st, s10 3rd, xj 2nd xj 3rd (in order)....so I left out
2nd leaf from the s10, ....seemed worked out nice because lenghts all fall shorter has you follow the leafs down.(ones not longer, or same lenght as the leaf below it)
rear 21" (rear is 4" lift!)
I don't mind the look...back sitting little higher than front and Im thinking it will sit over time, but Im getting vibs in rear on 0-5mph accerlation(don't really notice it accerlating from higher speeds), and can clearly see pinon angles are not pretty.
Should I add 1 degree shims? (whatever autozone sells, I believe they are 1 degree) or should I remove s10 3rd, and replace with s10 second(longer leaf), and am I going to see any problems adding JK shocks with 4" lift?
SIDE NOTES: really enjoyed doing this lift....good research made come together easy. snapped a shock bolt. tried extending stock shocks with union and thread(typical automotive stores, or lowes doesn't carry m10-1.5 union grrrr). Jacking opposite side of axel really helped remove/replace springs, time....only me, 2 monster energy's - 4 hours friday night, 10 hours saturday (minus lunch smoke breaks, and 1 hour trip to lowes to search for unions).......I still have shocks/sway bars to install (guessing 4 hours not including fab work)......hardest part was installing heavy wheels/tires. With 3-4 lift, 31" tires still rub! (they do have alot of offset, stick out inch past fenders)
Also wanted to give the next guy a closer price cost of a diy build....
JK shocks...yet to be bought...from autozone $160, craigslist specials $50-100 used 0 miles to 25k. Jeep dealership hasn't been much help, first time I ask for old parts they said they just trashed them all, 2 months later check back each week, yet to have any freebys for me
springs.....$20 each - pull-a-part
leafs.....$32 each pull-a-part
coil spacer - $25 1" ebay
misc bolts (sway bar ext, leaf through bolt) $15
wranger brake line - $15
u-bolts - online 4x4 shop $25 shipped
Last edited by jetskiwilly; 07-30-2012 at 02:30 PM..