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post #1 of 32 Old 09-11-2015, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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What is the easiest way to lift an XJ a few inches?
I don't plan to do any serious 4-wheeling with my '99 but 1.5" - 2" lift would look nice and accommodate my future plans of putting 16" tires / rims on it.

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post #2 of 32 Old 09-11-2015, 08:20 PM
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Have you searched at all?
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post #3 of 32 Old 09-11-2015, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Have you searched at all?
Yeah, but all the kits I see are $400 - 500, and look like an all weekend event for someone doing it solo.
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post #4 of 32 Old 09-11-2015, 08:43 PM
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What is the easiest way to lift an XJ a few inches?
I don't plan to do any serious 4-wheeling with my '99 but 1.5" - 2" lift would look nice and accommodate my future plans of putting 16" tires / rims on it.
Chances are w/ a '99 your springs are sagging anyway. Throw in replacement OEM UpCountry-equivalent springs w/ a spacer up front & a shackle in the back, you'll likely get the lift you're looking for.

Check it out - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...erton-3139497/

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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/b.../topics/847303

S10 leafs will give you about 3" if you use all of them
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post #6 of 32 Old 09-12-2015, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thx - that gives me options more within my budget.
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post #7 of 32 Old 09-12-2015, 10:52 AM
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We put a 2" lift on my sons Cherokee by using spring blocks, extended rear leaf shackle and a t case drop. He's since replaced that with a proper lift kit because he wheels it but at the time it looked nice and did what he wanted it too which was allow bigger tires underneath.

I believe the whole kit cost less than $100 bucks off ebay and wasnt too bad to install.

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post #8 of 32 Old 09-12-2015, 11:18 AM
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Chances are w/ a '99 your springs are sagging anyway. Throw in replacement OEM UpCountry-equivalent springs w/ a spacer up front & a shackle in the back, you'll likely get the lift you're looking for.

Check it out - www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/project-jeepy-mcjeeperton-3139497/
This is the route I went with my Jeep as I'm not interested in huge lifts and what not. My Jeep is a trail Jeep but there's no need for the huge lifts and tires for the areas I wheel.

Here's the parts I used, which basically duplicated an "upcountry" suspension package.

Leaf Springs
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Your bump stops are probably in pretty bad shape too so I'd replace those as well while you are in there
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Coil Springs.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Some people suggest ordering these to level everything out as with that spring combo the rear will sit slightly higher but since I haul gear in the back of my Jeep fairly often I didn't install them and am happy with how my Jeep sits.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

You'll need these for the front bump stops. Mine disintegrated when I took the front end apart. For some reason the description says "sway bar bushing" but they are actually front bump stops.
http://www.amazon.com/Omix-Ada-18280...kee+bump+stops

While I had everything apart I went ahead and replaced my sway bar bushings as well since they were in bad shape too.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Also (sorry I know I'm getting pretty far into this) while you have everything apart might as well replace the control arm bushings and throw a new track bar in there if they haven't been done already because trust me they will be bad on a 99 if they haven't ever been redone. This will require a large press or getting creative with a ball joint press from Autozone.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

http://www.amazon.com/Moog-K3164-Low...xgy_263_text_y

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage



Stay away from block lifts please. You will not like how they act int he long run and if your rear springs are already crapped out block will make it much worse

If you want more info on the upcountry package do some google searching I'm limited on computer time right now or I'd dig it up fro you but there's a thread flying around out there with a full break down of Jeep suspension parts and their part numbers including the upcountry package info.

Here's what my old bushings looked like while I was installing all this new suspension stuff





Before


After suspension install


New springs and bushings throughout made my Jeep a much better road driver as well. No more wandering or clunking or having my headlights pointed towards the sky with 20 lbs of stuff in the back haha.
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post #9 of 32 Old 04-17-2016, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Got the parts to lift it 3", just waiting for a free weekend to spend doing it.
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post #10 of 32 Old 04-27-2016, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I have abandoned my first plan of using leaf blocks to lift the rear.
I've got some 3.5" rear steel lift shackles coming in next week. I have 3" front lift spacers and a transfer case drop kit. I'm hoping to get everything installed the first weekend in May.
I will not be taking my Jeep on any rock crawling adventures, but would like to lift it to install bigger tires. I currently have stock tires/rims on it.
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post #11 of 32 Old 05-08-2016, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Finished...took all weekend to get both the front and rear, but worth it.
Envy all you people with air tools and garages. All I have is a driveway, portable canopy and determination.
TC drop kit was not the right one for my Jeep, be looking into Plan B.

Before and After pictures.
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AFTER


Yeah - I'm happy with the results. Definitely going to replace the leaf springs when I can save up the funds.
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post #12 of 32 Old 05-09-2016, 07:59 AM
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I hate to be that guy, but you might have been better off with picking up a bastard pack for in the back since you're going to need leaf springs anyhow. Just my .02$

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post #13 of 32 Old 05-09-2016, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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I hate to be that guy, but you might have been better off with picking up a bastard pack for in the back since you're going to need leaf springs anyhow. Just my .02$

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Yeah, but for what I had budget-wise the shackles was my best option.
BP would have been more work.
It took me all day Saturday just to get the front end done (it didn't help that the sway bar links both broke trying to remove them).
Sunday was spend on the rear end - along with making breakfast for the wife for Mother's Day and smoking two racks of ribs for her Mother's Day dinner.
Right now the idea of more work on the Jeep is not appealing. I've got muscle aches where I forgot I had muscles.
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post #14 of 32 Old 05-09-2016, 01:32 PM
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Haha, fair enough, yeah I should have bought stock in pb blaster at this point. I soak everything and still manage to snap hardware.

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post #15 of 32 Old 04-16-2017, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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After putting 16" wheels/rims and installing new ProComp leaf springs I am real, real happy with the results...I mean 'dancing banana happy' happy.
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