First, I just purchased a '98 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 6cyl. Auto. Limited, and I love it! Found these forums which I'm sure will be very helpful, looks like a ton of knowledge here.
I searched some but found some differing answers... anyways, my rear suspension seems to be low. It looks a little funny, but seems to ride fine still.
Option 1: I was considering adding an extra leaf to lift it up so it at least looks more normal again. Any potential problems with this? Also, how difficult would this be, do I need to bring it into our shop and do it there, or will tools in the backyard be enough?
Option 2: Replace the rear suspension. Everything I've found seems extremely expensive, but I'm not sure I know where to look. I do not want any lift kit (or very minimal if any), just looking for something pretty basic that is low cost.
Any thoughts on these options?
PS. I am low on $, so I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive fix, but without cutting corners on what is necessary.
I'm in the same situation with our 91. The rear end looks a little low but still rides and drives fine.
Yes, you can add a leaf, that is what we are doing. We bought a full length AAL because others warned us that the short ones will be stiff and ride poorly. We bought a RE BB 2" lift with new shocks for about $300.
If you go with option two, you can get new HD leaf packs for $69 each at Quadratec.
mine used to sag also all i did was buy a set of highjacker shocks for around 60 bucks at autozone. you can set them how high you want them by putting less or more air but its like a bike tire to much and it will pop. ive had them around a month and im satisfied.
Yes, Actually if you will go back just a few pages you will find my post from where I had them installed about a week ago.
I went to Advance Auto Parts and picked up a set of the SHORT Add a leaf kit and then took it to my local mechanic and he installed them in about an hour.
With the kit and labor it cost a total of around $95.
Results with SHORT AAL:
*Rear end now back up to stock height or a little higher.
*Ride quality has greatly improved, I've read other people say that the SHORT AAL will make the ride stiff, well it does, but not as bad as you may think, I can barely tell a difference. But I can tell you this, the back end does take bumps and potholes in the roads a LOT better than it used to !!!
If I could've got the long aal kit I would have, but all they had was the short and I am NOT one bit dissatisfied.
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