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Unread 07-28-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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New to me XJ

I traded my CJ5 for a 98 XJ Sport. Looking for suggestions on lifts for a MILD rig. I'm not looking to go 35s and Dana 60s. 31" Duratracs will be my max tire size. I'm looking for personal testimonies. I have searched, and I didn't find what I'm looking for. Pics are forthcoming.

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Unread 07-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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Really any quality 3 to 3.5" lift will work fine,look under the TSB FAQ section for different lifts.
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Unread 07-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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your price range will regulate where or how you lift it. people could come on and tell you to go ahead and get a sweet 3.5 in lift kit for 700 or a basic RE one for like 400 or a redneck one(my personal fav) for under 100 all depends. dont forget about the possiblity of maybe needing a SYE. theres sum bucks there
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Unread 07-28-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Can't beat a lunchbox locker and some 31's gets you around nicely. And no gear setup cost like a full case.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I was on my iPhone, and didn't see the stickies tab. I noticed while I was perusing the classifieds, I cant see pricing for items either, so I figured my phone was only showing me what it wanted to.

Oh well. After I change the oil and get the XJ cleaned up, I'll post some pics up. Shes all stock.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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not too far from me. my buddy has an xj on a RE AAL/Shackles, and RE Springs up front. Somewhere around 3.5-4" of lift (leaf pack was saggy)

Has nothing but good things to say about the setup, there is a slight rake however.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #7
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All depends on your wallet. I've used all kinds off store bought and junkyard swap pieces on all 3 of my XJ's. The only thing I won't do any more is add a leafs. They always seem to sag no matter what. Go full spring packs. Costs more and does more. There are some on the forum who will argue this but my own experience taught me the lesson. Good luck with it and enjoy.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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So, here Project Airborne is, mid wash. I must say, she cleaned up nicely.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #9
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Good starting point.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #10
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As posted before, your wallet is the limiting factor here. It was with both of mine. These are the setups I have on mine. 86 has a RC 3 inch AAL that instead of just the AAL I did a bastard pack rear setup. I used the AAL in the pack along with some leafs from an S-10 spring pack. This was my first time lifting a Jeep and the price was cheap cheap. The ride was decent and I'm happy with it. I think I gave around 300 bucks for that lift including the S-10 leaf packs. Did the work myself and it wasn't to bad at all. On my 96 XJ I went with a Rustys 3 inch kit with full packs out back. The price was somewhere around 500 bucks and again I did the work myself. It was a bit more difficult but was worth the effort. Love the ride and quality. After the install I did pick up a vibe and put a TC drop on the I put together myself using 1x1 box stainless and took care of the vibe. I am satisfied with both lifts but prefer the full pack route. I am running 31.50 Kuhmos on my 96 and it is my daily driver. I have read many post here that prefer one brand over the other but I can only speak of what I have dealt with. I hope this helps and if you have any questions feel free to send me a PM.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #11
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can i ask why you got rid of the CJ5 for an XJ?
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Unread 07-30-2012, 08:28 PM   #12
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can i ask why you got rid of the CJ5 for an XJ?
I have two small kids. My CJ was a daily driver, and it didn't have enough room for them. I needed a bigger car, and with no job, I had to either sell it or trade it. I didn't want to, but my family comes before my Jeep. I will get another one eventually.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 08:31 PM   #13
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As posted before, your wallet is the limiting factor here. It was with both of mine. These are the setups I have on mine. 86 has a RC 3 inch AAL that instead of just the AAL I did a bastard pack rear setup. I used the AAL in the pack along with some leafs from an S-10 spring pack. This was my first time lifting a Jeep and the price was cheap cheap. The ride was decent and I'm happy with it. I think I gave around 300 bucks for that lift including the S-10 leaf packs. Did the work myself and it wasn't to bad at all. On my 96 XJ I went with a Rustys 3 inch kit with full packs out back. The price was somewhere around 500 bucks and again I did the work myself. It was a bit more difficult but was worth the effort. Love the ride and quality. After the install I did pick up a vibe and put a TC drop on the I put together myself using 1x1 box stainless and took care of the vibe. I am satisfied with both lifts but prefer the full pack route. I am running 31.50 Kuhmos on my 96 and it is my daily driver. I have read many post here that prefer one brand over the other but I can only speak of what I have dealt with. I hope this helps and if you have any questions feel free to send me a PM.
Thank you. It does help. Any lift I do will have full packs on the back. No way will I do an AAL with the stock leafs. They seem to be sagging now, so I could definitely see them sagging in the near future with an AAL.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #14
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For 2 years, I wheeled and DD'd a 2" spacer and S10 bastard pack on 31" MTR's with D windows and a bit of fender trimming and locating my flares up about 1 1/2".

No sag, very minimal vibes around 45mph with a 4 degree wedge, went all sorts of places it should not have, kept me super happy as a DD and weekend wheeler.

If I bought a stock XJ as a DD to mildly lift but keep for daily use only, I'd go the same route. Stock every thing - coils, shackle, brakelines, control arms, 2 washer crossmember drop.

Total cost of lift was around 130 bucks. Bastard pack is pretty much an AAL, but the s10 main regained me 1" of sag and then added 2 more for the level stance and didn't sag a bit.

I think 31's looked perfect on it.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
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I have two small kids. My CJ was a daily driver, and it didn't have enough room for them. I needed a bigger car, and with no job, I had to either sell it or trade it. I didn't want to, but my family comes before my Jeep. I will get another one eventually.
Sounds like a trade up to me.
Have fun with your XJ!
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