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Unread 09-24-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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rough country lift versus tuff country lift

Hello Jeepers, I have a 97 XJ that I have decided to lift and am considering a 3.5 Tuff Country lift with rear springs versus a 3 Rough Country lift with rear springs. Pricing is very close between the two so that is not really a consideration in my decision. I did notice that TC lift includes a transfer case drop that the RC kit does not. I appreciate comments and advice from all the folks here that have experience with these kits. Pros and cons on each would be great. I am not a hardcore wheeler just want a more aggressive stance with the ability to run a 31 inch tire. Most of the use my rig will see is on road with the occasional trail use but nothing real rough. I also noticed that the RC kit does not include a track bar relocation bracket and the TC kit does. Is that not necessary with the RC kit or is that something that would need to be addressed? I see that RC sells and adjustable track bar for around $130. Is that the better way to go? Keep in mind I will not be hammering this rig, so I'm thinking that a simple relocation bracket will be ok for me or is my thinking flawed?

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Unread 09-24-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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transfer case drop sucks, get a sye.

a track bar drop bracket also sucks, you will deffinitly want an adjustable track bar.

since its mostly an on road rig, id reccomend rough countrys shackle relocation in the rear, and a spacer up front with sway bar disconnects. with some trimming you can run 31's on that set up, wont need a sye, and dont have to worry about track bar etc.
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Is a slip yoke eliminator big money to buy? What about the cost of install. I think that might be out of my league mechanical skillswise.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 11:10 AM   #4
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Is a trasfer case drop really necessary with a lift of 3' ?
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Unread 09-24-2011, 11:17 AM   #5
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Just because the parts are not in your lift kit, doesn't mean you don't need them.

At 3-4 inches of lift you need to do something about your track bar and the transfer case. You may be able to get away with the TC drop, but that is just a temporary solution until you save up enough for an SYE.

Be sure you see the FAQ's about lifting Cherokee's - http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/t...ks-tsbs-89273/
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