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post #1 of 9 Old 10-01-2002, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Solid front axle?

Another quick question for you people: I keep hearing that the Cherokee has a solid front axle and I know that this is a good thing, but I don't know why. Why is this such an important thing for offroading as compared to whatever the normal alternative is (a split axle?)? Thanks again.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-01-2002, 10:54 PM
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It has to do with articulation. Check out this site to see the drastic differences between IFS (independent front suspension) and a solid axle:

http://www.bigcherokee.com/ifssfa.html

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-01-2002, 11:07 PM
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Not to mention that most lift kits are much cheaper for the solid axle compared to the IFS setups. I used to have a 85 K5 and it would have cost me quite a bit to get a 3" suspension lift for the K5. It was only about $250 for the XJ.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-02-2002, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Hey, that helped a lot guys - thanks!
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-02-2002, 10:25 AM
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Thanks for the info, ageofzeppelin! That was most informative.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-02-2002, 11:34 AM
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The flex pictures in that link said it all!

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Yeah, not to start another flame-war or anything, but the Liberty's were starting to grow a little on me until I saw those pics! I think I'm gonna saran-wrap my new XJ, store it and find an earlier XJ to jam around in, so I'll have true 4x4 goodness FOREVER! (Just kidding, of course)

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dude, you in the cherokee forum, we love to hear that!

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-02-2002, 11:14 PM
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Doesn't that Liberty look down right dangerous? I was amazed at what kind of differences there were between IFS and live axle, I mean, I knew IFS wasn't as good, but that bad! Why would Jeep do such a thing? Well, I know why, I just don't understand.

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