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Unread 11-02-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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Sorry, I am rusty on my XJs...

I just bought my 3rd XJ, but its been about 2 years since my last '00. I got my favorite specific XJ a 1999 Sport with np231 with 63k miles for $6500 (not bad right?). Now I have about $3,000 to dump into it and I already ordered my RE 3.5" SF and AA HD SYE and I am down to BPI or Warn for the front bumper, but I am not sure on what rock sliders and what size tires to run.

I know the standard 3" lift tire is 31s, but I figure I will get 4" with the RE lift and I will cut my fenders also. So I am wondering if a 285/75 16 will fit? What BS rims would I need, would 4.5" work? I plan to regear soon with 4.56s if I do go bigger than 31s.

and what brand rock sliders does everyone favor? I've looked at Warn and Custom 4x4s, but my old XJ had ORGS (which were the best btw) which are no longer produced.

Any help would be great.

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Unread 11-02-2005, 11:22 AM   #2
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I would run 33s with that lift...but thats just me...I stuffed 35s under mine with 3 inches and alot of trimming. For back spacing 3.75 has worked well for me. As for the rock sliders...if you have to buy them shoot AJ at ajs offroad armor an e-mail. The work he does is excellent.
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Unread 11-02-2005, 11:42 AM   #3
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I think AJ's look pretty sweet.

http://ajsoffroadarmor.com/
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Unread 11-02-2005, 11:48 AM   #4
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Definitely run 33's with the right bumpstops. I ran the aj's superrails and loved them

pics are with my old crappy leafs that wouldn't flex for the life of them



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Unread 11-02-2005, 12:23 PM   #5
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285s are 33s....

I dont have em, but if i were buying i would go AJs as well. you may want a 3/4 inch spacer to go with the lift for the frong, and i would throw the 285s under it if you can get them, or 33x10.50s if you go 15 inch wheels. I think 4'' would probably better backspacing, but if you keep it narrower than 12 inches you should be ok.

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Unread 11-02-2005, 12:30 PM   #6
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AJ's off road armor for the rock rails and bumpers. I have his super square rock rails ($239 shipped) and they're great, and about $400 cheaper than the Warn's. Seriously. www.ajsoffroadarmor.com

For bumpers, he can custom make them and do it for about half of the price for a warn or BPI bumper. I have an ARB bull bar and like it, but it hangs pretty low and far out in the front and it hurts my approach angle. Look for high clearance bumpers that don't stick out too far or low. Warns are not high clearance at all.

Hope that helps

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Unread 11-02-2005, 01:14 PM   #7
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I like PhatXJ's old bumper AJ built, wonder if he can build on for a 97+ XJ?
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Unread 11-02-2005, 02:40 PM   #8
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I like PhatXJ's old bumper AJ built, wonder if he can build on for a 97+ XJ?

He can. He is pretty backed up right now...but good things are worth waiting for.
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