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Unread 03-26-2002, 08:40 PM   #1
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Ummm Jeep Newbie in need of lift help...

I own a 2001 Cherokee, and I really want to put a lift on it. I don't really know where to start to look for help, so I decided to post here. I wanted to put a 3" lift on it, however I really don't know too much about what size tires will fit, what lifts are the best "bang for the buck", etc... I heard, with a 3" lift i could put 31s on for the tires.... well all help would b appreciated...
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Unread 03-26-2002, 11:04 PM   #2
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You will need an SYE and driveshaft. Get a JB Conversions HD SYE ($235) and a Tom Woods driveshaft ($400-$200). 3" lift will allow you to fit 31s or you can get a 4.5" and squeeze 32s. I would get Rustys or RE lift and make sure to get full spring packs.

I am planing on Rustys 4.5" w/spring packs ($665) and the above. Probably going to go with 32x11.50 BFG AT KOs with black rock crawler rims. All together it will end up around $2,000, but thats if you can install everything yourself.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 11:49 PM   #3
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My advice is study up first and learn everything you can before you jump into buying a lift and find out later you made a mistake. IMO, you can't go wrong with Rubicon Express or Skyjacker. You are probably safe with Rusty's or Tomken. I would be wary of Rough Country and ProComp.

As far as tire fitment goes, it all depends on how you want to use your XJ, and proper wheel selection. Today I saw an XJ with worn 31" BFGs that looked like it had no lift at all! I had to look twice - "were those REALLY 31's on there?" On the other hand I'm starting out with 31" tires with 4.5" of lift.

Generally the rule is as follows with some minor fender trimming needed in some cases.

stock = 235's
BB lift = 30's
3" lift = 31's
4.5" lift = 32's
6" lift = 33's
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Unread 03-27-2002, 09:00 AM   #4
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THX a bunch...I'm still very confused, but I suppose the more i research the better. Where do I begin to get info on the different kinds of lifts, ramcages, tires, wheels.....etc.... Is there a site other than the reviews on this forum, that I can go to????????

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Unread 03-27-2002, 09:22 AM   #5
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are you sure you need a SYE for a 3 inch lift?
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Unread 03-27-2002, 02:31 PM   #6
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The best thing you can do is hang out in this forum and others for a while. See what other people are doing, what questions they are asking, and pay attention to people who are doing what you want your XJ to be like. And of course, ask questions. Here's a few links to get you started:

<a href="http://www.geocities.com/bigfodee_515/smalllift.html" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/bigfodee_515/smalllift.html</a>

<a href="http://www.off-road.com/jeep/cherokee/jeepcher.htm" target="_blank">http://www.off-road.com/jeep/cherokee/jeepcher.htm</a>

<a href="http://members.aol.com/Stvns/XJhelp1.html" target="_blank">http://members.aol.com/Stvns/XJhelp1.html</a>

<a href="http://www.outdoorwire.com/4x4/jeep/tech/" target="_blank">http://www.outdoorwire.com/4x4/jeep/tech/</a>
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Unread 03-27-2002, 06:48 PM   #7
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We just put a Rusty's 3 inch lift on our 2000 Cherokee a week and a half ago. We love it, but we will need to get the SYE. You can see our before and after pictures....... <a href="http://community.webshots.com/album/33852220iiteuY" target="_blank">brian & mary</a>
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Also check out <a href="http://www.ilovejeeps.com" target="_blank">www.ilovejeeps.com</a> for good tech and a friendly forum. The later model XJ's do require the slip yolk eliminator, when lifting. The output shaft design is very susceptible to driveline vibes. The older (pre '96) models do not have this problem.
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