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Unread 02-12-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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What is a good 4.5 in Lift Kit for a 96 cherokee

Hi Im looking to get a 4.5 in lift kit but im not to sure on what brand and prices.I was looking an Rough Country full leaf lift.and do I have to make any drive line changes please any one who knows about lifts on cherokees let me know thanks

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Unread 02-12-2010, 09:20 PM   #2
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if your not wanting to spend alot of money then i would get the RC 4.5 full packs, thats what im getting.
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Unread 02-12-2010, 09:22 PM   #3
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A rough country long arm would be niccceee.

I have a 4.5 Rubicon express on my 95, works well, nothing to brag about. No driveline vibes, and no mods to the driveline.

Have a 4.5 Procomp lift on my 92. arms are well built, it felxs ok but not as nice as the RE lift. again, no driveline vibes.

In this day and age I suggest the rough country kit (long or short arm) best bang per buck
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Unread 02-12-2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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I have the rusty's 4.5. I'm around $600 or $700 but I'm very satisfied. Handles well.
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Unread 02-13-2010, 04:36 AM   #5
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The rough country long-arm kit is the best bang for your buck as mentioned above. Going to 4.5" with short-arms will make your ride a lot stiffer because of the control arm angles. The long-arms will ride better and flex a lot better too. With the 96 model you will likely have some vibrations at that height. Some get by with a t-case drop where others have to have the SYE/cv driveshaft. Some of this depends on which drivetrain you have The AW4 transmission (4 speed auto), the 242 t-case, and the 8.25 rear end are the longest components which means a shorter driveshaft and worse driveline angles. The 5 speed, 231 t-case, and d35 rear end are the shorter components. Depending on which combination you have you may need the SYE. The 96-up models also have a different type of output on the t-case which is more prone to vibrations after lifting.
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Im getting the RC 4.5" Full leafs.. and I did some research and its not bad price.
best if you have a dealer locally. and buy from them

but You may have to get the SYE,
im hoping i dont.. :/
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Unread 02-13-2010, 08:53 AM   #7
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I have the rc 4.5 full leaf on my 89. its a good product. only thing i would change would be adding the LCA drop brackets, give it a bit smoother ride.

use existing trac bar, but you drill a new hole 3/4" to the driver side (axle mount).
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Unread 02-13-2010, 09:40 AM   #8
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LCA drop barckets

What are lca drop brackets?
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What are lca drop brackets?
essentially its the "old school" way of fixing control arm angles, but now adays its almost cheaper to buy a long arm kit than to buy adjustable short arms AND lca drop brackets. Believe me, I did the math Im going to get the Rough country long arm to smooth out my ride.

lca drop brackets: Moves the mounting location of the control arms farther down therefore brings angles of control arms closer to stock after a lift.
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Unread 02-13-2010, 09:56 AM   #10
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LCA drop barckets

What are lca drop brackets?
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Unread 02-13-2010, 10:00 AM   #11
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Thanks huslla737 I think I'm going to get the long arm lift I'll just have to keep saving lol
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Unread 02-15-2012, 03:46 PM   #12
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i just did my 4.5 ZONE, for me it is best for the money. It is an aal system, i got the system for 450 bucks,
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Unread 02-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #13
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The best kit is one you build yourself. I had bad luck with RC leafs and RE as well. If I were to do it again I would piece it together with different brand parts I wanted
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Unread 02-15-2012, 08:52 PM   #14
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i got the 4.5 rc full pack lift about three years ago and its pretty nice a little rough though but not a hard fix. the kits they have today have come a long way it makes me jealous, they are very complete with great quality. also i have a 96 and it had no vibrations.
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I'm tryin to figure out wich kit for my 95 xj thinkin of x series 4.5 has everything and leaf packs
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