Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Helsinki, Finland - on the European side of the Atlantic
People have cracked the steering box area with stock lift and tires. I'd recommend a steering box brace if you wheel your XJ. As mentioned above, the ones that use crush sleeves between the inner and outer plates are better. But just having plates on both sides will help a lot.
It's not a bad idea to use a trackbar brace too if you're running larger tires or use heavy pedal. I had a couple frame cracks on the front of my XJ, I wheeled it for two years on 35s and long arms, had a steering box brace and a sturdy winch bumper from day one.
1998 Grand Cherokee 5.9 LX daily driver, 1.75" BB, 32" KM2s, HPD30 Eaton e-locker/D44a stock LSD, 4.56 gears, custom- fabbed tube bumpers and tube fenders,...
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1990 XJ Limited (4-door), 4.0 I6, AW4, NP242, ***rolled and totalled @ 165k miles***
1990 XJ (4-door), 4.0 I6, AW4, NP242, PBR 42" tires, Unimog 404 portal axles, 110" WB, full cage + uniframe completely rebuilt, front 3-link + panhard / double triangulated 4-link rear,... ***SOLD***