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Unread 04-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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98 ZJ Lift question

I just bought my first Jeep a few days ago. Its a 98 Grand Cherokee Laredo with a 4.0, 242 T/C, stock axles, and 33x12.50x15 tires. "Supposedly" it has a 6" lift on it, but its got the stock control arms on it. I guess my question is, can I use a long arm kit for a 4.5" lift kit instead of purchasing an entire 6" kit just to get the arms? Im new to the whole 4 wheel drive scene so all this is real unfamiliar to me. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Unread 04-04-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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I would highly doubt it's a real 6" kit. Sounds like someone tried to "sell" it as that to you. a 4.5" kit may cause it to rub with 33s depending on the wheels used. I guess someone could have installed 6" springs but d@mn that's gotta drive and ride like *****

IF you really want to do it right, then I would say YES get you a complete 4.5" long arm kit...but unless you have alot of time or a lot of friends with knowledge, I don't think it's the wisest of moves to try to install that yourself.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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^ He is not talking about swapping the whole lift.

Provided that all the other lift components are there, you CAN just buy long arms to replace the stock control arms. They do not provide different length long arms for different lift heights. I would look at IRO for a pretty simple bolt on install or Clayton Offroad Mfg for a kit that requires welding. If you go IRO, get the adjustable ones, they are worth it.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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I misunderstood what was being asked then. It happens.

Should be pretty easy to see if any other lift components were installed....if not then you gotta get the kit of your choice or components to complete what has been started on your jeep. But you need to know what is there
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it. Im pretty mechanically inclined plus I work at a dealership with access to the shop and tools. Im just not use to lifting things. Been into lowered minitrucks for the past decade. But yes, its not the best riding truck even though it is lifted. It looks like someone may have added spacers to the top of the springs. It does have aftermarket track bars but not sure which brand. Im not looking for a cadillac ride but it would be nice if it road better than an old buckboard wagon. Ive been seeing notes on the long arm kits saying to replace the front driveshaft if its a cv joint. Is it an aftermarket shaft or just a new OEM shaft that should be used?
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it. Im pretty mechanically inclined plus I work at a dealership with access to the shop and tools. Im just not use to lifting things. Been into lowered minitrucks for the past decade. But yes, its not the best riding truck even though it is lifted. It looks like someone may have added spacers to the top of the springs. It does have aftermarket track bars but not sure which brand. Im not looking for a cadillac ride but it would be nice if it road better than an old buckboard wagon. Ive been seeing notes on the long arm kits saying to replace the front driveshaft if its a cv joint. Is it an aftermarket shaft or just a new OEM shaft that should be used?
I think you can just pull one from a yard, though not sure which would work for you.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #7
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So I just got back from a local four wheel drive shop. Just like you guys said, its a 4.5" lift with 2" spacers added. Anybody have experience with Rocky Road Outfitters? Thats who the guy at the shop recommended, probably because hes a distributor.
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Stay away. There is a looooong thread on here about how bad they are.

IRO, Rubicon Express, Clayton Mfg, or possibly IronMan Fab are the only ones I would consider buying long arms from.
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Stay away. There is a looooong thread on here about how bad they are.

IRO, Rubicon Express, Clayton Mfg, or possibly IronMan Fab are the only ones I would consider buying long arms from.
Exactly what he said....IRO is probably the most economical....
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