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post #1 of 60 Old 05-07-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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1996 jeep cherokee xj 3.5 lift kit

I'm about to get a lift on my jeep soon and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? It's currently stock

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post #2 of 60 Old 05-07-2013, 12:14 PM
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Depends what your budget is really. You can go top of the line Old Man Emu or BDSand spend $1000+ or go with cheapo Rough Country.

I bought a Zone 3in with upgraded shocks for 300. Rides really well. After reading some bout them they are actually a branch of BDS without the name brand.
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I've got a 3.5 inch tough country lift that Im looking at getting. Have you ever seen it?
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post #4 of 60 Old 05-07-2013, 12:48 PM
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I think you are talking about Rough Country, never heard of Tough Country.

I haven't had any personal experience with it but quite a few of my buddies who had them said they rode rough as hell. Eventually all of them replaced it piece by piece. It looks like an affordable entry level kit though.
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Hmmm I haven't heard if that brand. Perhaps someone on here with experience will chime in.
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Although I'd imagine lift blocks for the rear would be harsher on the springs compared to an add-a-leaf/spring pack.
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Yeah I feel like they won't be as smooth a ride but that doesn't matter as long as it can get through a nice mud hole
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I had Tuff Country on my last XJ. Swapped the lift blocks for Skyjacker 2.5" leafs and JKS 1" shackles. The front coils are soft. The control arms are like RC and they are greaseable. I opted for the kit without shocks and installed Skyjacker Nitros. This was almost 10 years ago. Would I buy that kit again? No. There are better options out there and it is cheaper to piece the kit together at 3.5" with quality parts instead of buying a kit, then buying better parts to replace them with.
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Was it better once you swapped out for the leaf springs and the other shocks?
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Have you already bought the kit?
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No not yet
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I've got a 3.5 inch tough country lift that Im looking at getting. Have you ever seen it?
PURE GARBAGE, TRUST ME !

I had it on my XJ when I bought it. The previous owner installed it about a year prior to me buying it (Had the receipts to prove) . I removed it and Installed a 3.5" RE Lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks the Jeep rides so much better and performs better offroad also. not to mention it handles the weight from all of my armor better too. The Tuff Country lift was sagged to 2.5" also.

I am all for Supporting local business's Tuff Country is Located 5 miles from my house and I wont even consider them. I hate Rough Country and Rustys I'd choose them over Tuff Country

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PURE GARBAGE, TRUST ME !

I had it on my XJ when I bought it. The previous owner installed it about a year prior to me buying it (Had the receipts to prove) . I removed it and Installed a 3.5" RE Lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks the Jeep rides so much better and performs better offroad also. not to mention it handles the weight from all of my armor better too. The Tuff Country lift was sagged to 2.5" also.

I am all for Supporting local business's Tuff Country is Located 5 miles from my house and I wont even consider them. I hate Rough Country and Rustys I'd choose them over Tuff Country
What was bad about it?
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PURE GARBAGE, TRUST ME !

I had it on my XJ when I bought it. The previous owner installed it about a year prior to me buying it (Had the receipts to prove) . I removed it and Installed a 3.5" RE Lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks the Jeep rides so much better and performs better offroad also. not to mention it handles the weight from all of my armor better too. The Tuff Country lift was sagged to 2.5" also.

I am all for Supporting local business's Tuff Country is Located 5 miles from my house and I wont even consider them. I hate Rough Country and Rustys I'd choose them over Tuff Country
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I would much rather go with RC or Rusty's for a cheap lift. Or you could go all out and spend the money on an Old Man Emu or RE with good quality shocks, like Bilsteins.

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