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Unread 06-19-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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96 Cherokee XJ lift advice please

Hello, I'm going to be buying a 96 Cherokee XJ 4x4 with the 4.0l i6. It needs new shocks so I figured I might as well lift it instead of replacing the factory shocks. I'm thinking about a 3-4.5" Rough Country lift. From what I've seen the 3" kit is about $350 and the X series 4.5" kit is $830~. Price doesn't bother me too much.

My concerns are lifting it too much and having to get a TC drop/SYE. I would prefer the 4.5" lift but if I have to get brake lines/TC drop/SYE, then I might go with 3". I plan on putting 31-33" tires on but it depends on which lift I get.

Let me know what you think. I'm open to other kits as well. RC is just one that I've heard lots of good things about.

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Unread 06-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Do not go with RC, Spend your money wise do it once ! I wish I learned that years ago it would have saved me thousands.

Look into a Old Man Emu lift with Their shocks or Rubicon Express or BDS, Or Rock Krawler with Bilstein shocks .
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Unread 06-19-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Drive that ***** stock, enjoy it.... Save up and "do it right"

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Unread 07-24-2013, 12:55 AM   #4
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Basically what the others said. RE id go with but if you want to go a bit cheaper, id suggest Rustys, ive had mine on for 2 yrs now and no issuee at all. I oersonally changed my front brake lines when I went to 3.5" and you may want to invest in a HD adjustable track bar. Typically anything over 3.5" youll need a tc drop or sye. This is all from experience and research, so search around and save to do it right the first time.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 03:06 AM   #5
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What do want out of your rig? Lcog or Hcog? What kind of trails are you going to be running? You can run 37s on 3 inches of lift with trimming a little welding and proper bump stops. Here comes the hate LoL. RC shocks are there weak link. Do your homework because if you wait around for a definitive answer on here about what to do you will die with a stock XJ in your driveway. I'm new to this XJ area but I got my 06 TJ in 06 and nothing has changed. Update your OP with specific info for better results.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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First off ignore everything you have read so far. Now what do want out of your rig? Lcog or Hcog? What kind of trails are you going to be running? You can run 37s on 3 inches of lift with trimming and proper bump stops. Here comes the hate LoL. RC shocks are there weak link. Do your homework because if you wait around for a definitive answer on here about what to do you will die with a stock XJ in your driveway. I'm new to this XJ area but I got my 06 TJ in 06 and nothing has changed. Update your OP with specific info for better results.
Hmmmm, let me get this straight. 37's with 3" of lift with "trimming," ha no. To run that you need way more than trimming. Keep in mind that you can't trim the rear quarters too much because of the pinch weld. 3"and 33's, okay, 3"and up becomes a problem unless you can fabricate.
Rough county's shocks are most of their problem but their leafs are stiff and each one is different from what I have seen.

You are right about doing homework though...
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Unread 07-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #7
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Hmmmm, let me get this straight. 37's with 3" of lift with "trimming," ha no. To run that you need way more than trimming.
I said bump stopping which is the most important part. I guess our definition of trimming is different.

Not my rig 37s less than 3 inches of lift per his post.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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I said bump stopping which is the most important part. I guess our definition of trimming is different.

Not my rig 37s less than 3 inches of lift per his post.
Bump stopping is not the only thing. To clear them you have to cut the pinch seam and weld in steel in place of it. But that's for fitting them. You also need things to run those 37's also. Its not just a "as long as it fits" kinda thing. A lot more expensive and complicated than just a simple lift with 33's.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #9
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Ok added the welding. I do know you need other things to run 37s, but starting to getting off topic. He never even said he wanted 37s. I just said that because he was concerned about not lifting to much. Hell my whole 1st post was kind of off topic. I had a few to many.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:42 PM   #10
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I bought a Rough Country 6.5 long arm, and I have had to replace almost everything but the longarms themselves. If I could go back, Rubicon Express would be my choice.
If you never plan on taking your jeep off the pavement, RC would probably be ok.
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Rubicon Express, Clayton, BDS, or IRO are the best options imo.
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I ended up getting a 92 xj. It has some kind of lift on it. The guy i bought it from said e bought it that way. Ill try to get some pictures up later. I dont want to trim anything. Right now she has some well used 31s and I think I will probably stick with 31s and get a 4.5" lift. (Eventually)

I dont plan on cralwing mountains. I mainly want to just mess around in mud and dirt. I went to a 4x4 off road coarse by my house and it had some **** I dont plan on trying with my jeep. I know I dont need a crazy lift to do what I want but my other car is a sentra with low profile tires. So I want to be up above people.

Thanks for the replies. Sorry it too so long. The original jeep i wanted flaked on me when i went to buy it.
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