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Unread 10-27-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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97 XJ Build (On a budget...maybe)

My name is Nick. I'm somewhat new to the forums here and the jeep world. But I've been lurking around for awhile getting ideas. I also bought Eric's book on building up an xj and needless to say, I've read it front to back multiple times haha.

I've finally bought my first xj a couple days ago and now I'm getting ready to buy the first few upgrades. I plan to daily drive it half the time and take it out to the local 4x4 park on weekends and up to lake Tahoe in the winters. I'm looking for a lift around the 5.5 range I think. I'm still debating though.

The xj is a 97 country. And just about 89k miles. For now, its completely stock but I will hopefully be ordering a lift kit this week. Once I figure out why I can't upload a picture, I will post a picture of what I'm starting with.

I'm debating on spending the money on a RE 5.5 short arm kit. I also like what ive read on the rough country 6.5 kit but I'm just worried that will be way too much lift haha and somewhat stiff. Any input on lifts or anything really is greatly appreciated!

I'll try to get pictures up soon and post updates when I can.

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Unread 10-28-2014, 08:32 AM   #2
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I've got the rough country 4.5" lift, and 1" lift shackles in the back. It's very streetable. However I have concerns about its off-road capabilities. Concerns only, it may work great. I bought it this way and haven't wheeled it yet. I definitely think that long arms are a smart move at my lift or higher.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:39 AM   #3
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I've got the rough country 4.5" lift, and 1" lift shackles in the back. It's very streetable. However I have concerns about its off-road capabilities. Concerns only, it may work great. I bought it this way and haven't wheeled it yet. I definitely think that long arms are a smart move at my lift or higher.
What brand lift do you have? And what size tires? I'd like to run 33s and eventually 35s. So that's why I was thinking 5.5. I'm going to try and decide on what kit so I can order it tonight.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:44 AM   #4
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Rough Country. 235's on untrimmed fenders. It looks goofy. I'm planning on going 35's and trimming.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:47 AM   #5
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If you can afford something nicer than rough country, do it, as I'm pretty much the only person on here that doesn't mind their stuff. Also I have very little experience with it. People seem to like OME around here.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #6
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Iron Rock Offroad, Clayton, Rusty's Offroad. I went with Rusty's, and over the last few years, visually compared and road in a lot of different lifted Jeeps. I really am happy I chose Rusty's.
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If you can afford something nicer than rough country, do it, as I'm pretty much the only person on here that doesn't mind their stuff. Also I have very little experience with it. People seem to like OME around here.
How do you like the ride of your rough country lift on the street?

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Iron Rock Offroad, Clayton, Rusty's Offroad. I went with Rusty's, and over the last few years, visually compared and road in a lot of different lifted Jeeps. I really am happy I chose Rusty's.
I've heard good things about Rusty's as well. What kit did you go with and what tires did you clear?
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Unread 10-28-2014, 03:49 PM   #8
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How do you like the ride of your rough country lift on the street?

I've heard good things about Rusty's as well. What kit did you go with and what tires did you clear?

3.5" rear/3" front, JKS dogleg shackles, all 4 adj control arms, Rough Country adj track bar, RE sway bar links, and 31" tires.
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Stick with a 4.5" on 33s combo for your uses.

As far as a manufacturer?

Draw a circle, divide into 4 sections. Write in Rough Country, Rubicon Express, Zone, and Rusty's. Drill a hole in the center and install a dial. Spin said dial. Buy whatever it lands on, because they are all pretty much the damn same. Good coils and leafs, basic shocks, mediocre joints and bushings.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 06:10 PM   #10
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Stick with a 4.5" on 33s combo for your uses.

As far as a manufacturer?

Draw a circle, divide into 4 sections. Write in Rough Country, Rubicon Express, Zone, and Rusty's. Drill a hole in the center and install a dial. Spin said dial. Buy whatever it lands on, because they are all pretty much the damn same. Good coils and leafs, basic shocks, mediocre joints and bushings.
I have been admiring your build thread. I really like the way your xj sits. And that's about 4.5 of loft correct? I didn't think that you could fit 35s with a 4.5 lift. I assume a lot of fender trimming was the fix for that huh? Haha if mine came out looking like yours I'd be happy.
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I have been admiring your build thread. I really like the way your xj sits. And that's about 4.5 of loft correct? I didn't think that you could fit 35s with a 4.5 lift. I assume a lot of fender trimming was the fix for that huh? Haha if mine came out looking like yours I'd be happy.
Thanks for the kind words, and yes, 4.5" lift. Im actually not trimmed all that much, just had to elongate the wheel opening more so than raise it. Proper bumpstopping is a necessity though.
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Thanks for the kind words, and yes, 4.5" lift. Im actually not trimmed all that much, just had to elongate the wheel opening more so than raise it. Proper bumpstopping is a necessity though.
With that amount of lift and 35s, how much flex do you get on trail before you hit the bumpstops? Is your lift pieced together?
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With that amount of lift and 35s, how much flex do you get on trail before you hit the bumpstops? Is your lift pieced together?
More than enough flex to get me through the trails, especially since its locked up front.


And yes, pieced together. 4.5" RE coils, Currie JJ uppers/JK lowers, RE 3.5" leaf springs, aftermarket fullsize Chevy shackles, HD Offroad relocation brackets, etc.
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More than enough flex to get me through the trails, especially since its locked up front.


And yes, pieced together. 4.5" RE coils, Currie JJ uppers/JK lowers, RE 3.5" leaf springs, aftermarket fullsize Chevy shackles, HD Offroad relocation brackets, etc.
I really like your xj. I've been going back and forth on what kit I'm going to go with, and I'm leaning more towards a rough country 4.5. Especailly after seeing yours. But I noticed they have a 6.5 kit and it's only like $100 more haha.

But I figure if I go 4.5, I could always get spacers or bigger coils and throw bigger shackles on outback and gain an inch or so if I ever had the urge.

And maybe someone can bring some clarity to something for me. I realize that adjustable control arms help with flex and also allow the caster to be adjusted accurately. But should both uppers and lowers be adjustable or is one more important to be able to adjust?
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Unread 10-28-2014, 10:21 PM   #15
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Theres honestly no reason to go to 6.5" lift over 4.5" unless your looking for mall parking lot bragging rights. Higher center of gravity and less stability are NOT positive attributes, and 6.5" is NOT an "upgrade".

And adjustable uppers would be preferred over adj lowers in regards to adjusting pinion angle.
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