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Unread 05-18-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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Best lift for 98 XJ Daliy Driver

Want to lift my 98 XJ 3 or 4 inches , mostly will be a daily driver with a few trip's to the wood's for some fun, price and performance most important, I looked at Rough Country, Rusty and Tuff Country online , who's the best? why? and what do you run and how happy are you , all info appreciated I want some feed back and get this thing lifted


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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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I recommend sticking to 2" so the ride doesn't get too bad. I don't think 4" has any business with anything but a long arm setup.

You can fit 31" with 2" lift. Going higher makes it more likely that you need an SYE, and bigger tires than 31" make regearing more necessary.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:17 PM   #3
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Cough cough Old Man Emu cough cough

Quite pricey though.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #4
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Old man emu/Quadratec leafs and OME coils or 2" spacers. With some OME shocks.

That's all you'll need.

It'll ride good and not break the bank.

Over 3" you're talking SYE and CV shaft territory. That's another $300+ bux.

Get you some 30" ATs and you'll be good to go.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:30 PM   #5
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go with the rough country 3" kit....either with new packs or AAL and you hould do fine, i had that kit in my '99 with 3.07 gears (b/c manual tranny) and 30's, so if you have an automatic (therefore 3.55 gears) you can easily do 31's and have plenty of get up.....they are also priced very well.....for a few dollars more than a 2"bb with spacers/blocks you can have a 3" all spring lift with new shocks
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Unread 05-18-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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FYI, you can use the OME springs with stock shocks. They just won't extend as much
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Unread 05-19-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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still not sure

i like the sound of the rough country 3' with the hydro shocks, I have some new leaf springs from an up country xj that i think i can put the add a leaf that comes with the kit, but are rough junk form other posts it sounds like rusty has a better product.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 02:18 PM   #8
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xj/xj bastard pack in the rear, v8 zj/spacer in the front, some nice shocks and call it a day... can get a set of NICE RE monotubes for less than $320, so $400 or so and you have a xj with a nice stance and a nice ride.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 02:33 PM   #9
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To answer this question, what size tires do you want to run?
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Unread 05-19-2009, 05:03 PM   #10
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If you don't want to break the bank at all, go with an OME 2" kit with full packs and run 31's.

If you wan't the nicest kit imo, go with a RE Superflex or Superride(cheaper). You may have to get a SYE but in the end you can run 33's no problem and have a nice wheeling rig.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 05:16 PM   #11
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Over 3" you're talking SYE and CV shaft territory. That's another $300+ bux.

Get you some 30" ATs and you'll be good to go.
I disagree. I have 4.5 inches w/ 33's and there is no need for a SYE or CV replacement. I have no driveline chatter at all. I dont think 2" lifts are even worth it because there is almost no notable difference in ride height.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 05:30 PM   #12
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You also have a 92 which are less prone to vibes. Most guys cant get away with running more than the RE 3.5" kit without at least a H-n-T.

Thanks for trying to help though...

2" on a DD that drives a lot is perfectly fine. He just wants to go play in the dirt and get a better look. No need for the stress of 4" and even bigger tires.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 06:38 PM   #13
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I disagree. I have 4.5 inches w/ 33's and there is no need for a SYE or CV replacement. I have no driveline chatter at all. I dont think 2" lifts are even worth it because there is almost no notable difference in ride height.
While I see what you're saying, I really disagree. I went from some severely sagged leafsprings on 235s to 2" OME springs and 31s. The difference is very notable. If I take into account how sagged the springs were (about 15" from hub to flare) to how it is now (19" from hub to flare), it "lifted" the body about 4". The tires added another 1", so I effectively went 5" from where it was.

In my opinion a 2" kit can make a great DD/Weekend warrior as long as you're aware that you're still quite low to the ground and plan accordingly.
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Unread 05-20-2009, 06:34 PM   #14
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UPDATE:

ok so iv been savin up some stuff to put on but I need the pieces to finish, pic's of my stuff so far ; Good Year RTS 31 10.50, new leaf springs from an upcountry jeep model and new coil's from an upcountry model i believe the upcountry model sits 1/2 inch or so higher from factory , and some 1.5 shims some coil isolators some reinforcement plates and mopar rock rails, what do you think of this stuff and what else will I need to fit them tires ?




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Unread 05-20-2009, 08:15 PM   #15
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Wow I am so glad you posted those 2 pictures. I been dreaming of a kit for a while now. I don't offroad, just drive on trails to get to rock climbing sites and what not, and i have no idea what size my stock tires are on my jeep, and how much bigger 31's are... 31's look like a fine size now that i see that.
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