The lower the center of gravity of a vehicle is, the more stable it will be.
Lower can be a benefit in steep terrain, off-camber, and high-speed maneuvering situations, or a detriment in marshes, bogs, mud, and water crossings.
Build your rig to suit your typical wheelin conditions.
"You can set my jeep on fire and roll it down a hill,
But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."
1. I hate this "LCOG" term. With a mad fawking passion. Having a low center of gravity shouldn't be termed. With that term being used, it feels more like a "fad". Which I hate.
2. A lower rig has a lot of advantages. It obviously keeps your weight low, keeps the weight more centered on steep climbs, easier to keep suspension geometry at better angles, and you can achieve just as much FLECKS as anything else if set up properly.
3. It's main disadvantage is your break over angle. lots of skids, a good transfer case skid/ belly skid, and frame stiffeners and you can make it "slide" over most things your break over angle would usually prevent.
4. Don't think that a low center of gravity setup is cheap. Because it isn't. Sure, anyone can cut fenders and fit 35's on 3 inches of lift. The problem is, it isn't going to work well just like that. There are a billionty factors to make it work well. Inner fender clearancing, bump stops, shock lengths, cleancing everything under your XJ to make skids flat, etc, etc, etc. I could go on and on. Basically, one of the best things to do to build a low rig is to learn to fab and build things yourself. That way, you aren't limited to what things will work and what won't.
I went with 3 inches of lift because of what I read and could afford viably.
I then compared the rustys coils 150 or 180 lb didn't really like them not enough, went to the rubicon express because of the 230 lb rates. I liked it because I will be towing a boat and such. Next I went and decided 10 inch shocks would be good for flex and found a set of Good ones from naxja rancho9000s made some upper mounts and called it good.
Next I'm doing control arms with double hiems and 33 tread wrights.
Skids I plan on doing are a t case skid and a gas tank skid. Simple and effective.
One note I should throw in is exhaust I went with a glass pack and down pipe after this
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Resident XJ lowlife. 35 general reds on 3inches of lift.