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Unread 06-28-2015, 12:20 PM   #1
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looking to beef up my xj and need help

New to the jeep forum and dont know if this is in right spot for discussions? I'm looking into get a lift kit.. read up on a lot of reviews and cannot pick one for the life of me! I want a 4.5 in for my 98 xj and am looking at zone, rustys, or rough country if someone could help me out and give me there review and expierence with them would be greatly apreciated! Thanks!!

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Unread 06-28-2015, 12:22 PM   #2
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Moved to XJ forum.

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Unread 06-28-2015, 12:36 PM   #3
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I've had no issues with my Rusty's lift in 3+ years. Good equipment for a good price. Others will tell you something good and something bad about every brand. You'll kind of have to make your own decision in the end, usually based on price.
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Unread 06-28-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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I've had no issues with my Rusty's lift in 3+ years. Good equipment for a good price. Others will tell you something good and something bad about every brand. You'll kind of have to make your own decision in the end, usually based on price.
What size lift do you have from them?
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Unread 06-28-2015, 01:35 PM   #5
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what size tires do you wanna run?
because u can do 35's on 3 inches.
you can even do 40's on 0 inches over stock if your crazy. (hard)
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what size tires do you wanna run?
because u can do 35's on 3 inches.
you can even do 40's on 0 inches over stock if your crazy. (hard)
I would like to do 33's cause I know how 4.10 gearing feels with them and I like it
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Unread 06-28-2015, 02:42 PM   #7
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3.5 is a lot cheaper than 4+
any aftermarket flare will let you do 33,3.5 fairly easily. with bumpstops
or just hack the crap out of it and run nothing.
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Unread 06-28-2015, 02:56 PM   #8
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What size lift do you have from them?
I have the full spring replacement:3" front/3.5" rear running 31's with both upper and lower arms replaced too.
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Unread 06-28-2015, 08:51 PM   #9
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My 00 had a bastard pack lift and for someone living in the rust belt you may want to consider it.

I grabbed the main leaf from and S10 and lapped it in my stock spring pack. I needed new centering pins to pass thru the stack and I had some U bolts bent up locally for about $25
In the front I got a set of 3" lift coils.

Fors shocks I used JK takeoffs but I hear you can use 96 Ford explorer.

I kept the stock track bar and steering.

My Jeep did get some driveline vibes after the lift so after installing new U joints and that not fixing it, I dropped the transfercase 1".
In the end a $175 slip yoke eliminator fixed the issue.

I extended my front brake lines by rebending the hardlines straight and I never really got the rears taken care of before selling.
I never did get sway bar disconnects. I welded some extra end links on to the originals to make them longer while I saved up the cash

Why do I suggest a bastard pack in back? Because the leaf spring bolts will be a monster to get out if you live in a state where they salt the roads
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