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Unread 01-19-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
Workman13
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Need advice on what lift to get.

I have a 97 Cherokee 4.0
I plan on getting a 3" lift with full leafs. I have some 31's BFG KM2'S on Cragar wheels i plan on putting on it. It will be my daily drive/weekend warrior. I will at most wheel it a couple times a month (not enough time to do more) I have narrowed it down to a few but if anyone has other advice i am all ears. I am wanting to stay around the $500 price range because i plan on just using this lift for a few years and will eventually go bigger (i hope).

Here are the ones i have narrowed it down too.

This one is my top choice as of now.
http://zoneoffroad.com/zone-offroad-...erokee/j21-j22

http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-sus...t-kit-630.html

http://www.jegs.com/i/Skyjacker/825/...FQeMaQodppsAFg

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Unread 01-19-2015, 10:24 PM   #2
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I hear some good things about Zone, and they offer free shipping to JF members. The other two brands are fine, some love them, some hate them.

Why not piece together a lift that you can add to later on? Something that you can reuse parts that you have already bought. That way you don't spend money twice. It may cost a little more right now, but in the long run you can save some money. Then use that money for SYE, armor, etc.

Research enough, and you can save a ton of money now, get the lift you want, and have something to build on.

Figure out how tall you eventually want it, or what size tires you ultimately want to end up with. Then either piece together separate parts from manufactures, junk yards, ebay, etc and build your own kit.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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I don't really know much about lifts or how/what you can piece together. I plan on max going 4 1/2" and 33's, that is at the earliest in 3 ish years. I could end up keeping it for longer just depends on how money is.

What all can you piece together that you would be able to use for a larger lift? I know adjustable control arms is one but not sure what else.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 10:50 PM   #4
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If thats all your planning on going tire size you can run 33s on a 3.5, guys do it with lots of trimming. Sounds like you just want a good daily driver that can wheel, and an XJ on 31s (mud tires) and mild lift can wheel pretty darn well really. I would also add IRO to your list of cheap lifts, some love them some hate them buy they did quality stuff for Grand Cherokees thats for sure (used to have a WJ). I honestly plan to go with them for my big 8in lift in a year or so unless someone really steers me away. Would love something more expensive but $1500-$2000 total for a 8in long arm is hard to turn up your nose at.

P.S. Im a souther mudder living in swampy Florida, and I love mud, so no need to tell me how 8in is way to big and I can fit 40s on 4.5, yadyada lol.
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Unread 01-19-2015, 10:56 PM   #5
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I am just not sure that i want to do much trimming if any at all. I live in Kansas and its mostly rock trails and not much mud. I don't have funds and probably won't to spend a lot on a lift for awhile but i am wanting to get something soon so that I can do some wheeling. I know i can stock but its just not as fun! Ya i couldn't justify spending that much on a lift, my wife would kill me! I am just looking for something to have some fun in but don't plan on going to crazy with it.
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Unread 01-20-2015, 02:08 AM   #6
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Google these topics :
XJ junkyard lift
XJ budget lift

Read as many pages and different forum discussions as you can. Educate yourself about everything that goes into the process. Then search junk yards, Amazon, eBay and Craigslist, as well as JF classifieds and gather the parts you need. Patience will save you a bunch of money.

31s should be plenty for you, and with a small lift, it will be cheaper. Just do your research
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