So ive decided i have to get back in the woods, what better to than an XJ
ive narrowed it down to 97-01, now ive read that the 00-01 have a head problem......is it really that big of a deal to stay away from or would it matter
here is my proposed build list, input and criticism is greatly appreciated
4.5 Long arm from Rough Country
full leaf pack
now the questions i have for the lift; can i add a coil spacer or something to get just a lil more lift, or should i just get 6.5 LA kit......SYE, Disco, Tcase drop, extended brake lines, track bar, what else am i missing?
Its either a t-case drop or the sye.. both together would be pointless.. not to mention with the RC longarm kits you can't t-case drop them. And at that height I wouldn't skip the sye. Those kits actually come with brake lines, trac bar, and discos. I have the 6.5" kit and love it, pretty solid kit. Id stay away from 00 and 01 because of the heads.. id hate to drop a ton of money and work into the jeep for the motor to blow on you. Look for a 98 or 99. D35 will last depending what size tires your going to run and how hard your going to wheel. Id still swap it though. Lockers make a hell of a differance and I'm. Working on putting one in my rear axle before summer. At the end of the day it all depends how you want your jeep to preform. You want a near bulletproof jeep then get ready to drop top dollar on the right stuff. Do it right the first time.
when you are looking at 6.5'' of lift most people will suggest the use of both shackle/blocks and coil/leafs. if i were you i would set up with a 4.5'' kit that doesnt run blocks or shackles and then if you want more just throw on some shackles and coil blocks! the nice thing about 4.5'' is somtimes people you can get away without a SYE/T-Drop or arms
2- Is it worth shying away from 00-01 and/or a D35c
1- Start off with a the 4-4.5" lift, get it all dialed in, then add 2". It's easy and cheap to add the 2". I say this because if you are a noob at XJ's the jump from stock to 6" is a BIG one and can cause drivabilty issues if you don't have a baseline to start from.
1a- Do a 6" if you have deep pockets and are paying someone to do it.
2- No. The 0331 head issue is a lot like the D35c issues, drive smart and you will be fine (less room for dumbazz driving)
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