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Unread 04-09-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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Thoughts??

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
discos
full leaf pack
32" tires
some armor


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?

and anything else u guys have to say would help

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Unread 04-09-2011, 03:31 AM   #2
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ive already read up on the axles on how the D35 wont last that long

So a D30 and hopefully a 8.25 i can find

And would i really need lockers, in the front or rear? benefits weigh the cost?
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Unread 04-09-2011, 05:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Unread 04-09-2011, 07:26 AM   #4
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I agree with doin things right the first time......i been lookin at lockers among other stuff.....id like to run either a 33' or 35' tire

My list for what i want to do is
1)wheel and make it home
2)go places other people cant
3)hit some mud, nuthin to extreme
4)some pretty good flex
5)have fun

Some people have 4.5 inch lifts, while others have 6.5......is it all just personal preference or a main goal? from what pics ive seen, i love the flex of the 6.5 and height

also how would shackles and coil spacers effect the lift?
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Unread 04-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #5
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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
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Unread 04-10-2011, 02:01 AM   #6
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i just want to do it right from the start and not have to upgrade to a 6.5 or bigger later on........the SYE doesnt bother me at all......but ive heard alot of people saying to stay away from blocks
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Unread 04-10-2011, 07:30 PM   #7
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i just want to do it right from the start and not have to upgrade to a 6.5 or bigger later on........the SYE doesnt bother me at all......but ive heard alot of people saying to stay away from blocks
stay away from rear axle blocks, im refering to front coil spacer/block. idt there's any issues with those
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Unread 04-10-2011, 09:36 PM   #8
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is there a technical article for coil springs etc

and instead of rear axle blocks i would need to use shackles correct?
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Unread 04-11-2011, 07:19 PM   #9
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is there a technical article for coil springs etc

and instead of rear axle blocks i would need to use shackles correct?
yes you would replace the stock shackle with a longer one. i had a 3'' lift and then wanted more so i got a 1.75'' coil block for the front and a 2'' shackle. did the trick!
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Unread 04-12-2011, 12:55 AM   #10
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cool, so now i just need to figure out if i want to start with a 4 or 6 lift
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Unread 04-12-2011, 02:40 AM   #11
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rough country has the kits listed for 1300 for the 4.5 and 1445 for the 6.5

150 bucks isnt that much of a difference
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Unread 04-12-2011, 06:07 AM   #12
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I am a big fan of Rustys kits... check them out also as for the Rough Country kits ive herd allot of people complaining but then again you never hear the good news!

http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ode=sus_xj_kit
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Unread 04-12-2011, 08:50 AM   #13
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Sounds like you have 2 debates here:

1- 4" or 6"

2- Is it worth shying away from 00-01 and/or a D35c


My Opinion:

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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