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Unread 06-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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want to go bigger!

i have a 3 in rough country lift on my cherokee right now and want to go bigger.. was thinking about getting shackles and spacers and piecing it together. you guys think it would be cheaper to do that or just save up and buy another lift

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Unread 06-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Im running a Rusty's 3" with the shackles/spacers. Love it! 1" tc drop, 2* shims, fixed upper and lower control arms for 4", and adj. trac bar.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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awsome, i think im gonna go with the shackles and spacers. i figured i would be happy with the 3 in lift but after a couple of months of looking at my jeep i just need to go bigger.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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That's how I felt!
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Unread 06-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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just chop your XJ up!
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Unread 06-26-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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Are you wanting more lift for bigger tires?
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Unread 06-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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Like others asked, bigger for more lift or for bigger tires? For bigger tires if you don't mind cutting and welding I vote to cut it. I did on mine. And can clear 38s on 5.5in currently on 36s.
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awsome, i think im gonna go with the shackles and spacers. i figured i would be happy with the 3 in lift but after a couple of months of looking at my jeep i just need to go bigger.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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If you're wanting to go with bigger tires, I have to agree with everyone above. I started with a 2 inch lift, and immdeiately wanted to go bigger. Ended up cutting the fenders and running 32's with a 2" lift for a little bit. I am now at 3.5" lift and 34's.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
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Flex isn't limited by suspension height, its limited by the components you use in your suspension. Bigger lifts call for more components to be safely run at that height, and this is why an out of the box 3" kit won't net you the same flex as an out of the box 6.5" longarm. Put many of the components from the 6.5" longarm lift on your 3" springs, and you will have a rig that flexes very similarly to it's taller counterpart (in many cases even better).

A flatter leaf spring allows more suspension travel than a taller, highly arched leaf spring. With a linked type suspension a flatter control arm angle will allow superior suspension droop over a control arm that is already at a steep angle to begin with.
http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/low-cog-suspension-setup-tricks-tips-32980/

You don't need more lift height to achieve better flex.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #11
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http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/low-cog-suspension-setup-tricks-tips-32980/

You don't need more lift height to achieve better flex.
All of that depends on the style of wheeling that's done. I need more than that for my wheeling habits an terrain. There is no perfect height. LCOG is NOT always better.

To the OP. If you are not wheeling and just going for a taller looking XJ then you'll be fine with shackles and spacers. Even if you are doing very mild wheeling and not carrying loads of weight you'll still be ok. But if you want to perform better on the trail, I'd build your rig for your specific type of wheeling and use quality parts. Sometimes lower is better. Sometimes not.
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All of that depends on the style of wheeling that's done. I need more than that for my wheeling habits an terrain. There is no perfect height. LCOG is NOT always better.

To the OP. If you are not wheeling and just going for a taller looking XJ then you'll be fine with shackles and spacers. Even if you are doing very mild wheeling and not carrying loads of weight you'll still be ok. But if you want to perform better on the trail, I'd build your rig for your specific type of wheeling and use quality parts. Sometimes lower is better. Sometimes not.
Missing the point, I'm not advocating it for all situations but some of the information in there, especially pertaining to how flex is affected is universal.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #13
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And I never said that LCOG is bad. I said there is a time and a place. So I fail to see how I missed the point. I told him to build his rig around his wheeling terrain/style. Sometimes higher is better, sometimes not. Which is what that thread said, and what I said.
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Unread 06-26-2012, 08:50 PM   #14
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I have a set of 31s right now just picked up a set of 33 mickey thompson mtz gonna trim..but i still wanna go bigger with the lift
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