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cherokee, what lift kit? 3 0r 4.5?


 
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beepers90
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: cherokee, what lift kit? 3 0r 4.5? Reply with quote

hello all,
We are keeping our cherokee as a fourth car, but i would like to lift it up.
what are the side effects of this?
I would like either a 3" lift and 31s or a 4.5" and 32s.
Which one would you reccomend?
how much is installation?
What all else would i HAVE to buy besides lift and tires and how much?
I am looking at rough country, as they look to be the best bang for the buck.

it is a
96 xj sport 4.0 HO i6, 4x4. stock.

thanks!!
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Location: Fishersville, Virginia

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im running the 4.5 rough country aal kit, its pretty good for what it is but if your really looking for a good suspension go with rubicon expresss. as for the install i had to use a spring compressor for the coils the rear was easy unbolt the springs add the leaf switch out the shackle and put it all back together as for the front the lower control arms was the biggest problem. Getting the bolt holes to line up was a pain.

as for price on the install im not sure, but you and a friend with some mechanical knowledge could do the lift on a good weathered saturday.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do the 3.5 lift. the 4.5 starts to have geometry problems unless you do the RE kit.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont have any problems with my kit other than I flex it to the extreme and I need longer shocks. But other than that I have no problems
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fox thats not true. you replace shock bushings like its your job with that lift. what was it every 30 feet or was it 40 Finger

but in all seriousness i have the 4.5 bumped up to 6 with drop brackets and ive had no problem. RE is better but its more expensive
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats why i said i need longer shocks

but i think he will be fine, im not positive but i dont think he will be abusing his jeep as hard as we do
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1fox2go wrote:
the front the lower control arms was the biggest problem. Getting the bolt holes to line up was a pain.
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a good trick for that is to put a screw driver in each of the holes then you can move it around easily and get it all set up and then pull a screw driver at a time and put in the bolt , it makes it way easier .

3" lift you could probably get away with not getting long arms and such , but a 4.5 i think you would start feeling it a little more with those short arms , it might also require a transfer case drop or SYE . 3" is easy and will probably be cheaper , how ever a long arm 4.5" will be more enjoyable but more work and $$$
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4.5 kit was 450 at jcwhitney for the add a leaf kit

yea it needs a tcase drop but came with the kit
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/84-02-Jeep-Cherokee-XJ-4-5-Lift-Kit-NEW-4x4-2x4_W0QQitemZ140110254640QQihZ004QQcategoryZ33585QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

it comes with a t case drop even... check it out.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the exact same kit from jcwhitney for 450 and they had a free shipping special for that week
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1fox2go wrote:
I got the exact same kit from jcwhitney for 450 and they had a free shipping special for that week


I'm looking at the same kit as well, what makes the RE kit "better" in your minds in terms of the 4.5" kit? Also not to steal the tread, but do you guys think I could get away with 33x12.5 wheels on my 2000 XJ if i pick up some 3"-5" fender flares added to the 4.5" lift? I want full articulation, and will be mostly be on sand dunes....... thanks
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