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johnnykomac
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Joined: 28 Feb 2008
Location: Oahu, Hawaii

PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:35 pm    Post subject: New Jeep owner Reply with quote

Hi all.

I just bought an 89 Cherokee 4x4 for $500. Awesome. It has a bad slave cylinder and me and some friends are tearing it down this weekend and replaceing the slave and the clutch.

My buddy sold me a set of Bridgeston Duelers 30x9.5 on 15x8.

Right now the Jeep isnt lifted at all and I can see that there is going to be some clearence issues with the new tires.

Since I bought the Jeep so cheap, I dont want to spend a ton of money making it off-road-able.

How hi should I lift it to get good use of the new tires and whats the cheapest way to do it?
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Tim Hallam
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are the items I'm looking at to buy for my '86 XJ.

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/cgi-bin/suscon/order.html

Are you sure those 30" tires won't clear? If they do fit, it will be really close without a lift. Have you put 'em on to see if they fit though? They just might.

Congratulations on your new vehicle!

Tim
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DavidXJ
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Location: Visalia, CA

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run 30x9.5s with a 1.75" econo lift on a 1998, and they rub getting out of my driveway with the fenders flares on. With the fender flares removed, they don't rub except when I'm driving offroad. But offroading they have hit the fenders enough to tweek the body panels. I had the exact same experience with the same set of tires and rims on a 1987.

So if you don't want any rubbing around town, it might just require a $100 spacer - extended shackle lift and some minor fender flare trimming. But even with that small a tire, if you don't want any rubbing at all when you are twisting in the rocks or going fast over whoops, you need a 3" lift and some 1.5" extended bumpstops. That should do it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i have a 95 cherokee sport with no lift with 30X9.5 on stock rims and they rub at a sharp turn some times, but other then that they fit fine.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would just throw them on and then take any steps necessary to elimate any rubbing. Mr. Green
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DavidXJ
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yah, with stock rims they should tuck up under the fender without hitting metal unless you're turning. Mine were aftermarket with a bit more backspacing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a set of Bridgestone At's in 30X9.5 on my XJ at one point. If I'm not mistaken they have an O.D. of 29" or very close to that. On OEM rims they should fit without a lift, I think but like others said try em and see. My concern would be the back spacing on the 15X8 rims, thats wher your tires may find contact with the wheel well trim.
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johnnykomac
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, thanks for all the info.

So, more issues to consider.

The rear leaf springs are sagging pretty bad. I think this is the major reason why I was 'needy' for the lift. I think that if the springs were doing their job the rear wouldnt be so low and the 30's would fit okay.

So, considering the rear leaf springs are bad...

Should I just go all in and get a suspension lift? If so, where or from who.

Or, should I piece it together with some shackles and spacers and Leaf Springs and shocks and etc....

Sounds expensive either way.

I need some expierienced help so I dont buy myself into a hole.

Thanks again!
John
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adamzski
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it really depends on how long you plan to keep the jeep, and even moreover how much money u want to spend. what kind of miles are on it? is it in good shape overall? they are known for sagging leaf springs, and should probably be replaced rather than just adding a leaf or doing shackles. you can find cheap lifts, depending on where you look, i wouldn't recommend going higher then 2 or 3 inches though unless you are ready to start making driveline mods. the lifts arnt terribly hard to on these, the biggest problem youll run into is old parts breaking, bolts, brake lines, etc. just be careful and you should be fine. the 30's should fit under there ok just driving and might rub only a bit when off road. its all up to you and what you want to do with the jeep.
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johnnykomac
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks

I just ordered an Old Man Emu 2.5" Lift Kit from 4wd.com.

I am also asking them to price match Rocky-Roads kit hoping that 4wd's shipping cost will be less.

I've read a lot of good things about Old Man Emu. Any one else heard anything?
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DavidXJ
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every post or article I have ever read says that Old Man Emu 2" lift kits are the best kit they know of for that height. You won't be dissapointed you spent the money on the quality.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet.
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