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What is the best thing i can do to help my xj offroad?


 
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djgbsbj
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject: What is the best thing i can do to help my xj offroad? Reply with quote

Im not sure if i will change anything or not. I just want some opinions. Other than buying a 4.0
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Toliver09
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3-4" lift
good tires
remove rear swaybar
disconnect the front swaybar ONLY when offroading at low speeds
trim the fenders a bit to get rid of rubbing
long control arms
lots of neat things you can do
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is considered good tires? Could i keep the rear sway bar removed all the time, even on the highway? And what are control arms?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Control arms are what keep the axle and the "frame" connected. On Cherokees, they are only in the front end. It's also known as a 4-link suspension, as there are 4 control arms in total....2 upper and 2 lowers.

Going on the assumption that you have a stock XJ, the biggest improvements you can make (and spend hardly any money doing) are with the anti-swaybars.
    Rear: Remove it completely. There has been lots of debate on this in the past. However, based on my experience, as long as you drive it like a truck and don't take any high speed corners the only difference you will notice in the handling will be very slight.

    Front: Disconnect it from the axle side when offroading. This can be a pain with the stock units. You can either modify them to make it easier or buy a set of aftermarket links for around $100.

Those 2 things will make a noticeable difference in offroad performance.
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daniel
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i run my shit with no swaybars! It make for a funner drive around town!!!! You got the leafsprings in the back to keep you stable. I Ran no swaybars on my other 2 TJs with 3" lifts good times
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4wd conversion.
beating dead horse

IMO all the other suggestions will be useless with a 2wd Jeep!

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Tim Hallam
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh! This is the 2WD guy?

Yeah, the best thing you can do is sell your 2X4 and buy a 4X4.

There's no bedate here. 2X4 is useless off-road.

Sure, you can drive on dirt roads fine. That's not "off-road" though, that's "off-pavement".

Don't put any money into your Jeep as an "off-roader" if its 2X4. You're only wasting money.

Personally I'd rather drive a Honda Civic than a 2WD XJ just to save gas.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As was pointed out elsethread, keeping all four wheels squarely on the ground is even more important with a 2WD than a 4WD vehicle. Phantom's suggestions aim at this, and they won't cost much. They will help, in case the budget doesn't allow for 4WD just yet, but you will still be lagging behind pretty much anything 4WD.

Personally, I've never understood the point of 2WD drive Jeeps, but tastes vary Smile .

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DavidXJ
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing (except actually being a 4x4) will help like a locker (or lockers if 4x4). That way, if a wheel inevitably gets off the ground, the one with traction still has power. Even a super flexible rig will lift a tire at one point or another.
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