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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: Brown81CJ5] #929739 02/10/09 01:31 AM
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Seattlegti Offline
Body Damage is Cool
I had a 3" Old Man Emu spring lift in my XJ and it rubbed like crazy with 30" mud terrains.
You might need to go a bit higher than 2" or smaller than 31" tires to fully clear the body and get full turn radius.

I trimmed the metal a bit under the flares front and rear and bought steel rims with a better offset to clear the body at full stuff and turn.

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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: DBL_DTY97TJ] #929740 02/10/09 03:00 AM
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You can get a 6" spring, a 2" shackle, and do a spring under conversion <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

hahahaha......sarcasm <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: Seattlegti] #929741 02/10/09 12:08 PM
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DBL_DTY97TJ Offline OP
Rock Warrior
Hmmm...Thanks....Better do a test fitting after the lift. If it only fits 30's that's okay. Better on gas/power anyway. This vehicle only goes off-road a few times a year other than the beach...Where it goes every weekend. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


97tj, Shaved Ford 9 rear, 4:10's, New 35x12.5 BFG KM2's to test!, Warn x8000i, ARB's, Quick Disco's, Hand Throttle, & it's my DD. smile
Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: DBL_DTY97TJ] #929742 02/12/09 12:47 PM
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JorgeA Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
I used Rocky Road Outfitters 2" or 2.5" kit... it is good stuff... greasable longer shackles, little block for rear leafs and spacers for front coils. If you need you can install one add-a-leaf. I rhink the address is www.rockyroad.com if my memory doesnt foul on me.

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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: JorgeA] #929743 02/12/09 04:26 PM
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DBL_DTY97TJ Offline OP
Rock Warrior
Tomken and Rock Road look like the most viable options at the moment. I'd like some opinions on the different options for the rear. Tomken uses blocks. Rocky Road uses a mini-block (1/2") and 1.5" shackles.

Both use the 2" puck in the front, shock and break line extenders, etc.

I haven't been able to find any 2" lifts that came with a complete rear spring pack.

Thanks! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />


97tj, Shaved Ford 9 rear, 4:10's, New 35x12.5 BFG KM2's to test!, Warn x8000i, ARB's, Quick Disco's, Hand Throttle, & it's my DD. smile
Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: DBL_DTY97TJ] #929744 02/12/09 04:39 PM
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sping packs are more expensive. To keep the cost down on such a small lift they don't use springs for the lift, just spring accessories. Or you can get spacers for the front, and give Alcan a call.


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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: Brown81CJ5] #929745 02/12/09 06:48 PM
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4x4Wire Offline
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My personal preference is to stay away from blocks.

Spacers under coil springs are functional and in-expensive for a lift.

Add-a-leaf do work but with reduced flex and a harsh ride.

You can get spring packs for most any lift you desire and are the best method. They provide flex and a more comfortable ride.

If your hang-up is cost, consider what you will pay when you re-do the lift in the future.

You are doing your homework, asking questions and looking at options.

If the rig will be used to ferry clients, consider the comfort factor.

A 3-4" lift does not raise the vehicle to the point of being difficult to enter and exit.


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Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: 4x4Wire] #929746 02/13/09 09:40 PM
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DBL_DTY97TJ Offline OP
Rock Warrior
Well, I bought the Tomken lift. Yes, it uses blocks. I'll take your previous safety comments into consideration. There were no full spring pack rear 2" lifts I could find, and budget is exteremely limited. The Cherokee will not be getting regeared, SYE, or any of that. She doesn't need a lot of lift, and if it only fits 30" tires that'll be fine. If we win the lottery I won't be concerned with the cost of pulling that lift out and totally trail rigging it. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Thanks for all the info. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


97tj, Shaved Ford 9 rear, 4:10's, New 35x12.5 BFG KM2's to test!, Warn x8000i, ARB's, Quick Disco's, Hand Throttle, & it's my DD. smile
Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: DBL_DTY97TJ] #929747 02/13/09 10:46 PM
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Seattlegti Offline
Body Damage is Cool
Forgot to ask what year it is. The 97 to 99 XJ's needed to have the transfer case dropped about an inch with the 3" lift.

My older 91 was fine with 3" of lift and no transfer case drop.It fit 31" tires with room to spare on stock rims. The eariler model Cherokees seem to have a bit more clearance in the wheel wells too.

I'm willing to bet you can fit some 31x10.5/15's in there if its the earlier generation. [img][image]http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/4381/camerapics028re1.jpg[/img][/image]

Wouldn't reccomend the Mickey Thompson MT's. Loud and you can't roatate them due to the directional tread pattern.

Re: Time to Lift the Cherokee [Re: Seattlegti] #929748 02/14/09 01:34 AM
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JorgeA Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
If you are afraid with blocks just change the U-bolts for some beefier onesand you will be fine... good luck...

JorgeA

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