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Old 06-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Know lifted trucks/jeeps? I have a few questions
I just bought a 98 Cherokee Sport 4.0 4x4. I want a lift and tires but to be totally honest have never dealt with anything involving lifting trucks. I think I'm looking at a 3.0 to 3.5 lift to start with a 31 tire. Any suggestions on specific parts, brands, things I should know. Any help would be appreciated. I'll link the part package I found when get home. Thanks


Edit: can some explain the difference between the two 3 inch packages on here?

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/wheels-tires/complete-lift-wheel-tire-packages

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Looks like the biggest difference is the leaf pack. Depending on how many miles are on your factory leaf springs, I'd say go ahead and replace the whole leaf assembly. With a 3 inch, that should be all you need although you may need to get rid of some death wobble by replacing some ujoints, bushings, slip yoke, etc etc later down the line. Check out jeepforums, there's guys on there that know a lot more than I do

How many miles you got on it now?
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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Looks like the biggest difference is the leaf pack. Depending on how many miles are on your factory leaf springs, I'd say go ahead and replace the whole leaf assembly. With a 3 inch, that should be all you need although you may need to get rid of some death wobble by replacing some ujoints, bushings, slip yoke, etc etc later down the line. Check out jeepforums, there's guys on there that know a lot more than I do

How many miles you got on it now?
I heard from a few people that I need an adjustable track bar with any lift, that will help avoid dw. It has 170k but the po replaced a ton of parts, the majority of them being on the suspension. The Jeep is super nice, I just dont want to lift it without the proper knowledge of what I'm getting into.

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look on rough country website. they list everything thats needed to lift on proper. and also tell you what size tires will clear the lift kit. Keep in mind when lifting it your gonna have to get aftermarket wheels for the off set. big georges in milford is a good local shop. my friend has had good leads from him. He also stocks some lift kits
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http://www.rustysoffroad.com/wheels-...-tire-packages

Well on this site, pretty much for about 1400 you get the lift, wheels, and 31s. Sounds like a great deal, and have talked to a few people that have got it. Ill check that store out though. Just trying to educate myself a bit.
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The biggest problem on the Cherokee seems to be the transfer case drop. Only can go up to 3" or so without dropping the case and a slip yoke eliminator. Only have a 2" with leafs in rear and spacers up front. it will get coils ASAP up front spacers suck.
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I've installed a few old man emu kits on cherokees for a customer, I've been pretty impressed with them. Im not sure where to buy them or how much they cost though. Might be worth a Google search.
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I've installed a few old man emu kits on cherokees for a customer, I've been pretty impressed with them. Im not sure where to buy them or how much they cost though. Might be worth a Google search.
Thanks ill check those out. Lmk if you would open to lending a hand on the install. I really want to learn truck suspension but I def don't feel confident enough to do it alone lol.
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If you plan to do much off roading you really may want to consider 33's. If it is just for looks and will only see street use just stick with the 31's.
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I've installed a few old man emu kits on cherokees for a customer, I've been pretty impressed with them. Im not sure where to buy them or how much they cost though. Might be worth a Google search.
that is exactly what I was going to chime in with... I have done about 8 of them and love em to death!
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If you plan to do much off roading you really may want to consider 33's. If it is just for looks and will only see street use just stick with the 31's.
For looks but it will see trails a bit. But still a dd. Isn't cutting required to fit 33 with a smaller lift?
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(.2)OME is the shit... I've ridden with both an OME lifted xj and a Rough Country, both 3" both on 31 muds and the OME stuff felt nicer on the street. (.2)

I had a bad experience with Big George's, he lifted the yj and threw a locker in it. About a week after the lift my lugs somehow came lose/off and managed to egg shape my lug holes. I also bought a used ax-5 from him that he said had low miles and was a good trans. That one lasted a week also before the 5th gear snap ring broke off and lunched 5th gear. Never had a problem with the locker though

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I would def do an sye. Inexpensive and easy to do. Never had an xj but I'm sure sye driveshafts are readily available. I had perfomance clutch n drive do mine.

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I would def do an sye. Inexpensive and easy to do. Never had an xj but I'm sure sye driveshafts are readily available. I had perfomance clutch n drive do mine.

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I thought sye wasn't needed with small lifts under 3.5. Can you tell me why you do it (again noob question)
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That little of lift doesn't need the sye. I had a 6.5 rough country on our cherokee on 33s and didn't do it either.
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That little of lift doesn't need the sye. I had a 6.5 rough country on our cherokee on 33s and didn't do it either.
Thats what I've been told also. Did you like the quality of the rough country stuff. I'm leaning towards them since they have really great lift/wheel/tire packages.
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I thought sye wasn't needed with small lifts under 3.5. Can you tell me why you do it (again noob question)

Its for driveshaft angle. Some people have ran small lifts and had odd drive shaft angles and vibrations so they needed a sye. Others have 6"+ lifts and only dropped the t-case a little bit and had no issues.
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Thats what I thought. So it looks like it may be one of those "wait and see" modifications. Good info. Thanks.
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The rough country has a transfer case drop for the 6.5 lifts.
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