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Old 02-17-2010, 05:41 PM
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Hi all, despite my username, I am lifting my 93!! jeep cherokee and am looking at doing a rough country 3"-er for $250, not a bad price. So what I am wondering is if anyone has had experience with THIS lift and can tell me if its really as easy as putting in the lift? Or do other things have to happen like space the transmission? driveshaft? I know shocks, but anything else that is a addition to the KIT please let me know, thanks!!!!!

I will also take suggestions on alternative lifts like a junkyard-er or something else that you think I can do for under $250 (including shocks!) THANKS!!!

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:19 PM
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for 250 I take it your doing the add a leaf. I have that and I put most of it on by myself in my driveway - no impacts. I think the entire lift took me like 5 hours but my son did come home and help with the front.

Some suggestions - first be ready for the rear top shock bolts to all snap in the nutserts. You will have to take an air hammer or a big hammer and punch and knock the nuts out (they are welded in) then get some nuts to replace them. It is not fun getting the nuts on due to the crappy design. an option is to drill through the floor and go with long bolts to drop through and bolt the shocks to those. A week before start hitting every bolt you need to take loose with PB Blaster (not a substitute). Rent a spring compressor for the front springs and you can use the Jeeps jack to wedge between the body and the axle to push the axle down more to get the springs in.
Only drawback to the RC lift is the shocks are rough and my experiance has been you will be replacing the bushings about every 6 months (which is a pain with the rear shock mount issue). Other then that I am happy with the lift (although I did just change my shocks out to Terraflex when I added the 1.5 Budget boost).
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id like to hear more about this drilling thru the floor for shocks
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http://www.rocklizardfabrications.co...ock_mounts.htm

This guy has a pretty good write up about it.
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Originally Posted by ckysodkorn_xj View Post
id like to hear more about this drilling thru the floor for shocks
Go to carparts.com and get your lift. $200 with shocks ,springs aal, hardware everything. I just did this last weekend. You punch out the nuts then drill a 5/16 hole from underneth into the floor board and drop in 3in long 65/16 bolts. Silicone the heads and washers so water dont come in and run the nuts from under to the shock. Works great. Good luck.
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my bolts came right out no probs or drilling
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Originally Posted by 93_chairokey View Post
...Hi all, despite my username, I am lifting my 93!! jeep cherokee...
Ok, got my username changed... lol, first things first you know....

anyways, thank you all very much for your help and giving me a little more confidence in this lift

troy: did the carparts lift come with front springs or just a spacer?

Since we're on the topic, if I go with the 3" lift then add the 2" spacers and 2"blocks will I THEN need to do some further mods?

THANKS ALL!!!
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Originally Posted by 93_chairokey View Post
Ok, got my username changed... lol, first things first you know....

anyways, thank you all very much for your help and giving me a little more confidence in this lift

troy: did the carparts lift come with front springs or just a spacer?

Since we're on the topic, if I go with the 3" lift then add the 2" spacers and 2"blocks will I THEN need to do some further mods?

THANKS ALL!!!
Really depends on the rig. I have 3" + 1.5 Budget boost and I actually had drive line vibs get better after I added the 1.5 to the 3". I am not having any issues with driveshafts that make be feel I NEED an sye. There are some people who have 3" lift and terrible vibes and really need an sye. Also my break lines seem OK even flexed but there are others who had to extend with 4". My suggestion is do the 3" and see how everything looks and feels. Just watch when you do heavy flexing the first time and go from there.
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