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Old 10-24-2010, 09:59 PM
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Hey Everyone, heres my jeep, she is a '93 XJ Sport 4.0L HI output. My parents bought it new in '92 right off the lot. In fact some of my earliest memories were bragging to my friends in daycare about how tough our new Jeep was! So I've been a jeep guy since pretty much birth. My parents have recently let me have her so I'm pretty excited about that! We've been through alot.

So I just started building her up and I'm going to make it real cheap. All my modifications have to be done over the weekend and fast because it's my DD and I have to drive to school/work somehow!

So here she is, first mod just put in this weekend is a new Magnaflow muffler. But I got the wrong connecters so it's not hooked up to the tailpipe yet. So it's sickeningly loud in the cab. Not looking forward to a week of commuting like that. I also rebuilt the floors and doors last year too. Redid the rockers and door bottoms in rocker guard. I think it looks pretty good!

So have a look at the pics and let me know what you think. Any suggestions? Keep in mind that this old girl means a whole lot to me cause i've pretty much grown up with her. I'd like all my mods to be respectful. No chopping!
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:28 PM
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Looks good
Its nice to have a Jeep that's been in a family since new, and you know all the history of it!
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:47 PM
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nice XJ, i'd just toss a 3" lift and 32's call it done and cruise it around.
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nice XJ, i'd just toss a 3" lift and 32's call it done and cruise it around.
go to 4.5... you will wish you did from the start
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go to 4.5... you will wish you did from the start
why? out of curiosity
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:04 AM
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why? out of curiosity
bigger is better. fit 33's. no sye needed.

jeep looks good btw
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:39 AM
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I'm new to this so...whats an SYE?

Also, I thought when you went bigger than 3" of lift on an XJ you run into driveline and steering angle issues.

I think i'd like to keep the lift below 3" I have brand new 235's i'd like to keep and I think a 4.5" lift with them will look stupid. Besides, it's my DD so gearing and mileage drops with 33's would not be fun.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Gatchmo5710 View Post
bigger is better. fit 33's. no sye needed.

jeep looks good btw
like i said, i wouldn't wheel it just cruise it, so 3" and 32's is what i would do to it just to get it up a bit.

BTW bigger isnt better, my trail rig used to be on 3.5" and 35's now its on 4.5" and hopefully soon 40's, its not going any bigger than that, little lift and big tire keeps a nice LCG.

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I'm new to this so...whats an SYE?
Slip Yoke Eliminator, what's your plans in the future for the jeep?

and you don't have many issue's with drivelines and steering going bigger than 3" just more costly and 33's equals gear swap for a decent all around XJ

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Originally Posted by hi im adam View Post
go to 4.5... you will wish you did from the start
X2 I have a 3" skyjacker that was given to me with purchase of my xj. I regret not selling it. It isn't high enough and has **** flex. I should have just held off and bought a 4.5 long arm.
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Well my tires are brand new and they're about 30". I might get a 4.5" long arm from rusty's and just keep my stock tires until they wear out. Might look strange for a while but thats just what i'll have to do. May as well get a kit because all my shocks are blown out and my rear springs are sagging really bad. will cost the same just to get them restored to stock as it would to buy a lift.

By the way, anyone ever had trouble with shocks wearing out really quick. I get new ones once a year and they're gone within one month. And I currently don't drive off road ever!
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First off i would like to say.

Lifting it 2 inches makes all the difference in the world the places it opened up to me wheeling was amazing....

but now i just want more need more i should say

Im going to 4 inches of lift... no more difting for me....

I was always told that spacers suck.... i dont understand how...

my brother got a 70$ 3in lift kit add a leaf and spacer off ebay

I have coils and shackles 2 inches same tires and he can out flex me. by like 10 inches on our flex ramp
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Originally Posted by Gatchmo5710 View Post
bigger is better. fit 33's. no sye needed.

jeep looks good btw
at 4.5 an sye is recommended
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Rough Country Series II 3" kit with full leaf packs will meet all of your current needs, and its easy to boost up with spacers and shackles if you want to go higher at some point

then stick with the 235's til they wear out then get a good set of 31's, you will be surprised at how much a small lift with a slightly larger tire will improve the look and capability of your XJ
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:03 PM
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Ive been running 235 75 Goodyear MTR's with my 3/3.5 rustys kit for just under a year now and i think it looks just fine. I will be upgrading to 31's soon, as these are running pretty low.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:50 PM
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So change of plans, given the amount of things that have just gone wrong with the jeep over the past month, I think i'm going to stick to stock height and just work out the issues. I've had to redo the PCV valve which surprisingly was a nightmare since nobody stocks them around my place. I've replaced the starter which also was a nightmare since the one I bought had a bad bolt hole (tapped at a bad angle) and they wouldn't take it back.

Now I have one of my pulley's whining away and I have to find the source of the problem before it blows up.

Oh yeah, and to make it worse someone stole one of my center caps. I'm really picky about that sort of thing so it's really bugging me. It's too cold to head to the JY to get a new one cause it will just break. Plus none of the JY's around here have jeeps.

So yeah, just trying to make it through winter without more stuff breaking. The lift will have to wait.
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