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Old 10-08-2012, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Zacks98

Go long arm, seriously. I wish I would have
You still can
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My mission with the jeep is to increase its capibility off road as well as increase its ride comfort while maintaining livable mpg and drivability.
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You still can
That is correct. Money wise though I cannot.
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Originally Posted by Zacks98

That is correct. Money wise though I cannot.
I hear ya
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My mission with the jeep is to increase its capibility off road as well as increase its ride comfort while maintaining livable mpg and drivability.
If I remember correctly long arms ride better.
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My mission with the jeep is to increase its capibility off road as well as increase its ride comfort while maintaining livable mpg and drivability.
Rubicon express, blistein, long arms
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The other night I did take a bfh and slam the leafs strait I will have to check tomorrow if they have stayed strait. I really layed into it with my 1/2 impact.
Ive been thinking about the primary uses of this vehicle and what I would like to achive and I am having a change of heart on the whole long arm thing. We really dont wheel it to much maybe once or twice a month and we dont have the rocks in ct like you guys do in the south west. Im really am just trying to improve the ride quality. I know that i need to change out the crappy white shocks, but what about the lower control arms. I was thinking about some short arms from Iron Rock. also should I go strait or bent the ones I have now are strait. Is there any benifit to the bent ones?

I have an Iron Rock kit and I love it (their 6.5" long arm). That being said, Old Man Emu pretty consistently receives the best reviews as far as ride quality.Their springs and shocks are top notch. If you dont need to get a big kit... don't waste the money. There is much more to it than just the lift when you start getting higher.

The bent arms are so your tire doesn't hit at full turn.

Check out the link in my Signature if you want to see some more options/prices of lifts and such. Nice looking jeep!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:45 PM
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I have an Iron Rock kit and I love it (their 6.5" long arm). That being said, Old Man Emu pretty consistently receives the best reviews as far as ride quality.Their springs and shocks are top notch. If you dont need to get a big kit... don't waste the money. There is much more to it than just the lift when you start getting higher.

The bent arms are so your tire doesn't hit at full turn.

Check out the link in my Signature if you want to see some more options/prices of lifts and such. Nice looking jeep!
Thanks man, I know the long arms will be a better ride but $750ish to a grand is alittle steep something that will just end up a bad ashed DD for my wife and I saw some with oem style bushings for cheap on Iron rock. As much as I would love the long arm kit from serious I just don't think I can just dont think me or the wife can justify the money.

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In other news the leaf springs seem to be staying strait though we havent had it off road since I last tightened them up. I was going to pull the swaybar diso's today and see how she flex's but I did cord wood insted gotta do what you gotta do I guess.
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Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth. The XJ is now my DD as the wife does more running around and prefers the MPG of the prius. This is what the Jeep looks like now.



https://www.cherokeeforum.com/member.../97556-003.jpg

We got her some 8" wide 4" backspaced wheels from Blackrock, I cut the airdam off the front bumper, and I have installed an SYE which is currently the bain of my existance
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Just had to update cause I super excited that my lockers came in. I also went through my build page and realized that there are some pretty big gaps.

I did a SYE install about 4 months ago but was in a rush so I left my t case drop in and the 2* shims and experienced smoothness like I never had be for in an xj. Feeling smug about my new improvement I removed the t case drop because that is sort of the point of the sye in the first place and the vibes came back. Assuming that I was pinion low I ordered up some 6* shims from IRO trusting my eye and over shot it. SO I am currently pinion high and have tried to counter act some it a little by slipping the cheapo 2* shims on backward but with no real change in the vibe department. I know its a stupid band aid.

And I left it like that not because Im defeated or it doesnt drive me nuts, but because I had 4.5'' of lift stuck in my head and was convinced that I would end up having to re do the pinion angle after I put lift shackles in.

But after a bunch more research and a couple of awesome build threads on here with 3 or 3.5 lift xjs with 33s I realy have no need or desire to lift.

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So this is my first build thread ever, though I am no stranger to working on cars. My wife and I just purchased and XJ a few weeks ago. We both enjoy camping and off roading and we want to enjoy it now as a family. This is the pic of the jeep when we bought it



Its a 1998 sport with 96k miles everything works which is important being my wife DD. It has a 3" skyjacker lift which I hate and is on 31" Firestone ATs

My mission with the jeep is to increase its capibility off road as well as increase its ride comfort while maintaining livable mpg and drivability.
so after owning this thing for over a year and a half I can say I really dont hate the skyjacker lift. Its not what I would have bought if I was to build from scratch but I really cant complain. It flex's well and doesnt shake my teeth out of my head or have death wobble. I did have to go over almost all of the PO's "handy work" retighten ubolts track bar and all the other major stuff but you need to do that after any install. removing both swaybars really made a big difference in ride quality.

Also I am working on joining a local wheeling group so hopefully I will have lots of pics and video of our little jeep in action.
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I saw this bumper browsing around I want it. If its home made that is an awesome job.

this inspires me for my summer project which will be to:

Cut and fold fenders
Cut and fold rear quarters
Build this rear bumper
Build a bobbed front bumper with d rings and receiver
Weld in 2x4 rocker sliders

The Lincoln will be put through its paces this summer.
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Finally got a warmish day and I pulled the fender flares. Next I just need to work up the guts to cut.

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Pics from wheeling this weekend. Only have the rear locker in at this point but the XJ did awesome and kept right up with some pretty big wranglers





A little ledge we call the gate keeper I made it right up in one shot. This is one of my friends with his YJ on 35's.
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Its a 1998 sport with 96k miles everything works which is important being my wife DD. It has a 3" skyjacker lift which I hate and is on 31" Firestone ATs
What is it that you don't like about that lift? Im looking to purchase a 3 inch lift soon and any pros/cons about the different brands etc. are helpful Thanks
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