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Old 11-17-2015, 02:00 PM
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Do you guys think Rustys 3" lift would be a good starting lift?

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/jeep-su...-pack-kit.html

It comes with HD coil springs, rear leaf packs, shocks, u-bolt and rear brake line extension. I drive my XJ mainly road and on trails to campsites. No real hard off-roading yet.

Also my roommate has a RAM 1500 2wd and me and him are a bit into showing each other up... He just did a 2.5" lift with blocks and spacers. I figured this would be a good/cheap choice. I'd install myself as well.

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if you do ANY offroading, avoid blocks/spacers. yours will flex better than his
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LittleRed, that's a great kit to purchase. I've heard great things about it and you're doing it right the first time around by doing the full leaf springs instead of AAL. I say go for it.
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Do you guys think Rustys 3" lift would be a good starting lift?

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/jeep-su...-pack-kit.html

It comes with HD coil springs, rear leaf packs, shocks, u-bolt and rear brake line extension. I drive my XJ mainly road and on trails to campsites. No real hard off-roading yet.

Also my roommate has a RAM 1500 2wd and me and him are a bit into showing each other up... He just did a 2.5" lift with blocks and spacers. I figured this would be a good/cheap choice. I'd install myself as well.

Very good quality kit and made in NA one of the very few. I have ran that lift for almost 4 yrs now and it is still the base for my current 4 1/2" lift using the original leafs and coils.
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Well I installed the lift today. Now I have driveline vibrations and deathwobble.

Sooo next pay check I'm getting a Tcase drop and a longer tracbar. Was hoping I could go without for now but I can't even go above 45mph currently...
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Your alignment is way out.
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Definitely get an alignment that will help tons!
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If the vibes seem to be coming from the front, check/change the tierod ends.... mine were shot on my 94....
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If you can:
  • Don't get the drop bracket! Get a SYE. If you've got a 242 a hank and tap (HnT) is a great, cheap option.
  • Get a double shear track bar
  • Longer/disconnectable sway bar links

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Depending on how much you car about ride quality, you'll want to look into longer control arms and better shocks.
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The vibrations feel and sound (lots of noise) that it's coming from the rear driveshaft ujoint on the tcase side. Makes loud poping noises consistant to my speed. The noise went away gradually as I drove so I figured it's an old ujoint that's not used to that much flex. But there is a grinding noise in that area when I apply the breaks. It's currently in my garage and I'm riding my motorcycle till I get everything squared away.

I knew my alignment was off (it pulls to the right) but I didn't know it would have that large of an effect.
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Originally Posted by VTJeep View Post
If you can:
  • Don't get the drop bracket! Get a SYE. If you've got a 242 a hank and tap (HnT) is a great, cheap option.
  • Get a double shear track bar
  • Longer/disconnectable sway bar links

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Depending on how much you car about ride quality, you'll want to look into longer control arms and better shocks.
Riding quality isn't too big of an issue for me so long as the components aren't being stressed so much they fall apart.

As far as shocks go the OE ones I took off had ZERO resitance left in them. So these shocks are a lot better than those.
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Yes an adj track bar, SB disconnects are needed and some will need a TC drop kit if its a 231 TC. Have the front end checked by an alignment shop for any worn parts that need to be replaced also for you.
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Found the source of my "vibrations"









It appears that at this angle my driveshaft and tcase yoke are eating each other. I'm guessing this is also the cause of the grinding when I break.

Apply breaks. Car shifts forward over axle. Yoke slips out a little further. Increasing angle and more eating each other.

Looks like in my case a 1inch Tcase drop or maybe the rusty's tcase crossmember will fix my issue there.

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You need an sye if you are having that issue at ride height. If you don't fix it properly you will have the same issue as soon as the rear droops.
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no question a SYE and double cardon rear drive shaft are the next upgrades to this jeep. You might try installing your front driveshaft in place of that jacked up rear shaft.
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