Beginner Lift - Jeep Cherokee Forum
Jeep Cherokee Forum



Modified XJ Cherokee Tech XJ (84-01)
All modified tech questions. If it modifies your XJ beyond stock parts ask it here.

Beginner Lift

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-17-2015, 01:00 PM   #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
LittleRed94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 134

View LittleRed94's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 94
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default Beginner Lift

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.

Last edited by LittleRed94; 11-17-2015 at 02:20 PM.
LittleRed94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2015, 01:34 PM   #2  
Seasoned Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: East Texas
Posts: 394

View denverd1's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 98
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

if you do ANY offroading, avoid blocks/spacers. yours will flex better than his
denverd1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2015, 04:50 PM   #3  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 75

View hpwrestler220's Photo Album My Photos
Model: Cherokee
Default

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.
hpwrestler220 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2015, 02:11 PM   #4  
CF Veteran
 
Fred/N0AZZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Monett, MO.
Posts: 7,554

View Fred/N0AZZ's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LittleRed94 View Post
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.
Fred/N0AZZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2015, 07:50 PM   #5  
Member
Thread Starter
 
LittleRed94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 134

View LittleRed94's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 94
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default

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...
LittleRed94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2015, 11:09 PM   #6  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,054

View Jeep Driver's Photo Album My Photos
Model: Cherokee
Default

Your alignment is way out.
Jeep Driver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2015, 11:35 PM   #7  
Newbie
 
prosace95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 29

View prosace95's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0l
Default

Definitely get an alignment that will help tons!
prosace95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 09:52 AM   #8  
Seasoned Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 291

View lukc22's Photo Album My Photos
Model: Cherokee
Default

If the vibes seem to be coming from the front, check/change the tierod ends.... mine were shot on my 94....
lukc22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 10:04 AM   #9  
CF Veteran
 
VTJeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 802
Posts: 4,930

View VTJeep's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 99
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

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

Other things:
Depending on how much you car about ride quality, you'll want to look into longer control arms and better shocks.
VTJeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 10:12 AM   #10  
Member
Thread Starter
 
LittleRed94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 134

View LittleRed94's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 94
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default

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.
LittleRed94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 10:16 AM   #11  
Member
Thread Starter
 
LittleRed94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 134

View LittleRed94's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 94
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default

Quote:
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

Other things:
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.
LittleRed94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 10:25 AM   #12  
CF Veteran
 
Fred/N0AZZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Monett, MO.
Posts: 7,554

View Fred/N0AZZ's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

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.
Fred/N0AZZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 02:59 PM   #13  
Member
Thread Starter
 
LittleRed94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 134

View LittleRed94's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 94
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default

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.

Last edited by LittleRed94; 11-25-2015 at 03:45 PM.
LittleRed94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 05:56 PM   #14  
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Oregon Coast
Posts: 1,508

View toasterknight's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

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.
toasterknight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 10:53 PM   #15  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: fountain hills az
Posts: 144

View neverenuff's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1999
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0l 287,000 miles
Default

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.
neverenuff is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lift Questions ButtStripe Modified XJ Cherokee Tech 11 04-14-2016 10:48 AM
lift questions Bryan Sprenz Modified XJ Cherokee Tech 3 11-18-2015 02:21 PM
New Guy From MO RealDrJ Introductions 4 11-13-2015 11:24 PM
WTB[PacNorWest]: RUSTYS Front fender flares 2qk4u Wanted 0 11-11-2015 09:18 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: