difference between lifts - 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.

difference between lifts

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-16-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Denver
Posts: 64

View XcherokeeJ's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1988
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0 Straight 6
Default difference between lifts

I know I am going with Rubicon Express with Bilstein Shocks, but just really cannot decide between 3.5" or 4.5"... What truly is the difference size wise? I.E. clearance, travel, ride height, etc. What size tires will I be able to fit on both? Will each ride differently? What will I be able to do with each? I am looking for a pretty good breakdown because I am looking to order on Thursday.

Thanks!
XcherokeeJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mehoff_400's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: puyallup
Posts: 586

View mehoff_400's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 2001
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

To do the 4.5 the right way will cost you 300-500 more on top of the lift with an sye... if your not going to do an sye might as well stay with the 3.5 lift
mehoff_400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
CF Veteran
 
NorCalJeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, California
Posts: 2,135

View NorCalJeep's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1987 Comanche,1990
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L Renix
Default

Go with 4.5 for maximum flex with the tires of your choice. Trust me, everyone always wishes they went higher.
NorCalJeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
The CF Moderator
 
XJ Stryker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Smiths Station, Al
Posts: 7,661

View XJ Stryker's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 87
Model: Wagoneer
Engine: 4.0 I6
Default

Does rubicon make a 4.5? I thought it was 3.5 or 5.5
XJ Stryker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
CF Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 13,952

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

SeriousOffroad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Boost Happy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Posts: 653

View Boost Happy's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1997
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NorCalJeep View Post
Go with 4.5 for maximum flex with the tires of your choice. Trust me, everyone always wishes they went higher.
flex is not determined by height what so ever. articulation is determined by what you build up the suspension with (double sheer tracbar, lengthy shocks, shackle angles, ect)

Tires clearance at full tuck is determined by trimming and bumpstopping
Boost Happy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:31 PM   #7
CF Veteran
 
fathan16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: vernal, utah
Posts: 1,354

View fathan16's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1995
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SeriousOffroad View Post
that's a really good lift! but at 4.5 i'd start to think about long arms, which the RE long arms cost about 1k.
fathan16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:34 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Boost Happy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Posts: 653

View Boost Happy's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1997
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L I6
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fathan16 View Post
that's a really good lift! but at 4.5 i'd start to think about long arms, which the RE long arms cost about 1k.
yes, and for the money SeriousOffroad or IronRockOffroad are great choices. I would look past RC for the other 2 choices.
Boost Happy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
CF Veteran
 
CheapCherokee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: La Habra, CA
Posts: 1,151

View CheapCherokee's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1988
Engine: 4.0 RENIX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NorCalJeep View Post
Trust me, everyone who thinks taller is better always wishes they went higher.
FIFY
CheapCherokee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2012, 12:14 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 512

View yarom's Photo Album My Photos
Year: 1998
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 4.0L
Default

I have the RE 3.5 Super Ride.

That lift put me between 4.5 and 5, any way I measure it. The Jeep clears 32s with stock flares with no rub or issue. It can be easily at 5.5 if I add shackle relocation and better shackles, which I should, since these springs are too short.

The difference between the two kits is mostly a longer coil (you can just add a spacer instead), an adjustable track bar and disconnects (?). The springs are the same, as are most of the other parts.

You will need a drop pitman arm and if it's a newer Jeep, you will need a SYE (and a rear shaft).

The kit quality is OK but I was unhappy with the ride, as the lower arms have a pretty bad angle pointing down, making every bump felt in the frame.

After installing a control arm relocation kit and some adjustable arms, the Jeep rides much better.
yarom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2012, 12:37 AM   #11
CF Veteran
 
Atmos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: City of Trees, CA
Posts: 7,365

View Atmos's Photo Album My Photos
Year: Buggy build in process
Model: Cherokee
Engine: 5.7 LS1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by XcherokeeJ View Post
What truly is the difference size wise? I.E. clearance, travel, ride height, etc. What size tires will I be able to fit on both?
when comparing both RE kits, the major differences are quick discos, track bar, upper control arms, and shackles

and the price difference is double ($1070). to me, it's worth it to get the tried and true combo of 4.5" on 33's.
then you're all set to tune it with relocation brackets for the shackles, long arm upgrade etc.

unless you're the kind of guy that likes to tweak and modify every component with many different parts, then it's best to just piece together an entire lift from the start. but for the average guy, the RE 4.5" kit will do well
Atmos is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
10" lift steering and track bar help southfloridajeeps MODIFIED XJ Cherokee Tech 27 11-26-2015 10:20 AM
High steer "over the Knuckle" southfloridajeeps MODIFIED XJ Cherokee Tech 9 09-05-2015 01:30 AM
Any rusty's 5.5 ZJ longarm lift reviews? CherokeeHoonigan Cherokee Chat 4 09-04-2015 12:18 PM
99 Classic Brush guard Hawley12 MODIFIED XJ Cherokee Tech 4 09-04-2015 02:34 AM



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 04:56 AM.


 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: