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Old 01-08-2019, 09:59 AM
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I picked up a 97 XJ 2 door over the weekend. 110k original miles. Got from original owner who did not abuse it. Besides regular wear and tear and possibly a crazy ex judging by the fist shaped dent in the hood its pretty solid. I already have light bars, a cb, and some interior items from my last truck. Where i"m at a standstill is building from the ground up. I planned to go in this order. What would you recommend? Lift is 4.5" rough country.



1. Lift(possibly axles)
2. Bumpers/recovery
3. Wheels/tires
4. Accessories
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:33 PM
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i would recommend anything but Rough Country. If you're on a budget look at Rusty's, Rubicon Express, or Zone.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by unidentifiedbomb View Post
i would recommend anything but Rough Country. If you're on a budget look at Rusty's, Rubicon Express, or Zone.

Not a tight budget. I was told the Rough country was a decent one. Thanks for the insight.
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I used Rubicon Express and found them on sale for about 1/2 price , it rides pretty good it's not a Cadillac but it's a 4x4 jeep Cherokee and you will need a slip joint eliminator at 4.5" lift .
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I used Rubicon Express and found them on sale for about 1/2 price , it rides pretty good it's not a Cadillac but it's a 4x4 jeep Cherokee and you will need a slip joint eliminator at 4.5" lift .
I've been trying to find some kind of sale on something a little better quality than RC
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:06 AM
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what axels bumpen underneath that bad boy?
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Nice looking start I think I may look for a 2 door to play with !
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It currently has the Chrysler 8.25. Im on the fence as to if I want to regear it myself or replace the whole axle. From what Iíve seen in the FB Xj forums I can buy a used axle for around 150-200. Today Iím making a truck to the salvage yard. I want to try and get a few things. My buddy hit the jackpot and found an Xj with currie axles, lift, track bar, ucas,lcas. All for like $120
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First, what is planned use, daily driver, weekend warrior, or mostly Off-road?
Second, what size tires do you plan on running?
Third, if you do regear, will you feel comfortable doing it your self?

I would take care of axles & lockers first. That is if you will need to change anything depending on useage.useage
next, I would do armor depending upon how you are going to be using it.
Then lift, and wheel & tires.
Just my thoughts.
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Originally Posted by Rock Toy View Post
First, what is planned use, daily driver, weekend warrior, or mostly Off-road?
Second, what size tires do you plan on running?
Third, if you do regear, will you feel comfortable doing it your self?

I would take care of axles & lockers first. That is if you will need to change anything depending on useage.useage
next, I would do armor depending upon how you are going to be using it.
Then lift, and wheel & tires.
Just my thoughts.

it will be my daily driver with a lorn if off roading as I go to the mountains a lot to trout fish and such. A lot of the roads get pretty nasty once you get up high. 33ís for now. I have armor. A guy I work with ordered a full armor set from some company for like $700 then decided he wasnít going to continue building.
I have the tools to regear at my buddies shop. I am up for the challenge but if itís relativeky affordable to have someone else do it I may go that route.
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