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Old 07-01-2007, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help on a lift kit (or not)

I am acquiring a used Cherokee as an extra vehicle to use for some exploring and fly fishing in more remote areas. I need some advice on suspension.

I will not be doing any rock crawling or more extreme four wheeling, mainly just gnarly desert dirt roads and trails getting in to an area. I also need the car to be able to be comfortable on pavement for perhaps 200 miles getting to the area.

Do I need a lift kit?? Would better shocks alone do for my use? If I need/could use a lift, what height do you recommend? I would like to not have to change any major steering pieces by going too high, avoid fender trimming, etc. Does, for example, a 2-3" lift kit gain anything? Can one use stock length shocks with such a 2-3" lift kit?

What do you recommend for my application? Any brands of kit or shocks rate better with you folks? Thanks.

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well on my 94 (2wd) DD i went for pro comp es9000 shocks, there great for the street and also for dirt roads. got them from Telico (i think it was) For $106 shiped to my door. it was a buy 3 get 1 free deal and they asked if i had a lift and i told them no i didnt, and asked them if it was more expencive if i did and was told no. So i would go ahead and do 2in Coil spacers and shackles in the back.
Coil spacers are cheap $30 shipped to your door and shackles can be easy built from 3/8 steel or bought for $30 if i remember correctly.
Alot of people will probley say that the pro comps = Crap, But they work great for me on the paved roads and even better on dirt roads.

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BTW you might want to get Poly Bushings and Greasable bolts for the shackles. the stock one suck on my XJ
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd just look for a 2" BB. This lets you run 31's with very slight rubbing on the LCA's. I think you can run stock shocks, you'll just have less uptravel.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I wouldn't do a damn thing to it. Try it first, and if the ride is really bad, replace the shocks, but I definitely wouldn't lift it.
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Help on a lift kit (or not)

Darwin 27: why do you say to not lift it? Thanks.

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Old 07-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am acquiring a used Cherokee as an extra vehicle to use for some exploring and fly fishing in more remote areas. I need some advice on suspension.

I will not be doing any rock crawling or more extreme four wheeling, mainly just gnarly desert dirt roads and trails getting in to an area. I also need the car to be able to be comfortable on pavement for perhaps 200 miles getting to the area.

Do I need a lift kit?? Would better shocks alone do for my use? If I need/could use a lift, what height do you recommend? I would like to not have to change any major steering pieces by going too high, avoid fender trimming, etc. Does, for example, a 2-3" lift kit gain anything? Can one use stock length shocks with such a 2-3" lift kit?

What do you recommend for my application? Any brands of kit or shocks rate better with you folks? Thanks.

Walter
Tucson AZ
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What year, what axles, what motor, what tranny, what t-case?

Get lockers first if you want to not get stuck.
Id do a jeep speed style build (search jeep speed) that would be ideal for high speed dirt road use.

Id do at least 4.5in lift, all new shocks, you can do a t-case drop and not do the SYE right away. get some 31in ATs and I bet youd be happy with it.

Pirate4x4, is focued more on rockcrawling and more extreme buildups.
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