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1badxj said:
I was also thinking about putting airbag switches in the system, so I could raise, lower, and be able to go side to side for those sidehilling situations. Does this sound feasible, or should I set my sights a little lower??
It's a nice idea but wont work. These shocks are running upwards of 300psi and any valved crossover system you build will leak. The airbag guys can get away with it because they are running lower pressures and if they lose some air, so what, their OBA will take care of it.

14-18" of wheel travel is easily achieved with the stock coil system. My old tomken lift was capable of 18" of travel with a little grinding work for CA clearance.
 

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I just basically want to be able to jump my rig 4 or 5 feet off the ground without breaking stuff, be able to hit whoop-dee-doos at full speed, and be able to still have good articulation for trails/rocks....
Your asking for quite a bit from a vehicle. If it were my jeep, I would do the following. Longarm setup with progressive rate coils and relocated axle shock mounts to allow 14" travel shocks, quick discos, redo the rear spring hangers to allow 56"+ long springs and longer shackles, frame" stiffners and reinforcments, weld on axle trusses, and a GOOD ROLL BAR. Coil overs would be nice also but on an XJ it takes a lot fabrication to make them fit right.

If you ever plan on competeing, whether its rockcrawling or Baja style, throw everything I said out the window and look at the rules for what is allowed in the class you would like to compete in. The stock class's are pretty restrictive on what can be changed and the other class's just take too much $ to be competitve.
 
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