I am at about 5 inches of lift and was reading some old threads on that other forum about Long Arms Vs. Drop Brackets. I saw that Cal was a big proponent of the Drop Brackets. It sounds like a good way to go in terms of ease of install and price.
So, what do you prefer to make the XJ handle better with the bigger lift and why?
I have a long arm and love it
DBs are great for bringing a stock ride back to a short arm lifted XJ. only down side being ground clearance under the rails, they ramp rocks right into your crossmember. but once you learn how to drive your XJ again in the rocks, they're awesome. they will also increase your droop so you'll need some longer shocks.
Drop brackets give you a better road ride. Long-arms give you better
'big flex'. Big flex proved not to be all that and a bag of chips.
If you can't do it with 12" travel shocks and lockers, go home.
I'm running drop brackets, they work great. Getting them installed is
the hardest part. once done though, you want to put a tack weld at the
back of them so you can drop your cross-member without having to fight
the drop brackets again.
While tag welding the bracket is an option.... a better solution would be to
tap threads into one of the factory uniframe holes that were used at the
factory and then drill a hole in the bracket to line up with the tapped hole
so you can remove the cross member without the need to break the tack weld.
I can remove my cross-member without breaking a tack weld. The tack
weld is for the drop bracket, not the cross-member. Easier and quicker
than drilling/tapping a hole. :)
According to the RE Tech Dept the holes will be incorporated into the newly
release drop brackets along with the required hardware.
You can tack weld the bracket if you want....
I would rather bolt it in place and be able to remove the bracket whenever I
want with out the need of breaking the weld and rewelding...