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#1 02-27-2012 20:33:57

acaiberry
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Registered: 02-27-2012
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LIFT a 99

I have a 1999 jeep cherokee XJ i want to get lifted... its my daily
driver so i don't want anything crazy.. i want it too look nice and get
bigger tires on it, but its not going to be just for offroading... can
anyone help me with a recommendation on how much to lift it and what to
use?

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02-27-2012 20:33:57

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#2 03-01-2012 21:42:19

gentle
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 23

Re: LIFT a 99

Being a daily driver I would not go bigger then 33" tires, with a four inch lift.  Without changing the gears in the axles (front and rear)  you will notice a loss of some power, however with a few upgrades to the engine as time and money allow it will not be to bad.  The bigger the tires the more power you will lose.  I also feel that 33" tires is all stock axles can handle.   My recipe would be a 4" lift with all new springs (no Spacers)  Bushwacker cut out fender flairs,  and 33" X 10:50  tires.   Personally I would go with some Super Swamper LTBs.  And a great stereo so you can crank it and not hear the tires on your way to work.  If you don't like loud music I would go with some all terrains.   But I think you should take it Off Road !    That is what Jeeps were built for.  If they weren't  we would be speaking German,  Jeeps won WW2 you know with a little help from guys with guns.  If you want one lifted I have a 94 for sale cheep.  Have a good one,

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#3 03-02-2012 09:41:52

88cherokee
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Registered: 04-10-2010
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Re: LIFT a 99

Hey, I have the same problem, a daily driver and weekend warrior! But
I have been told that I shouldn't go beyond a 4" and that 4" is even a
bit rough on a daily driver. I heard that also the guys that go up
over 4" some of them have come back down to like a 2 1/2 to 3. It has
been my dream to go myself up 6" but I hear horror stories. I don't
rock crawl, just mud play and snow every other weekend. I do go often
and I have been tearing mine up, literally, but at least for what I do
in my 88 XJ, 4" is what I am guessing my limit will be since there are
no really big boulders on my regular off-road paths! I suppose it is
all based on what you do with yours the most?!?! Next question:
what's the best lift for the least amount of money? HAHA

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#4 03-02-2012 13:41:24

gentle
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 23

Re: LIFT a 99

I think rough country is the best deal and there heavy duty.  When you read about rock crawling and soft springs please remember soft springs make a lifted jeep handle worse on the road,  Some what stiff springs will not hurt for mud or 90% of off-roading.  I tried that on a daily driver and was not happy at all driving it on the road.  It would not corner for shit.  For $800 - $1000 you should be able to lift your Jeep 4" and still have it drive nice, if you go with Rough Country. If you find down the road you want to try more lift you could use spacers in the front and in the rear, or an inch in the rear and an add a leaf.  Cheep... But I think 4" lifts are the best way to go. If you can not fit the tires you want get a set of Bushwacker fender flairs and cut your fenders.   If you don't want to do that come to NY and buy my Cherokee!

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#5 03-05-2012 10:26:03

BuckB91XJ
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From: Oak Harbor, Wa.
Registered: 01-27-2009
Posts: 10

Re: LIFT a 99

Daily driver? How much off-roading? You start lifting it and adding bigger tires and you may see your MPG do down. How many street miles per day do you put on it? I would say 2 1/2 - 3 inch. On mine I just put on one of those econo lifts of about 1 1/2 inch or something like that and changed to from the stock 215 tires to 225. My off roading is confined to a dirt trail once in awhile. You have to weigh all the pros and cons.


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91 XJ Sport - 4.0 HO, AW4, NP231, HP D30 4.56 Aussie, D44 4.56 Aussie, XRS8000, Armor, 6" lift, 32" Mudders, Cold Air Intake, 2.5" FM Exhaust
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