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#1 03-01-2012 19:22:44

jock
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Lift finally installed!

Well tonight I finished up installing the RE 3.5" kit on my XJ, now I just need to pick up some shocks and tires! I discovered that a previous owner apparently liked mud, there was caked on dried mud EVERYWHERE, and tons of it.

I installed this kit on a 99', do you guys think i'm going to experience some significant driveline vibe? Would shimming be enough or am I looking at a SYE?

If anyone has or sees some used 31x10.50 tires for sale, I wouldn't mind picking up a used set to get me going and spare my wallet a little bit of pain.

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03-01-2012 19:22:44

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#2 03-07-2012 15:00:04

drew
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Registered: 10-22-2009
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Most people like to five you their experience with vibrations, but it seems like people who own 1997+ XJs have a greater chance of vibrations even at small lift heights like 3". You can try the shims, but the only certain way to eliminate the vibrations is with an SYE kit and new drive shaft.

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#3 03-07-2012 15:03:27

jock
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Yeah, that's what I remember hearing, I guess I'll get it going and see how it feels.

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#4 03-07-2012 15:04:35

deerhuntxj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

On my 2000 Im at about 5 and no SYE and I havent really noticed any vibrations. I am planning on installing a SYE once I get a driveshaft and figure out who to have help me with the SYE so I get a nice perpendicular cut.

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03-07-2012 15:04:35

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#5 03-07-2012 15:07:09

danny
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Re: Lift finally installed!

deerhuntxj wrote:

I am planning on installing a SYE once I get a driveshaft and figure out who to have help me with the SYE so I get a nice perpendicular cut.

Note that I've never done it myself (though I do woodturning), but wouldn't it be pretty easy if the output shaft was spinning* while you cut it? (*xfercase in 2wd, vehicle in gear with rear DS disconnected)

Or is that a horrifically bad idea for some other reason? ;-)

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#6 03-07-2012 15:08:27

kev
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Nope, it works fine. I did that years ago, a circular saw and output turning at the same time.

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#7 03-07-2012 15:24:13

bj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

a circular saw????  whoa.  how about an angle grinder and a 4.5" cutting wheel?

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#8 03-07-2012 15:31:42

kev
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Re: Lift finally installed!

I know but it worked! Did it years ago.

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#9 03-07-2012 15:32:05

deerhuntxj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

I was trying to ask if an angle grinder and a cutoff wheel would work but my email program wasn't letting me. The only thing I'm still worried about would be making a straight cut but it shouldn't be too hard and I can probably come up with some sort of brace to help support the angle grinder so I can hold it steady.

Then the next step would be making a straight hole for the bolt for the SYE yoke.

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#10 03-07-2012 15:33:09

kev
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Re: Lift finally installed!

That is actually the hard part

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#11 03-07-2012 15:36:52

kram
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Cutting the shaft straight is the easy part. :)

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#12 03-07-2012 15:37:12

miami
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Re: Lift finally installed!

What tcase do you have?

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#13 03-07-2012 15:37:46

deerhuntxj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

np231

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#14 03-07-2012 15:38:42

kram
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Oh, 231, don't bother, just get an advanced adapters sye kit.

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#15 03-07-2012 15:54:26

deerhuntxj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Not a bad idea, but I already have the yoke needed for the hack and tap. I just have to hack and then tap and I'm ready to go. Well, yea, as soon as I hit the JY and get the appropriate front driveshaft.

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#16 03-07-2012 15:55:01

miami
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Re: Lift finally installed!

That was why I asked what transfer-case he had. You just beat me to the reply.

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#17 03-07-2012 17:11:17

kram
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Careful with that, D44+AA standard SYE will be within a 1/2" with a front driveshaft. I wouldn't run a front shaft as a primary shaft as they are smaller and weaker.

front shaft is fine for getting you going after a lift and stuff, but I would have a rear shaft made sooner than later and keep the front as a trail spare.

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#18 03-07-2012 17:14:26

elder
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Re: Lift finally installed!

I've been running the front DS in the rear for years and have been ok. I've done Holcomb, John Bull, Deep Creek, Calico, etc.., with it. Keep in mind that I'm easy on the skinny pedal.

I'm not saying that you can run the Hammers with a front DS in the rear, but I'm also not saying that you are going to break it on your first wheeling trip either.

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#19 03-07-2012 17:16:17

deerhuntxj
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Re: Lift finally installed!

Ill go with the front drive shaft and I think Ill be fine. I dont do anything harder than what he described, Im on 33s, not 35s and Im not a big gun it and go kind of guy. And, since front driveshafts are relatively cheap I can carry a spare and if/when I bust one then I will look into getting a custom one built.

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