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tony r
April 21st, 2004, 19:06
what lift would you guys recomend 3" to 4.5" for an 86 xj? looking for a good ride on the road this is a DD. tony

jeepguy97
April 21st, 2004, 19:08
This question in general has been beat to death at NAXJA please do a search.

Eagle
April 21st, 2004, 21:17
Let's face it -- an '86 has either a 4-cyl or a 2.8L V-6. Neither engine is a powerhouse, so they have a tough time pushing big tires. The only valid reasons for a lift are (1) ground clearance, and (2) to clear big tires. You don't need either if it's just a daily driver, so unless you have other, unstated reasons for wanting a lift ... I'd say leave it stock, buy a decent set of shock absorbers, and you'll have a nice ride.

If you're really stuck on wanting a lift and you want the best ride -- OME.

shimmy
April 21st, 2004, 21:18
This question in general has been beat to death at NAXJA please do a search.
i second that!

1986xj
April 21st, 2004, 22:13
Let's face it -- an '86 has either a 4-cyl or a 2.8L V-6. Neither engine is a powerhouse, so they have a tough time pushing big tires. The only valid reasons for a lift are (1) ground clearance, and (2) to clear big tires. You don't need either if it's just a daily driver, so unless you have other, unstated reasons for wanting a lift ... I'd say leave it stock, buy a decent set of shock absorbers, and you'll have a nice ride.

If you're really stuck on wanting a lift and you want the best ride -- OME.

If I remember this is the guy with the 4.3 & 700r4 in his so power isn't an issue for him, I second your OME recomendation. If his is still on the stock springs like mine still is (gotta find time to get the OME stuff installed) then he is sitting I bet at about 2" negative lift :eek: especially with the added weight of the swapped in stuff.
Mike B.

tony r
April 22nd, 2004, 05:13
yes its 4.3 / 700r with 4.10 gear with 235/15. the original owner put heavier springs in front when he put the 4.3 in for the weight & now with the sag in the factory rear springs it sets 1 3/4 lower in the rear than the front. tony

Fore Wheeler
April 22nd, 2004, 05:18
I have always liked rustys products, for a 3" lift you can't beat the value.

XTrmXJ
April 22nd, 2004, 07:06
I 2nd Rustys, I have the 8.5 long kit and its the softest lift I ever had (its nice not to be launched in to the other lanes) plus you cant beat the price..

Beej
April 22nd, 2004, 08:52
I know a guy who put on new flares and then shod his jeep with 31's and adjusted his bumpstops to prevent them from stuffing into his flares. He did this with no lift on his daily driver. If you won't be taking it offroad, then you could just replace the worn rear springs and you're good to go.

Beej.

avsno2000
April 22nd, 2004, 12:27
i got a re 3.5 full spring packs w/ bds 5500 shocks and fricken love it , had a tera bb w/ pro comp shocks and the ride was just short of :puke:

small pederson
April 22nd, 2004, 12:57
buy the lift with the smoothest street ride? LOL buy a honda and crew cab that cherokee

tony r
April 22nd, 2004, 13:44
thanks for the replys guys. i will be useing it off road some but will be a DD too. tony