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Old December 27th, 2017, 15:21
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1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

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New Guy Here.

Been lurking around here since I decided to buy an XJ about a year ago. As I age my tolerance of the cold and dust in my CJ5 has become limited. And I'm at the point where air conditioning for me and the wife is a nice luxury to have.

Finally pulled the trigger before Christmas and bought me a stock XJ with 146K miles. Not the "Little Ole Lady from Pasadena" score but close.

This rig is going to be my daily driver so I won't be getting all "Rubicon/Fordyce Trail" ready.

Which brings me to my questions that I'd appreciate some guidance on.

My main wheeling will be on hunting and camping trips. Minor to moderate skill level obstacles. I have many years of saddle time in various Jeeps and Scouts so it's not a skill thing, it's a money thing.

What I'd like opinions on are how high of a lift can I go without changing various other hoses, cables, and ect?

What size tire?

Should I upgrade axles?

What bolt on's would you recommend?

Stuff like that.

I'm $4000 into the truck now and think a budget of $5-6K should get me set up real nicely and keep my wife from filing divorce papers. I have boats too so she knows how I get.

Anyway, I'm new here so if I posted this in the wrong section please move it to where it needs to go.

Thanks in advance,

Steve
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Old December 27th, 2017, 19:39
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

If it we're me for mostly doing service road type stuff and maybe a little more, I'd do a 2in budget boost, 30x9.5 tires, t case skid and some sway bar discos. If you can drive that setup can get you a ton of places. Tow points front and rear too. Your rear leaf condition will dictate what direction you go. If they're a little worn but not totally clapped out, I'd go for a full length 2.5 add a leaf. If they're pretty saggy you may need new springs.
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Old December 27th, 2017, 20:19
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

Thanks Trippled.

I'll start researching this.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 07:00
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1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

Put some 235/75 all-terrain tires on it, replace the rear leaf springs if they are sagging and put a true-trac in the rear axle.


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Old December 28th, 2017, 07:55
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

OME lift and shocks, some manner of HD tracbar, 31' tires, 4.10 gears, true Trac limited slip front and rear, rock rails, skid plates, tow hooks.

HD SYE and driveshaft depending on how it reacts to the lift.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 08:19
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

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OME lift and shocks, some manner of HD tracbar, 31' tires, 4.10 gears, true Trac limited slip front and rear, rock rails, skid plates, tow hooks.

HD SYE and driveshaft depending on how it reacts to the lift.
Pretty much this, except nix the tow hooks and go with a front receiver hitch.

MUCH stronger, will reinforce the entire front end, and won't bend on side-pulls. Plus, front receiver hitch for spotting trailers, or attaching a removable winch tray to.

Also, I'd go with RE springs and Doetsch Tech shocks, personally.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 16:04
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

All good info so far, but since it's a 99 I would get the lift done to see if you have any drivetrain issues. After that at least some rocker protection and go from there.
What axle do you have?
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Old December 28th, 2017, 18:22
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

Thanks everyone, I have a lot of reading to do.

I bought a brand new set of Smittybilt rock sliders on Craig's List for $175, still in the box.

I plan on putting a Rough Country front winch bumper and a JCR (?) rear with spare tire rack.

Once I get those knocked out up it will go up, I'm thinking 3.5" with 31" tires. Still thinking on the tires but I like semi-narrow tires like tripped suggested.

No idea on wheels yet, guess that's another discussion.

Armor of the oil pan, t-case, and tank should wrap it up.

I'm still open to other thoughts and suggestions so please keep them coming.

Can't figure out photo posting...is there a way to post photos without using a service?

Sorry- Not sure which axles I have. Need to climb under there and figure that out.

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Old December 28th, 2017, 21:43
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

I'm going to second Kittrell's recommendation, OME springs and shocks.

I'll add Dana 44 rear axle if you can find one at a good price.

I had a TrueTrack in a Dana 35 that didn't last long. If you have a Chrysler 8.25,

that should do much better for you.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 06:06
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

If he has a ChryCo 8.25 and isn't building this thing extreme, it will be just fine. By all means if it's the D35, get rid of it in favor of a D44.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 06:42
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

Buy a set of 17" steel wheels for a Magnum/Charger. Lot easier to find spares on the road. Tons of ten ply all terrains to chose from in 17 inch.

I've yet to build a 97-01 but I find four inches of lift is where you need to start accommodating things.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 07:29
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

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Thanks everyone, I have a lot of reading to do.

I bought a brand new set of Smittybilt rock sliders on Craig's List for $175, still in the box.

I plan on putting a Rough Country front winch bumper and a JCR (?) rear with spare tire rack.

Once I get those knocked out up it will go up, I'm thinking 3.5" with 31" tires. Still thinking on the tires but I like semi-narrow tires like tripped suggested.

No idea on wheels yet, guess that's another discussion.

Armor of the oil pan, t-case, and tank should wrap it up.

I'm still open to other thoughts and suggestions so please keep them coming.

Can't figure out photo posting...is there a way to post photos without using a service?

Sorry- Not sure which axles I have. Need to climb under there and figure that out.
You have to use a host to post photos. Imgur is what a lot have switched to after the photobucket flop.

What Kittrell said is spot on. You should have a 8.25 in the rear and HP30 up front. Both are great axles and more than enough for what you need. If by some chance you have a 35 rear a 8.8 is a great swap and cheaper than a D44. Will also have 31 spline axles, LSD and disc brakes. It is a little bigger of an axle and some will say you'll "dig trenches with 31's" but I liked it on my setup when I had it and never any issues with hanging too low.

Also suggest upgrading your tie rod and steering. Cheap and easy fix is the ZJ tire rod, but whatever you do get a solid tie rod. Nothing like tacoing the wheels and being stranded because you over looked that part.

Definitely go with 10.5 tires. 12.5 on 31's look silly.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 08:49
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

If he has a D35 then he most likely has ABS brakes, so that would need to be addressed also!
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Old December 29th, 2017, 09:08
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

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Buy a set of 17" steel wheels for a Magnum/Charger.
I wouldn't even consider that for 2 reasons!
Unless your running 35's or larger, you don't get enough sidewall height.
15" tire are the most common, specially on the trail!
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Old December 29th, 2017, 09:32
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Re: 1999 Bone Stock XJ Sport

He is probably suggesting those for brake clearance. I am not familiar with that setup though.
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-90 XJ 4.0, AW4, 231J: Clayton's longarms, RE 5.5" coils, hybrid 6" leaf pack, 33/12.50/15" MTs, Rancho 99012s and 99624s, Tera HD SYE, custom sliders, BW flares. Rehabbing with D44s, RE spring packs, RE 4.5" coils, and ACOS.
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