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Old May 22nd, 2019, 17:08
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

you're gonna love it dude! get that puppy lifted! I'm running Rubicon short arm as well.

what tires you looking to run? 31's will take you places.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 15:02
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Definatley get a good adjustable track bar. I run the steinjager double adjustable. Research the shocks, you can find bilsteins cheap if they're not listed as a Xj shock, lol. my front bilsteins are for the rear of a Tacoma and less $$$. On a daily driver running a short arm you may want to consider control arm drop brackets so salvage some ride quality.
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Old May 24th, 2019, 15:05
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

I'm running 3.5 inches of lift with short arms and 5100 bilsteins on my daily driven XJ and Im wishing I would have just went with a long arm or 3 link setup for a smoother on road ride.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 13:57
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

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I'm running 3.5 inches of lift with short arms and 5100 bilsteins on my daily driven XJ and Im wishing I would have just went with a long arm or 3 link setup for a smoother on road ride.
Drop brackets would help the ride but they really need at least 4" of lift so the control arms have a bit of positive drop.
IMO, the 5100s ride hard with light loads. It was a world of difference when they were switched out for Bilstein 5160s, it's only money.
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Old May 26th, 2019, 17:03
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Bilstein runs the same pressure in all their 5100 series I'm pretty sure. I've read that rancho rs7000's run less initial pressure therefore giving a less harsh ride than the bilsteins. I'd like to try those next time.
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Old May 27th, 2019, 20:22
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3.5 inch lift

No matter how much prep and PB Blasting you do, I’d have a plan b for work Monday morning. There’s always that one thing you weren’t expecting. Good luck, XJs are a ton of fun.
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Old May 30th, 2019, 17:04
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Wow, a clean stock Briarwood. It's already a classic, going to be more desirable in the future cleaned up and made mechanically perfect. If you start modifying that classic, some years down the road, I suspect you will regret it.
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Old June 10th, 2019, 05:30
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I did the RE 3.5 last year in mine. You can get the kits with track bar, different shock packages etc. I did the short arm super ride setup with quick disconnects also. You will probably need a SYE also. I have been very happy with mine and my use is similar to what you described.
Is it common consensus that an SYE is necessary for a 3.5in lift?

I was hoping if I kept it at 4in or lower I could avoid that extra cost.

What say ye ?
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Old June 10th, 2019, 07:41
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Is it common consensus that an SYE is necessary for a 3.5in lift?

I was hoping if I kept it at 4in or lower I could avoid that extra cost.

What say ye ?
It's more dependent on the year.... 97+ are very likely, to 97 not so likely
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Old June 10th, 2019, 09:16
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

In my 1997 and 3.5" I had to do a t-case drop. I had bad vibrations from 50-60mph. I used the Rusty's crossmember that incorporates a 1" drop and it solved the issue. I've got a SYE in my parts bin waiting to be installed.
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Old June 10th, 2019, 10:12
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Every one of these tends to be different, though it is true that in general the earlier (pre-96) models tend to be a bit more tolerant of small lifts in terms of vibes. 97+ (and any 96s that have the 97+ tcase design) will be less tolerant.

My '92 showed vibes when I put the original 2-inch lift on it, had to have a 1" tcase drop added. However, I've gone from that original 2 inches all the way up to 4.5 and not had any further vibe issues, even with a stock rear shaft.

How long has it been since your driveshafts have had new ujoints installed? If it's been a good long while, you may find vibes just by the lift changing shaft angles and altering the wear patterns...
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Old June 12th, 2019, 08:53
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Interesting, thanks guys.

I've got a 99 so it looks like I'll need to plan on biting the bullet and doing a SYE at the same time as my lift.
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Old June 12th, 2019, 18:53
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Mine's a 99 with a skycrapper 3" lift. Only has a tcase drop. Does great.
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Old June 12th, 2019, 19:46
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

that is a great looking rig, I love the briarwood / xj wagoneer!
don't cut up the body for tires! I had a 3" with no SYE, drop pitman or tcase drop and didn't have any suspension issues as a DD.
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Old June 15th, 2019, 17:22
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Re: 3.5 inch lift

Same here I've a 2000 with a 3.5" lift and 1" tcase drop doing just fine.
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