Why lift your Jeep in the first place?

The factory built it this way, why change it?

Good things to know:
As soon as you start modifying your Jeep, it looses value. You will never get back what you put into your Jeep when you go to sell it.  You just spent $15,000 on “Improving your Jeeps off-road capabilities” with better suspension, different gearing, custom bumpers and bigger tires? Guess what,  no one cares. What are they going to offer you when you go to sell it?  Blue Book value or less.
If people know you took your Jeep off-road they are also going to offer a whole lot less for it.  The Jeep owned by a  Grandma who purchased a stock Jeep and used it to get to the grocery store when it snowed is going to get more than you for her Jeep when she goes to sell it.

Often changes to your suspension will alter your on-road ride performance and usually for the worse.

Going with larger tires will almost certainly decrease your gas mileage.

Larger tires will typically put more stress on your drive-train and engine, wearing out your stock parts prematurely.

Larger tires and modifications may make your Jeep Illegal to drive on road.

My #1 question for Jeep is why don’t they make a stock Jeep that has all the modifications installed that a nice trail rig requires at the factory rather than making us build them up ourselves? The Rubicon is a nice attempt but not quite tough enough for more difficult trails with larger obstacles.
A stock 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport ships with 225/75-16 tires which = 29.2″ metric.  Show up on the trails with those and prepare to get laughed at. 33″ is the minimum you should be rolling on to clear some of the rocks and stumps waiting for you on the trails with 35″ and 37″ being what is pimped in all the Jeep Magazines these days. 33″ is also the beginning of tire sizes that will not fit under your stock Jeep Wrangler without a lift.

Now that you know you will never get your money back, your Jeep may run worse on road and your gas mileage will suffer,  lets get that Jeep Lifted!

Will you still be doing a lot of driving on road or are you looking to build a dedicated trail rig or tube buggie?

If you want a dedicated trail ride and you don’t have a diesel tow rig and a trailer plan on spending another $5000 – $70,000 to purchase one, otherwise you will have no way to get your Jeep to the trails. Have fun explaining this to your wife! My wife says I can only have a street legal Jeep and she doesn’t want a dually pickup and trailer in the yard.

Bigger Tires

  • Stock
  • 33
  • 35
  • 37
  • Larger

Lift Kits

  • Budget Boost – Spacers
  • 2″ Lift
  • 3.5″ Lift
  • 5.5″ Lift
  • Larger

Roll Cages

Custom Bumpers

Winches

Armor

Engine Swaps

Different Gearing

Axle Swaps

Lighting

Air Compressors

Suspension Seats

Recovery Equipment

99-jeep-wj

Jeep WJ 1999 – 2004 Grand Cherokee

99 Jeep WJ

99 Jeep WJ

With over 1,557,859 Jeep WJ’s built between 1999 & 2004 there should be no shortage of parts. I used to think the ZJ and XJ were the best deals in Jeeps but the WJ can be found for less than $3000 and has many benefits not found in the ZJ or XJ.

After searching Ebay, Craigslist and the local papers for the last month I just picked up a used 1999 WJ with 115,000 miles on it for $3700. Within the first two days I discovered a host of small items that needed attention but nothing terrible. By the end of the week I’ll have another $500 into it in new fluids, filters, belts, plugs, wipers, bulbs, hood and rear hatch struts, speakers and floor mats. Not bad for $4200. The first owner spent about $28,000 + financing fees and put 115,000 on it. I spent about $4200 cash and should be able to put another 100,000 miles on it.

With Quadra-Trac II, a 247 J Transfer Case, puny Dana 30 front axle and C clip Dana 35 rear axle I’m not going to pretend this will be strong enough for any serious rock crawling. If I come into some unexpected cash I could upgrade to Dana 44′s front and back or even Dana 60′s like I have in my 1997 Ford E250 4×4 van.

1999 Jeep WJ 4.0 engine

1999 Jeep WJ 4.0 engine

Most of my auto repair is done at night after work so I only tackle an hour or so at a time. It’s winter and the sun goes down around 6:30pm in Delaware.

  • 12/8/2011 Changed the oil, oil filter and air filter.
  • 12/9/2011 Changed the spark plugs and fan belt.
  • 12/10/2011 Changed Transmission filter and fluid. Changed front and rear differential  fluid.
  • 12/11/2011 Installed new front and rear speakers, new low beam bulbs, wiper blades.
  • 12/12/2011 Installed a new fuel filter and cleaned the throttle body.
Now I’m saving up some cash for a long arm kit, some 33′s, 4.10 gears, an ARB front locker, Tom Woods drive shafts and a Warn winch. These upgrades will cost more than I paid for the Jeep. Long Arm kit $2000, 17″ Rubicon rims and tires (used) $400, 4.10 gears $400,  ARB Locker in the front $800, Drive shafts $500, $450 Winch and I’m sure there will be another $1000 in other random equipment.
Looking for a bargain on larger rims and tires? A lot of WJ owners find great deals on 07′ – 11′ Rubicon 17″ rims. They aren’t the coolest thing on the planet but they do have the same 5×5 bolt pattern and are dirt cheap. If you’re lucky you can even find a set with some 31″ – 33″ tires already on them. Spending $400 on a set of these with some larger tires certainly beats paying $800 for new rims and and another $1000 for decent rubber. If you have cash to burn, buy the best and get a set of Walker Evans Bead Locks at around $475 each and BFG Krawlers at $600 each, for the rest of us the $400 17″ Rubicon rims with used tires are an affordable option.
Future Upgrades. The brake calipers that shipped on the 1999 – 2002 sucked. In 2003 they switched to the Akebono brake calipers. These are far superior and will fit the 99-02 Grand Cherokees. You should be able to find a new pair + pads + rotors for around $300.

 

From Wikipedia:

The redesigned WJ 1999 Grand Cherokee shared just 127 parts with its predecessor (mostly fasteners). The spare tire was relocated from the side of the cargo compartment to under the floor. The two heavy pushrod V8 engines were replaced by Chrysler’s then-new PowerTech. New V8 engine produced less torque than the old pushrods, but was lighter, offered better fuel economy, and provided similar on road performance figures (the 23-gallon fuel tank was replaced with one of a 20.5-gallon capacity). The Inline 6 engine was also updated in 1999. A redesign of the intake manifold added 10 horsepower (7.5 kW). While other Jeep vehicles used the Mopar 5 x 4.5 bolt circle, this was the first Jeep following the 1987 Chrysler buyout to receive a wider bolt pattern: – 5 x 5.

A notable feature available in this generation was the automatic four wheel drive option called Quadra-Drive, which employed the New Venture Gear NV247 transfer case. This two-speed chain-driven transfer case uses a gerotor, a clutch pack coupled to a hydraulic pump, to transfer torque between the front and rear axles. The transfer case contains three modes, 4-All Time, Neutral, and 4-Lo. In 4-All Time, 100% of torque is sent to the rear axle in normal conditions. If the rear axle starts spinning at a higher rate than the front axle, hydraulic pressure builds up in the gerotor and causes the clutch pack to progressively transfer torque to the front axle until both axles return to the same speed. Neutral mode is intended for towing the vehicle. In 4-Lo, the front and rear axles are locked together through a 2.72 reduction gear ratio. The NV247 transfer case is mated to front and rear axles containing Jeep’s Vari-Lok differentials. Vari-Lok differentials also use a gerotor to transfer torque between the wheels on either side of the axle. The major advantage of Quadra-Drive was that the combined transfer case and progressive locking differentials in each axle could automatically control traction between all four wheels. However, only the center differential could be permanently locked, and only in 4Lo. The Quadra-Trac II system included the NV247 transfer case with the standard open front and rear differentials.

The 45RFE and 545RFE automatic transmission in the WJ was notable. It included three planetary gear sets rather than the two normally used in a four-speed automatic. This gave it six theoretical speeds, and it would have been the first six-speed transmission ever produced in volume, but it was programmed to only use five of these ratios. Four were used for upshifts, with a different second gear for downshifts. Although five of the six ratios were used, Chrysler decided to call it a “4-speed automatic”. In 2001, the programming was changed to make use of all six ratios. Rather than have six forward gears, the transmission was programmed to act as a five-speed with the alternate second gear for downshifts. The RPM at 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) on a 545RFE is 2000 rpm, 200 rpm less than the 45RFE programming. 1999 and 2000 model year WJ owners can have their 45RFE transmission’s programming flashed to enable the extra gear as both transmissions are physically the same. The 42RE 4-speed automatic remained the transmission for the Inline 6 engine. It had slight changes from the previous model Grand Cherokee.

The interior was also completely redesigned in 1999. The redesign allowed for larger rear doors, and more space for rear passengers. Controls for various items like headlights, heated seats, and rear wiper were moved to more convenient locations. The electronic Vehicle Information center was moved from below the radio to above the windshield, and was standard on all 2000 and up models. Limited models included automatic dual-zone climate control. A 10 CD-Changer was also available with the Infinity Audio package.

In addition to Jeep’s UniFrame construction, Daimler Chrysler partnered with Porsche to further strengthen the frame.  This was done to reduce NVH. UniFrame is an unusual construction scheme, it incorporates all of the strength and durability of a body-on-frame construction into a unitized construction. By adding stiffness and rigidity to the structure, they enhanced the ride and strengthened the network of steel beams, rails and pillars (or “safety cage”) that surround and protect occupants. More than 70 percent of the underbody is high-strength steel. All Jeep Grand Cherokees feature UniFrame construction.

The Grand Cherokee received a minor facelift for 2004 including round fog lamps, a lower front fascia and a new body-color matched inset grille design.

Models

Pre- and post-facelifted WJ Grand Cherokees, right and left respectively

The Laredo and luxurious Limited trim levels were standard models.

Specialty models:

  • 2002–2003 — Sport
  • 2002–2004 — Special Edition
  • 2002–2004 — Overland
  • 2003–2004 — Columbia Edition
  • 2003–2004 — Freedom Edition

These specialty models appeared for a brief time, The Sport was slightly more equipped than the Laredo and offered a two-tone black trim interior for style. The Special Edition was introduced, priced between the Laredo and Limited, offering the same quality of the Limited, differences include the option of the 4.7 L V8 engine. The Special Edition uses the Qudra-Trac II drivetrain, which utilizes the same NV247 transfer case as the limited edition, but lacks Quadra-Drive’s front and rear Vari-Lok differentials. Special Edition came with premium interior details (Instrument cluster graphics were shared with Laredo model, did not acquire white-faced gauges from Limited model), Plush Leather seats, AM-FM, In-Dash CD/Cassette along with ten-disc CD changer stowed in a well thought location in within cargo space. Special Edition Trim package from bumper to bumper was presented with a fully polished, non-textured finish. Front grille was standard issue on the Special Edition. The Overland (appropriated after the former Jeep parent, Willys-Overland) was the top-of-the-line alongside the Limited the 4.7 L High Output engine V8 debuted as the standard motor. Alongside a wealth of standard features such as plusher interior trim with “Overland” badging, mid-2003 came a revised strong black two-tone trim interior. Front and side-curtain airbags, an Infinity sound system with 10-disc changer, heated/power front seats, integrated rock rails, power sunroof, wood/leather steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels were also standard. The Columbia Edition offered the usual features of the other specialty models besides a strong unique two-tone interior with “Columbia Sportswear” badging, with the 4.7 L H.O. engine and GPS optional. The Freedom Edition was a modified Laredo model. Features include special badging, painted charcoal rock rails, charcoal lower-body cladding and front/rear fascias, charcoal painted wheels, silver interior accents, and optional leather seats.

Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee

1993 – 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ

Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee

The 1993 – 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee was designated the ZJ

Click to see ALL the 1993 – 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees on Ebay

Link to Jeep ZJ Wikipedia page

After a good deal of consideration I will be buying another Jeep ZJ rather than any of the other Jeep models. Why? Primarily bang for the buck. Finding a Wrangler with under 100,000 miles on it for less than $10,000 will be difficult.  The XJ would suit my needs pretty well but for the same price I can find a low mileage ZJ with rear disk brakes, rear coil springs and a couple more creature comforts. For the price of a unmodified wrangler I can build a ZJ with a heavy duty Claytons Lift, 33″ tires, new gearing, a roll cage, suspension seats, new bumpers and a winch.

King of the Hammers 2011- Up Waterfall at Backdoor No Winch

Here’s a little video I shot at 2011 King of the Hammers LCQ

Trails such as these are a good reason to Lift A Jeep!

Jeep ZJ vs. Jeep XJ

Jeep ZJ vs. Jeep XJ

There is no right answer. Personally, if they were the same price I’d choose the ZJ

Ride comfort: Advantage = ZJ Coil springs on all 4 corners. XJ Coil Springs up front, Leaf Springs in the rear.

Braking: Advantage = ZJ.  ZJ has disk brakes on all four wheels. XJ has disk up front, drum brakes on the rear.

Price advantage? About equal on the used market.  $1000 – $7000 depending on condition with low mileage (under 100,000 miles) ZJ and XJ’s selling from $3500 – $7000.  I sold my 1996 Jeep ZJ with over 200,000 miles on it for $1500 and wish I had kept it. It would have needed a new engine and some suspension work but the body was mint.

Curb Weight   ZJ 3574 lb        XJ  3357 lb     ZJ = 217 lbs heavier.

Overall Length  181.2 in           167.5 in         ZJ = 13.7 in longer

Overall Width      69.2 in             67.9 in         ZJ = 1.3 in wider

Wheel Base       105.9 in           101.4 in           ZJ Wheelbase = 4.5 in longer

The same engine  4.0 L (242 CID) 242 Power Tech I6

*The Grand Cherokee was also offered with a couple different 8 cylinder engines which would increase weight an additional 300+ lbs.
**Different model years had slight variations on overall length and width but in no case more than a couple inches.

Many people claim the XJ feels more nimble and better off-road but from looking at the numbers it’s difficult to tell why that would be. A 217 pound difference in the vehicles weight and an extra foot in length should not make a significant difference in gas mileage or acceleration. There are dozens of kits designed to convert the Cherokee to have springs on all four corners and disk brakes in the rear but the ZJ comes stock with them.

There do seem to be more aftermarket parts for the Cherokee but there is no shortage of Grand Cherokee parts either.

The Cherokee was offered in both 4 door and 2 door configurations.

JeepSpeed racers seem to prefer the Cherokee.

Ford 8.8 Rear Axle Swap

The Ford 8.8 is a common rear axle upgrade for Jeeps.

Here is a description from someone who Installed a Ford 8.8 under their YJ.

“My cost on the Ford 8.8 was $850 with 4.10 gears and e-brake cables. It took 5 hours to line up and weld the spring and shock perches on and another hour to figure out the e-brakes. It is a very simple swap for a YJ or XJ. It is 60.5″ long compared to the a 61″ stock axle. The width is a non-issue. As far as strength the 8.8 shafts are 1.32″ at the smallest point of the diameter. A Dana 44 is 1.19 at the smallest point, which is actually the same size as most 30 spline Dana 60 axles from the factory. You also get one more spline with the 8.8.  If you are going to run a 35″ tire, either of these axles are a good choice. If you can get the Dana 44 cheap then get it if not the 8.8 is stronger. Also, I don’t see why the c-clips are a big deal. You will not break an 8.8 axle with a stock 4.0l unless you dive like an ass.”

More Kudos to the Ford 8.8

“The 8.8 not only has a larger ring diameter, it also has has 1.62″ pinion shaft, and even that, doesn’t tell the whole story. If you remove the ring and pinions from a D44 and an 8.8 and side by side compare them, you will without a doubt, know which one is built to handle more abuse. the 8.8 is huge in mass compared the 44.
Warn did a break test on stock D44 and 8.8 axle shafts a few years ago in one of the off road rags. The results had the D44 breaking at about 4200 pounds per foot of rotational twist, but with the 8.8 they couldn’t get an actual result….. because at the 6400 lb limit of the machine, the 8.8 axles were still holding tight.
I can only imagine what a set of high Strength Superior shafts would hold up to,(they are about $120 a side). The Superiors are supposed to be at least 20% stronger.
The D44 will easily handle a 35″ tire, but the 8.8 is far stronger in strength, and if built up properly with a full carrier locker, and a few other easy modifications, it will reliably handle tires to the 38″ range.
It took a 300 hp act of stupidity and 38.50 SX tires to finally snap a stock axle shaft in an 8.8. I beat the piss out of my 8.8 for more than 3 years with no mechanical failures.”

COT: Continuous output torque rating
MOT: Maximum output torque rating
Numbers from January edition of Fourwheeler, page 60.

Dana 35 rear axle COT: 870 MOT: 3480
Dana 44 rear axle COT: 1100 MOT: 4460
Ford 8.8 28spline COT: 1250 MOT: 4600
Ford 8.8 31spline COT: 1360 MOT: 5100
Dana60 semifloat COT: 1500 MOT: 5500

Jeep XJ

1984 – 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ

The 1984 – 2001 Jeep Cherokees were designated the XJ

Jeep XJ

1984 - 2001 Jeep XJ

Click to see ALL the 1984 -2001 Jeep Cherokees on Ebay

Link to Jeep XJ Wikipedia page

Link to Free XJ factory manuals

Lifting your XJ? Don’t overlook changing your gearing:
The typical gear vs. tire combo tends to be 31″ tires = 4.10 gears, 33″ tires = 4.56 gears.

Which one would I look for to build my next 4×4 project? 2000 – 2001

For the 2000 and 2001 model years, all six-cylinder XJs received a distributorless ignition system using coil-on-plug ignition replacing the ‘traditional’ system previously used; coupled with better exhaust porting and the newer intake manifolds, this gave a minor increase in power over the previous models. Transmission, axle, and transfer case choices were carried over from the previous models.

Engine: 2000-2001 4.0L (242 CID) I6 MPI “Power Tech” – 193 hp (144 kW) @ 4600 rpm, 243 lb·ft (329 N·m) @ 3200 rpm

Front Axle

  • 1984–1996: Dana 30, High Pinion, Reverse Cut, 27-spline axle shafts (1989 – 1995 : with ABS used 5-297x universal joints, non-ABS had 5-260x universal joints. Certain XJ models were produced with constant-velocity joints instead of universal joints.)
  • 1996–1999: Dana 30, High Pinion, Reverse Cut, 297x/760 universal joint, 27-spline axle shafts.
  • 2000–2001: Dana 30, Low Pinion, Standard Cut, 297x/760 universal joint, 27-spline axle shafts.
  • 1985–2001: Straight non-driven front axle for two-wheel drive only.

Rear Axle

  • 1984–1989: Dana 35, non c-clip, with anti-lock braking system (ABS) or non-ABS.
  • 1990–1996: Dana 35, c-clip, ABS or non-ABS.
  • 1997–2001: Dana 35, c-clip, ABS.
  • 1991–1996: Chrysler 8.25″, c-clip, non-ABS, 27-spline axle shafts.
  • Late 1996–2001: Chrysler 8.25″, c-clip, non-ABS, 29-spline axle shafts.
  • 1987–1990: Dana 44, non-abs, 30-spline axle shafts.

Axle Gear Ratios

Jeep XJs came in several standard gearing ratios:

  • 3.07:1, manual transmission, I6 engine.
  • 3.54:1, automatic transmission, I6 engine with Dana 44 rear differential.
  • 3.54:1, manual transmission, I4 diesel engine with Dana 35 rear differential.
  • 3.55:1, automatic transmission, I6, V6 engines; manual transmission, I4 engine.
  • 3.73:1, automatic transmission, I6, Tow Package, UpCountry Package.
  • 4.10:1, manual transmission, V6; automatic transmission, I4 engine.
  • 4.56:1, automatic transmission, I4, offroad or tow package.

::All Available XJ Suspension Systems::
This list a couple years old – Some lifts such as Claytons Offroad were not included.

*Please Note*
1. The available tire clearance for each lift does not include any trimming that may be done. Those suggested sizes are for stock fenders and you have the potential to get a much bigger tire size if you do a little trimming.

2. The links provided are not necessarily the best available prices but instead links to give an example as to what the exact lift is that your looking for

2-2.5 Inch Lift Options
RE6160 XJ 2″ Budget Boost w/shocks
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Break Lines, AAL, Spacers, and Shocks
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 2″ Budget Boost w/shocks, RE6160

OME 2″ Suspension Kit, Cherokee, 1984-01
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Bumpstops, Full Leaf Packs, Coils, Shocks, JKS Quicker Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – OME 2″ Suspension Kit, Cherokee, 1984-01, OME-XJ2

Superlift 2.5″ Suspension lift, Jeep XJ Cherokee
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Coils, Lower link arms, AAL, and Shocks
JeepinOutfitters – Superlift 2.5″ Suspension lift, Jeep XJ Cherokee, SL-K369

Rustys 2″ XJ AAL Kit
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, and Shocks
Rustys Offroad:

Rough Country 1.5″ Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Coils, Shackles, and Shocks
Jeep Suspension Lift Kits

Skyjacker 2 in. Poly Value Kit
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Poly Spacers, Bumpstops, Shackle and Nitro Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT55375.aspx

Rustys 2″ Budget Boost w/Shackle
Tire Clearance: 30×9.5
Includes: Poly Spacers, and Shackle
Rustys Offroad:

Rustys 2″ Budget Boost w/AAL
Tire Clearance: 30×9.50
Includes: Poly Spacers, and AAL
Rustys Offroad:

3-3.5 Inch Lift Options
RE6030 XJ 3.5″ SuperFlex kit w/leafs
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Gen2 Disconnects, Coils, Bumpstops, Leaf Spring Pack, Rear break line, U-Bolt Kit, and LCA
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 3.5″ SuperFlex kit w/leafs, RE6030

RE6010 XJ 3.5″ SuperFlex kit w/aal’s
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: LCA, Coils, Bumpstops, AAL, and Shocks
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 3.5″ SuperFlex kit w/AALs, RE6010

RE6025 3.5″ XJ Super Ride w/ Rear Springs
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: LCA, Full Leaf Packs, Coils, and Rear Break Line
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express 3.5″ XJ SuperRide w/leafs, RE6025

RE6020 3.5″ XJ Super-Ride Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: LCA, AAL, Coils, and Rear Break Line
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 3.5″ XJ Super-Ride Kit, RE6020

OME 3″ Suspension Kit, Cherokee, 1984-01
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Shocks, Full Spring Packs, Coils, and JKS Quicker Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – OME 3″ Suspension Kit, Cherokee, 1984-01, OME-XJ3

Rustys 3″ Spring Pack Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Packs, Break Line Relocation Kit, and Shocks
Rustys Offroad:

Rustys 3″ XJ Add-A-Leaf Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, Break Line Relocation Kit, and Shocks
Rustys Offroad:

Rough Country 3″ Suspension Kit, Full Spring Pack
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, and Shocks
Jeep XJ Suspension Lift

Rough Country 3″ Suspension Kit, AAL
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, and Shocks
Jeep XJ Suspension Lift

Pro Comp 3″ Suspension System
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, Break Lines, LCA, and Adjustable Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT1764.aspx

Pro Comp 3″ Suspension System
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, Break Lines, LCA, and Non Adjustable Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT1566.aspx

Rancho 3 in. Suspension Kit with RS5000Shocks
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, Full Leaf Pack, and Shocks
Rancho Complete Suspension Systems

Skyjacker 3 in. Standard Kit w/AAL
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, and Hydro Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT54900.aspx

Skyjacker 3 in. Standard Kit w/ Full Spring Pack
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, and Hydro Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT55240.aspx

Full Traction 3.5″ Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, Quick Disconnects, Rear Break Line, Dual Rear Leaf Inserts, and Control Arms
Full-Traction Suspension Jeep XJ Cherokee 3.5″ Suspension System

Warrior 3″ Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Shocks, Shackles, Coils, AAL, Sway Bar Link, Tie Rod Bracket, and LCA
WAR30930 – 3in Suspension Lift Kit For 1984-01 Jeep Cherokee XJ | Discount Jeep Parts

Rock Krawler 3″ Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 31×10.50
Includes: Coils, AAL, Adj Front Trac Bar, Trac Bar Relocation Bracket, Drop Pitman Arm, Sway Bar Discos, and U Bolts
: Tellico 4×4

Black Diamond 3″ Suspension Kit w/ AAL
Tire Clearance: 31×10.5
Includes: Coils, Shocks, Full AAL’s, and LCA’s
Black Diamond 3″ Jeep Cherokee XJ Lift Kit

4-4.5 Inch Lift Options
RE6130 XJ 4.5″ SuperFlex kit w/leafs
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Bumpstops, Front Track Bar, LCA, Rear Break lines, and RE Gen2 Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 4.5″ SuperFlex kit w/leafs, RE6130

RE6111 XJ 4.5″ SuperFlex kit w/AAL
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, AAL, Bumpstops, Front Track Bar, LCA, and Break Lines
JeepinOutfitters

Superlift 4″ RockRunner lift kit, Jeep XJ Cherokee
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Shocks, Upper and Lower axle links, Front Track Bar, and Quick Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – Superlift 4″ RockRunner lift kit, Jeep XJ Cherokee, SL-K788

Superlift 4″ Standard lift kit, Jeep XJ Cherokee
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Shocks, Front Track Bar, Upper and Lower axle links, and Quick Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – Superlift 4″ Standard lift kit, Jeep XJ Cherokee, SL-K787

Rustys 4.5″ XJ Spring Pack Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Shocks, LCA, Break Lines, Front Track Bar, TC Drop Kit, and Front Sway bar Extensions
Rustys Offroad:

Rustys 4.5″ XJ Add-A-Leaf Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, AAL, Shocks, Rear Shackles, LCA, TC Drop, Brake Lines, and Sway Bar Extensions
Rustys Offroad:

Rough Country 4.5 Suspension Kit w/AAL
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, LCA, TC Drop, Front track bar drop bracket, Swaybar links, Brake lines, Shocks, AAL, and Shackles
Jeep XJ Suspension Lift

Rough Country 4.5 Suspension Kit w/ Full Spring Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, LCA, TC Drop, Front track bar drop bracket, Swaybar links, Brake lines, Shocks, and Full Spring Pack
Jeep XJ Suspension Lift

Fabtech 4 in. Performance Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Coils, Rear AAL, Rear Shackle, Extended Sway Bar Links, and Shocks
Fabtech Complete Suspension System

Rock Krawler 4.5″ Short Arm Flex Lift Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Leafs, Coils, Double Adj LCA’a, Sway Bar Discos, and Rear Shims
http://www.jackit.com/manufacturer/rockkrawler/jeep_xj_sa.htm#xj45sa

Rock Krawler 4.5″ X Factor Short Arm Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Leafs, Coils, Double Adj LCA’a, Sway Bar Discos, Adj Trac Bar, and Shims
: Tellico 4×4

Rock Krawler 4.5″ X Factor Plus Long Arm Kit
Tire Clearance: 32×11.5
Includes: Leafs, Coils, High Adj LCA’s, Long Arm Brackets, UTA, Adj Track Bar, Trac Bar Relcoation Bracket, Break Lines, Sway Bar Discos, and Rear U Bolts
: Tellico 4×4

5-5.5 Inch Lift Options
RE6200 XJ 5.5″ Extreme Duty lift
Tire Clearance: 33×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Track Bar, LCA, Bumpstops, RE Gen2 Disconnects, and Break Lines
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express XJ 5.5″ Extreme Duty lift, RE6200

RE6300 5.5″ XJLA Extreme Duty
Tire Clearance: 33×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Shocks, Track Bar, LCA, Bumpstops, RE Gen2 Disconnects, Break Lines, and Long Arm Conversion
JeepinOutfitters – Rubicon Express 5.5″ XJ Long-arm kit w/monotubes, RE6300

T&T Customs XJ 5.5″ Y-Link Suspension System
Tire Clearance: 33×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Shocks, Track Bar, LCA, Belly Pan, Shock Mounts, Drop Pitman arm, Unibody Bracing System, Shackles, and Sway Bar Disconnects
JeepinOutfitters – T&T Customs XJ 5.5″ Y-Link Suspension System, TNT-TT-1112

DPG 5” Suspension System
Tire Clearance: 33×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack
http://dpgoffroad.com/xjtrailgunner.htm

6-6.5 Inch Lift Options
Rustys 6.5″ XJ/MJ Long Travel Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Packs, Shocks, Trac Bar, JKS Sway Bar Disconnects, and Break Lines
Rustys Offroad:

Rustys 6.5″ XJ Spring Pack Kit
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Trac Bar, UCA, LCA, Break Lines, JKS Sway Bar Disconnects, and Shocks
Rustys Offroad:

Rough Country 6.5” Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, UCA, LCA, TC Drop Kit, Track Bar, Sway Bar Disconnects, Pitman Arm, and Shocks
Jeep XJ 6.5″ Suspension Lift

Skyjacker 6 in. Rock Ready Kit
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Pitman Arm, and Hydro Shocks
http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT54902.aspx

Full Traction 6″ Kit
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Coils, Full Spring Pack, Long Arms, Quick Disconnects, Track Bar, and LCA
Full-Traction Suspension Jeep XJ Cherokee 6.0″ XJ Long Arm Suspension System

Rock Krawler 6.5″ X Factor Plus Long Arm
Tire Clearance: 34×12.50
Includes: Leafs, Coils, High Adj LCA’s, Long Arm Brackets, UTA, Adj Track Bar, Trac Bar Relcoation Bracket, Break Lines, Sway Bar Discos, and Rear U Bolts
: Tellico 4×4

8 Inch Lift Options
Skyjacker 8″ Rock Ready Kit
Tire Clearance: 36
Includes: U-bolts, Double Flex lower control arms, Front brake hoses, Rear brake hoses, Dropped pitman arm, New control arm mount brackets and frame, Rear sway bar end links, Rear shackles, Front bumpstop spacers, Rear bumpstop spacers, Flex series upper control arms, Front sway bar links, Front track bar with steering stabilizer, Rear leaf springs, and Dana 30 cradle and brackets
Skyjacker 8″ Rock Ready Cherokee XJ Lift Kit (89-99)

Rock Krawler 8″ X Factor Plus Long Arm
Tire Clearance: 36
Includes: Leafs, Coils, High Adj LCA’s, Long Arm Brackets, UTA, Adj Track Bar, Trac Bar Relcoation Bracket, Break Lines, Sway Bar Discos, and Rear U Bolts
: Tellico 4×4

Rock Krawler Super 8.0″ Plus with Rear Coil Over Conversion
Tire Clearance: 36
Includes: Double Adj LCA’a, Long Arm Brackets, UTA, Torque Arm Bracket, Adj Trac Bar, Trac Bar Relocation Bracket, Rear UCA, Rear 4 Link Mounting Cable, Coil Over Mounting Brackets, Break Lines, Rear Shocks, and Front Quick Discos
: Tellico 4×4

Rustys 8″ XJ Long Travel Suspension Kit
Tire Clearance: 36
Includes: Leafs, Coils, Shackles, Shocks, Drop Pitman Arm, Trac Bar, JKS Discos, and Front ans Rear Break Lines
Rustys Offroad:

Jeep Tj

1997 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ

The 1997 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler was designated the Jeep TJ

Jeep Tj

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ

Click to see ALL of the 1997 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ‘s on Ebay

Link to Jeep Wrangler Wikipedia page

The best parts vendors for your Jeep JK Wrangler

The Best, what does it mean to you?

1. Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; most excellent: the best performer; the best grade.
2. Most satisfactory, suitable, or useful; most desirable: the best solution; the best time for planting.
In most cases their are so many Jeep parts vendors building similar parts that it is difficult to truly nominate a particular company as the best. Some companies however certainly stand out. Other times certain companies are well know as the best but their parts are so expensive that only the wealthy can afford them. CTM U Joints come to mind.  CTM probably makes the best Dana 60 and 44 U joints on the planet but at $322.80 the CTM Dana 60 U Joint may not be your BEST decision if you are trying to build a trail jeep on a budget when the Spicer U Joint is pretty damn good and only $40.00
Perhaps instead I should nominate “The Best”, “The Best for the Money” as well as a couple runners up for each category.
U Joints:
Best – CTM
Best for the Money – Spicer
Hydraulic Steering Assist
Best – PSC Performance Steering Components

Tires

I’m not going to go there. There are so many tire manufacturers making similar products that it’s nearly impossible to call one significantly better than the others. I can tell you a large percentage of the King of the Hammers Racers were on BFG Tires and Casey Currie was on the new Baja 500 inspired Red lettered General Grabbers. I’m  pretty cheap and I have to say I’ve tried the most expensive and I’ve tried some pretty cheap tires and the Kumho ROAD VENTURE MT ‘s are not bad and half the price of the General Grabbers.

Shocks

Best – One name stands out above all others KING
Best for the money – Bilstein

Axle Housings
This is a difficult one so I’ll just list my top three:
Dynatrac
Best for the money – Junk Yard – Build your own

JK Lift Kits

I’m waiting to crown one of these two the best just as soon as they send me a free 3.5″ Long Arm Kit to test :-) Send any free parts you wish to Testing Department. 113 Draper Drive Rehoboth Beach DE 19971
Clayton
Rock Krawler

JK Roll Cage
Poison Spyder
River Raider Off-Road

Bumpers
Quite Honestly  I’m a big fan of function over looks. All a bumper needs to be is a chunk of steel. I’m good with a 2″ x 4″ chunk of steel available at a scrap yard for about $50.oo There are however some bumpers that look great, just remember that if you are doing any serious wheeling you are going to beat the crap out of them. With the JK if you are going with tires larger than 33″ you should probably look into a beefier spare tire carrier.  Many new rear bumpers are designed to accommodate 37″ and larger tires.

JK Rocker Protection
Poison Spyder

JK Wheel Wells
Poison Spyder

Winches
- Best Warn

Lockers
ARB
Detroit

Gears
Yukon

Suspension Seats
Mastercraft
Twisted Stitch

Tube Chassis
Blue Torch Fab

Jeep Forums
Again choosing one particular forum as the best can be difficult. There are forums that are great for Jeep Newbies and other forums that are geared towards nothing but hard core Jeeps.

For the less than hardcore I highly recommend: JeepsUnlimited.com
For those of you who want the most extreme Jeep forums on the net the choice is clear: Pirate4x4.com
Another Jeep forum  I really enjoy is MallCrawlin.com
Interested in racing your jeep? Take a look at the Jeepspeed Forums

4 Jeeps 4 Levels of Modifications

Jeep modifications can range from extremely mild to insanely wild and Jeep/Willys  has been building vehicles since 1941 WWII so there are dozens of models to choose from. For this article I am going to concentrate on the 2007 – current  Jeep Wrangler designated the Jeep JK.

New:  A 2011 bare bones Wrangler starts at $22,045  and climbs to $29,245 for a 2 Door Rubicon while a bare bones Wrangler Unlimited (4 door) starts at $25,545 and goes up to $32,745 for the fully loaded Rubicon Unlimited.

For the record the Rubicon comes with 4.10 gears, front and rear electronic lockers, both front and rear Dana 44 axles, rock rails and electronic front sway bar disconnect.

Used: 2007- 2011 JK Wrangler.

As a fan of saving money and not abusing brand new vehicles I prefer to buy my 4×4 vehicles used.
On Ebay used 2007 – 2011 JK Wranglers are selling anywhere from $13,000 – $25,000
Blue Book ranges from $18,115 – $29,600

On Ebay both the 4 door and the two door models can be had for around the same price. I’m guessing you could pick up a nice one with low mileage for around $15,000

If you want an entry level Wrangler you can stop right there or spend just a little more on a 2″ Budget Boost and throw some 33″ tires on your Jeep and call it good.

Budget
Great for the beach, snow and moderate trails around America. If you plan on getting crazy a real roll cage, 5 point harnesses and a winch are the next things you should buy.

  • 2″ Budget Boost
  • 33″ tires

Nicely Equipped
A solid trail rig able to handle most of what Moab Utah has to offer.

  • 3.5″ Lift
  • 35″ Tires
  • upgraded gearing
  • upgraded bumpers + rear tire rack
  • A real roll cage
  • Winch
  • Suspension seats with 5 point harnesses

Well Equiped
Capable of handling all but the roughest trails. A good driver in a rig like this can tackle almost anything at the Hammers in Southern California.

  • 5.5″ Long Arm Suspension Kit
  • 37″ Tires
  • upgraded gearing
  • upgraded bumpers + rear tire rack
  • A real roll cage
  • front and rear lockers
  • Winch
  • Suspension seats with 5 point harnesses
  • Engine upgrades
  • Rock sliders and other body armor

Insanity
Able to tackle some of the roughest trails in the country. At this level of modification lines can blur and what started out as a Jeep may have so few original parts left that it’s really no longer a Jeep.

  • 5.5″ long arm kit – or larger
  • 37″ or larger tires.
  • Dana 60, GM 14 Bolt, Rockwell Military Axles.
  • Hemi engine swap or LS engine swap
  • Atlas Transfer cases
  • front and rear lockers
  • Rear steering
  • Convert to Tube Buggie
  • Custom driveshafts
  • A real roll cage
  • Winch
  • Hydraulic assist steering – PSC $458 – $1630
  • Suspension seats with 5 point harnesses
  • Rock sliders and other body armor

Tire Size: What will fit your stock Jeep JK

The largest diameter tires that will fit your stock Jeep and what size lift increments will allow larger tires.

2011 Stock Jeep JK Tire Size

  • Jeep Wrangler Sahara  – 255/70-18

  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – 255/75-17

  • Jeep Wrangler Sport Size – 1: 225/75-16 Size 2: 255/75-17

  • Jeep Wrangler Sport S Package – 255/75-17

Most people say anything larger than a 32″ Tire will rub in a stock Wrangler.

A 2″ Lift will allow 33″ tires.

A 3.5″ Lift will allow 35″ and sometimes as large as 37″ tires.

a 5.5″ lift will leave room to spare for 37″ tires.