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    Default XJ Body Lift advice needed

    Hi,

    I need some advice/assistance with regards to a body lift I want to undertake.

    I have a 1986 XJ with a standard suspension that I recently bought with 31" tyres on it. I would like to raise the body 2" using spacers.

    What do I need to consider in doing this conversion in order to prevent stuffing anything else up along the way.

    I believe that I will also need to raise the shock mounting in the front. I have seen the "howto" on the jeep-xj.info website - http://jeep-xj.info/HowtoShockSpacers.htm. If I follow their instruction using square tubing of their dimensions, the shock will be raised by 65mm. Is this a problem?

    Do I need to consider raising the bumpstops as well?

    Any and all advice, or a checklist of sorts on how to tackle this upgrade is greatly apprecaited.

    Cheers

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    I have never heard of a body lift on a unibody vehicle. You will need a 3 inch suspension lift for the 31 inch tyres. A simple 3 inch suspension lift is your best bet.

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    Ok,

    So I figure I will adjust the shock spacer to raise it by only 2".

    So 2" coil spacers and 2 shock spacers then.

    What else do I need to consider or be aware of?

    Thanks guys

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    Thanks for the feedback XJ Junkie.

    What are they referring to in the article when they speak of "raising" the XJ then? Some clarity in that regard would be appreciated.

    Thanks again.

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    mojo, don't try and reinvent the wheel...

    there are plenty of kits out there - try Bad Santa as a start - Jeep4fun on the forum, www.zoneoffroad.co.za

    Mega world also have a full range of lifting stuff, and many others.

    That site is talking about putting in bump stop spacers to prevent the big wheels touching under articulation, and then extending the droop with that bracket - this will NOT lift the vehicle, and, in my opinion, is looking for trouble, especially the way they made that bracket...

    you need springs to lift an XJ...

    EDIT - you can use spring spacers in the front and longer ubolts and spacer at the rear.

    not ideal....

    but you could. again I am sure there are spring spacer kits available, trying to do it yourself will only cost more in the long run...

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    Shot Apocalypse!

    I hear you loud and clear.

    Will follow up with those guys you highlighted!

    Cheers

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    http://zoneoffroad.co.za./index.php?...tegory&path=36

    here are some options...

    see the 2" spacer lift? extra leaves, longer shocks, longer U bolts, nicely made up spacers.

    thats the minimum for a proper spacer kit...

    It's not cheap, sure, but it's right and a whole lot less effort, and ask XJJ about broken track rods and so on with even a proper kit...

    believe me - it's cheaper in the long run to spend a bit more on a well sorted out kit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    Shot Apocalypse!
    I hear you loud and clear.
    Will follow up with those guys you highlighted!
    Cheers
    A pleasure

    another piece of advice if I may, speaking as a person who fitted a 2" to his wrangler...

    as soon as it's in, you'll wish you'd saved a bit more moola and got the 4.5" kit...



    I kid you not!!!

    Jeeps are dangerous on the wallet!!!

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    Don't know if the SWAMBO is going to smaak that... lees dough for her to spend then LOL

    Thanks for the sound advice

    Cheers

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    you had to ask and make me open Pandora's box aka www.zoneoffroad.co.za

    Andrew has nice new stuff on there....

    so nice...

    Damn he is a bad Santa!!!

    **credit card cringes**

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    OK...

    As always buget and lift are mutally exclusive but you can achieve alot with little cash. Firstly rule of thumb is 3-3.5inch for 31 inch tyres. But if you want to trim your wheel arches you can get away with less lift.

    Here are some methods:
    Spacers, cheap and effective, only work on the front and can get you up to 2 inches.
    Longer rear shackles. You can weld these up yourself and you get half the extra lenght of teh shackles in lift. I think you may get up to 1.5inches this way. You can also space the axle under teh leaf spring to get a full 2 inch lift. You may get side effects as you change the angle of the rear diff.
    Add a leaf: 2 inches, can be bought, can be done with a leaf from another set of XJ leaf springs. You can also get a spring place to build you a set. Cons: Prone to sag with time.

    Going over 3 inch will require new springs and almost definitely give you prop shaft vibrations requiring a "slip yoke eliminator" kit or a transfer case lowering kit.

    Google all the above for more indepth detail.

    You will be looking at over 10 grand for a bought kit.

    And don't forget new shocks as the original ones will be to short after a lift, but you can space them.

    It all depends on how much you can do yourself.
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    As Biggles said, plenty options with the budget lift.
    I have had my xj for about three years now and only just placed my order with Andrew for the front coils to complete the lift.

    Started out with a budget lift, second hand OME coils in the front, block in the back with two extra stock blades added.

    Of course if you have the finances then a complete lift kit is the way to go.

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    6,5"Lift | TNT Customs Y-Link Longarm Upgrade |BDS Coils | JKS Quicker Disconnects | OME Leafs | 2,5" Block & JKS 1" Boomerang shackles | Skyjacker Nitro Shocks | Bushwacker Fender Flares | 33"Cooper STTs | IPF Headlight upgrade |6" KC Daylighter Spots | Gobi-X Bumpers & Rock-sliders | Airflow Snorkel | ARB Lockers | 4.56 ratios |G2 HD D35 Shafts | Rear Disk Brake Conversion | HD Steering Upgrade

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    Hi guys

    Thanks for all the input. Now to go follow up on all responses before I make a decision.

    The problem with asking is that it just leads to more and more questions !

    Oh well, knowledge is power.

    Thanks again

    Cheers

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    Good luck Mojo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    Hi guys

    Thanks for all the input. Now to go follow up on all responses before I make a decision.

    The problem with asking is that it just leads to more and more questions !

    Oh well, knowledge is power.

    Thanks again

    Cheers
    Ja, two options:
    $$$ and send it back if it wobbles or vibrates
    Plenty of research and graft. Luckily bandwidth prices are coming down and the internet is loaded with info on XJs. This is the most fun...
    Talk softly, carry a big stick.

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    Shot ous!

    I am quickly realising that once you start on the mods, it starts to draw you in like a black hole...

    My wallet is like that sometimes... like a black hole LOL!

    Cheers

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