Thanks for the insightful comment.
That’s an upside-down van!
I did research for many months on this, and purchased an excellent Rubicon Express lift kit with excellent Bilstein shocks.
None of which turned out to be “excellent” in my opinion.
I actually did lift this for off-road benefits as well. But then I bought the green Jeep, and now this thing rarely sees a trail, so the looks just aren’t worth the sacrifices.
It’s actually a 3.5-inch kit, but Rubicon Express lies. It’s almost 5" based on my measurements.
That’s just soooo messed up.
For rock crawling, I should specify. In the mud and sand, axle clearance is everything.
On the rocks, 31s give plenty of axle clearance, and—with a good spotter—I rarely bang up my Dana 30 and Chrysler 8.25.
Yeah, this Rubicon Express kit was supposed to be 3.5-inches, but ended up being closer to 4.5. Which really sucks, because it threw all my drivetrain angles out of whack; had to install a Hack ‘N Tap slip yoke eliminator (which works great).
And, like your Jeep, I think mine is in desperate need of longer uppers.
You must not be an XJ person. 31s on an XJ are roughly equivalent to 35s on a JK. It’s just a smaller vehicle with smaller wheel openings.
One quick search, and you’d see that Rubicon Express is among the best lift kits for XJs. And you’d also see that $1,000 is fairly expensive in the XJ world.
It’ll cost more than $1000 and a “little” elbow grease to fix my jacked up paint and rusty rockers, trust me on that.
I sure did!
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here.
Thanks again for the tip, Jason.
Yes, there is a diesel on the horizon. We’ll learn more about that soon, I hope.
No dice on driving the Jeep (it’s a J20, actually!). I had a Ford marketing guy waiting in the F-150, and I’m not sure it would have been appropriate to have ditched him for a joyride in a rust bucket.
I have no defenses against J-Trucks.