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How do you guys feel about old man emu stuff?

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I don't have any first hand experience with it but have heard nothing but praise for the quality and performance.

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I have heard the quality and ride is great... down side I see is the price...

what parts are you looking at getting?

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Well, I need new leafs and I'm going to replace those next spring or summer time. I was looking at a small lift like 2 or 3 inch. Just something to give me a little more clearence but still have my stock look. Do you guys know of any sites were I could look at some old man emu stuff?

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Well, I need new leafs and I'm going to replace those next spring or summer time. I was looking at a small lift like 2 or 3 inch. Just something to give me a little more clearence but still have my stock look. Do you guys know of any sites were I could look at some old man emu stuff?


you drive an XJ.. you want to look up Rusty's.. can anyone give this guy some links ??

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Well, I need new leafs and I'm going to replace those next spring or summer time. I was looking at a small lift like 2 or 3 inch. Just something to give me a little more clearence but still have my stock look. Do you guys know of any sites were I could look at some old man emu stuff?


you drive an XJ.. you want to look up Rusty's.. can anyone give this guy some links ??


yep :D

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/

I have heard nothing but praise about there stuff for XJ's and MJ's...if I don't do some sort of homebrew lift on my MJ I will buy from these guys...the prices are better than most and I've never heard anything bad about them.

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http://rustysoffroad.com/Merchant2/merc ... sus_xj_kit

Would this be a good buy? Dose anybody have pics with a lift like this on a Jeep?

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Those two pictures are really what I want my Jeep to look like. Nothing to crazy.

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The first pic of that white XJ the guy said he had about 2 inches of lift. I want to aim for a sweet spot between two and three inches of lift.

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those 2 pictures look stock :?

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those 2 pictures look stock :?


The first one isn't, the second one maybe, but the point I'm tring to make is I want those kinda tires, well BFG mud terrains, and I lift between about 2 to 3 inches.

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Would this be a good buy?

http://rustysoffroad.com/Merchant2/merc ... sus_xj_kit

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when i had stock axles under my cherokee i've got rustys 4.5 inch lift with rear spring pack. everything i've had or worked on from rustys is good stuff. i was running 33's on my. i did trim the front.

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when i had stock axles under my cherokee i've got rustys 4.5 inch lift with rear spring pack. everything i've had or worked on from rustys is good stuff. i was running 33's on my. i did trim the front.

i'll try and post up a pic.


I think 4.5 would be to much for me.

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Someone told me that rustys stuff sags real bad, is that true?

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Someone told me that rustys stuff sags real bad, is that true?


if you want to know anything and everything about XJ suspension or anything XJ then PM Macgyvr, he knows his stuff....

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Someone told me that rustys stuff sags real bad, is that true?


i dont have any experience with it, but being among wheelers for the last 4 years or so, you pick up on things..

one thing that you learn is that people only praise good stuff, they dont always complain and carry on about the bad..

in my experience, with a TJ, Rubicon Express is the only way to go.. i heard lots of praise about their lift kits, and that's what i got, and i haven't ever regretted it..

in my 'ears' experience, if you have a YJ, you want BDS, and if you have an MJ or XJ, you want Rusty's..

people will tell you when they love something, and those are the ones that i hear over and over about.. that's why i mentioned the rusty's.. crazycooter, sandman, they both like rusty's from what i've heard, but i've also heard different people talk about getting 2 to 4 inches of lift on an XJ for next to nothing, with a little know how and creativity..

i would recommend before you spend a single dollar on anything, ask lots of questions, look around on the web, and check out the naxja or whatever it is.. there's a HUGE community of XJ drivers probably all willing to share their input about it.. i just dont know if that name is right, or what their web site forum is..

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what J4L said...check out http://www.naxja.org/forum/newfrontpage.php

there is TON of info for XJ's there

I know one major thing people like about Rusty's is there customer service and the price is better than anything else I've seen...based on what I personally have heard...when I lift my MJ I will by from them...

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somewhat along the line with what Chris said...
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If people have something good they will praise it, and say its the best. The only time you ever really hear negative about something is if someone has it and has problems with it.
If you ask someone who has a Skyjacker lift if they like it, they will tell you its the best lift ever, ask the same question to someone with say Rough Country, and if they've had sucess with that brand they will tell you its a great lift. So really it all comes down to a matter of opinion based on ones experiances, which in many cases may be very limited. Another huge factor is your budget, either way, do your research and find what best suits you and you needs.
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Ok if I got this:

http://rustysoffroad.com/Merchant2/merc ... sus_xj_kit

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Would my Jeep look like this:

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Like I said I really want to keep my Jeep lookin as much as stock as I can. I just want some more clearence. Would a 3" lift do that for me. Do you think it will let me keep my stock look but give me a little more clearence?

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As for tires I was thinking these:

http://www.4wheelparts.com/4wp/products ... S&man=BFGO

Or these:

http://www.4wheelparts.com/4wp/products ... S&man=INTE

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Could my Jeep look like this with the lift I posted above?

http://rustysoffroad.com/rigs/rigs_12.html

http://rustysoffroad.com/rigs/rigs_29.html

http://rustysoffroad.com/rigs/rigs_94.html

http://rustysoffroad.com/rigs/rigs_96.html

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for what you want you will be happy with the stuff from rustys. your cherokee well look good

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Like I said I really want to keep my Jeep lookin as much as stock as I can. I just want some more clearence. Would a 3" lift do that for me. Do you think it will let me keep my stock look but give me a little more clearence?


I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything....I'm just curious as to why your so hell bent on keeping it looking close to stock....if thats the case and you want more clearance get a smaller tire and save yourself some money....a lift is a lift...which means it won't look stock...

and from my experience being around a lot of these guys for a long time...they all started out with a "small lift..just go get it up a litttle and clear slightly bigger tires"....well after that you know what happened...they ended up buying a bigger lift because the first one wasn't big enough...so strip all the first kit off and install another one to give them more lift....

I'd rather do it once than spend the money twice...but thats just me..

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I don't want a Jeep all built up. A small lift thats what I want, something just to give more clearence. I just like to preserve my base vehicle platform as much as possible. Can you dig it?

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I don't want a Jeep all built up. A small lift thats what I want, something just to give more clearence. I just like to preserve my base vehicle platform as much as possible. Can you dig it?


nope...but I don't have to....its yours..so as long as its what you want...then good for you :tu2:

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I don't want a Jeep all built up. A small lift thats what I want, something just to give more clearence. I just like to preserve my base vehicle platform as much as possible. Can you dig it?


nope...but I don't have to....its yours..so as long as its what you want...then good for you :tu2:


So would the rusty's 3" lift be good to give me more clearence and still hold that stocky look?

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I don't want a Jeep all built up. A small lift thats what I want, something just to give more clearence. I just like to preserve my base vehicle platform as much as possible. Can you dig it?


nope...but I don't have to....its yours..so as long as its what you want...then good for you :tu2:


So would the rusty's 3" lift be good to give me more clearence and still hold that stocky look?

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I had a 94 XJ with 31" BFGs... I had 3" Rancho coils in the front and the associated add-a-leaf for the rear. Unfortunately, the rear fender wells hang down a little lower than the front ones, so I added 3" rusty shackles to the rear to "even it out." It looked good, but the ranchos rode rough. I suppose shackles are really difficult to "F" up, so I guess I was happy with their products. I won't buy rancho again, however.

I would rub the 31s at full steering deflection on the rancho control arms in the front, but that wasn't really that annoying. My only piece of advice would be to save your pennies and get a CV driveshaft... Or cheat and get a t-case drop (at the expense of ground clearance). With the 4.5" lift in the back, the seal on the back of my t-case went to shit. I did wheel the hell out of it though. 3" shouldn't mess much up, but 4.5-5.5, you're looking at slip-yoke issues / CV driveshaft needs, trimming fenders, etc.

I sold my XJ because Mississippi humidity compromised the structural integrity of my beautiful jeep (it rusted to shit). I've been driving an 87 sami since, and I won't lie... I miss my jeep. 4.0L torque. Mamasita!

Dude, if ya have any other questions, lemme know.

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