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Old 02-13-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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Cherokee Lift kit on a TJ Wrangler?

I have the opportunity to pick up a parts truck (1987 Jeep Cherokee) cheap. It has a 6" lift and 35" tires on it. I don't know the brand of the lift kit or any specifics on it yet other than it is a 6". I was just wondering if any parts could possibly be used on our '98 Wrangler. I'm pretty sure the wheels will bolt up to the Wrangler once it is lifted (right?), but I was hoping I would be able to use as much as possible from this lifted truck. I was really wanting to only go 4", but will do whatever I can for the least amount of money. Any advice, tips, parts that will / won't work?

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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I don't think any of the lift parts will fit, you're right about the wheels though. The only things that might fit would be some of the front stuff i.e. sway bar links, track bar and other similar items.

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Old 02-13-2008, 03:08 PM   #3
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The front part of the XJ's lift will work on the TJ including the springs because both share similar coil spring front ends. But nothing in the rear will work because the XJ has a leaf spring suspension back there while the TJ uses a coil spring suspension in the rear just like it does in the front.
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Thanks! It also has aftermarket front and rear bumpers... I'm assuming those won't bolt up to a TJ, is that correct? I'm going to go look at it in about an hour and hopefully get it!

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The rear could possibly work, but XJ's are unibody construction so that front bumper probably has a lot of material holding it on to the rig. I wouldn't count on being able to use them. But you can probably sell them.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:25 PM   #6
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Ok, I just bought it. It has pretty decent 35" tires on new black 15" wheels. It has 4" lift coils on the front with 2" spacers and whatever shackle rear lift and shocks. It has a front stinger bumper, but the rear bumper does look like it is stock. It needs a new alternator, windshield, and the reverse doesn't work. I'm hoping to pull as much of the lift kit off to use on my 1998 Wrangler... if possible, and use the 35" tires. Then hopefully get the truck running so I can give it to my little brother who is getting closer to turning 16.

It turned out that it was actually an '86, so it is carburetor. It seems to run pretty well though other than the battery being weak from the bad alternator.

Anyway, thanks for everyone's help. If anyone is more familiar with the suspension of the '86 Cherokee and can possibly put me in the right direction towards getting the parts needed to finish the lift on my Wrangler would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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Old 02-13-2008, 10:36 PM   #7
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The hard part is welding new mounts on the frame and rear axle for leaf springs, not hard just the hardest part
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Will the front axle fit? I thought i read that somewhere here yesterday or something.
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The hard part is welding new mounts on the frame and rear axle for leaf springs, not hard just the hardest part
Its not hard at all.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:58 AM   #10
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Yeah, I'm definitely not going to fabricate the TJ to go back to leaf springs! I'm going to go take a look at what I bought in the dark last night and I'll post up some pictures this afternoon.
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If you are going to part out the XJ let me know if you are close to GA i might be interested in the stinger and the rear lift parts from you
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If you are going to part out the XJ let me know if you are close to GA i might be interested in the stinger and the rear lift parts from you
Sorry... I'm in St. Louis.
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the control arms will work on your TJ as will the coils, front tracbar, and sway bar disconnects (if it has them). basically, the frontends of the XJ and TJ are very similar and aftermarket stuff is the same for both. if i'm not mistaken though, the XJ coils will likely give you more lift than a TJ coil will; i.e., those 4" coils may be more like 5" or 6". i'm not 100% on that one, but i have heard that stock XJ coils give a TJ about 2-3" of lift.
the spacers would work also if you needed them for something. however, with those arms and coils, i wouldn't use the spacers.

from the sounds of it, you have a mostly complete front suspension for your TJ. could be 100% complete if the XJ shocks work on a TJ...not sure on that one.

you can sell the rear XJ suspension stuff and put that toward used/take-off stock XJ stuff to bring the XJ back to stock.

if that XJ has 6" of lift, with all hopes, the owner did a SYE/CV driveshaft in the rear. check it out for that. if that's the case, you can probably sell that setup to someone or swap them for their stock tcase and cash. unfortunately it is not the same tcase your TJ has so it wouldn't be a direct swap for you.

you may just want to keep the rear suspension lift components for another day when you brother gets the itch and wants a lift.
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the control arms will work on your TJ as will the coils, front tracbar, and sway bar disconnects (if it has them). basically, the frontends of the XJ and TJ are very similar and aftermarket stuff is the same for both. if i'm not mistaken though, the XJ coils will likely give you more lift than a TJ coil will; i.e., those 4" coils may be more like 5" or 6". i'm not 100% on that one, but i have heard that stock XJ coils give a TJ about 2-3" of lift.
the spacers would work also if you needed them for something. however, with those arms and coils, i wouldn't use the spacers.

from the sounds of it, you have a mostly complete front suspension for your TJ. could be 100% complete if the XJ shocks work on a TJ...not sure on that one.

you can sell the rear XJ suspension stuff and put that toward used/take-off stock XJ stuff to bring the XJ back to stock.

if that XJ has 6" of lift, with all hopes, the owner did a SYE/CV driveshaft in the rear. check it out for that. if that's the case, you can probably sell that setup to someone or swap them for their stock tcase and cash. unfortunately it is not the same tcase your TJ has so it wouldn't be a direct swap for you.

you may just want to keep the rear suspension lift components for another day when you brother gets the itch and wants a lift.
Thanks for all of the information! I'm taking off the day from work and my little brother is going to come over and to see what we can get done. As promised, here are the pictures. I'm not a very good photographer, but you get the idea









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Old 02-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #16
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Also, the suspension is a big hodge podge of parts. The front shocks are Skyjacker, the rear shocks are Rancho. The front 2" coil spacers are Teraflex and the front spring brand is unknown.

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Old 02-14-2008, 04:46 PM   #17
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wow...they tore that thing apart. looks like it had a snorkel at one point. that front bumper is trash. tires look pretty well worn from the pics. can you tell what brand the control arms are?
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:52 PM   #18
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I'm not sure about the control arms, but I'll check tomorrow. It did have a really horrible home-made snorkel on it at one point and the fenders are obviously cut to all hell. The tires actually do have quite a bit of tread on them, but it's hard to tell in the pictures.
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The xj coils will actually be 1" taller on a tj than wht it say for the xj. I.e. A stock xj coil will add 1" to the tj.
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wow, old thread...

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