Longing For A Long-Arm?
One of the hottest SUV platforms for buildups is the Jeep Cherokee XJ. Produced from 1984 to 2001, these solid front-axle rigs are simple, plentiful, and inexpensive. They're just screaming to be modified and wheeled.
Naturally, one of the hottest mods is a suspension lift. Long-arm kits are very popular, and there are a number of these kits on the market. Rough Country Suspension Systems has just jumped in the long-arm fray by unveiling a trio of brand-new, very competitively priced kits for the XJ. They now offer a 41/2-inch kit with rear add-a-leaf and shackles (MSRP $1,099.95), a 41/2-inch kit with full rear spring packs (MSRP $1,199.95), and a 61/2-inch kit with full rear spring packs (MSRP $1,249.95).
We recently traveled to Rough Country's headquarters in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to install the 41/2-inch kit with full rear spring pack. This kit was developed using 32x11.50-15 tires on 15x8-inch aftermarket wheels with 33/4-inch backspacing. If you have extra bolt-on equipment like a winch and/or aftermarket front bumper, Rough Country offers optional polyurethane coil-spring isolator pads that help compensate for the added weight, and they boost ride height by 3/4 inch.
When we asked Rough Country what their goals were with this kit, they responded by saying, "Our goal was to bring an XJ long-arm kit to the market that incorporated a great design, strong components, and a market-leading price."
Here's a look at the major components of the kit and how they install.
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