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    Hello everyone. I recently returned from the desert and have been piecing together parts for my stock (for now) xj. This will not be my first modified xj, but it will be the first one with most of the work done by me. I'm waiting for my rubicon express 3.5 superflex to arrive courtesy of the ups man and plan on installing it myself. Is there anything else I should plan on replacing/upgrading while i do the install? It's a 98 with about 140k on it. Anything I should plan needing to upgrade (or replace when I break it)while i'm under there?

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    use lots of pb blast on ALL the bolts. unless you want to break them but PB Blast is an awsome investment
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    I've helped left 4 XJ's so far this year and only 1 went nice and smooth with no problems. Your upper bolts for the rear shocks, at least one of them will break off and leave you cursing and screaming. It doesn't matter how much pb blaster you use, it's going to happen. Just be prepared for it. You can probably add another 4 hrs to your lift install time because of this problem. If there's enough of the bolt sticking out and you're willing to drop the gas tank, just weld another bolt to it and try again. If not, you'll be re-drilling the 2 holes again.

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    with that lift you will need shocks.

    You will probably want front brake lines (extended SS type)

    The rear springs are already 3.5" springs but you may want to add a pair of 3/4" etended greasable shackels to give stronger, serviceable, shackels in the rear that will will give you better articulation and a little extra boost (even the best of lifts will sit lower in the back on an XJ)
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    Thanks for all the responses guys. I had heard about the rear shock bolts. I got a deal on free monotubes with my kit so I'm excited about that. Is there a recommendation on shackle manufacturers? I've heard the whole track bar thing is an issue at this size lift too. Should I go ahead and get an adjustable track bar for lifted rigs and do that too? Or is that something I can go without.

    Thanks again for the great tips guys.

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    Yeah... you're probably going to want an adjustable track bar for the front.

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    If you are running a new leaf pack in the rear (haven't looked at the kit you got) and you have access to them, after the shackles, you can pull the pins and straps and throw the top spring from an S10 leaf pack into your pack after cutting off the spring eyes...it makes it a little (not really noticably) stiffer, but it also helps it boost up the back end enough that you aren't looking like a California lifted truck.

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    Rusty's Offroad sells decent greasable shackels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by friskeljr View Post
    use lots of pb blast on ALL the bolts. unless you want to break them but PB Blast is an awsome investment
    X2, if i could eat the stuff i would!

    but really, what kit is it, and what does it include? i would def, buy an aussie locker for that D30 front end of yours!

    track bar yes! you will be bummed if you dont! here ya go! this is the one i got!

    http://www.quadratec.com/products/16311_602.htm

    oh and watch out for the pesky little bolt that holds your leafs in the front side of the leaf, they got a naty little habit of spinning around in the frame
    ummmmm, i am redoing mine right now so i am really trying to think of what could want and or need.

    hd offroad engineering shackle relocation brackets! these things are way cool and the guy that owns the place is really cool! http://www.hdoffroadengineering.com/

    well thats about all i can think of for now...hope it helps a little!

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