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Question Newb Lift Kit Advice

I just bought a 2000 4 door with stock suspension and stock wheels. I have a set of takeoffs from my 2017 JKU that I am planning on putting on the XJ. I bought wheel adapters so I have that part covered. I read the sticky on lift kits/tire sizes and think I have confirmed what I had thought - I need a 4.5" lift kit and I am fine with that because I think it is going to look very good. There a couple of things I am not sure of though and hope someone on here can help. The rims from my JKU are 255/70/18 so its a 32. Everything I have read has been referencing the same size tire but in 17". Is a 4.5" lift still going to work? Does the fact that its 18" instead of 17" mean that 4.5" lift will not work? Confused on that one! The other thing I am wondering is about the leaf springs for the back... are add a leafs ok for a 17 year old Jeep? It has never been modified and I doubt it has ever done anything other than street driving or hauled behind an RV (it has a towbar under the front bumper). It doesn't sag and the springs do not appear to be cracked that I can see. Will I probably be good with adding a leaf? I dont mind spending the extra for new leaf springs with my kit but if I really dont need them then all the better. This is a toy not a serious project. Here is the lift kit I am considering: https://www.amazon.com/Cherokee-Susp...rds=item+%23j9
It seems like a well equipped kit for a good price. Is there anything that you see that I will need to buy outside of this kit to be ready to go? Thanks in advance and sorry for the mini novel!
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Welcome James. Lots of questions there. First, the diameter of the rim doesn't matter in this instance, it is the diameter of the tire that counts. So, with a 32" tire, 4.5" lift will be plenty. However, you didn't say you were going to trim your fender wells. A 31" tire will stuff into them with no lift and give just a slight rub in the rear fender wells. So a 32" tire would rub when the suspension is compressed fully. So there is a thing you may have to do called bump stopping. It means you will probably have to put a spacer between your bump stops and the frame. It is a common practice. As far as a add a leaf goes, they work but a full spring pack works better and lasts longer
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Welcome James. Lots of questions there. First, the diameter of the rim doesn't matter in this instance, it is the diameter of the tire that counts. So, with a 32" tire, 4.5" lift will be plenty. However, you didn't say you were going to trim your fender wells. A 31" tire will stuff into them with no lift and give just a slight rub in the rear fender wells. So a 32" tire would rub when the suspension is compressed fully. So there is a thing you may have to do called bump stopping. It means you will probably have to put a spacer between your bump stops and the frame. It is a common practice. As far as a add a leaf goes, they work but a full spring pack works better and lasts longer
I cant help much for tires, but i would shy away from the Add-a-leaf. I ran them on my Xj for like 6 months, and I ended up replacing it with a full leaf pack from IRO. The AAL was sagging pretty bad on my tired and wore out stock leaf springs within a few months.
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Thanks for the quick answers! I think I will buy the kit with leaf spring replacements as I am not trying to build a monster but I want to do it right. I am hoping to not cut or trim anything as most likely the biggest obstacle I will probably ever traverse is a speed bump in the neighborhood, and that will be going at an angle! The lift will also help out with the frequent flooding here in Houston. I just want a cool looking XJ that is done right. I was on the fence about the add a leaf and it seems like when you do massive amounts of research you end up with more questions than you start out with and every website says something different. I will make sure and post some pics when I am done. I think those rims and tires on my dark green XJ with a nice lift is going to look really good.
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Yup, you do get some weather there in Houston. This would be a good combo I think for what you are wanting
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Sawzall...makes any tire fit.
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Seems like the lift setup you are looking at will work great for your plans.. I'd say as the others have said, is that if you can swing the money to pickup the full leaf kit over the AAL.. I ran Rusty's 4.5" lift kit on my 98 and didn't have any issues with that.. and I know a few others that have run Rough Country 4.5" lift kit, and what few issues they have had with anything RC took care of replacing for free, and pretty quickly, and the few things I've had issues with my RC parts they've taken care of quickly and free of charge... Not sure what Zone's warranty and customer service is like...
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I went ahead and ordered the kit with leaf springs, I figured doing it half-assed would just lead to more work down the road and putting in the full leaf instead of taking the old one apart would probably end up being easier anyway. I called Zone for some questions about the kit and they were very helpful. The warranty is not bad pretty much standard, components like brackets are lifetime warranty and shocks have a one year warranty. If I understood it correctly Zone and BDS are subsidiaries of Fox so should be good stuff. I researched Zone on the internet for a long time before buying and really couldnt find any negative reviews that were not debatable. Just waiting on shipping now while spraying PB blaster everywhere I can think of in the meantime.
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Sounds like a good plan
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