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06-05-2003, 07:42 PM
Just picked up a 87 cherokee to play with and have questions.
How hard is it to put 35's under it? Is there tricks to lifting
it cheeply? Are they good to start with?[30]

06-05-2003, 10:17 PM
i think it would be a good thing to strengthen your front axle considerably first before 35s, or easier to just swap in a stronger one. can4x4 on this board has a chero of the same vintage up on 31s now, with another couple inches of lift on the way and 33s soon. i think its a finiky system to go higher then 4inches with, but i've seen it done.

There aint no replacement for displacement

mista fitz
06-05-2003, 11:52 PM
I had a 86 cherokee (with the dreaded 2.8l) .. I mix and matched some parts, like cheap(er) rancho leaf springs, used tomken lower control arms, 6" shackle in the back, new coils (?brand?) and coil spring spacer in the front. dropped the t-case with some rectangular tubing, got a new front driveshaft, moved the shock mounts on the rear axle for more flex .. uhm .. hacked out the fenders (a lot) .. and ran some 32's

bought the truck real cheap, spent next to nothing doing all of the above (in my garage with VERY limited tools), and that truck was pretty good to me! .. too bad it got stolen out of my driveway :(

35's are just plain difficult to run in the cherokee.. btw: you have a 4.0l in that truck? is is 2 door or 4 door (makes a big difference in rear wheel-well space)

good luck on your project, whatever you decide to do.

06-06-2003, 05:52 AM
I forgot about the strength of the front diff.Hows the 44 in the rear for
strenth?I put 31's on with no problems or rubbin,tried 35's for 20ft.
with cosiderable rubbin,stock hight,and found where to cut,just need bigger flares.

06-06-2003, 01:21 PM
go to www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums then cherokee forum
register there so you can search, the archives are VERY complete.
thats where I get a lot of my info

fyi I run 32s on 5" of lift, and after 50 000 kms of fsr's/trails, and 125 000 kms on the road, the xj is still running strong (@ 300 000 now) I recently drove clear across the country in it. 32s and 5" is the max you would ever want to go if it is your d-driver. you CAN fit 35s with about 3-4" of lift, and tj flares with serious hacking. you will rub a bit, but i've seen it done on trail rigs. --if you need high clearance and low center of gravity, without a lot of flex, thats the way to go.

email me with q's if you have more, i don't get on here everyday.

06-06-2003, 01:28 PM
35s are a little big for a stock 44, get some beefier shafts and you'll be fine.
take it from me, i've tried a shit load of tire sizes and lift sizes: 5"s and 32's are the ticket for all-season driving in bc. if you go to 35, you get 12.5" wide tires, too wide for the ice on the sea to sky. 32x11.5 is perfect.

plus you NEED to regear for 35s, if you have an auto you have 3.55, that is borderline for 32s, but you have to regear for anything else, i know guys who run 33s with 3.55, but it sucks. i run 4.10s with my 32s (5speed)

Chris S
06-06-2003, 05:25 PM
Are you sure you have the D44 rear? If so lucky you. Only about 1 in 50 have them.

2003 Jeep Rubicon

06-06-2003, 07:52 PM
Yup its a 44 the same thing in the front of my 72 Blazer,thats
how I i.d.ed it.