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    Lowering a lifted XJ.... Possible without issues?

    I have a '96 XJ with a Rusty's 8" long-arm lift. I did not put this lift on and have no use for this large of a lift. I'd like it down around 4.5" sitting on 33's.

    Is it possible to lower a lifted XJ without causing issues? If it is possible, would I need to buy a completely new lift kit and swap everything out? Or is there another way to accomplish lowering it? I also need tips on a good shop to get this type of work done.

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    Shorter springs and shocks is all you need. You will have to adjust rear pinion angle and front caster after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    Shorter springs and shocks is all you need. You will have to adjust rear pinion angle and front caster after.
    That's a relief to hear. Thanks!

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    I am pretty sure in the state of Nevada it is illegal to lower a vehicle. They can only go up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagmaFJ View Post
    I am pretty sure in the state of Nevada it is illegal to lower a vehicle. They can only go up!
    It sure as hell should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagmaFJ View Post
    I am pretty sure in the state of Nevada it is illegal to lower a vehicle. They can only go up!
    It prolly is but I feel like a knob driving something with an 8" lift that isn't being used for that heights purpose.

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    It is not illegal to "lower" if all you are doing is getting it back closer to stock height.

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    Clearly the solution for that is to get out and use it more. Get a good coat of mud on there and no one can question the lift.

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    Also check and make sure your driveshafts aren't going to bottom out with less lift. I would expect them to be OK in going from 8" to 4", but you never know.

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    Some other potential issues:

    May need a pittman arm with less drop.

    Track bar may need adjusted/changed.

    Some steering setups require a minimum lift.

    Some lifts change the way the sway bar mounts, that may need to be changed back.

    Brake lines might be goofy long and need secured so they don't snag.

    Bumpstops might need changed

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    Find someone that has a smaller lift that wants to go up, trade all relevant parts with them.....Somebody would probably pay for the labor to have the swap done for a straight swap......win, win.
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    If you do sell the springs and shocks I️ am interested


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