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Offline jACeL86

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2012, 08:04:37 AM »
I'm not sure if some vehicles respond differently to placement of the locker, but I'll throw my vote in with Wingman. With just the rear locked in mine I climb just fine and can still steer very easily. When I grab for the front locker as well, I push through corners like I'm on ice. Less stress on the front U-joints as well when open.
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Offline Callelle

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2012, 08:41:57 AM »
Alot of what I've read say longer wheel base vehicles tend to do better with the rear between being less noticible on the street and with the weight transfer when climbing. So now that I've decided on doing the rear for sure. I need to figure out where to get my axle shafts from. I was thinking of getting Yukon shafts. Between seeing alot of XJ build threads use them and the fact that there's a place withing driving distance that sells them, it seems like a smart way to go. I honestly have no idea though. I haven't really been able to find a lot that distinguishes them between other manufacturers.
1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
  4.5-5" lift, TnT Long arms, IRO/RE springs, Aussies, a bunch of armor
2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
  Firestone Airbags

Offline smichaelR22

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2012, 09:24:22 AM »
where is the place within driving distance that sells them?
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Offline Callelle

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2012, 09:29:53 AM »
Gevo's Rears and Gears in Seneca Falls. This is at least the closest dealer that Yukon's site says there is to me.
1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
  4.5-5" lift, TnT Long arms, IRO/RE springs, Aussies, a bunch of armor
2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
  Firestone Airbags

Offline Wingman

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2012, 10:54:04 AM »
All the classic car guys use him for their builds.  He did the rear of my Yukon XL.  Awesome work!  Didn't know he was a vendor...

Offline rejeep

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2012, 05:04:51 PM »
anybody can be a vendor..
im a vendor..
just depends on how much you want to pay...

Offline rejeep

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2012, 05:09:00 PM »
side note:

I am very unhappy with a rear automatic locker in my Jeep.. (not the locker.. the locker is great)
my suspention is too flexy, motor too torquey, and tires too chirpy...

just my 2 cents..   from years of experience..

Offline MrMindless

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2012, 05:17:34 PM »
in fairness - short wheelbase...

aside from parking lot squeal I don't even notice a welded rear in the Dakota.
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Offline rejeep

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #38 on: January 17, 2012, 05:36:31 PM »
had F and R autos in my XJ and had the same complaint..

also has a lot to do with driving style...
just saying.. not for me for something I ENJOY driving on the street...

Offline Callelle

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2012, 05:52:14 PM »
If I went though Gevo's site, the shafts would be $300 shipped (knock off $33 if I went and got them my self).  The only other way it would be cheaper ($30) would be if I ordered it through polyperformance.com. They happen to be who I ordered my bumper and dicked me around and fed me BS for 2 and a half months, so I'd rather avoid them. Are there any places closer that sell Yukon or something comparable for any cheaper?
1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
  4.5-5" lift, TnT Long arms, IRO/RE springs, Aussies, a bunch of armor
2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
  Firestone Airbags

Offline smichaelR22

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2012, 12:50:11 PM »
id try Doug at Extreme Axles Sales, only guy i buy axles from.  gives it to you straight and everything always shows up.
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1997 ZJ 35's
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Offline xjh3

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2012, 02:03:54 PM »
I'll add to the pile of people saying front Aussie in the snow seemed fine to me. Felt very point and shoot, both on and offroad. My rear is welded and I agree with Mindless, squeels occaisionally but nothing very bothersome. I have heard/could see where Aussie's may unload and act weird in the rear. Mine is completely invisible in the front in 2wd.
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Offline Callelle

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2012, 09:06:44 PM »
First bunch of mods for this year just got done

2x6 rockers


Fender trim / Rear quarter cut and fold


I really like the new lines over all. Mike did an awesome job in the M4wd lab.


Transfer case linkage simplification


And today I got my B&M transmission cooler installed

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1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
  4.5-5" lift, TnT Long arms, IRO/RE springs, Aussies, a bunch of armor
2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
  Firestone Airbags

Offline s0l0ithz

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2012, 09:26:05 PM »
Love the new rockers

Offline Callelle

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Re: 1997 Jeep XJ Country
« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2012, 07:10:39 PM »
Went out with a couple friends tonight and found a good sized rock to flex her out on.

1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
  4.5-5" lift, TnT Long arms, IRO/RE springs, Aussies, a bunch of armor
2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
  Firestone Airbags