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I hear ya there mate...... have you thought about cantilever rear shocks tho fitting exhaust can be an issue
If well setup there isn't anything that can touch them for performance and travel (8" shock = 16" @2:1 ratio + horizontal mount across the frame so not thru the floor....
......In stage2 mods for the CJ I plan to change the rear suspension setup to 1.5:1 ratio Cantilever 12" Coil-over/long-arms & this will give me 18" travel and the ability to custom set up/down travel limits.
Yeah I think they look great and I understand how I works but it's a little to complicated for the rear of an xj. I really don't know how good it would be with leaf springs due to the shape of the arc they travel through during their cycle, I think tuning would become a nightmare! Plus it would require ALOT of frame work to make it hold up on the unit body with the load being generated in multiple planes. Perfect for the cj though! At least you have a frame to weld to plus you'll be running it on links not leaves. I've seen one done on a JK that looked pretty amazing and I think it's on pirate a guys doing it on a Zj! But once again....coils! Got me thinking though
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Why not just put a 4 link and coil overs in lol. But seriously they look awesome might look at them myself when the xj becomes a trailer truck.
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Hey Rob, how you going there mate..... You going to play with the boys for "XJ-Day" in GHM this Saturday?

Have you picked the two serious problems with the XJ in your pic?....hope it's not your truck
The slip joint and tail shaft yoke look fine to me...........
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Why not just put a 4 link and coil overs in lol. But seriously they look awesome might look at them myself when the xj becomes a trailer truck.
Seriously even if I had the money I'd still stay on leaves! And honestly the shock hoop setup isn't that big of a deal, just a bit of basic fab work. Why wait till it's on a trailer? Where's the fun in that!
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This would fix the shocks front and rear set ups - rear traction bars then just mount your Fox on top of axle tubes
Yeah a traction bar is the route I'm taking. Ruffstuff specialities make a really neat kit so I'm waiting for their next sale to purchase all my parts. I'm also going to get the lower shock tabs from them as their designed to fit the bolt plates that they sell for my application and it will give me some adjustment.
Yep, now I see that working good for you.

What length are the shocks?
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Traction bars are not required on coils as they have trailing arms, they are for leaf springs.

the idea of the shackle at the front is to allow the spring to still work, on the pic, they have braced the mount back on the angle to the xj chassis rail if you can call the unibody box a chassis.

Many that convert XJs to v8 install a track bar to avoid axle wind up, and basically that is why Jeep placed one shock in front and one behind was to aid with axle tramp/windup.

Search places like Pirate 4x4 plenty of people done this with leaf springs so getting geometry correct should not be too difficult
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Seriously even if I had the money I'd still stay on leaves! And honestly the shock hoop setup isn't that big of a deal, just a bit of basic fab work. Why wait till it's on a trailer? Where's the fun in that!
Mate I've got a long way to go before this sort of thing is top of my list lol. I'm buying a dual cab later this year which will serve as a work truck/tourer/xj tow vehicle once that happens I will be able to go all out on the xj as funds allow of course. I'm thinking roll cage etc so I could tie the shock mounts into that. To be honest I can't stop googling these now! Hopefully over the next year or two I'll get my xj to where I've always wanted it.
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Gave the shed a much deserved cleanup and decided I need to start stripping the 8.8 so I know what I'm dealing with. Thankfully all the parts I need to keep are in perfect condition so I gave it all a degrease and went about making a cradle for it to sit on. Can't see it in the photo but it has a removable pinion stand so I can rotate it around of fitting gears. Also cut off all the old mounts, brake line tabs and the abs sensor protective fins and started cleaning back the tubes....

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After doing some research on the web I came across something I'd never read about the 8.8's before and it had to do with the oil return ports from the axle tubes and the fact that it's not uncommon for them to be missing from either side? I checked mine and it turns out I'm missing the drivers side! So I'll rectify that while it's apart. Photos aren't the best but you'll get the idea....

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Not a big deal it can still drain back through the bearing somewhat, but handy thing for anyone building one up.
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Nice detective work there Holmes, maybe you could smooth that rough bit up a bit Rangers, the sharp & rough edges they leave in castings gives me nightmares.
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