1987-2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit - Jeep Cherokee XJ

1987-2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit - Jeep Cherokee XJ

1987-2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 4-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit - Jeep Cherokee XJ



Important Kit Notes

  • 1. Measure the rear u-bolts before ordering. Some XJ's are equipped with a Dana 44 rear axle.
  • 3. CV style rear driveshaft (not included) and slip yoke eliminator kit is required.
  • 4. System only works with 4.0L motor and automatic transmission.
  • 6. '96 and earlier models may require a longer emergency brake cable.


The Jeep Cherokee was produced with two different rear axles (Chrysler 8.25 or Dana 35). You will need to measure your rear u-bolts to ensure that you get the correct new u-bolts. Basically, just measure the diameter of the axle or the I.D. of your rear u-bolts. Chrysler axles require 3" wide u-bolts and Dana 35 axles require 2-3/4" wide u-bolts. Some 1987-90 models came with a Dana 44. Measure and call BDS for proper u-bolt fitment.

NON-CRITICAL SELECTION: Front Sway Bar Link Selection 


This system is available with NX² series custom valved shocks or Fox 2.0 series high performance monotube gas shocks for increased control.


  • Shock Boots

BDS Suspension 4-1/2" Long Arm Suspension System for the 1987 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ. 

The BDS 4.5" XJ Long Arm system provides the best on and offroad capability you could ask for. By maximizing the length of both the upper and lower control arms, BDS has minimized caster change for optimum handling and minimized road forces transmitted ultimately to your seat for the best ride. To give you some idea, the lower arms are nearly bottomed out at just over 32" and the uppers at just over 28". This is about double the length of the factory control arms!


Although this XJ long arm system makes for a great daily driver, the true abilities of this system won't be appreciated until you hit the rocks, dirt and mud. The 4-Link design maintains better axle control through wheel travel than any radius arm system because the upper to lower link relationship is not fixed, yet is tuned for optimum performance based on link length and operating angles. The control arm geometry is setup with the massive belly pan that incorporates the link mounts and is built to smash rocks. Believe it or not, this system is completely bolt on with no welding to the unibody required!


BDS Pro-Ride Coil Springs, capable of withstanding full coil bind and a tuned rate lift the front. The rear is lifted with new Glide-Ride Leaf Springs and extended greasable shackles that really let the springs flex.


This system also incorporates BDS Ultimate sway bar disconnects for quick easy access to rediculous wheel travel and stainless steel brake lines to handle it. Bump stop extension are included to limit compression and keep the tires out of the fenders on the trail. A front adjustable track bar with flex joint fits into the existing frame mount, so drilling of the taper is not required and will allow you to accurately center the front axle.


This system is available with both flex and standard control arm bushings, NX² series or Fox 2.0 series shocks, and many other upgrades. To check it out all of the options BDS has for your XJ, customize your kit and see what our competition is up against.


If you truly want to do it right the first time, install the BDS 4.5" Long Arm system and have no regrets.


Click on the links below to view installation articles published in the offroad magazines:


4.5" JP Magazine Part 1

4.5" JP Magazine Part 2

6.5" 4WD and SUV Magazine

    • Tire & Wheel Combinations
    • 32" x 11.50" w/15 x 8 and 3-1/2 to 4" back spacing

*Trimming may be required*


BDS Suspension Lift Kit Warranty

No Fine Print Warranty

All BDS Suspension lift kits come with the security of knowing you purchased the finest lift kit in the aftermarket suspension industry. We back our commitment to engineering reliable, quality 4x4 off-road Jeep and truck suspension products with our unique "No BS Hardcore Lifetime Warranty".

If you are the original purchaser of any BDS lift kit and it breaks, we will give you a new part. Period.