1987-2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 6-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit - Jeep Cherokee XJ

1987-2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ 6-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit - Jeep Cherokee XJ



Important Kit Notes

  • 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.
  • 5. Some welding required.
  • 6. '96 and earlier models may require a longer emergency brake cable.


CRITICAL SELECTION: Model Year Selection

The model year of your XJ will determine the style of replacement front bump stop needed. Early model (87-96) XJ bump stops have a larger diameter mounting end compared to the late model (97-01) XJs. However, some 95-96 models did use the smaller late model style. If you are unsure of what year range bump stop design you need please contact our sales or tech support and we will help you verify the proper kit for your XJ.

CRITCAL SELECTION: Rear Axle Selection

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.



  • Shock Boots

NON-CRITICAL SELECTION: Steering Stabilizer 

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BDS Suspension 6-1/2" Long Arm Lift Kit for the 1987 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ.

The BDS 6.5" XJ Long Arm system provides the best on and offroad capability you could ask for and is designed to clear 33x12.50's with room to flex. 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. No welding to the uni-body is required nor recommended.


BDS Pro-Ride Coil Springs, built from 5160 spring steel & pre-set to withstand full coil bind with a tuned rate to 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 fits into the existing frame mount, so drilling of the taper is not required and will allow you to accurately center the front axle. To match the steering w/ the track bar angle, an extreme drop pitman arm is provided.


This system is available with both flex and standard control arm bushings, 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 6.5" Long Arm system and have no regrets.


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


6.5" 4WD and SUV Magazine

4.5" JP Magazine Part 1

4.5" JP Magazine Part 2

    • Tire & Wheel Combinations
    • 33" x 12.50" w/15 x 8 and 4-1/2" 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.