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Spring lift questions

Discussion in 'Jeep CJ' started by 5oakseric, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Feb 4, 2018 at 6:33 PM
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    5oakseric

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    On my 82 cj7 the previous owner did a bad lift job. All they did was replace front and rear shackles with longer pieces of metal. I guess they did it because the leaf springs are in poor shape. One rear one is bent at the end causing the jeep to sit crooked. Anyway... I've ordered OEM shackles. I'm looking at 2.5" "soft ride" spring lift kits. I don't want a super rough ride so I'm considering a Skyjacker kit but can't find any reviews. I'd love to hear some suggestions, brand options, Pros/cons, thanks
     
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  2. Feb 4, 2018 at 6:57 PM
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    Hey @5oakseric. @OFFGRID is probably our Best CJ guy here. Hang tight. I'm sure he'll check in soon.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2018 at 9:44 PM
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    I have heard sky jacker makes a good riding spring. I personally like Old Man Emu springs, but If you wheel em they start to sag quickly (street and mild offroad only for these springs). My second fav is Rubicon express. They seam to take to wheeling better. Also I would get YJ springs all the way around. They are much better riding than any CJ spring. The rear just bolt in. The front you will need to order YJ shackles and YJ front hangers. Rocky-road sells a nice complete kit with HD 5in shackles. I like 5in shackles on my jeeps because they allow the lift springs more movement when the compress, and they do give you 1more inch of lift. So with 3.5in of lift you can run 33x12.50s and if you get Highline fenders up to 36x12.50s. You did make the comment that the lift shackles you had were bad. Not all are bad. Some are well made some not. If you order a Rubicon lift I believe they come with the hangers and YJ springs to make it work on the CJ.
     
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  4. Feb 5, 2018 at 6:47 PM
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    Thanks guys, I can make a plan. Keep you posted.
     
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  5. Mar 15, 2018 at 8:57 AM
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    Keep in mind that longer shackles will effect steering stability and every lift needs the steering geometry reset for proper steering. You can get away with the stock pitman on 2.5 but add in shackels too you may need to get a drop pitman to level out the components. stay away from body lifts.....
     
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  6. Jul 20, 2020 at 3:51 PM
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    Have any of you guys done a soa with yj springs ? Needing some help . If anyone has any knowledge of this please help .
     
  7. Jul 21, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    Charles (@Eyy-sp12 ) you may get a better response if you start your own thread.
     
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