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Unread 12-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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4.5" leaf springs

I just scored some nearly new 4.5" rough country leaf springs cheap. Not sure if I want to lift my xj that high. Question is, can I use them for a bastard pack, and if so, which leaves should I use? Trying to do a lift on a budget. I'd be happy with 2-3 inches.

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Unread 12-30-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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Yes, you can use them for a bastard pack. I would likely use the top leaf of the lift springs with the rest of the XJ pack and see where that gets you. You will likely need to do some trial and error fitting to get it where you want it. That is pretty easy to do though once you have both leaf packs taken apart.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #3
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Top leaf being the second from the main. Or the main itself?
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Unread 12-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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If you got them cheap but don't want to go that high, I'd try reselling them for enough to buy the leafs you want rather than turning them into a bastard pack. But no, there's no reason you can't make a bastard pack out of them.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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I'd like to keep them. My thoughts are to use the second from the top leaf for starters. Just curious as to how much lift this will net.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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Can't know without trying it. Once you have it jacked up and both packs apart, you can lower the weight on the axle with different combinations and measure to see how much lift it has gained before actually putting the pack together. Be sure to take a before measurement though.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 09:52 AM   #7
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Their Rough Country springs.
Install them and just watch them sag to a lower height...
I would try to sell them on myself, preferably to someone that is not a friend, as my experience with RC stuff leave me thinking of a BUMPY ride followed by a sagging ride.

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Unread 12-31-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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I have RC and its not sagging at all. The PO used a bastard pack that was sagging miserable within less than a year. I have run mine with 0 sag at 4.5 full packs
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Unread 12-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Well if I run it, looks like ill need a ton of stuff for the front end too. I'm trying to lift my xj on a budget. Already got jk shocks, so maybe I'd be better sticking with a 2" lift and doing a bastard pack in the rear.
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I have RC and its not sagging at all. The PO used a bastard pack that was sagging miserable within less than a year. I have run mine with 0 sag at 4.5 full packs
All depends on the springs used in a BP though doesnt it? Too weak, and they will sag. Too strong and they wont flex. I seriously doubt anyone works out the weight of each corner, then the rating of each spring, and build to suite. They normally just start grabbing springs and keep their fingers crossed.
Past customer of RC myself, and would never return. I know they had a thread in the XJ section a while ago, but seemed to still have the same issues of sagging. Get what you pay for in this world, unfortunately.
Thus why you hear of how good RC customer service is all the time, and not how good their products are
Not a clue on how good IRO customer service is, never had to use it.....which is kind of the point.

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