I am sure this has been covered time and again, sorry. I just bought a 2001 XJ I am not interested in lifting the jeep i just am looking for a CHEAP way to take the sag out of the rear leaf springs. Hopefully without having to replace them. Any advise will help. thx
nothing is really going to take the sag out, AAL will work for a short time and then the issue will be back again, shackles will just make things worse by putting even more pressure on an already weakened spring. I just purchased a 97 XJ recently and have no plans to lift it other then maybe a budget boost. one rear leaf spring was snapped at the shackle side and the other was about 3/4 of the way split, I went with dorman oe replacement springs that came with bushings, got all new bolts and it only cost about $220.
Air shocks are a great and inexpensive way not only to fix your sag, but when you carry more cargo you can adjust them to stay level.
I had a '93 XJ with Gabriel air shocks and an air-lift on board compressor that I could adjust from inside. I hauled my musical equipment around for years and it never let me down. Of course air-shocks are not recommended if you do any moderate offroading.
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S10 leaf or Dakota or another XJ main leaf is the cheapest and quickest fix. I got a pair of S10's a couple years ago for 40 bucks - a bit steep, but had them the same day I wanted them.
My 1" sag became 2" over stock, throw in a 2" coil spacer and you are ready to stuff 30's or 31's with some trimming. 235's will also still look good with this combo and you won't have to replace shocks or brakelines.
Buy new Ubolts and CenterPins - the ubolt stretches and should not be reused - some people would say even once. Pay the 40 bucks and keep your axle where it belongs.
120 bucks and some labour and you're sitting level and looking good.
The last option I would consider is a lift shackle if your leaf's are already sagged or approaching inverted.
X2 on not going with the lift shackle, not only will this put undue stress on already sagged out springs, but you're end result shackle angle will give you a nasty ride.... and speaking of which...prepare for a harder ride when adding a leaf (regardless of where it came from)...it's going to stiffen up your ride quite a bit.
If you dont take any other advice, take this: Cheap is not always the Right way to go....nor is it Ever the best.
5+" of lift, 33's, OTK, Armored, Lighted, Chipped, Winched & Locked up Front.