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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Cheapest way to lift the rear end

On a tight budget. I dont like the cut fenders look. Currently ridin on a 4.5" RE lift. I got 2" coil spacers for the front. the lift came with an add-a-leaf and shackles in the back. Wondering what the best/cheapest way to lift the back of the jeep is. And Im afriad of blocks by the way

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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Build a bastard pack and use it with your shackles. It can be done for less than 50.00 if you shop it out right. That is with new spring clamps, u-bolts and center pins.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Gotta cut the main leaf ends off, and use a leaf from like a 1500 or somethin for that dont I?
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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #4
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You can use S-10 leafs or dakota leafs. Just cut the eyes off the main leaf from the donor pack and bolt the entire pack under your main leaf. If this gives too much lift you can remove a leaf and see where it works best. With your existing lift shackle the full pack under your main should be close to what you want. You will have to use a new center pin and drill the main leaf from your pack to fit the same size one that the donor uses. There are hundreds of threads on building them if you search bastard pack.
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Get main leafs out of an s10, and build a bastard pack, its easy as hell and cheap as hell.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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I dont like the cut fenders look.
If you take your time and do a good job you can make it look like it came that way, and you just took off the flares.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
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If you take your time and do a good job you can make it look like it came that way, and you just took off the flares.
yea i kinda thought that way when i first started messing around with xjs, but later on i realized its a pretty normal thing to do on xjs, and theres a few different ways people cut the fenders and use different flares or no flares at all, and sometimes it looks way better then factory, and it gives you the better tire clearance.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 09:01 AM   #8
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I do notice is pretty normal. my buddy did that on his 96 with 32's and I hated how the tires stuck out so far. Im going to run 33's when this lift is finished. I like them to stick out just a tad bit, and bushwackers defeat the purpose
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Unread 02-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #9
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actually, you can use any leaf pack as long as it is 2.5" wide. But each pack will have a different stiffness, from an older Ford pickup, they are stiff as a brick but they yield big lift. From an S10, they only yield about 4-5" if you use the whole pack, but they ride like a 20 year old babe on a hot day. Have fun with that bastard pack!
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