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Unread 01-19-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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Low Rear Suspension (new leaf springs?)

First, I just purchased a '98 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 6cyl. Auto. Limited, and I love it! Found these forums which I'm sure will be very helpful, looks like a ton of knowledge here.

I searched some but found some differing answers... anyways, my rear suspension seems to be low. It looks a little funny, but seems to ride fine still.

Option 1: I was considering adding an extra leaf to lift it up so it at least looks more normal again. Any potential problems with this? Also, how difficult would this be, do I need to bring it into our shop and do it there, or will tools in the backyard be enough?

Option 2: Replace the rear suspension. Everything I've found seems extremely expensive, but I'm not sure I know where to look. I do not want any lift kit (or very minimal if any), just looking for something pretty basic that is low cost.

Any thoughts on these options?

PS. I am low on $, so I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive fix, but without cutting corners on what is necessary.

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Unread 01-20-2008, 04:14 AM   #2
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I'm in the same situation with our 91. The rear end looks a little low but still rides and drives fine.

Yes, you can add a leaf, that is what we are doing. We bought a full length AAL because others warned us that the short ones will be stiff and ride poorly. We bought a RE BB 2" lift with new shocks for about $300.

If you go with option two, you can get new HD leaf packs for $69 each at Quadratec.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/56010_11.htm


They raise the rear end up back to a little over stock height. That is the best way to go, especially if you're not lifting it right now.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 05:31 AM   #3
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Just put the Quadratec HD springs on my 94. Huge improvement so far just in looks. I'm sure the ride will be much better. They do sit a bit higher than stock.

Quadratec customer service has been great.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 07:47 AM   #4
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How long does it take for the HD packs to settle? Or dont they?
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Unread 01-20-2008, 07:53 AM   #5
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Backyard tools are all you need.

I would suggest getting another set of junkyard cherokee leafs, take the main leaf off, cut off the bushing eyes and add it to your current leafs. That should be super cheap and effective.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 09:12 AM   #6
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Has anyobdy just added spring helpers? I would assume those would raise it back up a little, plus they're alot cheaper than new springs from Quadratec.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 09:34 AM   #7
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Alright, so if I go with the option 2 for the whole rear suspension is this what I need? Would I need anything else, and would the front be fine the way it is if I did this?

Heavy Duty Leaf Spring Assembly - $69.99 x2
http://www.quadratec.com/products/56010_11.htm

Shackle End Leaf Spring Bushing - $6.99 x2
http://www.quadratec.com/products/56001_06.htm

Main Eye Leaf Spring Bushing - $8.99 x2
http://www.quadratec.com/products/56001_05.htm

Rear Axle U-Bolt - $6.99 x4
http://www.quadratec.com/products/56009_06.htm

PB Blaster - $4.50
http://www.pbblaster.com/store/morei...m?Product_ID=1

Socket...

Total Cost: $204.4

I'll most likely do the labor myself... anyone know of good write ups for this or good places to find DIY info?

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Unread 01-20-2008, 11:06 AM   #8
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Some people like to reuse them, but I order new U bolts when I'm taking apart rear springs.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 12:36 PM   #9
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You'll need new u-bolts, pb blaster, someone or something to press in the bushings, a helper is nice and IIRC a 22mm socket for the leaf bolts.

I threw in the socket because I did not have one that large in my arsenal.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 01:30 PM   #10
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Updated above post... I'm guessing that the two new items are what you suggested
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Unread 01-20-2008, 03:20 PM   #11
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Looks like what I just got from them. Save yourself the hassle and go straight to a mechanic or machine shop with a press and have them install the bushings.

Get 2 cans of PB from WM or wherever and start spraying today.

Grab a propane torch from WM or Lowes/HD.

Are you replacing the shocks?

Oh yeah...there are 2 u-bolts per leaf spring and 8 total nuts that you have to order seperately.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 03:49 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by rit.05
Just put the Quadratec HD springs on my 94. Huge improvement so far just in looks. I'm sure the ride will be much better. They do sit a bit higher than stock.

Quadratec customer service has been great.
Could you post a picture of how your stock XJ looks with the HD rear leafs?
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Unread 01-20-2008, 05:09 PM   #13
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Should I look into replacing the shocks as well? Is it necessary?

What if I just replaced the shocks and not the leaf springs, would that help much?
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Unread 01-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #14
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mine used to sag also all i did was buy a set of highjacker shocks for around 60 bucks at autozone. you can set them how high you want them by putting less or more air but its like a bike tire to much and it will pop. ive had them around a month and im satisfied.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 10:34 PM   #15
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Has anyobdy just added spring helpers?
Yes, Actually if you will go back just a few pages you will find my post from where I had them installed about a week ago.

I went to Advance Auto Parts and picked up a set of the SHORT Add a leaf kit and then took it to my local mechanic and he installed them in about an hour.

With the kit and labor it cost a total of around $95.

Results with SHORT AAL:

*Rear end now back up to stock height or a little higher.
*Ride quality has greatly improved, I've read other people say that the SHORT AAL will make the ride stiff, well it does, but not as bad as you may think, I can barely tell a difference. But I can tell you this, the back end does take bumps and potholes in the roads a LOT better than it used to !!!

If I could've got the long aal kit I would have, but all they had was the short and I am NOT one bit dissatisfied.

Good LUCK!
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