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Unread 10-13-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Newbie to front leafs: Questions

What are the downfalls to running leafs up front?
What are some pros to running them up front.

I am considering switching to leafs due the simplicity of leafs. What all is needed to do so?

Are there any stock leaf sprung front axles (d44 or stronger) that will bolt right up the the front of an XJ with leafs? It would be cool if there was an axle stronger than the d30 that I could swap in without cutting off and welding on new leaf mounts.

If there are none that will bolt right up, which axle would be ideal for this setup?

I apologize for the newbie questions... I am very new to this type of swap.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 10-13-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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I think the people that do the conversion do so 'cause the leaves are just heavier duty than coils, especially if you're gonna run 36"+ tires. Idk how the leaves will flex compared to coils but I figure the coils would probably help you out a little more on the flex side of things.
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