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Unread 04-07-2011, 08:47 PM   #31
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If you want the same amount of lift as me, use your XJ main, and the whole s10 leaf pack without the overload (the stubby small bottom one).
The overload will give you about another 3/8-1/2 of lift, but you will need longer u bolts. Remember-absolutely important -PBBLASTER a week before. Will make your install time like 5x faster.
Get some carbide bits a hair larger than the S10 centerpin. You will need them to bore out the XJ leaf spring. REGULAR BITS WON'T WORK I TRIED.
Get some kind of leaf compressor. I used ratcheting tie downs, b/c i was able to drop the front axle so far down, and needed minimal compression
Good to know....and my fire dept chief has spring compressors he's gonna let me use so I don't have to rent some again lol

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Unread 04-11-2011, 08:44 PM   #32
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update:
i have been driving it around.
I took it up to 85mph, no vibes (apart from the damn warped rotors under braking). Very satisfied, the ride is good, just take it easy on the speedbumps. The airshocks are going in tomorrow or wednesday.
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Unread 04-14-2011, 09:31 PM   #33
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Your really should get some new LCA's and a new trac bar. The old stuff is too short. I'm doing the lift as we speak but i'm installing a RE adjustable trac bar, RC fixed LCA's, front brake lines from a chevy truck, rear brake line from a dodge van, and also I'm going to try and make some sway bar disco's from a set of links off of a full size bronco.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 06:51 AM   #34
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I'm doing the brakelines and I have to do something with the swaybar, ie longer bracket or discos, I'm on a vey tight budget, and can't really afford the Lcas or trackbar. I just redrilled my trackbar hole, seems to be working fine. I installed the rear airshocks, gave me an inch of lift in the rear, which leveled out the Jeep. I only inflated to 70psi, out of a possible 200psi. Ride is still good, a little harsh on large depressions in the road
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Unread 05-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #35
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What are you doing for front sway bar links.

Also, did you ever end up making a writeup?
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Unread 05-07-2011, 07:36 AM   #36
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I'm still running the stock swaybar links. They barely rub if at all. I might weld something up. I'll have to do write soon if there's enough demand
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Unread 05-07-2011, 08:47 AM   #37
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Hmm. guess ill buy some from IRO.

I'm also doing thunderbird springs in the front.
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Unread 05-07-2011, 09:22 AM   #38
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Interesting. I never heard of this lift but I am new to Jeeps so it ok. I have a addaleaf in the rear and coil spacers in the front but was looking at ways to get rid of the coil spacers. I could do tbird coils in the front and leave the add a leaf or change the whole rig to coilovers or airbags like i want to..
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Unread 05-07-2011, 09:03 PM   #39
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here is some info I found on the tbird springs:

Front coil springs from a 3.8 V6 equipped Ford Thunderbird/Cougar offer 3-4in of lift and the softer ones noted below ride and flex like stock XJ coils.

83-88 TBird, Cougar = more lift
89-97 TBird, Cougar = less lift

Spring ratings:
Front: 223-282 lb./in. 3.8 liter V6 *closest to XJ ratings* these coils are used on the bare bones basic cars
Front: 349-403 lb./in. 3.8 liter SC Loaded with every option, very stiff ride
Front: 270-330 lb./in V8 Medium ride
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Unread 05-25-2011, 07:34 AM   #40
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update:
do not buy the shock extenders and reuse stock length shocks. They work fine off road, but I took it wheeling last saturday and bent one, and snapped the other. So one side of my jeep is bouncing till i go pick up my spares.
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Unread 01-25-2012, 02:59 AM   #41
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So any of the tbirds will give a stock jeep atleast 3" or so inches of lift? Just wondering cause I was at the jy today and was going to pull some v6 or v8 ones out but the could looked shorter them jeeps stocks springs... Is it just the spring and isolater that we use for it? Thank you
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Unread 01-26-2012, 09:14 AM   #42
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v6 ones are the best ride. v8 ones are medium. v6 SC (aka loaded trim) are very harsh so don't get those. They will all probably net you 4.5 of lift with the strut plate.
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Unread 01-27-2012, 07:54 PM   #43
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Did you use your stock u bolts for the rear leafs?
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Unread 01-31-2012, 10:31 PM   #44
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I did but only because
1)the jeep had absolutely no rust (miami jeep).
2)budget
Unless you live in miami or arizona, i highly suggest you get some new ones.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 12:21 AM   #45
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I live in medford oregon. Theres no rust on my jeep except in the front passenger side wheel well cause my younger sister drive it into a pole doing about 45. But thats the only rust fortunately.
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