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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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XJ Leans To The Side

99 XJ 6" long arm lift kit. It sits leaning to the passenger side around an inch and a half.. Coil Spring bad? Spring isolator? I've check and everything is in the right spot..

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Unread 07-10-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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That's a pretty significant lean. I'd be tempted to swap springs left to right and see what happens.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #3
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New 6" lift springs on order, the correct ones for the lift not a 4" lift coil with a spacer. Oh the fun of deciphering someone elses work. I just bought this a few weeks ago so I'm still working out some kinks...
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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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You can get lift springs at pretty good prices on Amazon. I was very surprised. 5.5" coils shipped for 80 bucks. I bought them to replace 4" TJ (3" XJ) and a 2" spacer. That was my latest stage of lift, but at least I knew who was cobbling what

Good luck with the mystery build. Getting under there will help you figure out what else may have been done well, or not well at all.

If it's driving well and steering OK then you've at least got a decent platform. I know that I do good work to my own rig, but I also know there are some items that other folks would probably question.
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Weird. I have the EXACT same situation. Just picked mine up last week and have the passenger side down about 1 1/2". Ordered some new springs too. We'll see how that goes.

What brand lift is on there now?
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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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I just bought my first Jeep an XJ (2001) 4 weeks ago, it's stock height and suspension (I suspect) but noticed while it's sitting in the garage it leans to the driver side, about 1/2 inch at the rear and a full inch up front. Could this be worn springs / shocks? I want to lift this rig a little, about 3 inches, but don't want to create more of an issue before knowing what the real problem is.

thanks for any help.

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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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One thing that I suspect effected mine was that my driver's side motor mount was basically non-existent, causing the motor to sit about 2" down on the drivers side. Seems like this would put more weight on the passenger side, perhaps causing some of the lean. I've replace the mounts and can't tell if it made any difference on the lean (still there), but I wonder if it prematurely weakened that spring.

Either way, I've got new coils on the way, and hopefully, judging by the spring rate, they'll be a little softer too.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:52 AM   #8
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Weird. I have the EXACT same situation. Just picked mine up last week and have the passenger side down about 1 1/2". Ordered some new springs too. We'll see how that goes.

What brand lift is on there now?
It's the IRO Long Arm Kit. Kind of a funny story with how the build went before I got it but it is what it is. The guy did it all right with the trans case crossmember and custom drive shaft and what not. Springs are in the mail as we speak so I'll update when I get them installed.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #9
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You can get lift springs at pretty good prices on Amazon. I was very surprised. 5.5" coils shipped for 80 bucks. I bought them to replace 4" TJ (3" XJ) and a 2" spacer. That was my latest stage of lift, but at least I knew who was cobbling what

Good luck with the mystery build. Getting under there will help you figure out what else may have been done well, or not well at all.

If it's driving well and steering OK then you've at least got a decent platform. I know that I do good work to my own rig, but I also know there are some items that other folks would probably question.
It is a great platform I've been very happy with how the road manners are compared to my last jeep with the short arm lift. Everything I have done so far has been amazing, not busted bolts or stuck anything. The guy was an antiseize freak which I totally appreciate. I gotta get this spring situation cured then put some wheel joints in and it should be pretty squared away for now.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 03:40 PM   #10
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Springs showed up in 1 day. Rock on I will be switching them out tonight with a full report tomorrow morning.
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Perhaps I missed it, but what 6" springs did you go with?
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Perhaps I missed it, but what 6" springs did you go with?
Iron Rock Offroad. Support the local businesses. Springs in last night in 45 minutes and cured the problem. Less than half inch difference from left to right side.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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That's more like it.
How do the springs that came out look side by side, same height?
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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:43 PM   #14
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Got my springs in this evening. I too will have them on tomorrow and will report.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:46 AM   #15
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My jeep also leans. Always has, old springs and new.
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