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post #1 of 8 Old 09-29-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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xjs... i think i created a new rear lift

so i went to the junkyard with intentions on making a bastard pack... well after almost 4 hours at the junkyard i randomly brought home the rear leaf springs from a yukon i believe it was a 2000 model. so in the end i have ended up with 4"s of lift in the rear. how i did it was.... i took the yukon springs and bent the spring clamp back then i took the center pin out. the i took the main leaf with the bushings and the helper flat spring off off the rest of the pack. that left me with three pieces of spring left and the small spacers between each. then i took my stock xj springs and took the spring clamps off and took the spring packs apart. the only piece i used the the main leaf wiith bushings from each side. then i took the center pin from the yukon and ground then head a small amount to fit into the rear axle hole and then i used a small washer to space the diff for the center pin threads. i reccomend getting a new center pin. i took the two xj main leaves and drilled out the center pin holes on each to match the size of the yukon spring pack holes for the center pin. then i reassembled and installed. so i ended up having four inches more of lift and the ride isnt that stiff at all it rides pretty nice. i need new shocks so im sure it will be a ton better. but i have had bastard packs installed before and this is def not as stiff. and i still only have 4 springs in the entire paclk just like stock. so all in all great easy cheap way to lift the rear of your xj. i wish i couldd do a detailed wriyteup but i dont have a camera. i hope someone else goes out and tries it and has a good writeup and maybe this can be a new great way to lift xjs. cheers to me and cheap fun mods

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-29-2009, 02:57 PM
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Yea, a bastard pack isn't limited to just s10s or dakotas, you can use any 2.5" spring set.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-29-2009, 04:47 PM
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However a light truck or suv spring will more than likely give you a better ride.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-13-2009, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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hey updates are it was from a 1997 and i took the rear bilstein shocks off of it to and it rides smoother than any lifted xj i have ever riden in
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I refuse to even attempt reading that until it is edited with periods and the use of the Enter key.

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This actually all started out with the thought of "My left arm is getting way more tan than my right arm is... I want a sunroof!"
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I refuse to even attempt reading that until it is edited with periods and the use of the Enter key.
It was like reading Ulysses.

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My build thread has pics again. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/kevin108s-2000-xj-build-867428/
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Its called a bastard pack, but its always nice to know that gm half ton springs work (yukon is on a gm half ton platform). I had the Idea after changing the brakes on a chevy 1500. But it seemed that the springs were a little stiff.

XJMuscle is right that any 2.5" spring will work. A pack of thinner springs allow more flex and give a more comfortable ride, that's why most people use the light truck leaves.

I opened this thinking that you had some kind of direct bolt up pack, or some kind of hovering space age axle.
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