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trwedgn 09-14-2013 05:36 PM

Add A Leaf
 
I'm helping my 15 year old grandson fix up his 88 Wrangler. He wants to install a lift kit. I've been looking at the various options and also the prices. The least expensive route is an add-a-leaf kit. I've see one from Rukse and one from Rox. They both claim to add 2" - 3". I'd like to hear from someone that has actually installed one of these kits and to hear if it worked as advertised. Please don't respond if you're just going to tell me to save my money and buy the expensive package.

TSEJEEPERS 09-14-2013 07:48 PM

I installed one way back when my Jeep was still new.
It rode horrible.
I did still have the front and rear trac bars on it at the time so that would add to it.
I was able to run 31 inch tires.
If the Jeep in question springs are already sagging the add a leaf probably will not do much good.

Joe Dillard 09-14-2013 09:34 PM

Do you know or suspect that the leafs are original, and are you planning on reusing the 25 year old ubolts, nuts, spring bushings etc?

If so, I advise not to do so.

If the leafs do increase the height by 2-3", are you planning on running the same length shocks on a suspension that now surpasses their length when cycled?

trwedgn 09-15-2013 06:46 PM

OK - If it was for myself, I think I'd go the add-a-leaf rote. But, seeing as how this is my grandson's, I'll go with a kit. I'm looking for about 2 1/2" of lift and it looks like the least expensive kit is offered by Rough Country. Does anyone have any experience with that setup? I'm changing out all the brake lines, so I'll just get the longer rubber hoses. Should I lower the transfer case, and if so, by how much? Will the pitman arm have to be replaced? What am I forgetting?

Joe100 09-16-2013 07:08 AM

Old Leafs
 
I had a freind had old springs off a CJ I disassembled, cleaned ,painted took the one's (Leaf) that I wanted to add and am still running them on my 89 YJ which had broken leafs I added one leaf extra to each raised Jeep off oversized tires . Works for me. Joe100 All new U bolts and hardware.

AmmitOsiris 09-16-2013 08:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trwedgn
OK - If it was for myself, I think I'd go the add-a-leaf rote. But, seeing as how this is my grandson's, I'll go with a kit. I'm looking for about 2 1/2" of lift and it looks like the least expensive kit is offered by Rough Country. Does anyone have any experience with that setup? I'm changing out all the brake lines, so I'll just get the longer rubber hoses. Should I lower the transfer case, and if so, by how much? Will the pitman arm have to be replaced? What am I forgetting?

Don't go rough country. If you are EVER going to be riding in it you won't like it. Just get old man emu or bds suspension only suspensions you should look at

Sent from Peggy's office

CJ5_Fan 09-16-2013 09:45 AM

I added a leaf to my stock 1989 YJ. They will not generally give you 2 or 3 inches of lift, but more like 1 1/2. They did give my worn stock springs some additional support but the ride is very stiff and given the fact that to install them you have to do all the same steps you would need to do to put in new springs, I would go with a full kit if your budget allows.

BTW- I did have to get larger U bolts and also had to cut off the stack alignment binders on to get the leafs installed. Both easily replaced at the Local Autoparts store.

SeanB95YJ 09-16-2013 10:06 AM

I would suggest leaving the springs & shocks alone for now (well, if the shocks are wiped, then just get decent replacements at the auto store)

since at 15 he's really just starting, I would go with a 1" body lift and 1/2" to 1" lift shackles. this combo will be the least expensive route and still allow him to fit 31s on it. Then if/when he decides he wants to keep it and build it up more, he can keep the body lift and shackles to supplement whatever suspension lift he chooses to buy.

as far as Rough Country goes, most around here shy away from them (or run away screaming)... they don't have the best reputation for decent ride or spring longevity. Most find they tend to sag quite a bit over a surprisingly short time


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