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Unread 12-27-2012, 10:06 PM   #226
Out of money yet...Yup!
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Originally Posted by kodyowenby10 View Post
The guy does not know he sent me a picture and they have a military wrap but the main spring looks bent pretty bad so I thank im gonna pass on them either way. Has anyone tried ranger springs?
I'm sure, you can use pretty much any spring that is 2.5" wide.

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Unread 08-07-2014, 08:25 PM   #227
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I just finished up my bastard pack add a leaf/ lift.
My 89 YJ was very much like many of y'alls in that my factory leaf's were flat as a pancake. I went out to the local lake taking my son perch jerking and going down a rough dirt road I think I actually inverted my leaf's a few times. That is when I knew it was time for a change. I thought about putting a set of leaf springs on from a 90 model GMC because I knew my leaf springs for my jeep and my truck were both 2.5" wide ( I was afraid of the ride quality). That is when I jumped on the forum to see if anyone had done this before. Then ta-da! I discovered this thread! The rest was just finding S-10 leafs and a little sweat and elbow grease.

I found a set of s-10 leaf's in my local junk yard which happens to be about 1/2 mile from my house. They sold me the leaf's for $50 and they took them off for me! What a bargain. I started the project on Tuesday when I bought the s-10 leafs and went home and took them apart. I followed the pattern of one of the posters from page 6 or 7 I can't remember. I put the 2nd s-10 springs one on each of my rear packs and the main s-10 springs one on each of my front packs. Total time turnkey project was about 8-9 hours all by my lonesome....that is from the time I unloaded the s-10 springs to the time I put my last tool up Thursday evening. It took me right about 2hrs per wheel. Of coarse I have a good torch and a good set of wrenches. I am going to be adding some new u-bolts in the front because one side of one u-bolt stripped it's thread when I was tightening it back down. I drove about 5-10 miles with just three of the nuts on that particular leaf but I took it real easy and on the street. The rear u-bolts had plenty of room to add a leaf but I do recommend replacing the front with longer u-bolts because all mine just barely made it through the nuts. Other than that it was pretty easy and trouble free.

Anyway all the tools needed/ recommended have been covered in the previous 15 pages of this thread. I did start soaking all bolts and nuts with PB Blaster Tuesday at lunch before I started the project that afternoon when I got off work.

Results were, 1-1/2 inch lift in the rear and 2 inch lift in the front. All I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I think this is the answer to anyone wanting a good 1-2 inch lift with out the expense.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 10:43 PM   #228
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I had long considered doing a bastard pack for my yj, must have read this thread 5 times at least. Went back and forth between new springs and the bastard pack for months cuz I wasn't sure my main springs were sound enough to build on. Finally I just ordered a complete set of fabtech 3.5 springs and installed them. The fronts turned out great, but the back springs added way to much lift, like 5 inches! As it turns out I'm gonna have to do a bastard pack anyways using my flat stock springs to replace a couple of the arched ones and hopefully bring the back of the jeep down a couple inches. Reverse bastard pack haha!
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Unread 09-09-2014, 09:50 AM   #229
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I know its an old thread, but for anyone considering it, DO IT!! I'm short on cash at this point as well, and couldnt find a decent set of S10 or ranger springs, I setteled on a set of 2001 F150 leaves, only has 3 leafs...main, 2nd and overload....i cut the mains down for the front of my jeep, and since my springs were darn near inverted, used it as an add-a leaf between the YJ main and 2nd....Trackbar is now in the process of dissappearing, but i let it set on the frame not on shackles yet, and measuring 3 inches of lift...i imagine with the shackles hooked back up, i'll be at nearly 4"!! i imagine it'll settle down some, and be at a happy 3"....i know the ride will be rougher, but before, i could jump on the front end and hit the can use a little stiffening up...
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