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Unread 01-02-2011, 05:44 PM   #61
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To those that have done this, I have a few questions;

1. Did you find that the suspension flex was limited by the fact that the springs are stiffer? I understand that the ride is stiffer on road, but has it had any effect offroad?

well for mine the stock springs were almost flat before and all the bushings were so stiff and half of the bolts were frozen so mine did not flex much at all before but now it flex's 100 times better as for on road with new shocks it seam to be a softer now also i realy like the on road ride to

2. What are you using for shocks after the lift? I know when I did a bastard pack on my old xj you could use shocks from other jeeps that were longer, does anybody know if this is the same for yj's? If so, what are they?


for mine i used some cheep $100 for all 4 procomp shocks for a 3-4 lift on ebay

All the lifts look good so far, and thanks in advance to anyone that can help out with these questions.

i dont know if my answers will help a whole lot but it is what i found with mine

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Unread 01-02-2011, 07:07 PM   #62
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I was told by someone that you should only use the bolts made for the leaf springs because other bolts would be more likely to break.
i never heard that before. Thanks, I will have to keep an eye on it.
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Unread 01-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #63
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Callin the bone yard tomorrow.....
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Unread 01-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #64
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I don't think a grade 8 bolt is going to break in this application. It really doesn't have a lot of stress on it once the u bolts are tightened down.

To be honest, I can't verify any off road performance as I (blush) haven't been off road before or after I did the spring swap. Too new to the area to know where to go do some good off roading.

I used stock length replacement Gabriel shocks to replace worn out oems. With just 2" or so of lift, everything worked fine, including stock brake lines and stock driveline angles.

onelow1ton, good lookin' jeep.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 10:36 AM   #65
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I finished the bastard pack on Monday but I haven't had time to post up some pics so here they are. I gained about 3" all the way around using the main S10 leafs in front and the second leafs in back.

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Unread 01-05-2011, 12:19 PM   #66
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Cool, I hope to lift another yj soon.
Wish I would have heard of this when I lifted my first yj a few years ago.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #67
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Ken89YJ - What size tires is your rig sitting on? Getting ready to do the same thing this weekend on my 88 YJ and it looks like the leaves you swapped will give me the height i'm looking for, depending on the tires.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 03:05 PM   #68
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Ken89YJ - What size tires is your rig sitting on? Getting ready to do the same thing this weekend on my 88 YJ and it looks like the leaves you swapped will give me the height i'm looking for, depending on the tires.
They're 31" BFG all terrains
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Unread 01-05-2011, 03:58 PM   #69
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what size u-bolts and center bolts did you end up having to get?
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Unread 01-05-2011, 08:36 PM   #70
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what size u-bolts and center bolts did you end up having to get?
I'm not sure what size the u bolts were, I brought my old bolts to the local spring shop and told them I wanted some that were one inch longer and they worked perfectly. The two u bolts on the inside front are a little bigger in diameter so make sure you don't get all the same size, I made that mistake. As for the center bolts they were 5/16 by like 4" or 5" don't be afraid to go longer than needed because you can always cut them.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 08:46 PM   #71
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All the after pictures combined into one shot........

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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:36 PM   #72
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because of this thread, i was able to save some coin and make my own bastard lift kit. the yj rides much better thanks to the positive arc in the springs.

i used tacoma leafs instead of s10, they were just laying around at work and didnt cost me a dime

thanks for the write up five string!
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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:44 PM   #73
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because of this thread, i was able to save some coin and make my own bastard lift kit. the yj rides much better thanks to the positive arc in the springs.

i used tacoma leafs instead of s10, they were just laying around at work and didnt cost me a dime

thanks for the write up five string!
Where are the pic's..... I don't see any pic's.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #74
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Where are the pic's..... I don't see any pic's.
ill get some up tomorrow.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 06:01 AM   #75
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shonuff,
sho nuff! And a pic or two would be appreciated!
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