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wfterning 07-15-2013 03:14 PM

Brass leaf spring bushings
 
So I am pretty new to this whole jeep thing. Bought a 93 about 3 weeks ago. The front was making a little noise when I bought it but after taking it out a couple times the back is now making noise. I was going to buy replacement bushings, but then I thought about just making some out of brass. I work in a machine shop, it wouldn't be too difficult. I have a few questions though:

1. Will brass even work? I know it used to be done on old hot rods and a lot of drag cars use them.

2. How can I tell if I have stock leaf springs or aftermarket? The only lift on it is a 2" block.

3. Does anyone have dimensions for bushings? I can buy some and then take them back but that is kind of a waste of time.

Randonexplosion 07-15-2013 03:34 PM

If you have a 2" lift block, then you are already spring over. Pics would help.

I don't see brass bushings being good in any situation on a Jeep. The bushings dampen a lot of road vibration and assist in letting your shackle move. Buy new bushings.

Shadownwpa 07-15-2013 03:55 PM

get some poly and machine em out of that... or just buy them and save the effort

Michaelgoesrawr 07-15-2013 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Randonexplosion
If you have a 2" lift block, then you are already spring over. Pics would help.

I don't see brass bushings being good in any situation on a Jeep. The bushings dampen a lot of road vibration and assist in letting your shackle move. Buy new bushings.

He could be talking about a body lift. But I'd agree about SOA. OP post some pictures of your front axle. Spring bushings could be the least of your worries.

Randonexplosion 07-15-2013 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Michaelgoesrawr (Post 15680359)

He could be talking about a body lift. But I'd agree about SOA. OP post some pictures of your front axle. Spring bushings could be the least of your worries.

Thread title says leaf spring bushings :rtft: hahaha :highfive:

dillonjm 07-15-2013 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Randonexplosion (Post 15680756)
Thread title says leaf spring bushings :rtft: hahaha :highfive:

I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"

Randonexplosion 07-15-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by dillonjm (Post 15680959)

I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"

I get it now. I was stuck on suspension lift...

timatoe 07-15-2013 11:21 PM

Just buy new bushings you can get them for about $2 each, brass will 100% be a bad idea.

wj4play 07-15-2013 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by dillonjm

I think he was referencing the "lift blocks"

Wood.... Use wood :)

Ok ok just kidding - get rubber bushings for the springs or poly body pucks. No reason to reinvent the wheel

wfterning 07-16-2013 01:16 PM

update
 
Here's an update on where I am at. I discovered they used brass in the past on old hot rods and drag cars because they don't go off road with them. So I am going to be using poly. Now my next issue is that I don't know what brand of suspension it has. I went to the local offroad shop today to talk to a few guys. The leaf springs are not stock, don't know if it is a 2" or 2 1/2" lift but it does have the military leaf spring kit. I have Rancho shocks, so I am guessing it is going to be Rancho leaf springs, but I cant find any numbers on them. Gonna try and clean them tonight and see what I can find.

wj4play 07-16-2013 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by wfterning
Here's an update on where I am at. I discovered they used brass in the past on old hot rods and drag cars because they don't go off road with them. So I am going to be using poly. Now my next issue is that I don't know what brand of suspension it has. I went to the local offroad shop today to talk to a few guys. The leaf springs are not stock, don't know if it is a 2" or 2 1/2" lift but it does have the military leaf spring kit. I have Rancho shocks, so I am guessing it is going to be Rancho leaf springs, but I cant find any numbers on them. Gonna try and clean them tonight and see what I can find.

Call deaver spring - they can help


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