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Unread 04-04-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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Broke my Leaf Spring... FOLLOW UP Question: Post #12

I asked a follow up question on post #12

Just looking for some advice here. First wheeling trip of the season left me with no jeep as I ended up hitting a rock or something with my shackle, causing the driver's side leaf spring to break in half. The mud was good though and I ended up not being able to see out of my windows when I was done

All four leaf springs on the jeep are old anyways. They are all straight with no bend left to them at all. Unfortunately, money is a little tight right now and I can't buy a lift kit so I just have to buy the springs.

My question is, what does everyone think about these? They seem like a decent price Old Man Emu CS014F - Old Man Emu 2.5&...YJ - Quadratec

Also, since im trying to save money, how lop-sided will my jeep look if I replace just the front two springs for now (the back one's are worn out with no bend)? Thanks.

I should add, everything is pretty much stock on the jeep with the exception of a little bit longer shackles and 31" tires.

Thanks!


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Unread 04-05-2010, 12:22 AM   #2
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Emu is a good spring, so is rubicon, bds. The emu leafs require emu bushings, which are expensive, unless you are lucky and have bushings of your own that will fit.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 05:26 AM   #4
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I think it'd look pretty weird with a 2.5 lift in front and nothing in the back. I broke a few springs here and there and always found a used spring from a friend or online for cheap or free to replace it with, then when money permitted bought all 4 at once.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 09:39 AM   #5
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I think it'd look pretty weird with a 2.5 lift in front and nothing in the back. I broke a few springs here and there and always found a used spring from a friend or online for cheap or free to replace it with, then when money permitted bought all 4 at once.
I've been looking on craigslist and asking friends but no luck with any cheap springs. Does anyone know if leafs from any another vehicle will fit the YJ?
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The emu leafs require emu bushings
Is this documented somewhere? I used the energy suspension bushings from Q-tec and they seem to work just fine. I've only had them on for a few weeks though.
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I've been looking on craigslist and asking friends but no luck with any cheap springs. Does anyone know if leafs from any another vehicle will fit the YJ?
There are lots of springs that you could 'make work', but IMO I'd rather go with something specifically made for a YJ. I 'believe' waggy springs will work, but IIRC they are a little long. I know a few guys around here that love to mix and match springs and make them work, but IMO it is more of a guessing game. But if thats what you want to do then you'd just need to get the eye to eye measurements, coupled with the at rest measurements, and then go the the junk yard. But again, you really won't know what the spring rates on the donnor vehicle will be or how they will perform.



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Is this documented somewhere? I used the energy suspension bushings from Q-tec and they seem to work just fine. I've only had them on for a few weeks though.
Good info there, I remember I tried bushings other than emu and they did not fit properly. Good to know others do work. The problem is no, not much I know of is really documented on this subject. Thanks for the info.
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Good info there, I remember I tried bushings other than emu and they did not fit properly. Good to know others do work. The problem is no, not much I know of is really documented on this subject. Thanks for the info.
Yea when I was researching I couldnt find a whole lot of info on bushings. The thing that confused me the most was the directions that came with the Energy Suspension bushings say "Most spring eyes have an outer metal shell. Some shackles are this way as well. The outer shell must be removed."

But if you remove that the bushing would have about a 1/4" of space all around it. So I skipped that part.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 01:41 PM   #10
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Just looking for some advice here. First wheeling trip of the season left me with no jeep as I ended up hitting a rock or something with my shackle, causing the driver's side leaf spring to break in half. The mud was good though and I ended up not being able to see out of my windows when I was done

All four leaf springs on the jeep are old anyways. They are all straight with no bend left to them at all. Unfortunately, money is a little tight right now and I can't buy a lift kit so I just have to buy the springs.

My question is, what does everyone think about these? They seem like a decent price Old Man Emu CS014F - Old Man Emu 2.5" Front Stock-Heavy Load Leaf Spring for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ - Quadratec

Also, since im trying to save money, how lop-sided will my jeep look if I replace just the front two springs for now (the back one's are worn out with no bend)? Thanks.

I should add, everything is pretty much stock on the jeep with the exception of a little bit longer shackles and 31" tires.

Thanks!
I put 4 of those springs on my Jeep, another thing I couldnt find info about was if that would work or not. So far so good, the only thing I've noticed is that most rear spring packs have 5 leafs and these have 4. Not sure if that might make them more prone to sagging in the future?

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the BDS 2" kit is the same spring, front and rear. 4 leaf I believe.
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Unread 04-13-2010, 09:15 AM   #12
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A follow up question to my OP..

I'm still price shopping. I came across an ad on craigslist for a full set of Rough Country 4" leafs for $200.00

The ad states they have approx. 5,000miles on them and that he took them out to switch back to stock springs for a SOA conversion (he stated that the 4" springs were too tall for his liking when going to SOA).

Would this be worth a shot? What other parts would I need if I were to put 4" leafs all around. I'm guess that I would need a brake line relocation bracket. Are the additional parts I would need be something I could pick up at a local auto parts store?

Sorry for all of these questions.. I've never delt with leaf springs/lifts before and I don't want to get screwed here lol

Thanks for the help
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Unread 04-13-2010, 09:26 AM   #13
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yep, brake lines would have to be addressed, as well as shocks, u-bolts (you would want new ones) usually a pitman arm and a transfer case drop or slip yoke eliminator/driveshaft combo. basically all the stuff that comes in a good lift kit. if you where closer i'd hook you up with some stock springs if it would help out.
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yep, brake lines would have to be addressed, as well as shocks, u-bolts (you would want new ones) usually a pitman arm and a transfer case drop or slip yoke eliminator/driveshaft combo. basically all the stuff that comes in a good lift kit. if you where closer i'd hook you up with some stock springs if it would help out.
Thanks for the offer. So do you think I'm better off just buying the entire kit at one time when I have the money?

Or should I buy these springs off Craigslist and buy the additional items seperatly?
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Unread 04-13-2010, 09:43 AM   #15
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well, starting from $200 (price of springs) and adding shocks and a steering stab thats about an additional $150 if you stick to RC's brand. the RC 4" kit complete is $449 before Ryan gives you a JF member discount and, your good to go warranty wise if you need replacement springs. either way, you could save money piecing the parts together doing a little searching or buying a complete kit, its just how much time you want to invest doing it i guess is what it comes down to. i think buying a complete kit might save some headaches in the end.
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