So I just picked up a set of '89 Grand Waggy springs a few days ago (for $30!!!!
I have a few questions and could use advice from anyone who has it.
-How is rusty is too rusty to use when it comes to leaf springs?
-What is the best method for cleaning/restoring a 23 year old spring pack?
-painting springs? how should i do it?
-I need spring bushings, eye bolts, retainer clamps and a center pin. Any pointers on where to find these and what style i should use?
now to some more technical stuff.
I know that if i stretch the front wheelbase 2" with the waggys I will need a longer front driveshaft. exactly how much longer? just wondering if someone out there has an exact number.
Any ideas on levelling the back springs to match the front? Im looking for as cheap as possible for now. I have heard of using S10 leaves in the YJ pack but those S10s look awfully thick and I am thinking they would ride pretty rough. Are there other spring packs out there with thinner leaves that might work similar to the S10 leaves? Maybe XJs or something?
I also picked up a set of teraflex shock extension hoops from the guy who sold me the springs. They were $35 so i figured why not, right? As far as i can tell they will give me about 2" more travel. If i run a 1" shackle lift along with the ~2" waggys how much more travel can i run on my shocks. would all of these things combined allow at least 5" more? thats not even accounting for the axle being moved forward 2". That would run the shock at a slight angle necessitating more sock shaft length than actual physical vertical travel right?
Long story short, Shocks dont make complete sense to me and I have yet to wrap my mind completely around shock setup.
I am, however, planning to go high end with shocks to get the most out of my rig. In south jersey our trails are mostly sand with some mud and climbing mixed in so a good set of shocks will make all the difference. I am ready to invest in some reservoir shocks although i am not sure which manufacturer to go with or how much travel they should have.
If anyone has input or advice on any of these topics i am all ears.