Hey guys, my YJ is currently SOA and I feel that I really have a high center of gravity. I can remove a leaf spring but I'm afraid that it'd make it bouncier. My Jeep is also a daily driver and I noticed that my tires sticks out maybe an inch or two so the Jeep looks really "narrow."
I'm thinking about getting offset rims (backspacing) but I wonder if it would cause a lot of stress on the u joints? I'm running 35s. What are your thoughts?
I also thought about wheel spacers but I feel that the more parts I have, the more parts likely to break.
SOA on 2" springs isn't the best idea for a DD, that's the real mistake. If you're really worried about high CG, swap out the 2" jobs for stock YJ springs (flat). Just be sure you have an anti-wrap bar, which you should have on a SOA setup anyway. Wheels have a snowballs chance in Phoenix of noticeably helping.
Yeah, I do have a traction bar. You're right, 2" does feel too high... I went with someone's recommendation and regret it. The Alcans were pretty costly so I'm trying to figure out what is the best thing to do at this point.
Any shackle or BL? You can try reducing those if you do.
You can also cut off your spring hangers and either shorten them up or buy some 63 hangers from RuffStuff and french them into the frame. That'll drop you about 2"-2.5" by all accounts. Lots of work though.
A set of new wheels shouldn't cost you more than $250, but honestly it won't make much of a difference adding an inch or two to your stance. If your tires don't rub at full steering lock right now, then I wouldn't waste the money.
My tires do rub the frame if I turn the wheel all the way. I do have one inch body lift as well as motor lift. I don't want to remove the BL because if I do that then I'll have to remove my Brown Dog mounts.
The Alcans were pretty costly so I'm trying to figure out what is the best thing to do at this point.
The answer to 'the best thing' doesn't involve your wallet. The trade-offs do. I still say pull the springs, sell them on craigs or something. It's likely not the first or last time you've poorly spent money and had to spend more to fix. I stopped counting the times I've done that 50 years ago.
I think I'm gonna agree with Don here. For the amount of work and money, I'm probably better off selling the Alcan springs to someone who wants 2" lift and get either flat or 1" springs and be done with it. I think I still need to replace the wheels anyway because of the tire rub.