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post #1 of 23 Old 05-30-2017, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Raising with additional leaf springs

I'd like to remove the long shackles in the front and back of my jeep, but I'm afraid that the tires will rub. I'd like to make up the 1 inch.

Can I add a leaf under the current springs that will take up sone space and help with some of the sag?







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post #2 of 23 Old 05-30-2017, 08:28 PM
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Can add a leaf, but to me those springs look like they are nearing the replacement stage anyway, may be cheaper/more effective in the long run to do a lift.
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post #3 of 23 Old 05-30-2017, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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I believe it already had a 4 in lift, so would I just need to order springs?
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post #4 of 23 Old 05-30-2017, 09:00 PM
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Yes.

Those are severely sagged and tired. I 2nd puppybreath's suggestion...

just piecemeal out a good lift (try and avoid kits as they include crap you don't need for $$$). Are you on a tight budget? I mean, a new and very functional pieced together lift (including shackles if you wanted them replaced) can be had on a budget without advice.

WHat are you looking for? stance? performance? comfort?

Your profile is still not filled out ....from your other pics it looked like you had 35" pizza cutter tires (am i right?)

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Yeah, those springs look wheezed.
But I bet an add-a-leaf would probly get the inch you want too.
I wouldn't attempt to re-use those u-bolts though.
They have a good bit of corrosion and I wouldn't trust them with my life after being loosened.

Me thinks an assessment is in order.
find out where you are now, and evaluate where you wanna go before tearing into it.
How big are your shackles? Measure bolt center to bolt center.

How much lift do you have now?
Measure from the ground to your rockers. Subtract additional height from shackles over 4" (anything over 4" divide by 2, that's your shackle lift.)
Tires were originally @ 27" tall.
Off road package has gas shocks and 225/70/15 (27.4")
Regular has 215/70/15 (26.85")

Any body lift?
If not, an inch can be gained there for fender clearance.

Figure out where you are, where you're going, the best way to get there for your needs.

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Right now, the rockers are 25 in off the ground.

The tires ar 34s = 3" lift
Shackles 6.5in center to center = 1"
Springs = 3"
Total 7" lift

I'd like to stay at that same height, but I want to shorten the shackles or go to stock shackles.

Down the road, I'm planning on buying 33 in A/T tires and selling the super swampers.

I'm not for or against a body lift, but I think my spare tire rack will prevent a body lift.

Trying to keep it simple.
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just piecemeal out a good lift (try and avoid kits as they include crap you don't need for $$$). Are you on a tight budget? I mean, a new and very functional pieced together lift (including shackles if you wanted them replaced) can be had on a budget without advice.
Please advise on this, I'm open to suggestions. I'll gladly use a kit that includes the leaf, the shackle, and shocks.
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All the lift kits I see are in the $500 range and include much more than I need, I can't seem to find the lift kit with just the springs and shackles
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@Leckbass

Here's an example.

Zone 4" springs which includes bushings.
They have options below.
You can add u-bolts, shims ect, only what you need.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-1995-Je...-/172259056439



Then look around for shackles.

These are zero lift shackles.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-96-Jeep...NYkjg-&vxp=mtr

Just some examples. I don't know if the springs or shackles are any good.
I've never heard anyone complain about Zone or BDS springs.
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I appreciate your help. I guess what I'm looking at is a little bit over $400. I'm going to keep my eyes open to see what else is out there.
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You can also buy springs only from BDS... but they are a good quality spring and may be more $$... but you get what you pay for. I had 5" BDS's and they were great. Those + 1" BL and they cleared 35's w/no cutting involved.

Back to your original Q... yes you can add a leaf to any spring pack, but if you do not know what rate the leaf is it is a best guess scenario. I have nothing against bastard packs, as they can work well, but again, you have to know what you're working with or simply get lucky if they work out.
Back in the day... places like Rancho and RE sold add leafs for extra lift. About all they did was make the whole set up ride like a tank!

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What about a 1in block under the spring?
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You can also buy springs only from BDS... but they are a good quality spring and may be more $$... but you get what you pay for. I had 5" BDS's and they were great. Those + 1" BL and they cleared 35's w/no cutting involved.
Looking to spend a lot less...
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What about a 1in block under the spring?
That would lower you by 1".
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What about a 1in block under the spring?
That would lower you by 1".
How would it lower it?
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