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Unread 01-18-2009, 11:19 PM   #1
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Saggy Springs: Add-a-Leaf, Bastard Pack, or other option?

My rear springs (well all of my springs really) have begun to sag to the point of being basically flat, and invert whenever I am climbing and there is a lot of weight on them. I know that add-a-leaf is a cheap way to restore some arch, but how long does it last and how do they ride? Also, I see a lot of cherokee owners composing their own Bastard Packs, usually using most of their own leaves and some from a donor S-10 or other dodge pickup, however, I could not find any YJ owners doing this. Has anyone else had any experience with this? Can I make a bastard pack just like a Cherokee? Also, are there any other options to this problem, preferably relatively cheap? (I'm on a student budget) I know I can get them re-arched, but it seems like this would just further fatigue the metal and will end up right back where it was. Any advice, help, experiences, and especially pictures are greatly appreciated!!

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Unread 01-18-2009, 11:24 PM   #2
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On stock size tires?

If so, I bought brand new, stock height springs from Q-tec for $79 each.
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On stock size tires?

If so, I bought brand new, stock height springs from Q-tec for $79 each.
Yea, just stock 29" tires. I was hoping to find someone who had replaced their springs when they installed a lift and buy their original stock springs for cheap. I don't wheel much, just want something that isn't so warn out, and a little more lift is never a bad thing. Any other options, though?
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I have a similar question. I have a 90 cherokee and was looking around for a cheap 2" lift. I was looking at the Rubicon express add-a leaf kit, but I believe my rear leafs are sagging a bit, and I would think the add-a leaf wouldn't do much. I'd rather get some donor leafs from a newer car. Does anyone know of any for ones that would give me around the 2" of lift for a cherokee. Fron springs?

My plan is to run to a pick n pull and (hopefully) for a ~$100 or so I could get myself a newer suspention thats about 2" higher. Anyone know of a donor car I can use?

snaustin09 - I would just run to your local junk / parts yard and grab some stock leaf springs. My local Pick n Pull charges me 2 bucks to run around their yard, and parts are fairly reasonable. I wouldn't think a used pair would run you very much - and as long as you got some jack-stands and some basic tools, you'd probably be fine.

As far as the re-work, I would seriously avoid that. In my opinion that would be more of a hassle, and yeah - metal fatigue is not worth the chance of your axle falling off at highway speed.
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snaustin09 - I would just run to your local junk / parts yard and grab some stock leaf springs.
I would gladly do this, but my local junkyard, for some reason, never has any wrangler, despite a plethora of Cherokees (at least I can get engine parts). Has anyone ever composed a bastard pack for a YJ? If so, from what donor springs?
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I went on a MOPAR site and ordered some brand new ones. Cost me under $180 for both.
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