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Unread 02-06-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. New Jeep owner as of a couple weeks ago. Bought an '88 YJ that needs a bit of TLC. My first big project will be to replace all the springs, shocks, steering stabilizer, and all the bushings. I'll probably wind up replacing the bearings and ball joints too, but haven't decided that yet.

I intend to use my Jeep, but not abuse it. Nothing truly outrageous, the occasional 4-wheeling when opportunity knocks.

With that said, I'm looking to replace the springs and wondered if it would be a good thing to put "5-leaf regular" leaves all around, or stick with the 4 in front and 5 in back. It seems like the front would be heavier normally so I'm not sure why they would be lighter.

And just to verify, the front and back are the same size, correct?

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 02-06-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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The springs are the same length. Generally heavier ones go in the back if there is a hard top. Nothing on a YJ is ever normal, standard or as expected.

Before you do anything consider future plans. Six months from now if you want a little bigger tires or a better ride you'll wish you thought it through more.

Occasional 4 wheeling and abuse has many definitions. What are you actually planning to do?
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Unread 02-07-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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Hi jbolty,

I appreciate your candid reply. Let's put it this way - I won't take my Jeep on something like your picture shows. Not even close. The occasional back trail, snow and/or mud, but nothing crazy.

My Jeep has oversized tires on it now, and a body lift. It appears to have regular, unmodified, probably original suspension. The springs are obviously shot, and I'm willing to bet the shocks and steering stabilizer (which is rusty) are original. It's also a soft top.

If I tow anything it'll be light but I need to get the engine/tranny checked out before I do something like that.

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