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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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1995 YJ Wrangler 
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WAY too stiff

Ok so I did a search about leaf springs being too stiff. I have removed my swaybars and trac bars, loosened and retorqued the shackles, but I still have almost 0 articulation before I float a tire, I spin just going through a slight uphill mogul section (God I hate how they did the 4 banger Wranglers). My lockers are on the way but since I'm in Guam it was either buy them locally and pay $1300 for both or pay $700 and have to wait a month for them to get here, so I went the less expensive route. I am the 2nd owner and the previous guy used it only as a mall crawler (wasn't even a twig scratch on the skid plate, let alone a nick in the paint). It has a 3" (Pro-Comp I believe) spring lift plus (I think) 1 1/2-2" shackle lift on 31"s. Since he never took it off road the leafs are still very stiff. I know that enough time on the trail will loosen it up but I'd rather not have to get a pull every time I try to flex her a little.

3" SUA, 31" BFG A/Ts, swaybar and trac bar removed, anxious for me to start her 318 swap
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Unread 02-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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If the springs aren't broken in, then they may be a little stiff. It may also just be the springs. It may be worth your while to buy some Superlift 3.5" springs. They flex amazingly, and ride well on the road. Shipping might be expensive but you can get the springs for about $60 each on 4 wheel parts.

You could try flexing it out on a ramp or something and break them in a little. I have heard procomps to ride hard though.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Don't laugh, but hose the leaves down with some wd40 or other penetrating oil, spray inbetween the leaves. Then jump onto a ramp or something to flex them out. The oil will help them slide as they need to do. Forcing them to flex and have a little lubrication will help. Make sure your shocks or your brake lines aren't affecting the articulation. I dan i to fhe same issue with my jeep. I ended up dissassembling everything, a little lube on the spring eyes and bushings, bolts and inbetween the leaves and a couple rides up and down a loading ramp: instant improvement! I also upgraded to boomerangs at the same time and thinge were perfect!
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