hey guys, i have a mostly stock suspension setup. I just got given a set of XJ rear springs with a 2" add a leaf in them. What is my best best on doing something with them for my jeep? I want a beefier spring for the front of my jeep as my HEAVY bumper and winch... Any help would be great!!
I am not 100% certain on this, but I think the only reason for using the XJ springs is when used to push the rear axle back. I think you gain almost 6 inches of wheel base length.
I am not sure of any real benefit to running XJ leaf springs.
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It's true that using xj leafs will push back the axle I don't know how much for sure either : /, but realize if you try to put those on with out the proper mods you'll run into all kinds of clearance issues.
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Well, he said he wanted it for the front... You get into all sorts of issues up there. You have to move the rear frame hanger, and mess with steering, cause it'll push the axle pretty far forward. I don't think it would make for a more heavy duty spring that stock yj springs. Stock yj springs are pretty stiff, xj springs... kinda squishy, especially with the weight of a motor on top of them. In the front i think they'd settle too much, too fast.
you dont have to move the rear frame hanger at all. You just have to do something with your front shackle hanger. I bought way back hangers from ruff stuff and put em on the front of my bumper, I used an astro van steering box with a reverse steering arm and added 2 more springs to my front pack. no problems. you just gotta know what your doing and what to do if you do run into problems.
Go to the junk yard and grab some full size waggy springs. Combine them with your YJ springs to make the perfect lift height. Then put them in there. You wont have to change anything...anything...and they usually net about 3" of stretch.
You wont have steering problems and you'll gain a bit of stretch.
If you use the xj springs in the front you'll need to spend some money to do everything right. But not too much.