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Unread 09-24-2009, 12:59 PM   #1
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WJ Coil specs

I was at the junkyard last week on business, and saw a wrecked WJ. I went over and inspected it to see if there was anything I could use off of it. First thing I noticed were the springs. The springs looked quite abit taller, with more coils then my springs (6cyl-4wd). However, I didn't notice anything different about the trac-bar, pitman arm, sway bar links etc. It did have white tubed shocks.

What are the specs of the stock I6/V8 springs (overall unloaded length, coil numbers)

I couldn't tell if they were stock or not being the vehicle had no wheels/tires, and had the engine/transmission/transfer case pulled.

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Could have just been a 2-2.5" coil lift. Its the more expensive way of doing a budget boost with poly spacers.
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If the spring on that WJ wrapped around more times than yours, then they are probably aftermarket springs. OME 2" springs, for example, would not warrant changing the track bar or sway bar links, or anything else. The white shocks are also aftermarket, so it sounds like someone put on a 1.5" or 2" spring lift and changed the shocks. See how much the junkyard wants for them, maybe you can get some really cheap lift.
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Just went to the yard and measured 2 different Jeeps.

Jeep 1 - '01 Limited. No Engine/Transmission/T-case. Stock suspension
Jeep 2 - '99 Laredo. No Engine/Transmission/T-case. Unknown suspension

Measurements:
Jeep 1. Front Springs 13" tall. 7 1/2" sway bar link (top of bottom nut to middle of top nut). 9" rear springs
Jeep 2. Front Springs 15" tall. 7 1/2" sway bar link (top of bottom nut to middle of top nut.) 10" rear springs with 1" spacer.

I noticed that Jeep 2 did have a aftermarket track bar. Appeared to be thicker and more defined curves then Jeep 1.

Going back this afternoon and picking up the front springs for $55. I would call that a win. If I end up with a wobble from too much lift, I can go back and get the track bar for $40
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Just went to the yard and measured 2 different Jeeps.

Jeep 1 - '01 Limited. No Engine/Transmission/T-case. Stock suspension
Jeep 2 - '99 Laredo. No Engine/Transmission/T-case. Unknown suspension

Measurements:
Jeep 1. Front Springs 13" tall. 7 1/2" sway bar link (top of bottom nut to middle of top nut). 9" rear springs
Jeep 2. Front Springs 15" tall. 7 1/2" sway bar link (top of bottom nut to middle of top nut.) 10" rear springs with 1" spacer.

I noticed that Jeep 2 did have a aftermarket track bar. Appeared to be thicker and more defined curves then Jeep 1.

Going back this afternoon and picking up the front springs for $55. I would call that a win. If I end up with a wobble from too much lift, I can go back and get the track bar for $40
Just save yourself the headache and get the track bar while you're already there. The track bar isn't for preventing wobble anyway, it's for centering the axle under the Jeep to correct the alignment and prevent your tires from rubbing on turns due to being too close to suspension components. If the junked Jeep has the track bar on it with those springs, odds are very good you're going to need it as well.
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