Lift in Front, extended shackle in back
I bought a CJ-8 that has extended shackles to provide lift for 32" tires. The PO really did a bad job (in my opinion) by moving from the standard 3" shackle to a 6 1/4" shackle (I think leaf springs are not stock, but I'm not sure). So it drives REALLY bad at 55 MPH or over. Unless the road is perfectly flat, it' wanders all over.
I'm looking to replace the suspension with a lift kit, but then i started to think (look out...) If you had a stock Jeep, could you buy only the front lift springs and then achieve the corresponding lift in the back with an extended shackle? This would greatly reduce the price of the lift kit, right? You could keep the stock springs in the back.
Then I thought again...Could you build some sort of "extension" bracket that would mount to the normally unchanged leaf spring perch (the part of the leaf spring where the shackle does not mount). This extension bracket would back the back of the leaf equal in height to the front of the leaf and thus eliminate the wandering at high speeds. It would be a very cheap lift using stock springs.
Has this been done?