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Unread 08-16-2014, 04:40 PM   #121
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Well. . . Working on cleaning up the garage today. Cleaned up the air compressor I picked up from a buddy. It was covered in some oil sludge. Looks great now.

Also picked up a new toy from Harbor Freight. Need to get the air compressor up and running to use it.







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Unread 08-16-2014, 04:44 PM   #122
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Then I pulled the Jeep from its t i mbps ad parked it out back. Sure does look good parked out back.







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Unread 08-16-2014, 04:46 PM   #123
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Could this be the cause of one of the clunks I hear when driving?



Kicking myself in the *** for picking up 6.5" leaf springs instead of 4.5...

Anyone want to trade?
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Unread 09-01-2014, 05:23 PM   #124
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I was moving the Jeep back into the garage today to replace the serpentine belt and was making a HORRIBLE noise.

Think I found the culprit . . .

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Unread 09-01-2014, 05:24 PM   #125
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I think this one will work a little better.

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Unread 09-04-2014, 07:41 AM   #126
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I'm not sure if anyone is watching this anymore, but I need some advice and feedback.

How high is too high for an XJ on 35's and full with axles? Have any of you run with an 8 inch lift? My issue is that my ******* bought 6 1/2 inch Rusty's leaf springs thinking that I would weigh them down with as heavy as the *** end of my Jeep is. However, that was not the case. So, if I run those leaf packs along with my cm shackle relocation brackets I am sitting around 8 inches of lift. I only have six and a half inch rustys coils in the front. I was originally going to run without my shackle relocation brackets and pull a leaf spring out of the pack. I decided that I don't want to do that anymore, so to level it out I'm considering putting a 2 inch coil spacer in the front. If the *** end does eventually settle a bit I can pull out the coil spacers. I'm hoping that's what happens. One of the reasons I want to keep the shackle relocation brackets is because right now without them, my shackles are hitting the back of the stock shackle mount and making a god awful, jolting clunk.

What are your thoughts?

If no one is paying attention to this anymore I guess I'll post it up in its own thread. Thanks
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Unread 09-04-2014, 07:56 AM   #127
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I wouldn't go over 5.

I'm at 2.5-3 inches of lift on tall 35s (34.5) and don't like how it is in extreme off camber situations. I'm stable but it is t fun I would be terrified of 8 inches of lift.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 08:08 AM   #128
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UGH! Well, I'll at least be at 6.5, which is close to what I'm at now. Do you have any issues with your shackles hitting in the back? What setup are you running that you're that low. I really did want to just trim more, which I did, and not go this tall. I might just keep going this route and test it out at least. I still want to keep the feedback coming. Thanks for chiming in.

I really appreciate the input from actual experience and not just "well, I read a lot of message boards and you NEED to go with a LCOG build. That's what I'm running on my mall crawler / pavement princess!"
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Unread 09-04-2014, 08:28 AM   #129
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UGH! Well, I'll at least be at 6.5, which is close to what I'm at now. Do you have any issues with your shackles hitting in the back? What setup are you running that you're that low. I really did want to just trim more, which I did, and not go this tall. I might just keep going this route and test it out at least. I still want to keep the feedback coming. Thanks for chiming in.

I really appreciate the input from actual experience.


Dakota or s10 main leaf spare jeep leafs
Factory shackle rear sits lower than the fronts so I have inch lift shackles to go in.

Re coils 1 coil cut.
Iro t bar
RUFFSTUFF steering
Bronco Dana 44
And short arms.
Short arms are working for me.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 10:08 AM   #130
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Dakota or s10 main leaf spare jeep leafs
Factory shackle rear sits lower than the fronts so I have inch lift shackles to go in.

Re coils 1 coil cut.
Iro t bar
RUFFSTUFF steering
Bronco Dana 44
And short arms.
Short arms are working for me.
I just bought the 6.5" Rusty's full packs though. I am stubborn and poor, so I really want to make them work, if at all possible.

Stock leaf packs are not really an option. They are the original '92 packs. Even with my RC 4.5" AAL they were sagging... sitting completely flat. They are too old and tired to use. That's why I upgraded to the full packs in the first place.

Keep the comments and suggestions coming
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Unread 09-04-2014, 12:47 PM   #131
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I just bought the 6.5" Rusty's full packs though. I am stubborn and poor, so I really want to make them work, if at all possible.

Stock leaf packs are not really an option. They are the original '92 packs. Even with my RC 4.5" AAL they were sagging... sitting completely flat. They are too old and tired to use. That's why I upgraded to the full packs in the first place.

Keep the comments and suggestions coming
Gut them to make a bastard pack?!
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Unread 09-04-2014, 12:49 PM   #132
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Luke is right, for the most part. But as each of us drives differently on different terrain, maybe you should put it together and see how it works for you. I know that where I live, clearance is key due to the amounts of snow we get. I'd prefer a 6" for 33's, but you may have different needs and desires.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 01:17 PM   #133
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Luke is right, for the most part. But as each of us drives differently on different terrain, maybe you should put it together and see how it works for you. I know that where I live, clearance is key due to the amounts of snow we get. I'd prefer a 6" for 33's, but you may have different needs and desires.
We get alot of snow here as we'll but with how I have alot relatively tucked up I'm not to worried about it.
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Unread 11-13-2014, 07:36 PM   #134
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Koolaid do you still have my number buddy I was trying to find you and get you to go wheeling some time
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Unread 11-14-2014, 12:02 PM   #135
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Yep, sent you a message.

Jeep has just been sitting. Not getting any love. Hopefully now that Fall Soccer is over I'll get a chance to spend some time in the garage again.
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