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Unread 10-22-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
skierdude52689
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Need some direction/help before build up

So I'm finally back in a cherokee again. I had a 95 2 door lifted 3 inches with 30 inch mud terrains.

A little history:

I bought a 97 4 door 5 speed with 83k on it for 3400 in April with no rust on it, pretty mint but was babied in the city. I have been slowly replacing parts on it in the front end to get ready for winter up here in VT.

I recently did a magnaflow high flow cat, flowmaster super 44, new axle u-joints, cragar soft 8's 4 inch backspacing with 235 75 15's mounted to them. with the offset rims I now have fender flare rub in the rear when I have passengers due to shot/flat leaf springs.

My plan is to lift it in the spring 3 inches when I have the cash for the lift and bigger tires and driveline. I don't have much room in there with current springs for winter (snow build up in fenders will be soooo ****ty). My plan for this winter is to do a Teraflex budget boost with shackles and spacers. Shackles to flat leaf springs wont do much. So my question to you jeepforumer is should I buy new stock springs now and do the shackle lift, and then do an AAL lift in the spring to have a total height of 4.5-5". Or should I get some junkyard springs for winter and in the spring get new 3" inch full leafs in my lift kit? I'm leaning more towards the new springs now and aal in the spring.

kind of long, but lemme know!

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Unread 10-22-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
cory4um
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Get junkyard springs now.
See if they are in any better shape, if so, good.

In spring, use your junkyard springs and the original springs to build a "bastard pack" lift
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Unread 10-22-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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I would install a shackle relocation bracket first then build ur springs to the desired height.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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If youre gonna do AAL's eventually, buy new stock height springs. Not extremely expensive and saves you the hassle of trying to tear some from a junkyard donor.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
skierdude52689
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new springs now would mean aal in the spring. or I do junkyard ones now, and do all new lift leafs in spring with lift kit.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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Its really up to you. Whatever fits your budget and time frame. Me personally, I wouldn't want to do the job twice so id either get it done now or wait until the spring.
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