This is going to move slow, don't expect an overnight build. I wanted to at least make note of the parts used on the suspension work in case anyone else searches for the #s in the future.
Current tires are 235/75R15 Goodyear Wrangler Radials. They were on sale at Wally World and were a quick fix for the bald tires that were on Jeepy McJeeperton when I bought her. She's about 75% DD and 25% running around in the desert (nothing hardcore) so the Wranglers are a good enough balance between $$$ and performance. The new suspension right now is a placeholder meant to fix the saggy @$$ end while I do some work on other areas like the drivetrain, interior, electrical and under the hood. Ultimate goal down the line is OME in the 3"-4" range w/ either 33s or 35s (LCOG is the overall goal), but this will suffice for 18-24months while I focus on the other stuff.
Crown 4886186AA Leaf Spring Assembly
Supposedly these are equivalent to the UpCountry package and give 1" of lift over stock.
JKS OGS651 Rear Shackle Kit for Jeep XJ/MJ
Adds 1" of lift.
Energy Suspension 2.2109G Spring Bushing for Jeep/Cherokee/Comanche
Had an "oh $h!t moment when the springs arrived w/o bushings. Read up on the pros vs cons of polyurethane bushings and went with these since they were Prime eligible and got them the next day for a few $$$ extra.
Ordered class 10.9 nuts and bolts from Fastenal to replace the old rusted stuff.
Added some parts from Iron Rock Offroad for the back end "just because I could".
Heavy Duty U-Bolt Plates
XJ U-Bolt Kit for Chrysler 8.25
Moog CC782 Variable Rate Coil Spring
Just like the rear springs, supposedly these are equivalent to the UpCountry package and give 1" of lift over stock.
Energy Suspension 2.6103G Spring Isolator for Jeep
OEM spring isolators were shot all to hell, so I had these on standby. The kit comes w/ 4 total but only used 2 and ended up with a mild rake. Not sure if I should have cut to the chase and gotten the JKS ACOS instead.
Monroe SC2928 Magnum Steering Damper
Went ahead and threw this on while the front end was torn apart. The old one was shot, it literally went in & out under it's own weight.
Added some parts from Iron Rock Offroad for the front end "just because I could".
Heavy Duty Coil Spring Retainer for XJ, ZJ, TJ (Hdwr. Kit# 38)
Kept the existing shocks that came with Jeepy McJeeperton when I bought her. Best I can tell the front and rear have Monroe "severe service" shocks on them w/ 550017 on the rears & 550016 on the fronts (#s are stamped into the shock bodies). Not sure why the previous owners went with this, but I'm going to eventually throw some Bilsteins on there later on down the line. For now, the ride isn't too bad.
Got bar pin eliminators (front & rear) on the way, will probably install those in a few weeks.
Rough Country - 1088 - Front Shock Lower Bar Pin Eliminator Kit
Rough Country - 1089 - Rear Shock Upper Bar Pin Eliminator Kit
The RC BPE kit for the front rotates the shocks 90°. From what I've read here, there are some who feel keeping the original orientation of the bar pins is the way to go. Thoughts on whether it's an issue? Should I get the RC rear BPE kit in place of the front ones so I can keep the original orientation of the bar pins or just don't worry about it?
This is the result so far. Old saggy @ss (top pic) vs approx 2" lift + some rake in the rear (bottom pic). Kinda wondering how much (if at all) the rear will settle.
Thoughts, comments, opinions and especially constructive criticism is appreciated.