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post #16 of 3517 Old 09-29-2011, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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shes in rougher shape than i thought, The first pic you uploaded looked like it was damn near cherry condition, Nice start non the less. Nice ZJ also!
Yeah I made a bad buy but now I have to live with it When im done with body work shell look real pretty although I wont be able to paint until spring, getting too cold in michigan

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Hey guys, so I had an idea and im not sure if it will work. When I was under the wrangler I noticed the axles were on top of the leaf springs. Would it work to move them to bottom of the leaf springs to get an extra 2-2 1/2inches of lift? Could it be done with minimal modifications and would it be safe?
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Hey guys, so I had an idea and im not sure if it will work. When I was under the wrangler I noticed the axles were on top of the leaf springs. Would it work to move them to bottom of the leaf springs to get an extra 2-2 1/2inches of lift? Could it be done with minimal modifications and would it be safe?
thats a pretty common thing to do with these YJs. Search spring over axle (SOA). when you do that you get about 5 inches of lift using stock springs. There is alot more involved with it tho than just relocating the springs on top of the axle. And it can get expensive. Also if your gonna go thru all that work you might as well at least upgrade the rear axle.

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How's the frame on it near the rear shackles? I had rust in the exact same places on the YJ im working on.
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thats a pretty common thing to do with these YJs. Search spring over axle (SOA). when you do that you get about 5 inches of lift using stock springs. There is alot more involved with it tho than just relocating the springs on top of the axle. And it can get expensive. Also if your gonna go thru all that work you might as well at least upgrade the rear axle.
Ok, thanks alot for the info. Do you think it would cost more then to just put a 4 inch RC lift on it?
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How's the frame on it near the rear shackles? I had rust in the exact same places on the YJ im working on.
The frame is in suprisingly good condition. The most rust on the frame is near the front bumber on the driver side of the frame but even that is minor.
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Like by the steering box? I just got done putting a fabtech 4 inch on the YJ today and ended up gettting almost 6 inches of lift out of it. I haven't driven it yet but the kit went on easy.
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Damn dude, that thing is toe up from the flo up. Everything looks fixable/replacable/coverupable though. Good luck.
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Ok, thanks alot for the info. Do you think it would cost more then to just put a 4 inch RC lift on it?
alot more (if you properly did the SOA). You will save yourself alot of headaches by getting a complete lift kit. I have the 4 inch RC lift and it went from that blue jeep i posted up to my current jeep. ive yet to have any problems with it and ive had it for almost 4 years now. A little rough riding but for the price, it cant be beat in my opinion. i believe i payed around $450 for it back then.

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you can always put softer shocks on if the ride it too rough.
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you can always put softer shocks on if the ride it too rough.
ive found that shocks help some but just the nature of the leaf spring itself is pretty rigid compared to other companies like Old Man Emu that have more of a forgiving ride to it.

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ive found that shocks help some but just the nature of the leaf spring itself is pretty rigid compared to other companies like Old Man Emu that have more of a forgiving ride to it.
haha yeah after driving the YJ for a cople days the cherokee felt like a dream.
With the 4 inch RC lift do you have to do anything with the drive shafts?
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haha yeah after driving the YJ for a cople days the cherokee felt like a dream.
With the 4 inch RC lift do you have to do anything with the drive shafts?
nope, its comes with a transfer case drop. In my personal experience its hit or miss needing it or not. my first jeep i needed it or else i had bad vibes. My current jeep i didnt need it and i have no vibes.

what i would recommend is that if you do get the kit, install the t-case drop last. drive it first and see if your really gonna need it.

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Like by the steering box? I just got done putting a fabtech 4 inch on the YJ today and ended up gettting almost 6 inches of lift out of it. I haven't driven it yet but the kit went on easy.
yeah heres a picture of it. This is about the extent of the rust on the frame(thank God) and theres suppose to be a hole right there it just got bigger. I believe the steering box is right on the other side but i could be wrong.
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Damn dude, that thing is toe up from the flo up. Everything looks fixable/replacable/coverupable though. Good luck.
Ha thanks, I got myself in to alot more work then I expacted but ill get there(i hope)
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