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Unread 10-21-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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Spark Plugs - Rear Suspension - Questions from New Wagoneer Owner

I've had my 88 GW for a couple weeks and finally got to spend some quality time working on it and I have a couple questions:

1 - Working on changing plugs - what is the best way to get to the 2 rear plugs on the passenger side? I haven't gotten there yet but it looks like the heater box is going to make it very difficult to get a ratchet in there.

2 - The rear springs are sagging and I will eventually plan on getting new ones but, in the meantime, has anyone tried these?

http://www.teamgrandwagoneer.com/gab...-gw-1974-1991/

I know they are somewhat of a stop-gap but would like to put money and effort into other places on the Jeep for now.

Thanks!

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Unread 10-21-2014, 08:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the joy of owing one of these things! Can't speak to the plugs, but I've got 4 of those shocks (new in box) taking up space in my garage that you're welcome to. Just cover the cost of shipping, or you can drive to NC to pick up. I think I'm about 1.5 hours south of you. I bought them thinking I'd do the same, stop-gap approach but decided to just plunge in and replace everything instead. Let me know if you're interested.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:11 AM   #3
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Welcome to the joy of owing one of these things! Can't speak to the plugs, but I've got 4 of those shocks (new in box) taking up space in my garage that you're welcome to. Just cover the cost of shipping, or you can drive to NC to pick up. I think I'm about 1.5 hours south of you. I bought them thinking I'd do the same, stop-gap approach but decided to just plunge in and replace everything instead. Let me know if you're interested.
WOW! That would be awesome! That's not a bad drive at all, any chance I could run down this weekend?
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Sure, I'll PM you...
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Unread 10-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #5
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For the rear spark plugs on my 360, I just used a really long extension and a swivel. Worked good for me! Get them started by hand first of course.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:43 PM   #6
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I find that all of the plugs are difficult. I got up on the radiator to get a better angle. I just installed shocks similar to those in the rear to alleviate sagging. Did the trick. Should buy me some time
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Unread 10-22-2014, 01:09 PM   #7
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Another possibility on the plugs to an extension and swivel is most spark plug sockets have an external hex on them that you can attach a box end or open end wrench to.
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Unread 10-22-2014, 05:25 PM   #8
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If i remember correctly i took the two your talking about out from underneath the wagon. Broke them loose with a ratchet and removed them from above once they were loose enough for my fingers.
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Unread 10-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #9
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I do the rear passenger plugs from underneath...plenty of room that way, even on an unlifted Jeep. I take them out and install them from underneath, it's just easier that way.

Can't say I've tried the overload shocks, but you can get stock rear springs from espo...http://www.springsnthings.com/index.htm

I think www.bjsoffroad.com also has either stock springs, add-a-leaf or 2" lift springs.
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Unread 10-27-2014, 12:57 PM   #10
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Installed the springs/shocks this weekend (thanks Rob!). They made a huge difference both in appearance and ride quality.

I was able to get the last 2 plugs from underneath.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
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Installed the springs/shocks this weekend (thanks Rob!). They made a huge difference both in appearance and ride quality.

I was able to get the last 2 plugs from underneath.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
Post a pic - curious to see how it looks.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 10:07 AM   #12
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Post a pic - curious to see how it looks.
Here's a before and after pic, the difference is subtle in the pics but makes more of a difference in person and to ride quality.
20141025_113540.jpg   20141025_165751.jpg  
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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:21 AM   #13
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Looks good. And the ride it probably night and day.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 12:01 PM   #14
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great improvement...glad they worked out for you.
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