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post #1 of 7 Old 08-19-2007, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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1980 CJ 5 Lift Kit

Has anyone installed a 2.5" Rough Country Lift kit on a CJ5? Doing all the work myself, started on the front drivers side, everything fit great. Next started on the rear drivers side. The supplied leaf spring (part no. 8008) doesen't seem to be long enough. contacted Rough Country, they said to try and bolt the leaf spring to the axle first, then attach it to the mounts. Tried this all day with no results, lack about a quarter of an inch from getting the bolt through the mount. What am i doing wrong?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-19-2007, 02:15 PM
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Sure your using the rear spring? Dumb question, but it happens.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-19-2007, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, triple checked
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-20-2007, 06:53 AM
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My son had a problem with his also (not the same lift you have). His were to short. We simply put a rachet strap around the frame and axle and preloaded the spring as if it had lots of weight on it. The spring flattend out enough to get the bolts in.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-20-2007, 10:22 AM
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I'd measure the length of the spring, then call RC and make them tell you what length the spring is supposed to be. Don't tell them what you have first or they can just say "Oh yeah, that's the right one".

Seems to me that if you have to preload the leaf spring, that may be why RC has a reputation of a stiff, harsh ride.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-24-2007, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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As a follow up, I finally got the spring into place. I put my floor jack under the sping and kept jacking until I could take a crowbar and pry it to where I could insert the bolt. If you ever buy this kit throw away the instructions, there worthless.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-26-2009, 12:04 AM
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How does it ride?
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