Might sound like a strange question, but how do you know what type of lift has been added?
I have a 76 CJ-5 I got a couple of months ago. I am down to the frame and stripping it, and then the rebuild, however, I am at the point where I was going to order up a new lift kit, probably a 4" sky jacker or some other suspension lift, but I am looking at the shackles and can't tell if the jeep had been lifted with a shackle type of lift or if it has been done by another suspension type.
It currently has 33" 12.5 15's on it and the jeep cleared them without an issue, no body lift either.
If there is an easy way to tell, I would love to know how.
I plan on running the same size tires, possibly 35's, just want to know what I have on there and what to do going forwards.
The only way that I know of is to look at the top of the leaf springs(if it is a suspension lift)an there will be in fairly large letters and numbers the manufacturers part number. These will also be in a certain color, which usually has something to do with the comp.(Rancho red, superlift yellow, etc). I guess the only way to be sure is check around with that part number.
If it is not a suspension lift and you have 33's on, I would guess that the shackles would be pretty long. Anyway I hope this in someway helps.
If you want, I have a four inch lift and I can measure from tne mid point of the spring straight up to the frame and give you the measurement. It will vary somewhat but it might put you in the ballpark. Just let me know.
If you could do that, it would rock.
That would give me a ball park as to if I have a 4 inch on there.
There was no body lift and the 33's cleared without a problem.
Didn't do any serious articulation for the 10 minutes I had it together before I stripped it, but it didn't appear that it would rub.
thanks in advance for the measure job.
Would it be too much to ask to see if the front and back are similar? Also, number of leaves that you have would be great.
I have the 304 in it, so I was just curious about weight in front, etc. with the lift you have.
I measured from the top of the axletube to the bottom of the frame(this was the eaisest way to measure). The front is about 8 inches and the rear is about 10. I have stock shackles and the packs have 4 leafs each. Let me know if I can do anything else. HTH
I have the 31's on my TJ, I am currently running 32's on the CJ and with the 4inches and narrowtrack I think it looks kind of dumb b/c there is so much room to spare. I might step it up to 33's. Also let me know what you came up with.
Sounds to me like it could either be an add a leaf possibly. Maybe 2 leaves were added to the pack due to the 3 that are the same length. I believe that there are stock packs with 5 and 7 leaves. The sagging could possibly be due to towing. I am not quite sure. Just some thoughts to think about.
CB4158 - your shackles should measure 3" from center to center of the shackle bolts if they are stock length. The number of springs in the spring pack vary from manufacturer to manufacturer so you can't really tell by counting. You probably won't be able to determine the make of the springs unless someone familiar with them helps you by looking at them.
The measurements taken by you and Jami are simular and close to being the same. Since Jami knows he has a 4" lift, I'd assume you do too. It sounds like yours may either be sagging a little in the rear, or you have more weight in the rear than Jami. You have a hard top? Heavy tool box or something?
2004 Rubicon, 6" lift, 35s, winch, hard top, full doors, bumpers, tire carrier and rock sliders.