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Unread 04-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
cdt540
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Leaf Spring Bushing Replacement

I just ordered replacement leaf spring bushings from Rubican Express for my '83 CJ7 with their 2.5 inch lift. I received the bushings but no install grease. When I have used Energy Suspension products in the past they came with install grease. Has anyone installed these and if so what did you use for grease? A friend said to just use any silicon based grease. Googling around for that now...

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Unread 04-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Just use a white lithium grease spray on from an aerosol can works well
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Unread 04-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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Just use a white lithium grease spray on from an aerosol can works well
Thanks! I did the steering box and HD bracket last weekend and the bushings are scheduled for this weekend. Hopefully the end of white knuckle driving.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 07:50 AM   #4
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Hmm...how big are your shackles? You may have a caster problem...
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:10 AM   #5
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I will have to measure them and post back. What I do know is the PO had installed a Rubican Express 2.5 inch lift because I have the receipt and the part numbers on the springs match the receipt. What I found out is when you turn the steering sitting still to the point that you just start to get resisitence from the wheel beginning to move you can see the axle actually move back and forth slightly. And what is happening is the leaf spring is rocking back and forth where it attaches to the shackle and rear mounting point. So it seemed to me new bushings where in order in addition to the steering box that had known issues. Now I may have additional issues that need to be address but these items seemed obvious. I am new to Jeeps but not to messing around with cars and in general the PO seems to have done a reasonable job on what work was done. So far I have not come across anything that was just hacked up thankfully. I have attached a couple of pics just because I think it looks cool.....

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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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The shackles are 5" from bolt to bolt.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:05 PM   #7
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that would be a 1" shackle lift. That will change the caster some but should still be ok.
Nice look'n jeep ya got there.
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