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post #1 of 4 Old 09-20-2002, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf Spring question

How can you tell if your stock leaf springs still have life ? Obviously, if the vehicle is leaning they are shot, but is there a measurement you can take eye to eye to get a good idea if your springs need replaced or not ?

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-20-2002, 10:00 PM
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I would do a search for the length of some stock height replacement springs. Compare that length to your current length. The distance from eye to eye will increase as the springs settle with age, use, abuse, etc...

Sounds to me like you're looking for an excuse to replace the current springs. With that, it's the perfect opportunity for justifying lift! Of course, you don't need to go crazy with it...some replacement springs that give 1 or 1.5" of lift would do if you don't want to invest in all the other stuff that typically follows the installation of larger lifts.

My 2 cents,

DM

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-20-2002, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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doing a frame up. dont want a huge lift, daily driver adn such, and no real rock crawling. I will have a 1 inch body lift due to my frame, i got a matkins extreame. most off roading it will see is to and from hunting camp.

i was looking at ranchos springs, seem decent. with 1 inch of lift.
i was hoping to put a few upgrades off to speed up a few things, and when taxes came, go back and go nuts

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-21-2002, 03:53 PM
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Sounds like a plan. Don't know how old the jeep is, but if funds are available, a new set of springs would be a bad idea. If nothing else, it will improve the ride quality.

Have fun!

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T176
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Motorcraft 2100 swap
Nutter By-Pass
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