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Unread 03-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Quick Question on Shocks

I have an 82 CJ7 that has coil over shocks installed front and back along with the leaf springs. I also have 33s installed and it has been this way since I purchased it. After accident I have replaced everything to get it running again however the coil over on the drivers side is busted and the coil is all the way down and the drivers side leaf spring has a slight bend at the rear of the spring. Overall the drivers side is down about an inch and this has allowed the tire to rub a bit on LH turns and LH hill...if that makes sense. SO here is the quick question to replace the front shock (No idea make or model) can I purchase ones spec'ed for the rear and install on the front? I had these in mind as they kinda look like what is on there now-- http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACDELCO-SPEC...85ec1a&vxp=mtr

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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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Sounds to me like the PO used the shocks with helper springs to gain a little lift. Ditch them completely and put regular shocks on it.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 05:34 AM   #3
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I have an 82 CJ7 that has coil over shocks installed front and back along with the leaf springs. I also have 33s installed and it has been this way since I purchased it...
As stated before, those are shocks with a helper spring. A true coil over setup wouldn't need the leaf spring. It would need link arms and a probably a track arm (if not triangulated).

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... After accident I have replaced everything to get it running again however the coil over on the drivers side is busted and the coil is all the way down and the drivers side leaf spring has a slight bend at the rear of the spring.
A bent leaf spring is a problem in a couple of ways and should be replaced.
1) It is weak and prone to more bending.
2) Your axle is misaligned since the spring positions the axle.

As stated before, remove the helper-spring shocks, find out what the suspension height is without them, and replace the springs accordingly.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #4
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So if its running 33s does it have to have a lift kit of some kind installed?
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So if its running 33s does it have to have a lift kit of some kind installed?
Well it should but that may have been the reason for the spring shocks. You'll have to measure without them.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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OK thanks, think Ill look into a 2.5 inch leaf spring lift that should give me clearance.
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