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Unread 11-15-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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real hardcore leaf spring jeep builds

please post some information and pictures of your builds with information like
what leaf springs are you using? built or bought? oem or aftermarket?
did you gain any wheel base?
how big are your tires?


thanks, I am looking for some guidance for my new build, heres what I have

I have a pair of dodge dana 60's some CJ's XJ (read that they are weak), YJ, and wagneer springs and a yj frame

I am looking to build something similar to this

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thanks

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Unread 11-15-2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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Mine's pretty softcore but I really like my BDS springs.

Here are a couple threads you may be able to get info from.
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=846526
http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthrea...light=hardcore
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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:05 PM   #3
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does anyone else know of any other big jeeps build on jeepforum?
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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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does anyone else know of any other big jeeps build on jeepforum?
Check over on Pirate. They are more geared toward hardcore stuff
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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #5
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I don't know if mine qualifies for your "big" requirement, but my CJ5 is built on Dodge Dakota rear springs (in the rear), which give an additional 10" of wheelbase and Wagoneer front springs (in the front), which give 2" of additional wheelbase. It's springover and the tires are 37" MTRs. To avoid overexposure, I'm not going to post the same two or three pictures that I've posted here several times.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #6
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I don't know if mine qualifies for your "big" requirement, but my CJ5 is built on Dodge Dakota rear springs (in the rear), which give an additional 10" of wheelbase and Wagoneer front springs (in the front), which give 2" of additional wheelbase. It's springover and the tires are 37" MTRs. To avoid overexposure, I'm not going to post the same two or three pictures that I've posted here several times.
overexposure? Come on now.....
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Unread 11-17-2011, 03:00 PM   #7
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Won't do you any good but I did 63" Chevy rear leafs. I removed one leaf out of the pack and thinking of pulling one more. They are super plush and super flexxy because of their length.

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Unread 11-17-2011, 03:33 PM   #8
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Others will disagree but IMO: Hardcore and leaf springs don't belong in the same sentence.

A linked suspension with coils, coilovers or air shocks are hardcore and offer way more flex and articulation.

If I were doing 1 tons again, that is the only way to go.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 03:59 PM   #9
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Others will disagree but IMO: Hardcore and leaf springs don't belong in the same sentence.

A linked suspension with coils, coilovers or air shocks are hardcore and offer way more flex and articulation.

If I were doing 1 tons again, that is the only way to go.
I am one to disagree, if you get the right leaf spring they can flex very well. I went coils up front but kept it leaf in the rear. There are still a lot of hardcore wheelers running leaf springs. But I do see your point, over time the leaf spring will become brittle and crack from excessive flexing.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 04:11 PM   #10
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overexposure? Come on now.....
Overexposure in the respect that I don't want to be posting the same two or three photos all the time. I don't get a chance to wheel much these days. When I do, I want to wheel not take pictures or stop for someone else to take pictures, therefore I don't have a lot of wheeling shots. I can't stand seeing the same person posting the same pictures over and over again, so I'm not going to do it.

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Others will disagree but IMO: Hardcore and leaf springs don't belong in the same sentence.
Tell that to the majority of owners in this thread (OP, there's a lot in this thread of what you're looking for): http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=685582
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Unread 11-17-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
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Tell that to the majority of owners in this thread (OP, there's a lot in this thread of what you're looking for): http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=685582
Nice link there CSP...... Post #20 is bad @$$! Post #30 is beautiful!
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Unread 11-17-2011, 07:05 PM   #12
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Others will disagree but IMO: Hardcore and leaf springs don't belong in the same sentence.

A linked suspension with coils, coilovers or air shocks are hardcore and offer way more flex and articulation.

If I were doing 1 tons again, that is the only way to go.

Sub 100" wheelbase on 37" tires.
On a 39.5" bogger.


On a 46" bajaclaw
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Unread 11-17-2011, 07:25 PM   #13
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dhubing, i like your jeep, are those stock jeep springs?
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Unread 11-17-2011, 08:09 PM   #14
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dhubing, i like your jeep, are those stock jeep springs?
Thanks. They are 3.5" BDS springs (SOA). It's taller than the usual CJ on 37s, but down here in Fla it has to be...

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Unread 11-17-2011, 11:50 PM   #15
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Not really hardcore per se:

But here are some pics:






It had 73-87 Chevy 1/2 ton superlift 4" lift springs. Tons with 39.5 Iroks.

The springs were some what stiff and the flex left something to be desired, likely due to the shackles but it worked alright for what it was.
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