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Unread 01-15-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Removing shackle lift, need spring lift.

Getting back into removing and changing some of the PO installed items on the ole CJ5 and am looking for some advice for the suspension. It currently has a shackle lift and body lift running 32" tires. I really would like to get to a 2.5" spring lift, swap out to wider 2.5" springs on the front then do a shackle reversal. Is there someone that has done this and can provide me with a parts list. I am hoping this is a 'no welding required solution'.

Any ideas and help is definitely appreciated!

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Unread 01-15-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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The only fully bolt-on SRS on the market is the one by Full-Traction...I have this one on my CJ-7. It will give you a 2" lift up front and can be used with CJ or YJ springs simply by changing one set of bushings in the CJ springs. The rest of that spring conversion will just be a new pair of spring plates. Spring choice is your call based on budget and desired ride quality...you get what you pay for there. If you use the Full-Traction SRS, then you'll need taller springs in the back than what you use up front. For example, on mine I have RE XD 4.5" springs in the back and tweaked Pro-Comp (not the best springs, but they're tolerable up front) 2.5" YJ springs up front (I run 35's).
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Unread 01-18-2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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According to Full Traction, it provides for a 2" lift when installed... if I am looking for a 2- 2.5 lift then I can just grab a set of replacement OEM YJ springs to complete the set up with YJ plates? or a mild 1" lift YJ spring?

Thanks JeepSkate! Excellent info!
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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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Heads or Tails?!?!

There is a Wrangler leaf spring conversion on Quadratec

R04-43000U - Wrangler Leaf Spring Conversion Kit for 76-86 Jeep® CJ with AMC Model 20 Rear Axle - Quadratec

and I can add a YJ spring lift to this....

Or do the Full Traction reverse set up and still throw on some YJ springs...


Is this over doing it, by doing a YJ and a reversal set up like the Full Traction? I am really looking to keep the Jeep tamer than most... DD with a few rides in the woods ( forest roads ) with camping gear and perhaps even pulling ATVs on a trailer. I need it to be stable at highway speeds but capable to cross a creek.
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Unread 01-18-2010, 02:50 PM   #5
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The Full-Traction kit comes with lift shackles for the rear which are actually too short to match up with the front...toss 'em (which is what I ended up doing...well, I sold them actually) and run a taller spring in the back with a stock spring in the front. A note on the SRS, you will more than likely need to have your front driveshaft modified or buy a new one...it now needs more travel on the compression stroke. So that may factor into your decision.
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