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Unread 06-25-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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Rubicon express lift

Has anyone removed a rear leaf from the rubicon express 4.5" kit? Just got it installed and the back sits around 3/4" higher than the front. The shackles are angled toward the front so you can tell there just isn't enough weight to push the springs flatter. Lookin for a way to remedy this and have seen where people remove a leaf. Just wondering if it matters which leaf of the pack you remove. Thanks guys for any insight.

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Unread 06-25-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Fill up the gas tank and add some gear or passengers. Springs also settle in after use. If you make it level now, it will be dragging its tail later.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 07:16 AM   #3
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Fill up the gas tank and add some gear or passengers. Springs also settle in after use. If you make it level now, it will be dragging its tail later.
Good advice, didn't think about that. Thanks.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 07:50 AM   #4
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Fill up the gas tank and add some gear or passengers. Springs also settle in after use. If you make it level now, it will be dragging its tail later.
I agree. I have the opposite problem. My Black Diamond springs sit lower in the rear and seem to be going lower. I am thinking of adding a leaf from the old factory packs.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 03:04 PM   #5
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Fill up the gas tank and add some gear or passengers. Springs also settle in after use. If you make it level now, it will be dragging its tail later.
agreed....take it wheeling and flex her out,
she will settle some.
you may need to trim the rear corners a little to allow for full flex
without damaging the body.... just something to watch for.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 03:22 PM   #6
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Judging from the pics, it looks like you're stuck in your garage.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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Wait wait wait....




If I take out a leaf from all 4...will this lower my ride? I mean yeah, I can see how it would make the spring softer and more likely to compress...but does removing a leave actually lower it without this effect?


If so that is awesome. I would love to lower my ride about an inch or so to help my geometry problems.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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I suspect those leaves will settle quite a bit looking at the shackle angles, both front and rear. Also judging buy the height of the frame over those 33's. either that or your Jeep weighs nothing.
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Unread 06-26-2014, 06:17 AM   #9
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I'm in the same boat, I hope mine settle as well.
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:26 AM   #10
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Judging from the pics, it looks like you're stuck in your garage.
Haha, I thought so too, but got the brakes bled and backed it out real slow and it clears by just a little!
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:28 AM   #11
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agreed....take it wheeling and flex her out, she will settle some. you may need to trim the rear corners a little to allow for full flex without damaging the body.... just something to watch for.
Ten four, I live on the gulf coast so there ain't much rock crawling goin on, but I'll take it to the the beach and try to hit as many dunes as possible. I don't think I'll get up into the wells too much with my type of drivin.
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:31 AM   #12
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I suspect those leaves will settle quite a bit looking at the shackle angles, both front and rear. Also judging buy the height of the frame over those 33's. either that or your Jeep weighs nothing.
I'm hopin so. The jeep isn't real heavy back there, just usually a couple kiddos and maybe an ice chest. Eventually I'm gonna put a tire carrier rear bumper so that should add some weight.
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:35 AM   #13
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The 4.5 on my 83 CJ7 took about a year to settle. It is not DD, and I've only had it in the woods a couple of times. I thought the same thing as the OP, but settled a little at a time...now its all good.
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:42 AM   #14
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I pulled 2 leaves out of all 4 - Pro Comp 4" lift - it dropped about 1/2 to 3/4" - with a 1" body lift so far only minor rub on front flare with 35" tires .
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Unread 06-26-2014, 07:58 AM   #15
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The 4.5 on my 83 CJ7 took about a year to settle. It is not DD, and I've only had it in the woods a couple of times. I thought the same thing as the OP, but settled a little at a time...now its all good.
That's reassuring, I'm gonna take that route as well. Just let it play out. How do you like the ride of the lift, did you use their shocks as well?
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