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Unread 10-10-2002, 05:11 PM   #1
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Spring over suspension a good idea?

I am looking to get a suspension system on my 73 cj-5 and i found this spring over kit with 5.5 inche of lift fpr th same price as most other say 2.5 and 4 inch lifts. Are there any problems witht he sprin over and also which is a bettr idea?

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Unread 10-10-2002, 07:48 PM   #2
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All I want to know is where you found a spring over kit for a '73. I know of only two kits out there and both are for '76 and up CJ's. Only one of them is worth a darn. Hopefully you're not looking at the Full Traction kit.
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Unread 10-10-2002, 07:53 PM   #3
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Well im afraid to say that it is. I just re-read the thing in the magazine and it gives no dates but im guessin by the way u say it its a bad kit.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 09:57 AM   #4
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That kit is a joke. First of all it won't fit your Jeep. It's for '76 and up CJs. It does nothing to adress steering issues. A dropped pitman arm which it includes is fine on the street but does nothing but cause problems off road. Tie-rods/draglink will contact the springs in extreme articulation. Also the brackets used to mount the springs still hang below the axle tube. Getting additional ground clearance is one of the benefits of going spring over. This kit does nothing to increase ground clearance under the axle tubes.
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Unread 10-11-2002, 11:21 AM   #5
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I personally think SOA is a good thing .. but only if its done right. Do the math, check the angles, get a grinder and welder and dive in. The ride and flex and height it gives outweighs any of the negative effects (missus can't climb in anymore )
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Unread 10-11-2002, 05:29 PM   #6
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HAve you eber seen any other spring over kits for a jeep as early as a 73? I like the idea and u say it gives better ride?
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Unread 10-16-2002, 10:56 PM   #7
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i would also go with the spring over. but yes, you have to find out everything about it, what kind of problems. i dont see needing a kit. you can buy the spring perches and go from there. you almost have to put your axles under the springs to see what you might run into before you start cutting. make sure your going to be able to hook your drive shafts up, and so on. id find someone thats done it and see what they had to do to make everything work right.
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Unread 10-16-2002, 10:58 PM   #8
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i dont know what price you were given for the kit, but on ebay you can buy some kits for around $400.00 which seems fair.
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Unread 10-18-2002, 10:46 PM   #9
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What kits have you seen on ebay? Id like to get one but i am not sure exactly what i need and i dunno if they have one for the 73.
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Unread 10-19-2002, 09:18 AM   #10
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look under suspension, or in ebay motors under jeep. you might have to contact an outfit thats selling alot of jeep lift kits for other years and ask them if they have a kit for yours. i found a 4 inch trailmaster kit for a 55-75 for $275.00. also try the willys tech site.
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