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Unread 07-02-2002, 02:32 PM   #1
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Post Suggestions on Suspension for 81 cj5

I've gotten myself in a mess. That $300 CJ is turning into a money pit.

What was going to be a minor restoration has turned into a full blown project, and somehow I don't think Im the only Jeep owner thats gone through this.

Im down to replacing the exhisting suspension. Everything is shot on this sucker, and Im sinking more into debt. I need some suggestions on springs and shocks. I wouldnt mind getting 1 to 2 inches of lift but not looking for more than that.

Any suggestions on where to buy or what I should buy would be appreciated.

Pix of my money pit coming soon



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Unread 07-02-2002, 02:49 PM   #2
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Just Empty Every Pocket!

I just got a new 2.5" BDS lift on Friday. I don't really go off road much so I can't tell you about that. I did drive it quite a bit this weekend on the road and I love it. It would probably seem a bit stiff for most people. I consider the rough ride part of the price you pay to drive something like that on the road. One word of warning. I only wanted another inch or two of lift. My old springs were sooo bad that what I ended up with seems more like a 5" lift! in Cincinnati I paid $415 for the springs, shocks and hardware kit. I also bought shackle bushings for an extra $15. And then of course I had to have a new steering stabilizer and know how it is!
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Unread 07-02-2002, 03:21 PM   #3
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Your not there yet man. 1 year ago my CJ5 was stock. 6 months ago my CJ had 2.5" susp. and 32" SXs. Now, my CJ is in many pieces and will come out with 2.5" SOA, D44s fr/rr, spool, and 38s. Did I ever dream of doing this, heck no. It all started when a synchro broke in my tranny. Found a deal on the axles. Next thing you know my Jeep is completely torn apart to change just a few things. Good news, tranny is fixed, I have beefier axles, all new bushings, prettier ride. Oh wait, it hasn't been assembled yet. I'm halfway there. Enough of my ranting.

If you want a good lift that will provide a decent on ride performance, good off-road performance look into the Skyjacker soft ride kit. I was runnin Skyjacker springs(2.5") and I was impressed thoroughly. My CJ is/was a dedicated trail rig, but did have to drive it around town for a month while my TJ was disabled. Comfortable ride with excellent off-road performance. And I could clear 32s easily.

Tuffgrl-As far as the BDS springs being stiff, I've heard that BDS recommends to remove one of the leafs and it will help out considerably. Give em a call and ask em about it.
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