Originally Posted by Ken4444
That's what it's all about... enjoying time with the family and driving the CJ.
I was looking back on your thread and saw the leaf spring install. Were there any major gotchas during that procedure? How did the ride quality change after you got the new springs on?
From what I remember, the install was fairly easy. With the CJ's frame on jack stands, we attached the main eye side of the spring. Then we shifted the axles into place and attached the springs to the axles so we wouldnt have to fight the spring tension when setting them with the centering pins. Our thinking was that the shackles can swing a bit to help meet the other eye allowing for some maneuverability. We then used a floor jack with a piece of 2x6 to push the spring toward and up to the shackle side. You will have to position the jack on the opposite end of the spring from the shackle to do this. While getting closer, you can attach the shocks as well. When we did it, the spring eye was a bit high and wasnt quite close enough to the shackle. So I had pull it down, swing the shackle in to meet it and quickly slide the bolt through. There may be easier ways to do it, but I think it was one of the easier jobs we have done on the CJ. The only thing that I would have done differently is add the degree shims to the front at that point, knowing how a lift will change your caster. The ride quality is greatly improved and I am very happy with the Old Man Emu leafs.