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Turtle71 04-13-2012 04:45 PM

Correcting lift and OME YJ conversion (pics)
 
When I bought the Jeep, it had a shackle reversal, taller shackles and Rancho shocks and steering stabilizer. Not sure if the leaf springs are Ranchos or not.
Front Drivers side with Shackle reversal:
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7022.jpg
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7023.jpg
Rear drivers side:
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7024.jpg
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7025.jpg
Trying to figure out how much lift it has so I can replace the worn out shocks with cheapies to help with the horrible ride until i can afford and have the time to install an Old Man Emu lift. So I took some measurements from the bottom edge of the body to the ground. Heres what I came up with.
Behind front drivers wheel: 21.25" Passenger side: 21.50"
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7031.jpg
In front of rear drivers wheel: 22.25" Passenger side: 22.75"
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7032.jpg
Rear drivers side:25.5" Passenger side: 26"
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...p/83CJ7033.jpg

So can anyone tell me how much it has over stock or what typical stock measurements are?
Or maybe someone has something close to these measurements???

LT1CJ7 04-13-2012 04:52 PM

Talk about a home brew contraption!
Save your money and do it right all at the same time.
Those cheap shocks probably won't change your ride quality, Although they might make it worse than it is now.
If you like the SRS, you might cut that stuff off and go with a M.O.R.E. Kit designed for YJ style springs that OME offers.

Turtle71 04-13-2012 05:26 PM

For some reason my post was only showing partially. Fixed now. What would you say is home brew....shackles?

LT1CJ7 04-13-2012 05:32 PM

That SRS = shackle reversal system is 100% home brew and not too safe looking.
The shackles are monsters and I would guess you have a handfull keeping it controlled.
The bolts on the rear spring hangers are non existent and welded on.
And the dual stabilizer is just masking handling problems.
I'd take a guess the springs are factory stock originals.

Turtle71 04-13-2012 05:51 PM

Woah! Surpised I never noticed the rear shackle was welded on....guess I just focused on the gigantic shackle itself.

Any estimates on lift?

RobsCrawlin7 04-13-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LT1CJ7 (Post 13406659)
That SRS = shackle reversal system is 100% home brew and not too safe looking.
The shackles are monsters and I would guess you have a handfull keeping it controlled.
The bolts on the rear spring hangers are non existent and welded on.
And the dual stabilizer is just masking handling problems.
I'd take a guess the springs are factory stock originals.

X2. rip it all off and do it right from scratch.

Turtle71 04-13-2012 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRyans33 (Post 13406750)
X2. rip it all off and do it right from scratch.

Agreed. Dang, I thought I was going to be able to drive it a bit. It actually is not too bad on handling. I expected it to wander much more.

Erik719 04-13-2012 06:24 PM

Shocks are on upside down too. Seem to remember this was popular back in the late '80s.

RobsCrawlin7 04-13-2012 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Turtle71 (Post 13406827)
Agreed. Damn, I thought I was going to be able to drive it a bit. It actually is not too bad on handling. I expected it to wander much more.

you can if you want, at your own risk. God knows ive driven my CJ in less that "perfect" condition. right now i have no rear shocks lol

Turtle71 04-13-2012 07:03 PM

Yeah...I probably just need to bite the bullet and start piecing together an 2.5" OME YJ conversion lift. Just need to figure what duty springs etc.

RenoF250 04-13-2012 07:51 PM

I don't see anything wrong with the SRS in the front. The rear needs help though. The frame looks questionable and probably nearly rusted through. Also those rear shackles are ridiculous.

pman 04-13-2012 08:59 PM

Jeez. That rear shackle looks like the ladder to my son's bunk bed. I agree; start from scratch. Yikes.

Shiftace 04-13-2012 09:11 PM

Have to agree, go whole hog when you are ready to. Until then, just be aware of the situation when driving it.

LT1CJ7 04-13-2012 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RenoF250 (Post 13407273)
I don't see anything wrong with the SRS in the front. .

:eyebulge:

:fish:

Skerr 04-13-2012 10:48 PM

Somebody explain what I'm llooking at in the first pic. Is the frame bent down? And I have to agree with LT1 about the bolt being nonexistent in that second pic. It doesn't look strong at all, or even on the same plane. You know better than anyone, Turtle, but I personally would not drive it like that. I think you could fix the second pic pretty easy with the correct shanckle hanger. That would be the "safe" fix. If the frame is bent down in the first pic I would bend it back and fishplate it. Get some smaller shackles and keep your springs until you're ready for your major plan, but I would be concerned about safety first. I don't want to read about you!


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