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Unread 04-13-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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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:


Rear drivers side:


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"

In front of rear drivers wheel: 22.25" Passenger side: 22.75"

Rear drivers side:25.5" Passenger side: 26"


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???

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Unread 04-13-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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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.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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For some reason my post was only showing partially. Fixed now. What would you say is home brew....shackles?
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Unread 04-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #4
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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.
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Woah! Surpised I never noticed the rear shackle was welded on....guess I just focused on the gigantic shackle itself.

Any estimates on lift?
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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.
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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.
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Shocks are on upside down too. Seem to remember this was popular back in the late '80s.
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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
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Unread 04-13-2012, 07:03 PM   #10
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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.
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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.
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Jeez. That rear shackle looks like the ladder to my son's bunk bed. I agree; start from scratch. Yikes.
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Have to agree, go whole hog when you are ready to. Until then, just be aware of the situation when driving it.
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I don't see anything wrong with the SRS in the front. .


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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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