Rix, I am working on a similar project on my cj. I basically have an incredibly stiff set of springs that I am going to remove a leaf out of, and then repaint. I was also working on the ends of the springs, but I just ground a beveled taper on the edge that mates against the spring above it. Looking at what you did, you completely rounded the ends. I may have to reconsider and do the same.
Question, where did you get that Teflon strip you are going to install? I bought some uphm tape that I am going to use because I couldn't find anything like that.
Good luck with your mod, I will look forward to hearing how it turns out!
I didn't round the ends of the leafs, myself. That is the way they came from the factory.
I bought the liner material from Eaton Spring Co., online.
After all this work, I hope this works out. I am worried that these springs might end up being too soft, in their stock form.
I was tempted to add-a-leaf, but after reading threads about doing that, I didn't want to defeat the whole purpose of what I'm trying to achieve...a softer ride. I've read that adding a leaf really stiffens everything up.
So, I'll install them, and hope for the best.
Good luck with your install, as well!
Nice job on the springs Rich. I'm always impressed with the time you and excellent work you put into any project you take one. The actuall amount the front hanger needs to move forward is 1 1/8". That's the amount of difference there is between the mounting points between a CJ and YJ frame, or at least the ones I have measured and double checked that with online frame drawings. It's well worth the effort to move that hanger forward too and with the fab skills you have that aint going to be a problem.
Thanks, Jim! So, instead of moving the shackle hangers forward 1", I should go for 1 1/8"? This is good to know.
So, what about the rear shackle hangers...do they have to be moved at all, or are the rear CJ leaf springs the same length as YJ leaf springs?
Speaking of the rear leaf springs, is it worth swapping out the 2.5" CJ rear leaf springs in favor of the YJ 2.5" leaf springs?
So much to learn....so little time...