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post #1 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Front bumper sag after winch install

I have a 98 TJ with stock springs and a 2.5 " spacer lift with longer travel shocks. After I installed an aftermarket bumper and winch, the front end dropped@ 1 inch. What would be the easiest way to correct this ? Can I pull of the front spacers and change to longer / heavier springs. If so, which springs should I switch to and would any thing else need to be changed?
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 04:25 PM
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I have a 98 TJ with stock springs and a 2.5 " spacer lift with longer travel shocks. After I installed an aftermarket bumper and winch, the front end dropped@ 1 inch. What would be the easiest way to correct this ? Can I pull of the front spacers and change to longer / heavier springs. If so, which springs should I switch to and would any thing else need to be changed?
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That would be the best. Shop around for springs. Many will work. Savvy are popular.
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Savvy are popular.
Savvy doesn't make springs....they sell Currie springs.
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Savvy doesn't make springs....they sell Currie springs.
Right
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Thanks. That link is a lot of help.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 04:48 PM
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I have a 98 TJ with stock springs and a 2.5 " spacer lift with longer travel shocks. After I installed an aftermarket bumper and winch, the front end dropped@ 1 inch. What would be the easiest way to correct this ? Can I pull of the front spacers and change to longer / heavier springs. If so, which springs should I switch to and would any thing else need to be changed?
Thanks in advance
That is exactly what I did. I was running a 2.25"BB. I swapped the front spacers for 3" springs after a winch and bumper install.

I was running a stock front track bar with the budget boost. My front axle was just slightly off center, but not enough to bother me. With the 3" springs, it was enough, so I installed an adjustable front track bar shortly after.
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Savvy doesn't make springs....they sell Currie springs.
Well, yes and no. You won't find a Currie 3" spring on their website, they're made special for Savvy...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/diy-alignment-kit-steps-w-pics-2264465/
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Well, yes and no. You won't find a Currie 3" spring on their website, they're made special for Savvy...
So what you are saying is that Savvy doesn't make springs...they sell Currie springs...
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-31-2013, 06:01 PM
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Welcome to the "I have a winch and my front end sags" club. I figure with my JCR bumper and the winch that I've got an extra and 140+lbs on the front of my rig. That's why I'm getting ready to go 2.75" in front and 2" in the back end with BDS springs and a spacer.
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If you are just sagging due to winch install an easy fix is to get some JK front springs and install them. No need for rubicon style (#19 ) . I used the ones off a 2010 4 door sahara
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Any decent 3" springs will work.I always lift the front of my Jeeps 1" more than the rear (winch or not).
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-01-2014, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Please tell me more about the JK spring fix. I am sure I can find some used ones somewhere. Are they just heavier to compensate for the added weight or are they long enough to pull off the 2.5 inch spacers in the front? Do you know what the in unloaded length is so I make sure I get the correct ones.
Thanks again for all the help. I am new to this.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-01-2014, 11:41 AM
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I have 2" spacers in front and rear. With the weight of the 12k winch and mount I lost 1/2 to 1 inch. With jk front springs inplace of the stock tj ones I am sitting level again. They are pretty much same length as stock just thicker diameter coils
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-23-2014, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got around to fixing the front end drop caused by adding the wench and bumper. Found some take-off springs from a 2013 JKU with @ 500 miles on them for $50 on craigslist. Swapped them for the original TJ springs and they raised the front end 3/4" so that it was level again. No drive line vibrations. I have not changed he rear springs out for fear it would bring the rake back.
Next time a have a couple free hours to kill, I may give it a try just to see what happens.

Ended up being a cheap and easy fix. Thanks for your help.
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