2002 TJ 6 cyl manual 5 speed stock suspension 29" tires on stock wheels - After adding a: tube bumper, shackles, lights, jack, winch plate, winch, and fairlead, the front end of my Jeep is now notably lower than the back end. I have not measured the difference (mostly because I am not sure were best to measure from) but it is at least 1" different. I have seen several posts about this issue and the common recommendations are to change springs or add spring spacers. It seems to me that the added weight is causing the stock springs to compress at rest more than intended. I believe that adding spacers would not change that fact, it would only change the height, but the spring would remain compressed more than intended. Right? If that is so, it seems to me that changing the springs to be longer/stronger is more likely to bring the suspension back closer to design dimensions. Does that make sense? If so, what am I looking for? Longer springs? Stronger springs? Is it possible to predict where it will sit on different springs?
Also, I hope to add a BB 2" lift (or something similar) and 31" tires sometime soon. That is another reason why I am thinking about using the springs to level the front. I think that if I used spacers to level the front, I would then not be able to add the 2" BB too. Right? I am thinking that if I get it level with new springs, I can later add the BB and it will still be level, right?
You're correct the spacers will only help the height and wont affect how much room the spring has to contract.
If I were in your situation i would go with a 2" or 2.5" OME lift, or the 2" BDS lift. I went with BDS since it was available close to me (no shipping), was pretty cheap, and it netted a little more than 2" which is what i wanted. That kit was amazing, flexed so well for such a small lift and it rode better than stock for sure, and their warranty is amazing
Look into changing your steel cable with some good synthetic winch line. Also taking that heavy roller fair lead off and replacing with a hawse instead will lower the amount of added weight up front. I'm not gonna say that this will completely fix the problem but, maybe it will get it back to somewhere that you feel is more tolerable. You'll be surprised how much those items weigh. I agree with previous posts about not adding spacers especially if you are considering a 2" spacer lift down the road.
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