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Unread 04-12-2003, 11:41 PM   #1
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results of the ZJ lift (on the tj) are in

I bought two front coils from a v8 ZJ oday, installed them on the front of my tj, .....


instant 3 inch lift.........

took my front springs from my tj, put them in the rears..... instant 3 inch lift......

the tj rides great, (except for needing longer shocks)

total cost..... 72.00 including tax

now i need shocks to fit, any sugestions? once again i am on a budget but need to replace them soon.....


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Unread 04-13-2003, 08:40 AM   #2
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I have a set of BDS shocks that I have used for about 3000 miles. They came with my bds 3 inch kit. I'll sell them to you for half of what they go new plus shipping. I think they run about 120 new. I'll have to check. My new OME shocks are on their way.
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Unread 04-13-2003, 11:14 AM   #3
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You got any pics? Very interested in seeing the finished product.
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Unread 04-13-2003, 12:05 PM   #4
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where did you get the front coils from for that price? what years work? i thought the front and rear coils on our tj's where a diferent diameter and spring rate? how much will that affect its rear flex and load capacity...do you know???
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Unread 04-13-2003, 01:49 PM   #5
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i got the idea from jeepsunlmited.com.....


but i have been told it has been written up in jp and petersons before too...


the front tj coil is alot taller and wider, when comparing side by side the springs are about 6 inches taller, but once you get them in, the weight of the jeep brings hem down to about a 3 inch lift.....

as far i havent gotten to try to flex them as i need to put new shocks on, (the stock shocks are fully extended just sitting there) but we suspect that the flex will be incredible

cargo capacity i am not too worried about as these are the springs that were holding up the engine before ..... so i think they will be ok....


i got the springs from a junkyard here in town, bj's but the persn who did it on JU got new ones from napa.....


the ride is stiffer is suspect because of needing shocks


that tied in with my flat fenders and my jeep looks so mean, i will try to post pics later...
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Unread 04-13-2003, 06:09 PM   #6
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definetly post pics and a write up of how it rides, likes, dislikes, if it works i mean why wouldn't more poeple do it?
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Unread 04-13-2003, 10:56 PM   #7
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pics should be on tomorrow..... but here is the little write up


you buy the zj springs...

remove your front springs

install new front zj springs...

install new shocks (i havent doen this yet)

put tires back on

lift up rear end , remove all tires

disconnect shocks and sway bars

now the hard part, use a coil spring compressor and compress the spring

install the front tj spring in the rear of your tj

install the other spring, using a spring compressor, it will be very tight

install new shocks, and hook sway bar back in reinstall tire

get an alignment

the easiest part is the zj springs, while they dont look like they are any taller (maybe only a inch or so) they dont compress as far giving the extra lift.....

The ride on the jeep is going to be about the same in the front, and perhaps a little springier in the rear....


travel i'm not sure as i need to install new shocks still (i love it mine are fully extended right now ..
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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:13 AM   #8
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Would the shocks from a RE budget boost work with this? I think they are DT's.
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Unread 04-14-2003, 02:49 AM   #9
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I can't believe it worked. I def want to see pics. and yes the DT shocks from the RE budget boost will work, but those shocks are quite possibly the worst shocks in the world and putting them on a 3" lifted TJ will just make them that much worse.
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Unread 04-14-2003, 09:42 AM   #10
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I just bought 4 - DT3000s off of Bob Supplee for 147 shipped
They were for a 2" BB but I'm sure that he has some that will work!

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Unread 04-14-2003, 10:19 AM   #11
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I stand corrected. I was pretty sure that way of lifting a tj wouldn't work out.

I know the original rear springs have tapered coils on top & bottom, but the fronts only taper at the top. How well did the front springs fit in the rear? What keeps them centered?
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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:11 PM   #12
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at the top they are centered the same way the frotns are, on the bottom the are centered in the pan naturally, same was as stock.... you see the orignal rear are tapered on top and bottom, the fromts are tapered at the top, but not at the bottom, so the bottom mounting plate is very wide allowing it to accomidate a non tapered spring, it fits perfectly, i am uploading pics now....


please notice the rear spring bows slightly out ( i had to compress it pretty good to use original shocks) but when the new ones come in should be fine

also the tires are 31x10.50x15's



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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:39 PM   #13
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and roughneck, i am corrected all the time on here, lol
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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:42 PM   #14
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Did you do anything with the track bars?
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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:53 PM   #15
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Will this setup work with the RE budget boost? What year XJ do these springs need to come from?
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