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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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Spring spacers falling apart. Newbie here.

This weekend I was rotating the tires on my fiance's 04 Jeep Wrangler X. From what I saw, the mods on her Jeep are:
- 1" body lift
- 1" spring spacers
- 33x12.50R15 on Black Steelies

She bought the Jeep with all the mods. I am almost positive those are the only mods (Even the shocks looked stock). As I was rotating the tires I took a look at the spring spacers and they are literally falling apart; big pieces of the spacer were in the coil (the pieces were big enough that it was hard to get them out between the spaces in the coil) this was on a couple of the coils too. I was looking at buying some other spacers, but I don't think that is the right route. What would be the best way to maintain the current ride height or maybe go a little taller and do it correctly.

Also, what is an SYE???

Thanks in advance,
Blake

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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:19 AM   #2
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Ok, just answered my own question about the SYE. Its a Slip Yoke Eliminator.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:20 AM   #3
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No harm at all in replacing the coil spacers with new ones.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:22 AM   #4
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You could buy a 2 ~ 2.5 inch suspension lift which is basically just taller springs and longer shocks but that costs a lot more that just doing the Budget Boost. You can find new spacers pretty cheap on ebay if you look.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:31 AM   #5
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If the Jeep has a vibe around 70 mph, would you suggest getting an SYE?

Also, is it ok to run a 2" spring spacer? That kind of seems like a lot.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:55 AM   #6
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If the Jeep has a vibe around 70 mph, would you suggest getting an SYE?

Also, is it ok to run a 2" spring spacer? That kind of seems like a lot.
If it's not lifted, then no, you don't need an sye. They can have vibes for a whole list of reasons, but on a mostly stock jeep I'd start with these three steps:
1) Do an alignment. Only takes a few minutes to do yourself. Here's directions on how to do it:
http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
2) I see you just rotated your tires. Did that alter the vibe at all? Having your tires balanced would be a good idea.
3) Measure the spacers above the coil springs. 1.75" to 2" are the most common aftermarket mods and it is possible to get vibes after adding them. If they are that size, it is possible the t-case would need to be lowered slightly.

As far as the spacers, yes it is fine to use them. It is a very inexpensive way to get a couple inches of lift (or in your case replace the worn ones).
Don't just remove the spacers that are there, as the springs hitting metal is not a great idea.
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