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Unread 10-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #46
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If nothing else pops into mind, just buy the 3.5" coils from Freedom Off-Road for $189 and run those until you decide to put a decent lift kit on it. $189 is very budget friendly, esp. if just trying to lower your JK to fit into the garage.

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Unread 10-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #47
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If nothing else pops into mind, just buy the 3.5" coils from Freedom Off-Road for $189 and run those until you decide to put a decent lift kit on it. $189 is very budget friendly, esp. if just trying to lower your JK to fit into the garage.
Yeah it definitely is the right price. I suppose I'll do that then start putting money aside for a proper set of coils. Still gonna look for something to run the straps around, until the coils show up.

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Yeah it definitely is the right price. I suppose I'll do that then start putting money aside for a proper set of coils. Still gonna look for something to run the straps around, until the coils show up. Thanks for your help!
I bet there is someone out there very willing to trade coils.

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I bet there is someone out there very willing to trade coils.

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Good point. If I could figure out which coils I have I'd try to set something up. I took a good look at 'em and saw no writing. Does that mean they're likely generic cheap coils or is the brand/part number hidden somewhere?
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HANG ON! Before you buy those springs, I have a cheaper idea.
Years ago I had a sports car that I lowered the front end by installing some clips on the springs. Simply twisting a couple of nuts on the clips compressed the springs 1/2". Very cheap (I was a teenager)!! I'll see if I can find them.
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HANG ON! Before you buy those springs, I have a cheaper idea.
Years ago I had a sports car that I lowered the front end by installing some clips on the springs. Simply twisting a couple of nuts on the clips compressed the springs 1/2". Very cheap (I was a teenager)!! I'll see if I can find them.
They have those at autozone. Little clamps that you put on the springs.
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How safe are these for street driving for the short term?
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How safe are these for street driving for the short term?
I don't think I would use them on springs that tall.. That is one tall jeep! I think someone asked if you are sure there is no BL on it. But even if you don't maybe there is a solution there. The body attaches on, IIRC, six pucks. Maybe you could remove those?
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Well, the closest I found are these:
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-25551/overview/
I know the ones I had must have cost less than $20, but that was back in the '80's.

In the short term, they'd do the trick. For everyday street driving, they worked great.. They simply compress the spring like it has added weight on them. I lowered my front end 1" using them on my RX-7.
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I don't think I would use them on springs that tall.. That is one tall jeep! I think someone asked if you are sure there is no BL on it. But even if you don't maybe there is a solution there. The body attaches on, IIRC, six pucks. Maybe you could remove those?
I've read a lot of negatives about the spring-locks, but no one seemed to have first hand experience. I think I might keep that idea on the back burner.

I'll check for a body lift in an hour or so. I saw that post earlier but completely forgot to acknowledge it or investigate. Thanks!
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YES! That is what I used. Very cheap solution. I think this would be your cheapest solution. Just run those for a while until you have the money or find someone to swap springs with. There is always someone out there (usually former TJ who want/think they need that much lift to run 35's) who wants a tall lift like yours.
Like I said before, I used those on an '82 RX-7 with nothing negative to say about them. You may need some buddies to lean down on the Jeep to compress the springs a little bit while you install them.

I would NOT remove the body mounts from between the frame and the body.
#1 Too much work
#2 They help absorb some of the bumps
#3 You could possibly damage the body if it rests directly on the frame.
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I would NOT remove the body mounts from between the frame and the body.
#1 Too much work
#2 They help absorb some of the bumps
#3 You could possibly damage the body if it rests directly on the frame.
Probably so, maybe they could just be ground down and then replaced? BL pucks are pretty cheap...
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I solved my problem temporarily by running zap-straps over the spreader bar on the soft-top, and binding it to the cross bar just below it. The corner rubs slightly, but I can live with that for now. I'll order some of those clips and give them a shot. I don't need to lower very much, I think .5" would clear the obstacle. That shouldn't put too much stress on anything.

In the mean time, I'll look for a coil swap. That's probably the best, safest, and overall cheapest way.
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