After a little over a year of riding around in an AEV 2.5" lift, I just noticed that my rear springs are bowed.
I've searched forums and the net about this topic and didn't find anything about this written within the past year. Lots of posts about lifts, but I didn't see any current posts about rear springs bowing after a lift install. Seems kinda weird to me.
So what's the best way to tackle this issue, or is it really an issue? I'd like to fix it, because I'd like to add some air bags and need the springs as straight as possible.
I've read about either using correction wedges or grinding off the factory perches and re-welding them at the correct angle (hoping you match the angle on both sides).
So what's the best fix? Straightening out the springs will obviously gain me more height (something I don't need), but will installing wedges gain more height than grinding off and re-welding the factory perches?
Grinding and welding is more trouble than just replacing the bad coils with new ones but I echo others by saying it's the first I've heard of it happening with AEVs stuff. Something else is more likely the trigger.
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I found out when I put my Teraflex leveling kit that just because the rear springs aren't indexed like the front ones, they still have a right and wrong way to place them. I ended up having to pull the rear apart after to fix a bowed spring. I indexed the rear one where the beginning of the spring is at the 4 o'clock position. (if 12 o'clock is toward the front of the Jeep) I had it on where it was in the 2 o'clock and it bowed really bad toward the back.
Hey guys, I'm sorry for responding so late, but work has been eating me up. Ok, I just went out and took a couple of pics. I don't know if the bow I'm looking at is anything to worry about, but the springs aren't straight up and down. The shop that installed my lift is called Screamin Lizard Customs. They're in Bedford, TX and are part of the Grubbs Nissan dealership. They specialize in AEV and do a lot of Jeep mods...they even installed my 4:56 gears....just a really good shop. I tried calling them the other day and got put on hold and couldn't wait, so I hung up. I plan on calling back tomorrow. Anyway, here's some pictures. They're prob not the best of pics, but it's harder than I thought to take good pics of rear springs!!!
Mine are so much worse. Looks like a wedge would make them perfect.
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