In a word, it worked
Add an extra word, great
Big thanks to Rick for the donor springs; that's what being a forum member and Jeep Brother is all about.
Ed Voyles Jeep installed the springs, aligned it all, tightened all the 36,000+ miles of loose bits, adjusted the headlights, and reinstalled my Ride-Rite air bladders. They spent alot of time with the Jeep and were just as interested in seeing how it would work; they're my new adopted dealership and I'm thrilled to find one that "gets it" finally.
The initial inspection showed that I netted a little bit of "lift" from the heavier rate springs. They're intended for 600-700 more pounds and mitigated the bumpers' and winch's additional weight. The amount of extra altitude is minimal but significant ---- I grossed 1" in front and 1/2" in back, half that amount net.
On-road, the Jeep is a new ride. Magic carpet. Velvet.
It actually corners
rather than the previous pray-and-turn
feeling of body roll. Surface irregularities and pot-holes are swallowed and forgotten.
On-trail, my 285/75-16 MTR's on 4.5" backspaced wheels no longer rub the fenders at full-stuff.
So in my case, the numbers worked. I had the right amount of extra weight added to the Jeep to need stiffer springs but I didn't want the stratospheric results of OME springs. Maybe I'll want a lift and 35's in the future; but, for right now, this is great.
Doesn't look much like a Sahara anymore, does it?