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Old 05-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
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Coil spacers?

Ok I have "found" a few extra dollars, and I want to buy something for my Jeep. I was looking at 2" coil spacers and wanted to know
1. how hard they to install?
2. Which ones would you recommend?
3. Are they worth it?
I have a 03 TJ, 4 cly that is somewhat stock. This is my daily driver and I occasionally offroad. My wife won't let spend a ton so I gota do this in baby steps. thank you for your help!

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Old 05-23-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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2" coil spacers work well to give you a bit of lift without breaking the bank. They're not difficult to install at all, you just need some basic hand tools, a good floor jack, and jack stands. Longer shocks are a good idea but not usually absolutely needed.

Jack up the vehicle and then support it via jackstands under the frame. Unbolt the shocks and swaybar links (just their lower mounting bolts, the upper bolts can remain in place. At that point, you should be able to get the springs out and insert the spacers so the springs are under them. Do support each axle with a floor jack until you get the lower shock and antiswaybar link bolts unfastened, then lower the axle down via the jack until it is drooping which makes it possible to remove the coil springs. You can actually remove the bolts holding the shocks and antiswaybar links before jacking it up which can make the job go a bit faster.

A 2" lift can (but not always) cause minor drivetrain vibrations which are easily cured by just dropping the transfer case skidplate a half-inch which reduces the drivetrain angle that causes the vibrations. The transfer-case skidplate can be dropped a half-inch just by placing washers over the t-case bolts between the skidplate and frame, or via a t-case lowering kit but which lower them down 1" instead. I prefer just using washers as you can buy enough of them to do the job for just a few bucks.

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thank you for all of your help! that info helped a bunch. second is there a brand you would recommend? I have been looking at the Teraflex spacers
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thank you for all of your help! that info helped a bunch. second is there a brand you would recommend? I have been looking at the Teraflex spacers
Tera's polyurethane spacers are good quality, those that I have ever seen meant for a TJ are perfectly fine. I would only avoid some of those cheapie tubular steel spacers like are often sold on eBay.
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Lifting the Jeep with spacers has the effect of shortening the track bars. The rear driver side tire will then be pulled too close to the spring cup. You need wheels with different backspacing or adjustable track bars. Also, minor wheeling will cause your sway bar links to burst b/c they will be pulled so tight. Start thinking about quick discos.
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Old 05-31-2006, 02:16 PM   #6
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Thank I am purchasing some discos from RE so when I lift it further I can buy the longer tubes and not another set of discos. So if I understand correctly the factory wheels will not work? b/c of rubbing? what about wheel spacers? how much backspacing am I going to need? I plan on putting on some 31X10.50 MTRs. so it will look sorta like a Rubi. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-01-2006, 01:06 PM   #7
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i have daystar spacers and didn't have to replace my shocks. i also have 31x10.50s on factory 15x8 rims and they only rub a little bit when you turn it to the lock.
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I have a REBB and I have noticed minor rubbing with 265/75/16's on moabs. You will not have any tracbar problems with a bb
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Old 06-02-2006, 04:37 PM   #9
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I got 2" poly spacers off ebay for $30 and no shocks yet, but its find. I run 33 x 10.50 with absolutly no rubbing. Since they are bfg a/ts, they don't make a sound. I even rides a little low in the front b/c of the winch and still have no problems.
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I have a 4 inch suspension with 33 x 12.5 if i got 2 inch coil spacer's would all would i need to replace or buy? Im new into wheeling so i need any advise i can get!
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Lifting the Jeep with spacers has the effect of shortening the track bars. The rear driver side tire will then be pulled too close to the spring cup. You need wheels with different backspacing or adjustable track bars. Also, minor wheeling will cause your sway bar links to burst b/c they will be pulled so tight. Start thinking about quick discos.
You will NOT have rubbing problems with stock wheels that have 5.5" backpacing which most if not all do. If you are using 31x10.50's (which is what you should be running if you only have a BB) you will be perfectly fine... countless Jeep owners run that setup. The only reason you would need wheel spacers or rims with different backspacing is if you are running a tire wider than 10.50". IF so then you WILL rub the spring perch.
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Old 06-07-2006, 07:11 AM   #12
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You will NOT have rubbing problems with stock wheels that have 5.5" backpacing which most if not all do. If you are using 31x10.50's (which is what you should be running if you only have a BB) you will be perfectly fine... countless Jeep owners run that setup. The only reason you would need wheel spacers or rims with different backspacing is if you are running a tire wider than 10.50". IF so then you WILL rub the spring perch.

I have to disagree with part of this post. On my jeep, 31x10.50 Duelers rubbed when turned to lock. Actually, the tires hit before you reached the lock position by about 1/2 a turn of the steering wheel (Measured after I changed the backspacing.) So it is my belief that a 10.5 inch wide tire, with factory (5.5") backspacing will rub when turning hard, also decreasing your turning radius. I would recommend changing the backspacing by buying new rims or installing wheel spacers.

This also allows for a wider stance of the jeep, which helps counter (somewhat) the effects of lifting it in relation to the center of gravity. Basically, makes the jeep more stable.

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Old 06-08-2006, 08:53 PM   #13
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I bought the Poly 2.25" spacers off of Ebay for $77 shipped. I measured them and they are a full 2.25" I bought the SkyJacker nitro8000's, and the Aluminum 1.25" Wheel Spacers off of Ebay for $100 for all 4. Everyhting is great. I am running 32X11.5 BFG AT's with the swaybar unhooked I rub on the front fenders. I have a 1" BL to add when I have some spare time. The install was really easy. Though I really had to push hard on the axels to get the springs in. Let me know if you need anymore help.

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Old 06-12-2006, 11:35 AM   #14
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I have a 4 inch suspension with 33 x 12.5 if i got 2 inch coil spacer's would all would i need to replace or buy? Im new into wheeling so i need any advise i can get!
You will mess up the geometry on your Jeep, just like YellowDawg2 did. Not recommended to put spacers with a 4" lift.
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Since coils are not a good idea, What about a 2 inch body lift. See what im tring to do is fit 35's. I have a 4in. suspension lift. What heppened to YellowDawg2?
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Longer coils are a good idea, just not longer coils on 2" spacers. Yellowdawg2 had to buy some adjustable upper control arms for the rear axle, to get his pinion angle right. When you read the directions on a lift kit, they highly discourage using the lift with any other type of aftermarket lift, such as 2" spacers. Even with the CV style drive shaft, he still had to drop the skid plate. When you think about it, it is the equivalent of a 6" lift. If you want to run 35" tires, just do a 2" body lift, and you will have plenty of room. It will make you burn more gas, heavier tires, and will slow you down, until you re-gear. You definately have to weigh the pro's and con's at this point.
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I think since im going with 35's im going to run 4.56 gears. Im going to be adding a chip to my jeep for proformance and an after market header and cat-back. I was wondering though anyone running a cold air intake? If so do you like it? Can you tell a difference in proformance?
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:46 AM   #18
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Wes, Walt has the AEM he got at Jeep Outfitter and it DOES make a differance. He says he gets around 5 HP with it. Don't know about mpg. It's something I want down the line as soon as I grow out of the 'submarine' stage. I still enjoy running those creeks too much right now.
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Ok, Thank's. I think im going to go buy the AEM on friday then. Since i have a 4 cyl. Do you think running a chip and an AEM will be enough power with 4.56 gears to run the 35's?

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