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Old 02-03-2008, 07:58 PM   #1
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Keep loosing my coil springs

I keep loosing my coil springs...it happened 3 times within 2 hours yesterday and really gets fricken annoying .....any cheap/easy ways to prevent this?

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haha no yj for me...i like having a presentable interior for the ladies

but I did get to ride in a TJ with leafs in the rear and wow does it ride alot better
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haha no yj for me...i like having a presentable interior for the ladies

but I did get to ride in a TJ with leafs in the rear and wow does it ride alot better

Not too interested in impressing the ladies myself. My jeep is for ME.

They should be real impressed when your springs fall out!!!
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what about limiting straps...
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Longer bump stops or spring retainers.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:13 AM   #10
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where can I get spring retainers? or would I have to make some?
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where can I get spring retainers? or would I have to make some?

rustys offroad has them
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ory_Code=COILS

you might need some limiting straps
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Isnt only the driver side that has the threaded hole to put on the spring retainers though?

I see the Rustys retainers come with self tapping screws but i woudlnt trust the sheet metal to hold the springs in place.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:44 AM   #13
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When springs come out on the trail it's definitely not a badge of honor that you have the badest flex monster on the planet, and your suspension rivals others in terms of flex. Instead it's more of an indicator that your suspension needs to be dialed in better for the specifics of your jeep and how it's being used.

The most common reason on aftermarket suspensions for this happening is the spring rate is too heavy for the jeep. Where the weight of the jeep itself is not heavy enough for such high spring rates. (Custom suspension builds for rockcrawling are a different animal)

Here is an easy example - let's say you have springs with a 250 pound spring rate. This means for every 250 pounds on the spring itself it will compress 1 inch. Let's say your jeep is 1000 pounds per corner. So at 1000 pounds your springs will compress 4" at ride height. Apply it to flex and it's just the opposite, your jeep will have 4" of downtravel before all pressure is off the spring, anything after that and your spring unseats as there is no-more downforce. 6" of downtravel is pretty common on most lifts. Using this example your spring will be load free in 4" and at 6" will probably be able to come completely out of the mounts.

That's just an example using numbers that are rounded, but not too far off from reality. There is still more going on, but that's it in a nutshell. Now that you know what it is, it's really not that easy to solve because there are many diffferent solutions available, each with different complexities and outcomes - and it comes down to the specifics of the jeep and the needs and wants of the owner.

Some different things you can do - add spring retainers, add that really heavy tire carrier you've always wanted with toolbox, modify the spring mounts so they do not unseat, add limiting straps, change out your springs to something with a lighter spring rate.

We can say that spring retainers are the cheapest and most common solution we see used - but it doesn't mean it's the best. depending on your situation it could be like adding a beefed up steering stabilizer to cure death wobble.
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hold on, i got it... time for coil overs..

spring retainers or limiting straps seem like your cheapest route
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:49 AM   #15
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Some different things you can do - add spring retainers, add that really heavy tire carrier you've always wanted with toolbox, modify the spring mounts so they do not unseat, add limiting straps, change out your springs to something with a lighter spring rate.

We can say that spring retainers are the cheapest and most common solution we see used - but it doesn't mean it's the best. depending on your situation it could be like adding a beefed up steering stabilizer to cure death wobble.

I "suposivly" have one of the best short arm lifts you can buy , Rubicon express superflex.... but I have the 3.5 coils instead of the 4.5 coils that were recommended by them...do you think thats my problem?

What would you do if it was your rig?

Thanks for the nice explanation.
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How about using some U bolts?


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Isn't only the driver side that has the threaded hole to put on the spring retainers though?

I see the Rustys retainers come with self tapping screws but i wouldn't trust the sheet metal to hold the springs in place.
my jeep came with the spring retainers on both the drivers and passenger side
sorry yours didn't some don't even have them my Comanche has both sides two along with the XJ I lifted yesterday
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thats weird, When i installed my RC kit, it wasnt even in the instructions to remove the passenger side retainer. It only said for the drivers side which i removed but i found nothing in the passenger side and yes i do find that weird. Jeep tried to save some green by not putting in passenger spring retainer?
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I think the guy at the jeep plant got lazy because I know of atleast five other tj's that dont have the retainers at all
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I keep expecting Trip to recommend disconnecting something!
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I keep expecting Trip to recommend disconnecting something!
seems to be his style...
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I think the guy at the jeep plant got lazy because I know of atleast five other tj's that dont have the retainers at all
X2 - my springs did not have retainer clips either. My front driver's spring almost fell out when I went to Rausch Creek with Texapple last summer. Frank Karate kicked it back into place...good to go.
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No spring clips here, looked for them when I did my lift...none to be found..not even a hole where the screw could have been.
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The springs being swapped form 4.5" to 3.5" does and does not have a part to play in it. A spring that is 1" taller utilizing the same spring rate will be 1" taller in it's free standing height. Using the example above - the 4.5" springs will still compress 4" - but because they will sit 1" taller, the downtravel will now be limited to 5", with only 1 inch of space remaining when the load is off the spring it may not be able to slip out of the buckets. (examples, not accurate numbers)

It's a good thought - but we personally would recommend not going that route to solve the problem as there are negative side effects. The center of gravity increases, all the angles on the short arms change and start pushing the limmits of what a short arm should be doing impacting ride quality.

Spring retainers have not ben used by the factory for some time. Only the earlier jeeps had them.
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What would you do if it was your rig?
Good question - but this is the area that tends to be very subjective.

The easiest route to go - spring retainers. It's probably the cheapest and fastest. But over time it would drive us crazy knowing we are not dialed in right for the jeep. The goal is always to take the available travel you have and match the components to the jeep to best utilize that flex. Much easier said than done.
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Not too interested in impressing the ladies myself. My jeep is for ME.

They should be real impressed when your springs fall out!!!
I don't know....I've never had a complaint about the YJ.
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I don't know....I've never had a complaint about the YJ.
yeah but your old
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DW how about disconnecting the front AND the rear sway bars completely?
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DW how about disconnecting the front AND the rear sway bars completely?
it was only a matter of time....
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my straps are workin just fine. I might need to grab some shorter straps, but ill be trail testing it tomorrow to find out for sure.

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