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Old 04-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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budget boost add a leafs

Anyone ever try these?

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Old 04-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #2
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Not worth the time.

For a spring under axle suspension, the "add-a-leaf" kits wont give you anywhere near your moneys worth.

You can get away cheaper with extended shackles or a body lift if you are looking to only gain an inch. Or another good way to go is to trim the steel on the fenders and install TJ flares on it.

An add-a-leaf kit will only get you about 1/2" of lift. On average. Plus it gives you a much stiffer ride.

Consider a shackle lift or a body lift before going with the add-a-leaf.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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Not worth the time.

For a spring under axle suspension, the "add-a-leaf" kits wont give you anywhere near your moneys worth.

You can get away cheaper with extended shackles or a body lift if you are looking to only gain an inch. Or another good way to go is to trim the steel on the fenders and install TJ flares on it.

An add-a-leaf kit will only get you about 1/2" of lift. On average. Plus it gives you a much stiffer ride.

Consider a shackle lift or a body lift before going with the add-a-leaf.
Right on, thank you. Thats what I was curious about.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Ditto on what OIIIOforLife said.... I tried that on my Scrambler when I first got it. Not worth it ... I tossed em and got a new set of 4" leafs.
Don't waste your time or money.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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Do not use shackle lifts on the front more than inch in lift, as it will change the caster and cause handling, alignment, and track bar issues. Many talk down about add-a-leafs and they are correct in most cases. But, a long leaf add-a-leaf will ride much better than a short add-a-leaf. There is also a way to get 2-3 inches lift, coined a "Bastard Lift", using the main leaf spring off a set of Chevy S10 leaf springs. By cutting off the spring eyes to an approximate length of 42 inches with the center pin hole centered in the leaf, as they are off set from center, from the factory. Add the leaf to your spring packs directly under the factory Jeep main leaf.

My YJ had Warrior 1.25" lift shackles on the front only when I purchased it, that were effecting my handling an alignment due to caster changes made by the lift shackles. I own a street rod 2002 Blazer that I had previosly put drop spindles and lowering leaf spring packs on the rear, so I had my original rear Blazer springs laying in the garage. I paid 9 bucks for new center pins, cut down the Blazer main leafs as mentioned for the front, and took the next shorter Blazer leaf, cut it down and centered the center pin hole, then put them under the rear main leaf. Result was about 2-3 inches lift from stock and plenty of clearance for the 31x10.50 tires that were on it.

I like the ride myself, as it handles and drives much better with a little firmer ride and corrected the caster . Guess it all depends on what you like and how much money you want to put in your lift kit.
I figure at some point, I will buy a new complete 4 inch lift kit for it, but for now I was more into spending money on getting new rock crawler bumpers, all new poly suspension bushings, poly body mount bushings, new soft top, winch, etc. and saved on the lift kit for the time being.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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The pic below is of my YJ with Warrior 1 1/4" shackles front and rear and stock leaf spring packs.


This next pic is with the bastard lift set up and stock length shackles.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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This pic show the thicker S10 spring under my main leaf in the front and the new 3/8" thick HD stock length greaseable shackles.




This is my Jeep today, two months after buying it in Feb. 2013.

This is what it looked like the day I bought it two months ago.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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Thx for the info, I just ordered 1 inch boomerang lift shackles the other day, waiting on them to arrive. I have 31/10.5R15 on my Jeep now. I want to run 33/12.5 R15 but need to buy new rims with a better offset than whats on there now. Had the Jeep about a month now and did similar things to it. I put new bumpers, mirror relocation brackets(which were a bitch to do but I love them), light brackets, taillight euro covers. Didn't leave me a bunch of cash for a lift right away thats why I was curious about the budget liftsprings, I've seen them long and short styles but didn't know if they'd work. Though about doing a spring over axle lift but that May come later.
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I have 1 1/4 inch shackles and noticed no handling problems at all. Each jeep is different though so YMMV.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #10
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Since you plan to go with 33's, I would say go with the 4 inch lift when you can afford it. I plan to do the same in the future, but for now my 31's are in good shape, I got the clearance I need and didn't have to put much money into it. So it worked for me for the time being. Plus it left me with enough extra cash to order a new 8000 lb winch and winch cover that is suppose to be here Monday.

To RAYCER:

I think my issue with the lift shackles was the caster change and the track bar length issue caused by the lift shackles. I just wanted to get the caster back to the correct geometry and I hated the "Bucky the beaver" look of the long shackles. lol
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:28 AM   #11
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A winch is definitely in the near future for me also, I just can't decide for synthetic cable or steal on the winch.

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