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Old 03-30-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Springover kit questions

Hi Everyone,

Just joined up to try and get some questions answered. I'm new at this, hence the questions I'm asking. I've got a stock '91 YJ Renegade, and have wanted to customize it for a while. Basically, I just want it to be bigger, and go offroad with it. I live in a Mass cowtown, there isn't much else to do.

So I was thinking a springover kit, seeing as it appeared to be the cheapest from what I've been seeing. I'm a minimum wage kid with a limited budget. What do I have to do other than what the kit includes itself? Do I have to drop my transfer case? Do I have to buy a new driveshaft?

If there's anything else I have to do in order to do a springover, any input would be much appretiated.

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FIRST AND FOREMOST, you need longer brakelines. Go with stainless steel braided ones. If I had a link for you I would post it...I'm sure somebody else here will have a link for you.

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spring over is a great set up. not knowing what your kit comes with, you'll need the tcase drop, brake lines as said above, slip yoke eliminator kit, rear drive shaft to match. usually you need some kind of steering linkage solution, cuz your drag link will sometimes hit the right front leaf spring. you're gonna wanna replace your leaf springs if they're original, or even more than a few years old, this puts more strain on springs, and they will sag when they get old. if you're gonna wheel, make sure kit has sway bar disconnects, not just new links. and you don't want longer sway bar links, i made this mistake the first time, you think lifting vehicle, longer links right. but they sway bar actually gets closer not farther. and most important is setting rear pinion angle. good luck and let us know.

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Old 03-30-2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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Wow, apparently I was wrong in thinking that a springover would be a cheaper solution for getting some lift. With all of that, it seems that the total cost would be way over what a suspension lift would be.

Thanks for all the input, it's much appreciated. I still may go this route, seeing as I'm looking to get somewhere around 35"'s under there.

Again, the issue stands. A kid with limited amounts of money. Any other suggestions on cheap solutions to lifting my YJ? I'm fresh out of ideas...
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:07 PM   #5
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if you get a sye you wont need a tcase drop. i extended my rear brake line but the front you can get enough by unbolting the hard lines and rerouting them. you will need a drop pitman arm at the minimum for your steering. you will need spring perches for at least the front (i couldnt cut them off to reuse).

its not as cheap as you think. if you're just lookingfor a cheap lift, a regular sua kit wil be easier and cheaper. if you're looking for the other benefits of a soa kit as well as lift, then proceed.
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there is no cheap way, soa is superior than sua, little measuring, and welding on spring perches. i've always done tcase drop w/ sye on these, as to minimize the change in the angle of the rear axle. the more angle the more chance of starving the pinion bearings.

i don't know, i've heard people say they don't do it w/ sye, but to me, you need to reset the pinion angle, even though the sye uses a longer drive shaft. and the t case drop lets you make less of a change, which is good. but if everyone gets away with it, and no vibe from steep driveshaft angle, then maybe its not necessary, but i'm gonna keep doin it.
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i swapped in a 8.8 when i did mine, and its got the fill plug in front of and above the pinion, so rotating wasnt a big deal. i see what you're saying though, you might be onto something.
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i'm considering the 8.8 in mine, how do you like it, and how was the swap. seems pretty straight forward.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:39 PM   #9
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this weekend was my first outing with it. im pretty happy with it. when i ordered my R&P, you could really see the BEEF in it. theres no way im gonna break it with my hp. the swap was pretty straight forward. i modified my stock parking brake cables to work on it. the pinion offset is more than the 35, but i havent seen any ill effects. i cut off the spring perches and just welded them back on where they belong. the exploder axle is 1" narrower but its not really noticeable. i got disc brakes and they feel pretty good too. i got mine on craigslist for 200 or 250 IIRC.

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