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Old 02-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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substitute leaf springs?

Just got my wrangler a couple of weeks ago-- the same day I bought a lift kit through the local tire dealer (Les Schwab).

Problem is-- the leaf springs are on back order and the soonest they will be in is 15 Feb.

The tires I have on the rig are 32"- using those since they have better tread than the ones that came with the jeep. I have very little clearance- its okay when its just me in the rig-- but throw in a wife- kid- and ski gear-- its too much for the flat springs.

All the salvage yards are out of leaf springs for my rig-- I was wondering if there is another set of leafs I could put on there without any modification.

Also-- never swapped out springs-- on a scale of 1-10 ...how difficult is it for a new mechanic?

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Old 02-02-2011, 03:09 PM   #2
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on a scale of 1-10 10 being the hardest its probably a 4. Its easy but sometimes lengthy and annoying. depending on ur rust and things like that, u most likely need a saw to cut the u bolts. with 32 no matter what you do u will rub with stock springs. you can cut the fender wells and or put a body lift. or put very large bump stops on the truck but really nothing else you can do with stock springs

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Old 02-03-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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I ran into the back order deal when trying to get my 4" rough country lift from JC Whitney. They back ordered it for almost a month... Then sent me an email that it was discontinued...

I then went directly to Roughcountry.com and got the same 4" lift kit, shipped the next day, minus the $125.00 freight charge JC Whitney wanted to charge. So, I spent some extra savings on stainless brake line extenders.
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I ran into the back order deal when trying to get my 4" rough country lift from JC Whitney. They back ordered it for almost a month... Then sent me an email that it was discontinued...

I then went directly to Roughcountry.com and got the same 4" lift kit, shipped the next day, minus the $125.00 freight charge JC Whitney wanted to charge. So, I spent some extra savings on stainless brake line extenders.
So it sounds like it was a good thong it was "discontinued" anyhow, right?
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #5
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Lift shackles will help you out for the time being. Remember though. If the stuff on there is all stock you will be needing a grinder/sawzall to remove the old hardware. Then you will need new bushings and hardware to install the shackles. This job can range anywhere from a 3-7 depending on rust and tools on hand.

These shackles would work great I think.

Rustys Offroad: 1-1/4" Lift Shackles Rear - JEEP YJ
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...y_Code=LEAFACC


The bushing kit...You can find them cheaper this is a good example though.
http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...y_Code=LEAFACC
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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Good stuff-- thanks---

Hopefully its not on back order too long--- I should know on the 15th the status--

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