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Old 03-28-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Question Changing shocks/springs

Hi guys, new to the forum.
The PO of my '05 LJ installed what looks like a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift. The coils are about 15.5" long which is between the 15" suggesting 3" of lift and the 16" that suggest a 4" lift. I'm running a hard top though, which may have compressed the springs a little extra. Then again, I have no winch or heavy bumpers, no rack, not even side steps.
Should I be OK switching down to 3" Bilstein 5100s and some 3" coil springs? Or do I need some extra hardware since the shocks/springs will be a little shorter. And do I get the long- or short arm-specific shocks?

I am really just focused on improving my ride at the moment. I don't get to wheel very often, so I have prioritized ride comfort right now (already lined the cabin with second skin vibration dampener and ensolite). I wanted to go with the 2.5" OME kit, but I feel like if I get the 2.5" light duty kit for the softer springs and comfort, I will possibly get less than 2.5" of lift, because of my hard top. 2.5" is too short for my 33" tires, and I don't really want to go to body lifts.

If 3" shocks and coils (with the possibility to add a 1/2" or 1" body lift sometime in the future) are the right way to go, what 3" lift springs do people recommend? On the forum I've read that Currie 3" lift springs are good, but they are not for LJs, and would probably end up giving me less than 3 inches.
I've emailed OME about coils not designed for the LJ which may give me 3"...

What do you think?

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Old 03-28-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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Ah, found out Currie DOES do LJ springs.
Any other 3" spring ideas?

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Old 03-29-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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Gonna make the question more clear:
Can I use springs and shocks for a 3" lift with the rest of the hardware from a 3.5" lift?
Namely the Rubicon Express 3.5".
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:05 PM   #4
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Yep. That should cause no problems. As far as springs most people have owned one or 2 brands at most so it is hard to say for me. I love the ride of my Teraflex stuff but I don't know if they make LJ specific stuff. I hear great things about Currie and although I don't own there stuff I have never heard a negative thing about them and sounds like what you want. I'd get the Currie stuff. It should work fine with your lift.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:58 PM   #5
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Thanks Majnoon, it looks like I'll be going with Currie springs and the 5100's then.

I have heard though that RE's 3.5 kits are notorious for running closer to 4.5 and have been told to get the 4" Currie springs. Can anyone vouch for that? I don't want to go any higher. I measured my front coils at 15.5" but I could be weighed down by the hard top. No heavy bumper/winch/rails.

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:31 AM   #6
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Going to bump this one more time. Is it true that RE's 3.5 kits are notorious for running closer to 4.5 and that Currie's 4" springs will give me the same lift? I really don't want to go over (prefer to go 1/2" under actually), but don't want less than 3" so I can comfortably run my 33s.
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I've got RE 3.5 springs that ride well over 4 inches taller than stock even with heavy bumpers, armor, and a winch.

But I'd go with the measurements you got off your springs.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #8
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Thanks Simon. Before I change springs I'm considering getting the Bilstein shocks alone but they don't make 3.5". Will the 3" shocks do for my ~3.5 lift? .5" is not a lot but I'm wondering if it's worse to have shocks that are too short or shocks that are too long.

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