I just bought an '03 wrangler sport with 48k miles and so far I absolutely love it. My first car was a 1990 Isuzu Trooper and while it was a good first car I always wished it was a jeep.
Anyway, I have some questions.
It has what I believe to be a 2" (I haven't actually measured it yet) coil spring spacer front and back, stock shocks, and it's sitting on 33x12.5 tires. Now, I know that this is not ideal and only really good for "mall crawling".
Seeing that ill honestly be 90% hwy driving and maaaaybee 10% dirt I'd like to keep what I have and make it work. So, my plan is to replace the shocks (I've read skyjacker hydros are the best bang for your buck), bump stop it correctly (forgot to mention that it does have lower bump stop extensions in the front that I've yet to measure and I'm not sure about the rear), add spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers (the rear tires are about 1/8" from the upper spring perch- kinda scary!), and depending on the bump stops ill prob add a 1" body lift to help clear the big 33's. Does this all sound logical? I'm also not super opposed to trimming the fender flares an inch but if I can get away with not trimming I'd like to bc once it's gone it's gone!
I've read about the importance of bump stops when dealing with a small lift/big tires and I've read about how to measure your shock mounts/bump stops to size new shocks to an existing lift.
Here's the threads I'm talking about
the post by geiman
the posts by UnlimitedLJ04
Thanks to both of you guys for helping without even knowing!
My REAL question is: do I really have to undo the springs and shocks to take these measurements or can I just support the frame on jackstands, disconnect the front swaybar, take off the passenger side tire, and jack up the drivers side axle until:
1) the bump stops impact correctly and the tire has plenty of space to turn without rubbing. Which is completely unlikely to happen. In which case I would just measure for the shock like geiman explained in the thread I linked to.
2) the tire hits the fender. Which is probably going to happen. In which case I would measure how much bump stop I would need to add (subtracting 1" if I add the body lift). And measure for the shock with my theoretical bump stop numbers.
3) the shock bottoms out without the bump stops impacting and the tire hitting the fender. Which I doubt will happen and if it does I really don't know what I'd do (well, I'd post here and ask
My reasoning for doing this without taking the shocks and springs off is:
1) it seems like a lot of possibly unneeded work
2) if I was out wheeling the shocks and springs would obviously be on so isn't it better to get some "real world" measurements?
If I need to take them off I certainly will but like I said...seems like a lot of possibly unneeded work.
For the rear I would basically do the same thing but I'd leave the swaybar connected.
I plan on doing all of this on Wednesday bc I'm off from work. Ill post up some pics of what I find then.
Thanks in advance for all the help!