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Old 09-09-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Swapping Rubicon springs to 97 TJ

My friend has an 06 rubicon unlimited. He lifted it & has his factory springs, shocks, swaybar linkage, etc left over. Can I put all of this on my 97 TJ Sport & will it give me a little lift? He was running 32" tires on the Rubi before the lift just fine. Are there any issues I should be worried about. His stock parts have less than 40k on them. I attached a pic of what was left after the lift. Thanks in advance for any input

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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not sure if theres a big different in the unlimited vs sport... im sure somebody will chime in though

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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The front springs from my 06 unlimited rubicon look identical to those from my 02 TJ


The rear springs were a bit longer.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #4
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You may gain some height if your stock springs are sagging, being a 97 its possible.

i put 2004 springs on my 01 and gained 3/4 inch in the rear and nothing in the front.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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I put mine in my buddies '98...I have a 2005 Rubi Unlimited. He got about 1 to 1 1/2" out of it. We measured but my brain cells decided not to retain that bit...

I don't know if LJ has taller springs than a standard TJ. My guess is that my springs were a bit stiffer as they were only a year old, and didn't sag as far when we set the rig back down.

Oh..regarding issues? Not a one. Went right in...no alignment change and handled just fine out of the box.

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Old 09-09-2011, 04:29 PM   #6
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I guess since there's nothing to lose...I'll just have to swap it all out & see what happens!! Thanks for the input, I'll do some before & afters when it's done.
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I guess since there's nothing to lose...I'll just have to swap it all out & see what happens!! Thanks for the input, I'll do some before & afters when it's done.
and if not, its not like the old springs wont work again.. good luck man
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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Rubicon springs are stiffer not taller than TJ springs. The rears of an LJ will give a slight increase on a SWB TJ, but the fronts won't lift at all and will ride harsher.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:27 PM   #9
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Yeah they won't work on your jeep. Tell you what, to save you the trouble, send the stuff to me.

Honestly, you may see a very tiny rise out of em, vs your nearly 15 year old springs. And it will ride a lot firmer.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:32 PM   #10
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Depending on if your shocks are original, you might actually get a better ride (probably firmer) than you got now.

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