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Old 04-19-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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How do I LOWER my YJ?

I just bought this and want to get it back to stock height. Is it JUST shackles? There doesnt seem to be any body spacers.


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Old 04-19-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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There are severe penalties for lowering a Jeep. My suggestion is larger tires.

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Old 04-19-2010, 08:46 PM   #3
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With a plow on the front I would wonder if it has add-a-leafs...look at the leaf packs and see if there seems to be one that is thicker than the others. I can't remember the count on them, but I can check mine tomorrow if you want. If you could post a picture of the suspension you might get a few more answers.
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I'm agreeing w/ Mr. Guitar. If those shackles are longer than stock it ain't by much. So maybe a slightly arched or bigger set of springs.

But it doesn't look very far from stock to me at all.

What's your goal with this? Because I'm thinking a Jeep like that would look great w/ some cast off tires and wheels from craigslist. I used to own Suzuki Samurai's, and loved the bargains I got from Wrangler owners who just wanted to go bigger.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:32 PM   #5
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I'm not looking for some monster 44 inch look, but will these fit my YJ?
http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/pts/1691435927.html

My concern is the rear primarily, as the bottom of the body is approximatly 2 inches over the top of the steel wheel. The ride is a wee bit hairy way up there.
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The rear DOES have lift shackles, not extremely large ones but they are not the stock shackles. Also the "raked" look as you may have guess is due to the weight of the plow.
Actually Idea for plowing use. Reason...the front tires will have more traction to push the snow, also there is usually weight add in the rear of the vehicle for traction.

I can not tell if you have non=stock shackles in the front from the picture you posted. Also you do not have any body lift.
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:53 AM   #7
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Take the plow off the front??? hehehehe
Need more pictures...
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5 leafs in the rear, 4 in the front is stock on the leafs.

they look like aftermarket shackles to me, but dont look long enough to give it that much lift? i think the plow weight on the front is throwing off proportions for me.
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I'm not looking for some monster 44 inch look, but will these fit my YJ?
http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/pts/1691435927.html

My concern is the rear primarily, as the bottom of the body is approximatly 2 inches over the top of the steel wheel. The ride is a wee bit hairy way up there.
With that plow on the front and with the short wheel base, the ride will be a bit hairy.....
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off subject, but thats got a lot of potential. Good find on the Jeep...
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:02 PM   #11
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Lower? A Jeep? Why?
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:29 PM   #12
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I'm not an off roader per se. Back in 1970 when I was a teen working for a landscaper I used to plow winters in a CJ. So when I bought this property with it's lonnng driveway 2 years ago, my mind kept drifting back to that CJ / plow and after 20 hours of snow blowing this past winter, I convinced myself I could use a CJ with a plow more than I use my '81 vette, so I bought the YJ with the plow and am selling the vette to pay for it.

It's amazing how some memories stay with you.

I have been tooling around in the Jeep for a few weeks now, (with the plow off) and it's got the same charm that old CJ had. Aside from a better looking set of stock wheels, and some basic maintenance to keep it from turning into a rust bucket, I dont really have plans of tricking it out.

Just making it 'cool enough'
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Good answer. I can respect that. Thank you.
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I wonder if taking out one of the rear leaf springs would do it? May be too much work and not enough suspension......
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:59 PM   #15
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I think it has aftermarket shackles on the front and rear as I have been observing similar yj's driving around. So I think I just need some stock ones.
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that plow will make stock leaf springs sag in no time. take the plow off sell the vett and buy a cheap tractor for doing you snow plowing and use the jeep for fun in the sun top off jeeping.

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Old 04-27-2010, 08:24 PM   #17
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well, they dont apear to be stock springs.. looks like one of the PO's swapped them out for springs by 'Superlift'?

With the wheels I bought today, I see no reason to lower it now



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Bigger tires is what yo need.
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I agree

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There are severe penalties for lowering a Jeep. My suggestion is larger tires.
Bigger Tires!!!
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:30 PM   #20
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is the piow to high in the air ?
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:42 PM   #21
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is the plow to high in the air? lower the plow.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #22
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I have no useful suggestions rather than buying all stock suspension front and rear. Now that I've stated the obvious I will have fun at your expense ; )

Let the air out of the tires.
and/or
Start dating fat chicks. (that was uncalled for, but I'm feeling shameless)

Now go out there and drive the pooh outa' that fine lookin' Heep!
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Start dating fat chicks. (that was uncalled for, but I'm feeling shameless)
If you decide to go this route I know of this guy shankster on another forum that can help you out

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