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Old 04-16-2008, 07:54 AM   #1
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shackles or "add a leaf"?

Hi guys,
New jeep owner here. I have a question and was wondering what your thoughts were. I have a 95 wrangler YJ with 100K on it. It was very well maintained and completely stock. My intention is that it will be my daily driver and see little to no off-road use. I would like to lift it a bit however. I don't want to go big due to my need for 50 miles of highway driving and lose what little comfort the jeep offers to begin with. I have stock rims and the tires have 800 miles on them so changing those out at this point isn't economically feasible right now, but next year definitely new rims and tires but nothing ludricrous. Do you have any suggestions as what type of lift to go with that won't make the jeep look retarded but still give it an aggressive look?

Just startign with my mid-life crisis vehicle and just want to minimize my mistakes...LOL!!

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Old 04-16-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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Shackle Lift. AAL make ride very stiff, and will give about 2 inch + lift, which may look bad with stock tires.

Shackles 2 Inches longer will give 1+ inch lift and retain stock ride, May cause springs to flatten out over time though loosing a little lift. Easy to install, and 31x10.5 tires fit nice. 30x9.5 are good too....even stock hight.

A lot don't like shackles b/c they "hang" down, which is a concern off road, and looks wise.

A 1" BL (body lift) might be a good way to go for you too.

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welcome to WF. shackles are your best bet now, they're cheap, and i agree about add a leafs. w/ 100k on stock springs they're getting tired though. i'd say your best bet is to replace those tired old springs w/ 2" OME springs, when you're ready for 31" tires. of coarse you'll need new shocks to. i personally don't like body lifts, because of how they look. shackles will make those springs axle wrap (start to sag down) sooner or later. if you can't wait, put shackles on now, then when you're ready for the next step, put your stock shackles back on, and get 2" springs and shocks.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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i got the shackles on my jeep they add lift but i slam them into everything offroad they seem to hold up and i have no axle wrap with little to no offroad use theyd be fine but if u wanna climb steep grades ur gunna mess them up they fit nice with 31/10.50s but i took my swaybar off and now they hit the front fender flares and have messed them up ill get a pic up soo u can see what they look like




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Old 04-17-2008, 07:30 AM   #5
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Great advice guys. Love the pics too!!! MY jeep is actually the same color so it makes it easy for me to imagine what it would look like. Any recommendations on what type or who to get shackles from???
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:05 PM   #6
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mine are dick cepek they hold up well good luck finding them tho i looked online and cant find them anywhere they were on the jeep when i got it
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #7
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every longer shackle i've ever seen has been real heavy duty, you can't go wrong. i've had to cut a small part on the back side of the front shackle cuz it would rub on the bumper cuz its square shaped. they make greasable, but i don't think its worth the money, think about new spring eye bushings when you do this. sand them down and prime and paint them yourself if you want them to look ok for more than a year.
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I'd do a shackle lift AND replace the stock springs with OE springs. The new springs are about $75 a piece, and it's easier to do then the add-a-leaf applications.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:09 AM   #9
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Awesome stuff guys!!!

thanks again for the help!!

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