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Old 09-17-2013, 02:33 PM
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During this time, I've experimented with different setups on the XJ leaf pack in the rear. I started out with just a set of old springs, stock out of an XJ. They were way too soft. I took out the third leaf and added an add-a-leaf lift spring to firm things up, but even with the ladder bar, I was getting too much axle wrap. 15 year old springs are simply not enough.

This is what I ended up with and I have found works best for me. Crown no-lift S-3318 XJ heavy duty leaf springs, seconday support main leaf from old pack, secondary second leaf for a six-leaf bastard pack. This setup netted about a 1/2-2/3" rake with the front sitting slightly lower. The rake makes climbs feel slightly more stable and firming up the springs in the rear has gotten rid of much of the unloading I was experiencing before. Seems to be a much better ride on the trail as well versus the XX year old springs, third leaf removed with the second leaf being an AAL that I was running before.

Also, finally got around to installing the hydro-assist after getting tired to the steering box trying to rip out of the frame (and finally succeeding) with the 38" tires. Standard drill and tap saginaw Astro box, eight inch ram (though the F150 D44 would have been perfect with a 6" ram). Adjusted with internal spacers so that hopefully I won't be popping off any knuckles anytime soon.

She works well.

This is how she sits at the moment and I'm very happy with the way the setup performs.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:34 PM
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I do want to add to this thread what I've done most recently. It's not actually to the YJ, but something that should be paid attention to for anyone that trailers their rig to and from the trails.

I was doing maintanence on my trailer and replacing the original electric trailer brakes. I noticed a bit of vibration coming from the trailer, so while I was replacing the brakes, I did some further inspections.

First the new brakes.

How bad the shackles had wallowed out.

I spent some time installing the new equalizers, bushings in the springs, shackles and bolts. Fortunately, this is a cakewalk job.

So that's it for now. Opening this up to anyone that has questions or any tech on something I may have missed.

Leaving out early Friday for seven or eight days of hard wheeling We'll be doing some trails sort of Ultimate Adventure style offroading, except trailers are allowed. Our friends from Hi-Lift will be with us and are usually good for a flop or two. Will try to get lots of pics!

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Great job on the build man, cant believe no one asks about it. Ill have to make up for it, Im thinking of doing something similar with mine. What springs did you use in the front? and did you use a link calculator to set up your links or how did you know how to set them up? just curious. What size tires are you running now? Are you pretty happy with the xj springs in the rear or do you wish you 4 linked it?
Ill proboblly have more questions at some point if you dont mind, thanks for sharing your build, its a sweet set up.
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Cool build. Who's front bumper are you using?

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