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Old 05-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Smile Newbie needs advice on 95 YJ

I just got a 95 YJ Rio Grande....I am new to Wranglers, but not to Jeeps. This YJ has 31" Pro Comps on it, I cannot tell if it is lifted or not as I am not familar with the stock suspension, it measures 19.5" at the doors from body to ground, the leaf springs seem flat to me. The skid plate has a spacer in it between it and the frame. any input appreciated. I was thinking of doing a 2,5" Rubicon Express standard lift on it to replace what is there. Ultimately I want to tow behind motor home and use here on the beach. Just looking to make it ride well. It is a rust free and mechanically sound Jeep, although now in NC was in Arizona most of it's life. Thanks

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pics of shackles/springs/tc drop would help

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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31s are hard to fit without a spring or body lift.

The RE lift is a nice lift...
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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springs look stock, but that doesnt explain the TC drop, and some aftermarket fender flares that obviously help a little with tire clearance
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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I have a 90yj running 31x10.50 15" rims with 2" wheel spacers and never rub with my factory suspension. I want a lift of course but just saying 31's are doable on factory suspension.

I would say you have stock springs for sure.



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springs look stock, but that doesnt explain the TC drop, and some aftermarket fender flares that obviously help a little with tire clearance

Agreed. Maybe the TC drop was for a future plan for a lift but then of course they sold the jeep to TipperD
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
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That is what I was thinking. The springs seem flat and the shocks I am sure need replacement. If I am going to the trouble of replacing them I mind as well go ahead and do a lift over just going back with stock. I do not plan on any extreme off road, but would like to improve the ride. The tires and rims are almost new, so 1.5 to 2.5 inch lift would help all around. Would like to avoid the SYE CV drive shaft if I can.
Any ideas on this?

Thanks for any help here....
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:18 PM   #8
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RE 2.5 would be a great choice
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it looks to me that it's all stock other thn tires and wheels... I have a formula to figure out lift but I will have to dig it up... I thought that 31s can still avoid rubbing, but 32s will, 2.5 inch lift with ome all the way around is what I did with 32s and noticed a lot more thn I expected! not the cheapest route,, I also think that above 33s with 2.5 lift you have to look in to messing with gear ratios,,,, which I want no part of with a daily driver,,
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I have a 95 YJ, initally I put on 31's with no issue, then added about 3' to the lift for 32's. I then got a bad driveline vibe and did a cheap quick TC drop like the one here, my guess is the prior owner had a small lift (extended shackles..or..?) and did the TC drop, when he sold it he might have pulled the lift but left the TC drop....Just a wild guess. All the other components look like they are stock. When you do the 2.5 lift, you at least will be good for the TC drop though.
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Pics of shackles

here are the front and rear shackles...are they stock too?

This jeep was salvage as the rear door was hit and back window broken...maybe the PO was in the process of a lift when he lost it. Or maybe he just went as far as the tires and rims. In any case it needs new suspension.

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haha, thats the first ive ever seen someone cut and shorten a stock shackle. I think you hit the nail on the head with it needing new suspension.
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here are the front and rear shackles...are they stock too?

This jeep was salvage as the rear door was hit and back window broken...maybe the PO was in the process of a lift when he lost it. Or maybe he just went as far as the tires and rims. In any case it needs new suspension.

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looks like a well worn lift of some kind. that last pic isn't a stock spring. 2nd to last pic looks like greaseable bolts.
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looks like a well worn lift of some kind. that last pic isn't a stock spring. 2nd to last pic looks like greaseable bolts.
No, I got to disagree, the shackles are stock, not a 100% on this but at least 99%. When I took my stock shackles off on my 95 YJ they looked the same, got to admit I haven't seen them in years, but I can dig them out and double check. I recall the shackles being made out of cheap pig iron and they came apart in 2 plates.
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Any suggestions on which shackles to use if I do the 2.5 RE lift? It seems there is so much choice in all of this.
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No, I got to disagree, the shackles are stock, not a 100% on this but at least 99%. When I took my stock shackles off on my 95 YJ they looked the same, got to admit I haven't seen them in years, but I can dig them out and double check. I recall the shackles being made out of cheap pig iron and they came apart in 2 plates.
your right, the shackles are stock and one has been modified like tigerblood said. my comment was about the bolts themselves, they kind of look like greasable bolts but the pic is a little fuzzy so I could be wrong. the spring eye in the last pic has a half wrap, its not a stock spring.
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crown makes a nice set of boomerang shackles at a reasonable price, you can find them on ebay or crt performance.
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Any suggestions on which shackles to use if I do the 2.5 RE lift? It seems there is so much choice in all of this.
I did a small lift of an add a leaf 2", then added Con-Ferr extended shackles, i think they are about 4-6" in length, that gave me about a 3-4 inch lift and was fairly cheap...$200 for add a leaf's, and about $75 for the shackles. Now this was done way back in 95/96 so prices have changed and I think Con-Ferr is out of biz. I'm now in the process of redoing the entire lift to a SOA.

If your into doing this on a budget, you can go with extended long shackles (they use to be fairly cheap $$$), I never liked mine due to interfering with approach angles (shackles hitting stuff first before I could get up and over the obstacle) as I live in AZ and rocks get in the way out here. I believe I read you were using this as a beach jeep, which shackles shouldn't be a big problem cruising in sand. Basic rule for lift height when adding long shackles is that you gain half the height of the shackle..ie...4" inch shackle should give you about 2" of lift.

If you got some cash to put into it go with one of the MFG's 2.5" kits, there is an abundance of types and designs which will fit you applications...One good thing is you already have the TC drop installed, you will need it once you go over about 2" in lift.

Hope that helps a little..
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the spring eye in the last pic has a half wrap, its not a stock spring.
No my springs (factory) have that half wrap, it's kind of funky, but those are stock, in fact the pictures look alot like my Heep...One thing I did notice is on the U bolts the outboard u bolt threads extend way down, looks like the PO have definitely been monkeying with it...
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Thanks so much for the great input...gotta love forum for this!....There are a few broken ends on those U bolts as well.....I want to correct all this, I am not looking for extreme off road, want a better ride-- it's rough now....I know it's a Jeep, but the springs make noise and I know it is not 100%. In reading and trying to learn as much as possible here it seems I can do a 2.5...would lean towards the RE standard ... new shackles, but also would consider the Black Diamond 1.5,,,,any thoughts on this?.....As the tires are at about 80% no point in not keeping them and continuing with 31".
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RE 2.5 would be a great choice
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those shackles are def stock!!! ome greasables are the best! 110$ though, as far as a 2.5 inch at least,,,
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Here is what mine looked like when I had 31 inch tires, RE 2.5 lift with 1 inch over stock shackles (from RE). Plenty of clearance and nice ride.[IMG][/IMG]
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That looks great.....seems like it is the answer, did you have to any other mods to the drive train?...like the fender flares too...
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31s are hard to fit without a spring or body lift.

The RE lift is a nice lift...


As bone stock as could be sitting on 31's. No rub anywhere at all
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That looks great.....seems like it is the answer, did you have to any other mods to the drive train?...like the fender flares too...

No other mods needed...In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to run without flares covering the wheels...stock are fine and no rub with alot of flex with the 31's.

Also, if you want to upgrade later, you can do a 1 inch body lift, extend brake lines, use flat fender flares and throw on some 33's, and it will come out like this...as mine sits now...and no rub...[IMG][/IMG]
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With regard to shackles: make sure you don't overtighten!!!!! I was even warned and I over tightened... Those shackle bolts have to allow the shackles to move so the spring flexes... My jeep rode like a 400 lbs hooker until I figured out my shackles weren't moving. I loosened them and now she only rides like a 200 lbs hooker...
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Zone Offroad also makes a good set of 1" lift boomerang shackles for a decent price. I have them on my 95 Rio Grand in conjunction with a BDS 2" lift and it rides wonderfully. Great as a dd or offroad.
I would replace those stock springs with something. I really wouldn't do an add-a-leaf judging by the condition my stock springs were in.

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