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joey4821 11-19-2012 09:56 PM

Help a new guy with coil spacers
 
I bought my jeep a few months ago and I am now the third owner. the lift consists of coil spacers only (the previous owner said they are 4.5 inches but they look about 3 inches to me). It doesnt seem like anything else has been added to the suspension. The only other aftermarket items on the jeep are quick disconnects, 15 inch procomp wheels and 33 inch BFG A/T's. I have been coming across posts about bump stops and adding new shocks with coil spacers. Since this is my first jeep and I am new to this world I am not sure what exactly I need, or if this set up is sufficient. I don't do heavy off-roading and this is my daily driver. Can anyone let me know which direction I should be going?

UnlimitedLJ04 11-19-2012 10:01 PM

post multiple pictures of the springs, shocks, sway bar links, steering, track bar mounts, etc.

joey4821 11-19-2012 10:32 PM

10 Attachment(s)
So I apologize in advance as I don't really know if these are the pictures you need. Pretty much the best I could do this time at night.

joey4821 11-19-2012 10:33 PM

The first eight are the front and the last two are the rear.

ShakaZulu8402 11-19-2012 10:57 PM

Looks like just a 2" spacer front and rear with some over sized bump stops, probably to compensate for what appear to be stock shocks. Looks like newer sway bar links though, at least they look less dirty than everything else. Everything else appears stock. Could be wrong, but just my .02

joey4821 11-19-2012 11:12 PM

yea the the sway bar connects are something I added recently. Would I benefit from adding aftermarket shocks? Would I be able to gain an inch or two?

ShakaZulu8402 11-19-2012 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by joey4821
yea the the sway bar connects are something I added recently. Would I benefit from adding aftermarket shocks? Would I be able to gain an inch or two?

No but your ride would get substantially more comfy, depending on what route you took. It looks like your springs are stock too, but I can't really tell. If you want seriously improve your ride for a dd be prepared to drop some cash. What are your goals for a lift? Budget?

joey4821 11-19-2012 11:37 PM

I plan on putting a rear bumper and tire carrier and front stubby bumper. I am assuming I will lose a little bit of my lift after this. My goal is to keep the height I have now, or if possible add an inch or two. I wouldn't mind a little smoother ride but I don't mind a rough ride if I have to. As far as budget for the suspension right now I would say about $200. Hopefully after the holidays I will have some money for the bumpers.

What would adding stiffer springs and new shocks do for me?

JReed615 11-19-2012 11:44 PM

IMO, you should save up for a 3" or 4" lift kit and toss the coil spacers. If you plan on going offroad, you should invest in a good kit. It will be expensive, but it will pay off down the road

joey4821 11-19-2012 11:46 PM

I would love to but it's just not an option right now. I'm putting my wife through grad school and I am the only income. Not to mention I will have to stop working when I start grad school next fall. Then it's just student loans for a year or so.

ShakaZulu8402 11-20-2012 06:20 AM

You aren't going to be able to do anything substantial on a $200 budget, so I would just leave it as is until you can afford more. I wouldn't add more lift with your current set up as it wouldn't make sense and would cost too much. You could potentially add a body lift for an extra inch, but I'm more concerned about using stock shocks with your lift. I'd leave everything as is, then when you can afford it I'd get some OME shocks that match your height. That's about $400.

Bamadan 11-20-2012 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by ShakaZulu8402 (Post 3014248)
You aren't going to be able to do anything substantial on a $200 budget, so I would just leave it as is until you can afford more. I wouldn't add more lift with your current set up as it wouldn't make sense and would cost too much. You could potentially add a body lift for an extra inch, but I'm more concerned about using stock shocks with your lift. I'd leave everything as is, then when you can afford it I'd get some OME shocks that match your height. That's about $400.



Agree, you need shocks now for the lift you have. New shocks will not be needed later on when you upgrade the lift if you remain at same height. Also, shocks will not give any lift.

joey4821 11-20-2012 09:46 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate all the info. What shocks would you recommend I get when I am ready to buy some? Brand? Size?

ShakaZulu8402 11-20-2012 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by joey4821
Thanks guys. I appreciate all the info. What shocks would you recommend I get when I am ready to buy some? Brand? Size?

Old Man Emu (OME) is top notch. Arguably the best brand out there. Pricey, but you get what you pay for with shocks.

Quadratec has them...not the cheapest retailer but easy to use and they have a shock advisor. You can at least get the part numbers that match and then get them elsewhere online for cheaper. OME also has a lift which goes with those shocks, so when you are ready to do that you can get the lift and use your existing shocks.

Good luck!

jrussblues 11-20-2012 10:45 AM

Bilstien 5100's. Great shock and made for specific vehicle/lift specs. Ride wonderfully on and off road. That's a 2" budget boost.

UnlimitedLJ04 11-20-2012 10:59 AM

wow, thats a horrible rear bumpstop setup. not only is the bumpstop cup extended (which is correct), but there is a poly jounce bumper installed in place of the factory jounce bumper (which is incorrect). there is hardly any travel in the rear as a result, and i bet it rides really stiff. and there ain't much more travel in front either due to the stock shocks. overall, that's actually a worse setup than a stock jeep.

joey4821 11-20-2012 11:36 AM

Yea I'm not sure why it is set up that way. I haven't really noticed the lack of travel in the rear due to the jounce bumper until starting this thread. It definitely does ride stiff especially in the back. is there a way to adjust the rear (take out he jounce bumper or something like that)?

UnlimitedLJ04 11-20-2012 12:01 PM

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Originally Posted by joey4821 (Post 3014978)
Yea I'm not sure why it is set up that way. I haven't really noticed the lack of travel in the rear due to the jounce bumper until starting this thread. It definitely does ride stiff especially in the back. is there a way to adjust the rear (take out he jounce bumper or something like that)?

the bumpstop cup is extended properly, so installing a factory jounce bumper is your best bet for now.

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