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cc4005 10-02-2013 02:10 PM

Can I add another 1/2" coil spacer?
 
'13 JKUR, stock wheels, 1.5" wheel spacers & 285/70R17 Duratracs. I installed a TF leveling kit (1" rear spacers, 2" front) and was pretty much dead level, measuring fenders at center of wheels. Then later added heavy front/rear bumpers + winch. Bumpers and winch dropped me 1/2" in back and 3/4" in front. Over a few months, front settled another 1/4" or so, getting me back to about 1/2" rake which I'd like to get rid of.

Question: Do I need to worry about other mods--shock extensions/new shocks, bump stop extensions, etc.--if I add another 1/2" spacer up front (2-1/2" total)? I do some moderate trails and occasionally disconnect...nothing very serious though. Since I'm already 3/4" lower in front than the kit is designed to put me due to bumper/winch weight, it seems like adding a 1/2" back might not be a big deal. I know new springs would be a better solution, but I won't be spending that money right now.

Thanks.

daggo66 10-02-2013 02:15 PM

Personally I wouldn't double up coil spacers.

cc4005 10-02-2013 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by daggo66 (Post 5034505)
Personally I wouldn't double up coil spacers.

The original TF kit came with two 1" spacers for each front coil so it hadn't occurred to me stacking would be a problem. Have you had issues with it?

jkjeeper06 10-02-2013 03:09 PM

Not sure if your shocks have enough travel to accommodate a 2.5" lift and disconnecting. You won't get much flex and you could possibly put undue wear on it by frequently maxing it out.

Not that big of a problem. Replace them now or replace them later. You still only buy 1 set either way

spinlock 10-03-2013 03:41 AM

Adding 1/2" lift the right way is no big deal just don't with double spacers. They are not designed as stackable washers to achieve what ever lift you want. Go with taller spacers or stiffer coils.

kjeeper10 10-03-2013 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by spinlock (Post 5049313)
Adding 1/2" lift the right way is no big deal just don't with double spacers. They are not designed as stackable washers to achieve what ever lift you want. Go with taller spacers or stiffer coils.

There are spacers that can be stacked. I forget the brand(s) but it is possible.

ThingsAbove 10-03-2013 05:23 AM

Just call or email Teraflex and ask if their spacers can be stacked. I've received fantastic customer service from them.

fljeepleo 10-03-2013 06:04 AM

Splurge and get the longer coils. And if so get the shock extensions. Its not that much and doing it right the first time will save you in the long run.

I stacked coils, spacers and everthing I could get my hands on to get my old TJ higher. If I would have just bought 6 inch coils in the first place I would have saved time, money and ride quality.

Just my two cents.

cc4005 10-03-2013 06:43 AM

Thanks for the replies. I've emailed TF.

dav5942 10-03-2013 06:53 AM

We left the 1" pucks out of the rear on the TF leveling kit, just doing the front 2". Measuring wheel to fenders show it high in the front. But measuring the frame distance to the ground shows it 1/4" high in the rear! Looking at the top looks level. Take out the rear spacers and you will probably get rid of the rake "look".

Your tires are only .6" higher and 1.2" wider than stock-so clearance should not be a problem without the rear pucks.

rubisteph 10-03-2013 10:18 AM

Unless you also use longer shocks or at least shocks extensions, you have to know when to stop..... otherwise you'll be using that winch sooner down a trail than you should....

legitposter 10-03-2013 11:02 AM

Remember that removing the 'rake' will result in a higher front end. You have to pick one or the other... Truly frame level, which means there will be a visual rake, or remove the visual rake and have a higher front end.

dav5942 10-03-2013 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by legitposter (Post 5056249)
Remember that removing the 'rake' will result in a higher front end. You have to pick one or the other... Truly frame level, which means there will be a visual rake, or remove the visual rake and have a higher front end.

Dont know about the 2 door but on the 4 door, truly frame level elimates the visual rake but makes the front fender higher than the rear fender-top looks level also.

cc4005 10-03-2013 02:08 PM

Mark with TF replied to my email. I'm posting his response for benefit of anyone who might have the same question in the future.

"Yes you can add the spacers and should not experience any other issues. The shocks are long enough that there should be no problem there especially with it being the Rubicon. Bump stops will stay the same as they stop the tire from traveling to far up and hitting the fender. I would go ahead with the 1/2 “ spacer to make up the lost lift height.
Thanks.
Mark B."

spinlock 10-03-2013 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 5049601)
There are spacers that can be stacked. I forget the brand(s) but it is possible.

You're right, Rukse makes some that are machined polyurethane that are stackable like a deck of cards. :-)

Someone else used to make some metal ones for TJs but they were infamous for their rough ride.

dav5942 10-09-2013 05:01 PM

Did you add the 1/2" spacer? Pictures. I went and added the rear 1" to the TF leveling kit, now I'm 1" high in the rear. Probably will try the 1/2".

nmdesertrat 10-09-2013 07:46 PM

Had the same problem after the TF leveling kit. I had 14's on the front. I went to 19's and now I'm level.

cc4005 10-10-2013 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by dav5942 (Post 5230657)
Did you add the 1/2" spacer? Pictures. I went and added the rear 1" to the TF leveling kit, now I'm 1" high in the rear. Probably will try the 1/2".

Yes I added the extra 1/2" in front, so I'm at 1" rear and 2-1/2" front. Measures level at bottom center of fenders.

Barmanvarn 10-10-2013 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by cc4005 (Post 5253497)
Yes I added the extra 1/2" in front, so I'm at 1" rear and 2-1/2" front. Measures level at bottom center of fenders.

My eyes must suck because that still looks like it has rake to me.

Subscribed because I'm in the same situation at the moment.

cc4005 10-10-2013 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn (Post 5254073)
My eyes must suck because that still looks like it has rake to me.

Subscribed because I'm in the same situation at the moment.

Depends on how you measure it. Space between tires and fenders is equal front and rear, but roof still slopes forward. Frame probably slopes a bit too, but hard to tell in the photo due to uneven ground. Haven't measured it though.

Barmanvarn 10-10-2013 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by cc4005 (Post 5254137)
Depends on how you measure it. Space between tires and fenders is equal front and rear, but roof still slopes forward. Frame probably slopes a bit too, but hard to tell in the photo due to uneven ground. Haven't measured it though.

Gotcha. I'm level at the frame and still have rake.

Am planning to add some 1" spacers I have laying around.

dav5942 10-10-2013 12:59 PM

Thanks for pic. Looks like you still have a front rake. Wonder if I should go with an additional 1" in front. Did not ask TF what they thought, only the 1/2".

cc4005 10-10-2013 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by dav5942 (Post 5255177)
Thanks for pic. Looks like you still have a front rake. Wonder if I should go with an additional 1" in front. Did not ask TF what they thought, only the 1/2".

Yeah, like I said above it depends on what you're going for. I'm level at the fenders, but would have to lose the 1" rear spacers if I wanted my roof level. I only asked about 1/2" as well, so can't comment on whether 3" total up front is ok. I will say that my front coils look a little off-axis with the 2-1/2". I'm undecided at this point whether I'm satisfied with the rake or lack thereof. If I decide to go further it will definitely involve getting rid of the spacers altogether.


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