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Old 10-06-2011, 08:51 AM
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I recently purchased the front coil Synergy 3/4" spacers. Now I'm apprehensive about putting them on. I'm planning to take them to my mechanic who has done all the work on my vehicles for the past six years. However, I'm apprehensive about putting them on and I'm not 100% sure why. I do know I'm a little concerned about something coming loose in the front end and getting the dreaded death wobble while I'm cruising down the road with my family.

Is there really anything to be worried about with a simple 2 hour job of just putting the spacers on? Am I being paranoid for no reason at all?

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As long as things are done properly with quality parts you will not have a problem.
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If you trust a mechanic for 6 years, I think a coil spacer job is relativly safe. Just make sure he torques all of the bolts properly and you may want to have an alignment done just to be extra safe and give you piece of mind.
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Also make sure he tightens everything down while the Jeep is on the ground, not while up on the garage lift.
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Why are you adding it and why only to the front?
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I'm guessing he is doing more of a leveling kit than anything which would explain why he is just doing the front
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Adding 3/4" spacers is a very simple job. It consist of taking out the springs and putting the spacers atop of them and putting them back in. That's it. Are your spacers polyurethane or metal?
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Poly spacers. And yes, I am just adding them to level the vehicle out.
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3-4 hour job max with no experience. You can do this in your driveway with a floor jack, jack stands, and a torque wrench. I have 3/4" Daystar spacers in the front and rear with 33s. Here's a pic.
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3-4 hour job max with no experience. You can do this in your driveway with a floor jack, jack stands, and a torque wrench. I have 3/4" Daystar spacers in the front and rear with 33s. Here's a pic.
And it looks perfectly level with the front AND rear done.
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I'm guessing he is doing more of a leveling kit than anything which would explain why he is just doing the front
I know that. The point is he stated that he was paranoid, so he needs to answer the questions for himself.

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Poly spacers. And yes, I am just adding them to level the vehicle out.
The rake is slightly more obvious in the 4dr than the 2. Both are aided by the optical illusion of the slanted hood. My opinion is to lift the whole vehicle. The reason for the rake is improved mpg. Are you prepared to lose that?
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The rake is slightly more obvious in the 4dr than the 2. Both are aided by the optical illusion of the slanted hood. My opinion is to lift the whole vehicle. The reason for the rake is improved mpg. Are you prepared to lose that?
I drive round trip about 5-7 miles a day depending on which route to work I take. I don't use my Jeep much for running errands and I'm only heading to hunt about once a month right now, so losing MPG isn't a real big deal to me, especially when I put 3-600 a month on the vehicle.
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I drive round trip about 5-7 miles a day depending on which route to work I take. I don't use my Jeep much for running errands and I'm only heading to hunt about once a month right now, so losing MPG isn't a real big deal to me, especially when I put 3-600 a month on the vehicle.
Then consider putting the 3/4 in both the front and rear at a minimum. Take it from someone who did this, you will want more lift. Daystar makes a 1.75" spacer lift for the front and rear. You can get it with or without shocks too for about $300.
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Got 1" up front on mine and didn't need to do anything else. They are just fine. You will be amazed at what a little does for the Jeep and 3/4" is nothing to add.
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Then consider putting the 3/4 in both the front and rear at a minimum. Take it from someone who did this, you will want more lift. Daystar makes a 1.75" spacer lift for the front and rear. You can get it with or without shocks too for about $300.
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Then consider putting the 3/4 in both the front and rear at a minimum. Take it from someone who did this, you will want more lift. Daystar makes a 1.75" spacer lift for the front and rear. You can get it with or without shocks too for about $300.
I am considering this one right now. Quad has the Daystar 1 3/4" lift with shocks on sale right now for $239.99. Have to put in cart to see the sale price.

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I am considering this one right now. Quad has the Daystar 1 3/4" lift with shocks on sale right now for $239.99. Have to put in cart to see the sale price.

Daystar KJ09159BK - Daystar 1-3/4" Comfort Ride Lift Kit in Black with Scorpion Shocks for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
I seriously considered getting that lift too with the scorpion shocks but changed my mind after seeing my neighbors 2.5" lift with the same tires I have. It looks amazing and perfectly level. We got to talking about the quality of a spring lift over a spacer one and after hearing it all I decided to go with the 2.5" coil spring kit from Teraflex with shocks. I ordered mine a few days ago.

I think the 1.75" lift will look great but I went ahead and got the "standard" lift that I wanted. I know after going through many tire/wheel purchases, it's better to get the one you really want first. I kinda stayed away from a real lift because I didn't know all that I know now. I'm sure that had a lot to do with it but things have changed and I'm glad I got the 2.5 kit. I went with the more expensive spring kit because again...I want to do it right and be done with it.
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However, I'm apprehensive about putting them on and I'm not 100% sure why.
because you're about to "jerry rig" your suspension perhaps? First time I saw a pic of coil spacers that was my initial opinion...

With the number of folks running pucks on JK's though, it seems that if there were issues, we'd have heard all about it on this forum by now
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...I want to do it right and be done with it.
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Yep this is it for lifts. I got my tires and wheels where I want them too so that's been done for a while. Are you still interested in the 3/4 spacers? I'll have them off next week.
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I am thinking about getting the Daystar 1.75 Comfort ride lift kit with spacers.If i do will I have to get aftermarket wheels.ESP123 i like your wheels what size ,back spacing,and brand are they.THANKS
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Only thing I worry about a 2.5" lift is the fact there is so much more that should be replaced like adjustable track bars, steering pinion, brake line extensions, and so on. It's not the lift that is expensive as much as the other work.

Good question is...How far can you lift without having to modify the track bar?

I was looking at mine today. I have 1" spacer up front with so called Rubi coils and my axle looks pretty centered from eyeballing it so I doubt 3/4" will make much difference. The rear with only the so called Rubi coils already looks like it could be a very slight off center just from looking at the wheels past the fenders. So how much will 1 3/4 extra do to center issue?
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I know I'm in the minority but I don't believe in spacers. I'm either going to lift or not lift. I think the "rake" is for mpg in addition to handling, no matter how minor of a handling characteristic. It seems like enough have done it without any apparent known issues so, I guess do what makes you feel comfortable.
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If you are worried you can check the torque of all the fasteners. I always use a paint pen on all of the suspension fasteners so I can tell if anything backs off. It only takes two small dots in each location. Gives me peace of mind but it takes some time to do. I do my own suspension work and the more time it takes the better. It's a hobby.
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I am thinking about getting the Daystar 1.75 Comfort ride lift kit with spacers.If i do will I have to get aftermarket wheels.ESP123 i like your wheels what size ,back spacing,and brand are they.THANKS
I have Goodyear Duratrac 33x12.5R15 or 33" tires on 15x8 MB72 wheels. The wheels have 3.75" of backspacing and -19mm offset.
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Only thing I worry about a 2.5" lift is the fact there is so much more that should be replaced like adjustable track bars, steering pinion, brake line extensions, and so on. It's not the lift that is expensive as much as the other work.

Good question is...How far can you lift without having to modify the track bar?

I was looking at mine today. I have 1" spacer up front with so called Rubi coils and my axle looks pretty centered from eyeballing it so I doubt 3/4" will make much difference. The rear with only the so called Rubi coils already looks like it could be a very slight off center just from looking at the wheels past the fenders. So how much will 1 3/4 extra do to center issue?
Replacing the track bar or getting UCL/LCAs is not required with this lift. The TF kit comes with ABS line bracket extensions to relocate them and a rear track bar re locator bracket as well. There are so many people that run this kit on 2 and 4 doors without issue that I went ahead and got mine. I don't think you'll have the problems your worried about but here is a good read on some of them. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/con...ed-115886.html
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I recently did a 2" TrailMaster spacer lift. I've had the Jeep less than a year, and I didn't have a car before it. So, doing the lift was the first major mod that I had done myself. I followed the directions, and dropped the axles to do it. It took my friend and I an entire day to do because of our inexperience. The front was the major the PITA, the back wasn't so bad. I saw later in the Quadratec catalog a spring compressor for like $40, which I think we could have used instead of dropping the axles. Does anyone know if that is the case? I got death wobble at first, but I got bigger tires about a week later, and they did an alignment which cured the death wobble. Also, doing a spacer lift only definitely has an affect on your ride quality. The suspension is much much stiffer, and you feel every bump even more than before. Though since you said you don't drive very often, this may not matter to you.

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Also, doing a spacer lift only definitely has an affect on your ride quality. The suspension is much much stiffer, and you feel every bump even more than before.
You mentioned bigger tires at about the same time as your spacer lift. What size tires and what PSI are you running them at? You may want to try a slightly lower PSI.


As to the OP, if you guy knows how to put spacers in you'll be fine, those Synergy spacers will do exactly what you want and get rid of that front rake for you.
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You mentioned bigger tires at about the same time as your spacer lift. What size tires and what PSI are you running them at? You may want to try a slightly lower PSI.


As to the OP, if you guy knows how to put spacers in you'll be fine, those Synergy spacers will do exactly what you want and get rid of that front rake for you.
I'm running 31's, BFG M/T's... I think they are somewhere in the 30's, I haven't adjusted the psi since they installed the tires, which wasn't too long ago. What psi would you recommend? Though I don't want to lower them too much where its gonna affect the mpg's. I would rather have a bumpier ride and pay less for it than vice-versa.

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