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Old 11-15-2012, 09:26 PM
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Leveling out a JKU

Hey everone, i was looking into the teraflex leveling kit (pucks) for my JKU that has an awful rake. I was thinking that maybe, instead of just placing spacers between the coils, i could just replace the front coils for longer ones and do spacers in the rear since the rear already has decent coils. Im not going for huge height, as i still have the stock tires. My objective is to get rid of the factory rake, have a better over all stance, maybe increased off road performance, and maybe better feeling on road but the last two arent as nessasary. My springs are 16/59. I do have the tow package so that may explain why i have a worse rake than the typical JKU. I did get a pair of JKS discos (thanks to fellow members) and are adjustable to up to a 2.0" lift so no need for new links since im staying below that. Anyone have any ideas?

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Have you done any measurements? How much lower is the front?

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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I have a set of Teraflex 2.5" spacers for the front that I am going to list if you end up going that way
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The leveling kit will accomplish what you are looking to achieve. It's very reasonably priced and easy to install.
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I did not measure, i will when i get home. The teraflex leveling kit sounds nice, but is it going to sag the coils after a bumper? Is there anyway i can replace front coils to help with a bumper but not replace the rear?
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I did not measure, i will when i get home. The teraflex leveling kit sounds nice, but is it going to sag the coils after a bumper? Is there anyway i can replace front coils to help with a bumper but not replace the rear?
What coils are in the front now?
There is a tag with the model number on it. It will let you know what weight rating you have. Replacing it with a higher rated spring can alleviate the sag.
And yes...you can change out the fronts only....but I would also look at the tag on there rears for the weight rating. You need to know where you are before you make decisions on what you need. Also....two door or four?
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What coils are in the front now?
There is a tag with the model number on it. It will let you know what weight rating you have. Replacing it with a higher rated spring can alleviate the sag.
And yes...you can change out the fronts only....but I would also look at the tag on there rears for the weight rating. You need to know where you are before you make decisions on what you need. Also....two door or four?
his original post says 16
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his original post says 16
Thanks....missed it.
They have OEM springs up to 19/60.
Someone here pointed me to this link...it may help.

Lets Solve the Stock Springs Question - Page 58
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The TF leveling kit w/spacers is great for an easy level. I installed mine and the Jeep sits perfectly level with an overall lift of about 1.5". I'm not too woried about spring sag with another bumper because I plan to swap the stock one out for something of a similar weight and have no plans for a winch.
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The TF leveling kit w/spacers is great for an easy level. I installed mine and the Jeep sits perfectly level with an overall lift of about 1.5". I'm not too woried about spring sag with another bumper because I plan to swap the stock one out for something of a similar weight and have no plans for a winch.
Is it on a stock jeep? Thats my plan too.

Do you see it more beneficial to add new 19 coils in the front with maybe a 1/2 spacer when i get a bumper or just add the leveling kit? Again, my rear coils are 59 so i think they are set.
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Side note, teraflex has a pair of front coils for 1.5 lift for the front for 229$. Would this be a better approach to removing the rake? could i just instal these and it would be level or would i need 1/2 spacers in the rear?
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If you don't like the "rake" why do you want to raise the back of your Jeep too?
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If you don't like the "rake" why do you want to raise the back of your Jeep too?
Because the coils lift the front 1.5 inches which i think would make it awkwardly higher then the rear.
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Is it on a stock jeep? Thats my plan too.

Do you see it more beneficial to add new 19 coils in the front with maybe a 1/2 spacer when i get a bumper or just add the leveling kit? Again, my rear coils are 59 so i think they are set.
Yes, it is on an otherwise stock jeep. I'm happy with the looks. I can't speak to whether or not it would be better to change springs. I do know that if you intend to add a lot of weight to the front end it would be better to go with the performance leveing kit from TF (the one with the springs instead of spacers) or to get a more traditional lift all together.
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I did not measure, i will when i get home. The teraflex leveling kit sounds nice, but is it going to sag the coils after a bumper? Is there anyway i can replace front coils to help with a bumper but not replace the rear?
Mt springs are 17's and I dropped abut .5" with the new front bumper. Looks much better with the leveling kit installed.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:32 PM
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Thanks guys, yeah i am adding a bumper by the end of winter so maybe coils might be better. I dont think im doing the leveling kit just because i think my rear is already high and dont want to make it look weird with the stock tires. Now its coming down to weither i want to add a spacer in the front or a new coil pair. I do off road and i feel the spacers may limit me as opposed to stiffer springs, but i could be wrong..? It looks about .75 " in rear higher than front.
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For what it's worth, I added the TF leveling kit and did just the fronts. I loved it for a while then put the rear spacer in. I still like the old higher in the front look. It's as easy as put them in and take a look.

Then there is always the JKS ACOS spacers. Sounds like you may want to check those out.
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For what it's worth, I added the TF leveling kit and did just the fronts. I loved it for a while then put the rear spacer in. I still like the old higher in the front look. It's as easy as put them in and take a look.

Then there is always the JKS ACOS spacers. Sounds like you may want to check those out.
Why did u decide to throw the rear ones in? Do you have any pics of when you only add the front?
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So i just swung by the nearby off road shop near me and i asked them whats the best route for leveling a JKU. They said whrn they do it, they remove both the front and rear factory coil spacers and replace them with larger one. That sounds like alot more work and mony than just adding a .75 spacer to the front coils. I didnt want any lift on the rear just the front. Should i just order some .75" spacers online and instal them myself in the front?
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It's not "more work", it's exactly the same. My advice woult be to replace those weak front 16's with 19's. That alone will level you out. Then you will have a solid base if you choose to go with a BB later. If you have future plans for a front bumper and a lift, them skip all the in between stuff and just do it right once with a quality coil lift.
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It's not "more work", it's exactly the same. My advice woult be to replace those weak front 16's with 19's. That alone will level you out. Then you will have a solid base if you choose to go with a BB later. If you have future plans for a front bumper and a lift, them skip all the in between stuff and just do it right once with a quality coil lift.
Yea either way you need to pull the springs out.

I'm in the same spot. Ordered some taller springs for just the front, after some deliberation. I'll put them on see how it looks..can alway get the rears to match if it doesn't work out. There isn't really a right answer to this.

You can just add spacers..but that doesn't help performance much.
You can get taller springs in the front
You can get taller springs all the way around, maybe still need spacer.

Depends on what you have in mind for the future. I added a bumper and winch which gave me a rake. So you could end up right back in the same spot later on if you add stuff..so plan ahead.
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I didn't want to go higher all the way around because I would end up needing driveshafts at a 3.5in lift. Which Im willing to do if I have to, but I'm going to try just the fronts to bring it back level.

You could get a 2.5in lift and still be good as far as that goes. So I would get all 4 springs if I was you.

I went with rock krawler springs..they have a 2.5in lift as well and the sag on them is minimal I hear...so you shouldn't need a spacer.

I should get mine in next weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Yea either way you need to pull the springs out.

I'm in the same spot. Ordered some taller springs for just the front, after some deliberation. I'll put them on see how it looks..can alway get the rears to match if it doesn't work out. There isn't really a right answer to this.

You can just add spacers..but that doesn't help performance much.
You can get taller springs in the front
You can get taller springs all the way around, maybe still need spacer.

Depends on what you have in mind for the future. I added a bumper and winch which gave me a rake. So you could end up right back in the same spot later on if you add stuff..so plan ahead.
What kind of "taller" springs? Are they the mopar ones or some other company? I think ill just replace the front with 19's for now, i do plan a lift but thats in awhile with the tires. Most coils online state that they will lift the front 2 inches, but thatd ruin the rake oppositly i think. I could be wrong.

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