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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2002, 06:29 PM
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4 WDH Springs

Has anybody installed the 4 Wheel Drive Hardware brand springs? I have a 1983 CJ-7 and the original owner had put a set of springs under the rear to pull a camper. These things are hard with very little flex. Most of my driving is on the road with my 4 wheeling being driving around the farm. Looking at the 2-Ĺ inch lift version. What I wanted to know, are these springs comparable to stock? I have 31Ē tires and so I do not want to lower the Jeep. It has shackles in the front to level out the height of the Jeep. Those have to go. As a daily driver, Iíd like a ride that is close to stock or better. So, is anybody out there using these springs? Or do you recommend a different setup? My budget is tight. The cows have to eat too.
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I've learned from my experience and others that price is DIRECTLY related to ride comfort. If it's cheap, it'll ride rough. Pro-comp is probably the worst. (Which is what I have.)
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i just installed their yj 3 1/2" kit on mine. its not a bad riding kit. the fronts are a little soft goin over the speed bumps in parking lots, the front end soaks it up pretty well. the rears are a little stiffer, they have an extra leaf compared to the fronts. the fit and finish of the kit is first class. the bushings are excellent, the shocks are low end, and i think with a better set, it will ride alot better. this kit replaced a 4 yr old tuff country 2" kit. the bushing fit compared bewteen the 2 is night and day. the 4wd kit seems a whole lot better. i looked at other kits and prices for them, and the 4wd kit had more of the features i was looking for. military wraps were the main selling point. this is a complete kit. needed brackets, bolts, t-case drop...the whole deal. im quite pleased with the kit. i cant say how it is on the trails and how it flexes. and wont know for a while.

the tuff country soft ride kit was 'ok', it rode nice, but after the springs broke in, they started to sag. the fit of the bushings in my 1" confer shackles needed to be shimmed.

comparing the 2 products is somewhat unfair since they are 2 different kits, a 2" kit and a 3 1/2" kit. but, all things being equal, the 4wd kit is of much higher quality with much better fit/finish. i know the 3 1/2" kit will ride a little stiffer, but i still think it rides nicer.

in the end, its a good investment
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 08:37 AM
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Iíve heard that the 4 Wheel Drive Hardware kit is a BDS kit repackaged in their name. I donít do any hard wheeling but some of the areas on the farm take a little flex to cross. Plus, when Iím trying to round up the cattle, and running 30 MPH, these springs are way too stiff. I might have to find a set of stock springs and lower the Jeep back down. My old CJ-5 with a set of stock springs didnít do that badly. But the 31Ē tires did rub. And it rode a lot better on the road. Kentucky roads at that.
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