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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-27-2007, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to replace shocks and springs

I'd like to replace shocks and springs on my '82 CJ7. Can anyone recommend make/type/kind/etc? Or should I just run down to Napa and get some?

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Run down to your local spring shop and see what they'll charage for a set.
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I was running stock springs on my YJ and was constantly finding cracked leaves and fixing what i needed to get bye. i finally said screw it and coughed up the money to get good springs, i bought the skyjacker(tm) rockready(tm) double military wrap springs. there only 2.5" lift so i wont be lifting it to much more than it is. unfortunatly im stuck in korea so i havent been able to use them yet but its nice to know that i wont have to worry about my springs again for a long time.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-28-2007, 11:36 AM
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There are two kinds of lift springs....cheap ones and expensive ones. Cheap one will kill your kidneys and insure that your wife or girlfriend won't ride in your jeep....expensive ones worth every penny.....it's kinda like buying computer monitors....once you buy, you can't take it back and trade it in for a larger one.....

But be aware that there is a bit more involved than just new springs and shocks......about the time you get over 3 1/2", you will start to have issues with driveline vibration. Take my advice here....don't waste time trying to shim it out...buy a CV driveshaft and do it right.

Also...you don't want to buy shocks until you have the springs installed and you know the exact length you need. Choose you shock carefully and you will be able to maximize the travel. I have a copy of the Rancho selection chart. It shows all of the Max/Min lengths for their shocks. Send me an email address and I'll email it to you.

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Can someone give me an example of a "good" leaf spring to buy?

I'd rather not buy the "bad" (rides hard?) leaf springs. Is there a manufacture I should look at?

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In my opinion and that is what all of the answers to your question will be, opinions.

I do not like Superlift, skyjacker, and while bds works in I don't care for their springs.

I do like rubicon express (especially their spring over model) and whoever makes rustys.

I recently needed a set of stock springs and didn't want any lift or to pay the price napa wanted for them. I found a company in cincinnati that sells springs by rating and measurements. I was and still am very happy with the springs that cost me less than half what a replacement set would cost. The best part of it is that I can "tune" the spring to whatever I wanted. In that case I put a set of 1 ton springs on a half ton chevy.

Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.
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Jeff, do you have any info on that spring shop in Cinncy? I might need to buy some new springs.

To keep it on topic, I have been real impressed with the performance of the 4.5" rubicon express springs on my CJ. However, they do not have a warranty and replacements are expensive -- ask me how I know.

I would consider the BDS, even though I have not ever used them, only because of their warranty.

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I do run the BDS springs (2.5") and they have been very good springs for the last 3 years. I'd definitely recommend them and would buy them again.

1974 CJ5, D30, D20, D44, T15, 2.5" BDS Lift, 33's, Dual ARB's, 4.27's, Front Cage

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Does the BDS system help smooth out the ride.Because thats what the local shop reccomended for replacements on my YJ,
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Mine are on my CJ5 and the ride is very smooth. I use the Jeep for a DD and also for trails all over the country. I couldn't be happier with my choice. It has great highway manners and works very well on the trails.

1974 CJ5, D30, D20, D44, T15, 2.5" BDS Lift, 33's, Dual ARB's, 4.27's, Front Cage

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