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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-17-2007, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Factory springs???

I bought this 93 and it has 32" tires with long shackes.I was wanting to buy some BDS springs to smooth out the ride and dont know if I need lift springs or stock.Is there a way to tell if they are stock?
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Stock leaf springs will sit almost flat - maybe an inch of bow when the Jeep is empty. You can estimate the amount of lift in the springs by measuring the amount of bow in them.

If the ride is bad they're probably lift springs, but could also be nasty-stiff shocks. I don't think there are any lift springs that ride as smoothly as stock springs, but Old Man Emu gets very high marks here.

Also you should consider getting rid of the long shackles. They're often the involved in death wobble and other weird handling problems, put additional strain on the frame, and plain look dorky.

FYI a stock CJ will ruin 31" tires with only minor rubbing at full flex and steering lock. And it can be alleviated with some very subtle hammer work on the front fenders.

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As far as springs go--especially leaf springs, you usually get what you pay for. One of my best friends has a 77 CJ-5 with custom made 6" lift Alcan springs. He has a D44 front and 9" rear axle with 36" swampers. The springs, coupled with the RS9000 shocks...make the short wheelbase CJ-5 ride as good as any cadillac Ive driven. No, Im not kidding. He DOES have a shackle reversal, though. The cost of the springs was NOT much more than an out of the box kit. You will have to weigh the vehicle though, and plan for things like winches, etc.
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What's the number on the spring? If you take that to a Chrysler Parts Counter you should be able to run the number. That will tell you if the Jeep was sold with heavier duty springs for a hard top, or not.
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My 2.5" BDS springs ride much better than my old stock ones ever did. I recommend them highly.

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

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I also have 2.5" BDS springs and I love the way the ride.

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If I go with the BDS 2.5 do you think I still need the long shackes.It is running 32x12.50's with the shackles and the two inch body lift.I'am not sure what the death wooble is but it sound's BAD.So would like to ditch the shackles.Thanks guys for all the help and if you can't tell first short wheel base jeep.
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I have the 1" longer shackles (M.O.R.E.) on mine and love them. It helped with the 33's I put on at the same time as the springs. I never had a death wobble issue with them. I subsequently rebuilt the entire front end and now it rides better then new.

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