Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Columbus, OH
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Waggy springs on a CJ7?
I realize that this is so 2003, but I have a few questions for those of you who have done this.
I have an 84 CJ7 currently SUA with RE4.5 springs and 36 Iroks. I am installing a Crossedup offroad 609 front and 14 bolt (srw housing, drw hubs for 64" wms) in the rear. Both axles will be about 64" wms. While I am at it, I intend to SOA and wanted to push the wheelbase out to about 100" but would like to keep is as low as possible. I'm partial to 39.5" Iroks for my next tires.
I had originally thought about using Waggys fronts in the front with YJ rears for the rear. I figured that I could get about a 4" stretch with offseat spring perches. However, when I put my used YJ rears next to the used front waggys, it looked like the waggys had about a 2" taller arch.
So here are my questions --
What will it take on the front of the CJ to run the waggys? (I'm already running 2.5" wide front springs.) Will turning the front shakle hanger around so that it points forward be enough to run the waggy springs?
If I wanted to run waggy fronts in the rear, do I have to do anything special with the spring/shackle hangers? I realize that cutting the tub will be required.
Should I expect 2" of lift over stock YJ springs?
Has anyone here used the JC Whittney waggys and do you have comments?
Any other recommendations to get a couple more inches of wheelbase, in a SOA configuration, without having to completely re-work the suspension?
For those that did go the waggy route, would you do it again?
I suppose that another option would be custom spings with offset pins. Does anyone here have first hand experience with custom spring manufacturers?
-- Thanks for the help,