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What springs?

Last weekend wheelin' at Oak Ridge (VA) I broke one of my Rubicon Express 4" lift springs on the rear of my YJ. When I pulled the spring out I found that my spring plate centering pin holes are all warbled out (they are now about 1" in diameter).

My first thought was to get some RE or BDS stock height springs, go spring over and get about another inch of lift. BUT! RE does not "recommend" the RE1440 for SOA, BDS does not make a stock height spring...

WHAT TO DO???

Don't really have the coin to get the RE or BDS 1.5 inch lift for SOA springs (it's not the spring cost...it's the longer driveshaft, 35" swampers, chromolly shafts, SOA set up for the front, springs for the front, blah, blah, blah...)

I have to put on new perches and get new springs anyway. So...

What would you do?
A) Get 4" lift springs again, stay SUA not worry about the 1" I'd like to add to the rear lift. (basically go back with the same as I have now)
B) Get the RE1440. Run them SOA, plan on replacing when they get all bent or saggy (hopefully will last more than a year), Get the 1" (or so) of lift I would like.
C) Part out the YJ (FI 258, TF999, NP231 w/SYE, 8.8 w/Eaton E-locker, D30 w/TJ shafts, 33" LTB's, Roll cage, Blah, blah, blah) and put all the cash into making the Commando on rockin' old timer...
E)Something completely different?

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Honestly, after having built the CJ up (and no, I haven't wheeled it yet smartass) I'd recomend leaving the YJ the way it is. replace the worn and broken parts and keep on keepin on. I wish I had left the CJ down and done minor work to it.

Or, Part it and build the 'mando.

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i would get a set of stock rear yj springs and go spring over in the rear.. make the driveshaft work.. and add a traction bar if you dont have one.. and wheel it like that... until you get the parts together for the front..
most 4x4 shops will have stock leafs lying around for next to nothing..

better yet..

cut it in half.. and then build a 4 link rear tube chassis.. and make it take 6 years..

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I hate to see you part out your YJ Galen but building the Commando would be dead sexy! I still kick myself in the a$$ for letting Robyn sell her '73. Every once in awhile I get to thinking how bada$$ that thing would have been with some full width axles and 39.5 Boggers sticking way out throwing mud all over Haspin acres!!! I also miss the rumble of that 304 and the weird looks we'd get going thru town with Robyn driving and me and Tim in the back drinkin' beer... I think I'm getting a tear in my eye. Better shut up.
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I agree with Jeepgod....go SOA with stock Wrangler springs. You might be able to get by without a traction bar if you go with longer spring perches and add another short leaf in the spring pak.

For the ride and articulation, I think SOA is the best lift for the money...next step is Coil....

BTW....I personally will never buy another set of aftermarket springs unless it's Old Man EMU or National....excpet for SOA, there is not such thing as a 'cheap' left...at least as far as money goes.

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Aaron, I don't know why you'd get weird looks. It sounds perfectly natural for the three of you.
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Commando is built...Needs some repair already. Some new springs (funny that), and some other goodies...Not real happy with where it is now...but that's just time and money.


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I agree -- stock YJ rear springs, SOA. I added another main leaf with the eyes cut off as an add-a-leaf, and I used anti-wrap perches, I think they were about 7" long.

Collect a bunch o' stockers, and make a few sets. They're easy to change if one gets mangled.

Rears are on the left in the photo.

Just my $0.02.
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