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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-10-1999, 12:09 PM
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11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

I was wondering if 11 leaf srpings are better than stock 6 leaf springs on a CJ7? I was watching one of Rick Russell's videotapes alst night and noticed that he had more than 6 leafs on his springs (CJ8), he also made a comment that they ride better than 6 leaf springs. One thing I did notice was that his CJ8 would sway left to right less that the guys with 6 leaf springs, thus causing less tire rub.

What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: 11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

more thin leaves will ride better than fewer thick leaves. the thicker leaf has more resistance to moving than a thinner leaf. this allows a softer shock too since the shock doesn't have to control as high a spring force on rebound.

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Re: 11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

I've seen the same video of Rick Russell's. His CJ6 have custom springs from National Spring. They have more leaf springs but they are thinner. The extra leaf springs add to the lift he wants but still gets good articulation.

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Re: 11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

Well, Rick 's setup on his 56 CJ6 is a custom spring pack from National Spring. If you use a greater number of thin leaves, as apposed
to a small number of thick leaves, you get a much more progressive spring rate. This gives you a softer ride on the street, but still has enough
weight capacity. The only disadvantage is the lose of clearance under the spring plates if your Jeep is still a spring under.

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Re: 11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

I just helped a guy in my club install a set of 11 leave spring packs this weekend. It gave him about 6" of lift and rode really smooth. Of course, for $900 for just the springs was a little steep.

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Re: 11 leaf spring or 6 leaf spring

Thanks for the advice. Oh, so it's a CJ6 not an 8....Don't see many 6's on the road.


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