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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2000, 09:41 AM
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Old plate under new lift springs doesn\'t fit!

Just when I thought the going would get easier, I finished ripping off the old springs, but now I can't get the new ones on, because the lift springs are 1/2" wider. The U-bolt plates are pretty thick - I know I need to drill new holes, but what to use? I tried a titanium bit, and it dulled it in a few minutes! If anyone has any suggestions on how to complete a first lift install . . .
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'80 Jeep CJ7, I-6 258.
4" lift in the works
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2000, 10:25 AM
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Re: Old plate under new lift springs doesn\'t fit!

First of all, provide more info. What brand of springs? Are you replacing CJ springs with Wrangler springs? Etc.. If your new springs really are 1/2" wider how did you get the shackles on and how did the other end fit into the hanger? Do you maybe have the front and rear springs mixed up? The fronts are 2" and the rear are 2 1/2". I've never heard of a spring manufacturer making a spring that isn't the same width as stock, so something is wierd. Either they sent the wrong springs or you have something mixed up.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2000, 02:23 PM
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Re: Old plate under new lift springs doesn\'t fit!

Thanks "Old Hand,"
The lift is from Rosser Think Jeep, and I feel really stupid now, but it never crossed my mind to measure the two sets of springs they sent. There wasn't any instructions to speak of, so I just started taring into my Jeep. I took the two that looked most like the front springs, and proceeded to put them on the hanger and shackle (I don't know why they fit?), but then the plate was too small.
After reading your reply, I realized my mistake - I was trying to put the rear springs on the front!!! Oh well, time wasted, and nothing but my pride hurt. :-)
Thanks, I'll let you know what it looks like when I get it on.

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4" lift in the works
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2000, 03:22 PM
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Re: Old plate under new lift springs doesn\'t fit!

I can't see how the new springs would fit in the shackles or spring hangers. The only way would be without the bushings. Did you forget to put them in? I hope not, especially when you do get to putting them springs on the right end. Glad you got it corrected though. Call Rosser and demand some directions. The springs should have some sort of label on them as to which are front and which are rear.

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