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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 10:23 PM
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CJ Coil Conversion - I got the scoop

So I called Tomken today to see if their new bolt-on coil spring conversion was ready yet (good pics here). Well, the good news is that YES it is shipping. Of course the bad news is the cost. We are looking at $2850 for the kit. Ouch.

The kit is just about complete with everything you need including Dostech (spelling) shocks, and extend brake lines. According to Mike at Tomken, who runs this setup himself, you will need to do the following:

1. Replace rear driveshaft with CV shaft
2. Add 1" body lift to clear some of the mounting HW
3. Re-route the exhaust system from the headers back

He said the kit plus the body lift gives you 5"-6" worth of lift, and he clears 35" tires. He also said it rides like a dream on the street, not tippy at all, and off-road it articulates like a demon.

Also, it come with a new rear swaybar, but you keep the front stock one, and they provide new disco's for the front. He said it flexes so well, that he rarely disconnects the bar except on the most extreme trails.

I asked him about the front driveshaft, and he said that no mods were necessary. I forgot to ask about the steering (like if you can run high clearance steering), but I have a feeling that it completely replaces the steering as well.

Well, that's what I know. Now I have 3 months worth of thinking to do to decide whether I want to lay down that kind of cash...


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Hummm for less than $5,000 I could re-frame and re-spring the CJ. Wow, now if I could only figure out a way to tell the better half. I'd love to have one of those kits sitting under a newly preped Matkins frame.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 11:44 PM
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Hey thanks for the info. I guess I will have to start the side jobs again, wife will be pissed

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WOW, That just about as much money as a brand new TJ frame and the best TJ lift kit on the market. I think I'd rather do that if I'm gonna do a complete buildup.


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But matkins has a coil option too.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2001, 08:56 AM
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Yeah, I forgot about that. Matkins option would be cheaper then I guess. Still the ability to use off the shelf TJ lift kits is a big plus.


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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2001, 06:48 PM
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Coils... Why?

Being a CJ7 owner who happens to own a modified TJ, one thing is certain:

Coil Springs are way overrated.

Soon I'll be selling one of my jeeps and it wont be the CJ!

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Everyone was lordin it up about the Warns XCL for years also,(including me). But they werent very impressive on the trail, and couldnt flex with with an SOA. The Pro Comp system has been very disapointing on any extreme rock trails Ive been able to watch them on. I just cant see why anyone would be that hot on off the shelf coil kits, when they cost a fortune, and frequently struggle where a well set up SOA, can shine.
Now dont get me wrong here. I have seen some awesome custome coil set ups, on 100" plus W.B. Jeeps, that are just fantastic on the trail. But I havent seen that type of performance being milked from any mass produced set ups.

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Larry, Why do you think so? Are you talking about ride comfort or flex?


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i have a SOA jeep and a tj with a rubicon express kit. heres the score.
ride...cj rides better... it really does probably cause it weighs so much more
flex..cj all the way.. nothing flexes like my cj
handling.. the tj by a very very long way.. it actually does drive like a car
price..cj cj cj cj cj ...
overall..i prefer leafs

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