Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Got some problems with these YJ springs
Oh Poo! Listen to you. Waaaa! I'm building a flex monger. You won't be showing off on a ramp, you'll be doing that on the trail. In fact, you can always make fun of the stocker YJ by saying (Huh, those springs seem to do just fine under my rig. It might be the fact that they are attached to a Jeep is why they give you problems" [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Let me give opinion to your issues i the order you made them, except approach angle I'll address last.
Swap the rears up front and vice versa. Maybe one set was worn out more due to things like heavy loads, larger motor, plowing. If not, just consider yourself ground breaking by crossing rockcrawling with pre-running. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
Yup, you need to modify the skid and crossmember. No doubt.
You're into a new front D/S, probably a rear too but you might not know it yet. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Modify your bumper it include M/L rests.
Eliminate the front play with a Panhard bar. Get fabbin'.
Eliminate rear axle wrap with a Traction Bar. Keep fabbin'.
Buy the longest damn shocks you can, like the 36" 9-way adjustables from Full Traction and Rancho (FTs are cheaper).
You'll need higher upper mounts to fit them. Don't stop fabbing yet, or $12 ford mounts might work. In any case, the shock is what is limiting travel. Make the limit the extension of the suspension instead, maximizing travel. Might as well, your into it too far already.
Now about that issue of approach. Unfortunately they only way you will be able to reduce this is by increasing the size of the tire. I think a 37"x12.50"x17" would do nicely here. Can Santa fit them down your chimney? [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
But that will only open the next can of worms, fitment. Trimming and bumpstoping will be necessary.
In the long run, you be taking names and kicking ass on the trails. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Cheer up and enjoy it.