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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 12:10 PM
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RUF/CJ

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I installed a RUF kit from RRO last fall which raised the front a little. At the time I Knew that would happen so I bought A set of 2" lift shackles for the rear. Recently I decided to do the CJ rears and stay SPUA. I installed it over this weekend and used the shackles that were 4 1/2 long. Now I'am about 1 inch higher in the rear.
Can I use a higher shackle to lift the front 1" without any ill effects in the steering etc?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 09:01 PM
 
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Re: RUF/CJ

Personally I would just add a leaf from your stock front springs into your rear up front pack. Are your running stock shackles in the front?
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Yeah, I am using stock shackles in the front. Just adding a leaf won't work because I am SPUA.
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Re: RUF/CJ

instead of adding a leaf you could use an "add-a-leaf." I got about 1.5" of lift from add-a-leafs (for a jeep CJ) in the rear of my SPUA hardtop sami. I was trying to even it out after installing the calmini 2" s/r, which left the front about an inch higher than the rear.

The add-a-leaf will make the front springs stiffer, which will have the opposite effect from longer shackles: It will improve your steering response and handling in general.

The CJ add-a-leafs from JC Whitney are under $50 shipped.

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Re: RUF/CJ

What angle are your stock shackles riding at? You may need longer shackles just to get the shackle angle back to something useable. When I did the RUF/CJ with the axles centered in the wheel openings the stock shackles were almost laying up against the frame. Not good. For me 4.5" shackles front and 5" rear made a level ride and 45 deg. shackle angle.
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Re: RUF/CJ

Did you use the RR relocating plate with those shackles? Im making new shackles for my RUF but I want to use the stock location for a longer wheel base. I figure about 5" eye to eye?
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I used the RRO relocating plate so my shackles are at about 45 degrees. I don't want to do anything like an add a leaf to stiffen the ride. It rides good both on and off road. I installed a set of new Carquest shocks and the difference is amazing and the handling is about the same.
The OEM shocks were about rotted away but still working!

I need to get the front up one inch or so. If i can't do that I will go back to stock shackles on the rear. I don't like the idea of lowering it. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]



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Load up some tools and recovery equipment in the back and it should go down and inch. JC
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MMM, I have noticed it rides better when I haul stuff. 200lbs made a big difference with the stock springs. Maybe 100 with CJs
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Re: RUF/CJ

mugshot - I made my own relocating plates that moved the fixed end 1.5 inches forward. The axle is in the stock location. With your stock fixed end 5 inch may lay down too much. You may have to move the shackle frame mount back and use a shorter shackle?
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