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Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

I bought some YJ springs at Fab-Fest. Now I need to get them on before Zukmelt, and I have a couple of questions for you guys....
What length shocks are you running?? doesch techs??
How much longer than stock does the back driveshaft need to be?? Can I use a spacer? or am I gonna' need a longer slip yoke??
I think I'm gonna' use a farm Implement driveshaft for the front. Cheap, stout, 18 inches of slip yoke!!!(I know it will probably shake on the road....but I don't use it on the road!).
How much lift can I expect? I have a set of 3 inch lift blocks that I need to get rid of. It would be nice to get about 3 inches.
Thanks for your help (in advance!), and see you at the melt!!

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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

Alrighty. Up front my shocks extend to 32". The rears extend to 26.5" I run D-techs 8000's. I actually need to move my front ford shock tower up slightly into the wheel well. I only have 3" of shaft showing as it sits. I run a 1" slip yoke on the rear. I would think that with all the wheel travel that you could not use a spacer,without separating the drive shaft, but I am not positive. Over a basic spoa you will probably see a gain of around 3-4". I am still tweaking my setup, and I also need new springs. The springs that I put on appear to of had a bend in them once I put some weight on them. Good luck. Also buy a good Cobalt drill bit it will make life easier.

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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

Ryan has it right on the nail. I run the Wrangler springs up front on my Sami too. I have a 2" slip yoke on the front of my Sami, but I am running my shackles up front, NOT in a shackle reverse config. I am showing maybe an inch of shaft on my front d-shaft, but its not a big deal since the shackles are up front. I wouldnt go with spacers. Go ahead and get the extended slip yoke, its a little bit more expensive, but its closer to the 'right' way to do it. You also have better driveline angles with an extended slip yoke versus spacers. Spacers put the u-joints closer to each other, and therefore increase the angles at which they have to work.

I run Rancho RS9000's, 9012's, the longest and I have about 6 inches of shock shaft showing. I cant remember what they extend to, close to what Ryan's do.

Oh yeah, and Cobalt bits are the ONLY kind I use any more. hehe Just remember when drilling in mild steels, use decent amounts of pressure, oil, and drill speed should be slow.


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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

smitty i got the 8403 shocks all around , & i agree with the others i wouldn't use spacers on the rear. i think from stock i got almost 10in with the tires . any other way i can help just call
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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

BOB,email me with size drill bit you need and I will check my stock,save your money,RR

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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

Don't be fooled into thinking you need a lot of uptravel on your shocks, you only need enough to clear normal highway driving. To much up travel and you run the risk of a permanent bend in your springs. If you limit your uptravel, you then create a fulcrun point that forces the opposite wheel down where you need the traction as the side that is rising has plenty of down pressure. The more up travel you waste shock length on, the less down travel you have. I run rear sami springs up front, I have a total of 3" of uptravel, and the rest for down. It doesn't bottom out on the highway, I can't damage the spring, and I have never lifted a tire due to not having enough down travel. One of the major magazines just had an article on suspensions, and they stated that a live axle will always have twice the traction than an IFS due to the fulcrum point effect of the solid axle.

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Wow! Does this guy know his [email protected]#t or what?

Excellent vender of Sami parts as well.

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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

OK I'm gonna' lose my spacers...about the extended slip yoke, can I run an extended end yoke on my factory shaft? Or am I going to have to have a longer set of splines put on my shaft for the extra travel??
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm the kind of guy that likes to do it the inexpensive way (sometimes I have to do it twice....) It's easier for me to gather the parts, and make my own kit, than to buy the one already made up.
And I REFUSE to pay $300 for a 2ft long driveshaft...lol

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a shameless posting to return this to the top......

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Re: Billy-Bob, Zuksrule, Trailwalker....YJ questions..

hey man, on the rear shaft, i use a one inch yoke extension from brent. unfortunately, on the front, i just went with the custom shaft from dave.
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