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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-15-2001, 10:37 AM
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Wrangler spring swap worth it?

For the past couple of months, the Wrangler spring swap has been the rage. I would like to hear from some people who have done it. Is it as cool as everyone said it would be? What makes a shackle reversal with Jeep springs different from one with Suzuki springs? (for years people have said the Calmini S/R system sucked pretty bad!!!) How far forward are people moving the front end so that the tire doesn't dig into the firewall? How well are the Jeep springs holding up? The sad condition of my suzuki springs (3rd set) is the main reason I want to try something different. Any tips or tricks I should know about before I start making brackets? I have heard that chevy pickup shackles will work for this conversion, any truth to this? I know some people complained about the pinion angle with the store bought kit. FYI... I will also be switching to Toyota axles at the same time.

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Re: Wrangler spring swap worth it?

i think its dodge shackles that is used,not chevy but i could be wrong.Everyone i have talked to thats done the YJ kit realy likes the ride and flex that you get out of it.If you have been through three sets of zuk springs sounds like its time to do some type of upgrade be it Yj's or some aftermarket springs.Good luck with what ever you do.

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I'm in the process of installing them on my rig, so it'll be a bit before I can give you feed back. Yesterday I attended my clubs RockCrawling championship. After watching the Jeeps without S/R bend the front springs because of bad approasch angle and the shackle diggin right in to the rocks, I'm happy that I'm going S/R way......
I'm not buying a kit , but rather building it all from scratch. Only thing I'll need its the front driveshaft.
Tips: I would (will) make the front hangers with some sort of skid plate on them!!!

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i have the YJ kit with toyota axles and i think its an awesome ride, and has the most flex ive ever seen with my own eyes. it flexed more than buggy spring setups a couple weekends ago! I have the front pinion angle up 4* rear at 5* and its fine on and off-road. I think if ya wanna save the springs ya gotta bumpstop them! they have alot of reverse arch in them. i am bumpstopping them to keep the 35s of the fenders. this will offer alot more wheeltravel also due to having a fulcrum point so the opposite wheel drops farther.

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hey gotzuk what all did you do to cram those yoters under your zuk??

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What did you do for drive shafts?

I'm going the Toy axle way and was just wondering......

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danny he ordered the shaft from dave , with the kit for the frount . i already asked [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Danny. i ordered the front shaft with a toy end and a zuk end. I got the shaft back with 2 zuk ends so i drilled out the pinions to accept the zuk shafts. the front had some WICKED vibes. i first thought this was me drilling the holes slightly off. it wasn't. The shafts end was poorly welded! it had major throw in it. the local shop couldn't balance it the way it was. they swapped ends for me and RE welded the badly built shaft. the rear i am having the local shop build me one. tomorrow actually. they are goin to build a shaft with a toy and a zuk flanges. 1310 clearance joints with a new shaft. if it still has vibes they will build a double cardan CV shaft. will let ya know how it works out. and will get P#'s. the rear shaft works ok with a 1/2" spacer and new joints. but when the left rear drops all the way it binds in the joint. haven't busted a joint yet! BUT.... my new shaft is being built cuz its just a matter of time.

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Re: Wrangler spring swap worth it?

I like mine alot, I have the CSC front kit and my own rear set up, and it works great great flex, smooth ride.

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