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Regarding a 4" Skyjacker softride for an 83 CJ7. It was suggested that I use rear CJ Spring in the front also (.5" wider). Looking at them both (front and rear), the rear springs appear to be quite a bit stronger. I will never do any rock crawling. So my question is, would the wider springs give a harsher ride?
Additionally, are they the same length and is this a very common thing to do?


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don't do it.. your spring hangers are narrower for a reason... the spring pad on the axle is also narrower in the front, and skyjacker softride springs flex very well anyway..i think the jeep would sit funny too because the front springs are slightly different length than the rear, and the spring rates would be wrong....engineers put a lot of effort into their lift kits.. i have never seen it done.. and i have seen a lot of lifted cj's...i have seen a lot of wrangler springs on cj's,(same width as cj rear springs) but this is usually with a spring over when you have to change a ton of things anyway.
i have run the skyjacker front narrow springs for years and i have never borken or bent one...and thats after SEVERE abuse

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How much of a spring lift are you running and what type of shocks are you using?
What was your first overall driving/ride impression with the lift as compared to stock? As I mentioned in my original post, my CJ will never see any rocks, just trails and hunting season. What I am trying to achive is the ability to run 33's with a ride as close to stock as possible. I need the clearance for mostly hunting reasons.
I've been coached as to what I need/should do by a man who's been in the business for years. I gave him a dollar amount and expressed that I wanted the most bang for the buck as far as ride quality. He is a distributor for old man emu as well as skyjacker, He suggested rear springs all the way around...

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I can't say what they would ride like, but I've heard it's a good idea if you have extra weight in the front (winch, larger engine, heavy bumper etc). The rear springs are about 2" longer. They are wider as well. You would need to remove the stock front shackle hangers and replace with rear shackle hangers. The front spring mounts are the same size as the rears so that won't be a problem. Rear U-bolts (wider), and you might need to grind the axle housing a little (haven't looked at it yet). You might get a slightly better ride with a slightly longer and wider spring.

If you just need to fit 33s, and don't need tonnes of articulation, why not go with a 2.5" lift ad a 1" body lift?

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