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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2006, 06:37:16 PM »
huzzah for that.
I'm still adding a 3/4" flat spring and a 1/4" x 43" long x 8" depth, to my rears.
I think thats the point where 1. I need to install new brake lines because they won't reach the axle, and 2. i should start looking at some sort of side stabelization.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2006, 08:49:46 PM »
I added that 3/4 ton suburban set, with custom top leafs, lifting the back from about 4" below stock height to about 5" above, and I have no problems.
(someone correct me if i'm horribly mistaken)

Do you have any pictures of that rear end sitting up that high?
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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2006, 09:16:12 PM »
Not yet.  And it doesn't look terribly impressive with the stock wheels, but i can get a few shots up tonight.
Like i said, I still have that 3/4 flat spring and one more curved to put on.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2006, 05:18:50 PM »
Jeep Cherokees (XJ) use the same springs in the back (in size at least, spring rate is probably different, but should be close). There are many companies that sell lift springs for Cherokees, so there is lots to choose from.

Problem with add-a-leafs is that they are supporting your old leafs, so they will sag out much quicker than a whole new leaf pack. It is a cheap way to get lift though.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2006, 05:58:36 PM »
Besides which, you can get a new set of leafs, fabricated to spec, for about $350 CAN at any decent spring shop.
They also have some way cool new designs that minimize side sway and reduce spingback (slows spring recoil).

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2006, 06:15:35 PM »
I was quoted $375 for a brand new set (that they make) specifically for my SX/4. I went for the $75 Add-A-Leafs. Actually I got $115 Rancho Add-A-Leafs for $75 because of a complication. I would always recommend Woody's 4X4 in Vancouver, WA...

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2006, 06:34:20 PM »
Well lookitthat, something is cheaper in Canada !  Huzzah.
I think looking back at this whole lift now, I should have just gone with a whole set, custom fabricated from the beginning.
Would have saved me a lot of money in both the short and long term.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #37 on: December 28, 2006, 10:12:42 PM »
Can anyone tell me if cherokee springs will work? I've heard the bushings don't work; also will stock cherokee springs add lift or not? While trying to replace my rear springs I've found that rough country has springs bundles for cherokee's that lift from 2-4 inches. Instead of replacing my springs then buying an add a leaf, I'd really like to simply order these springs; but need to know if they'll work - and how much lift I will gain; don't want too much.

Thanks.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #38 on: January 03, 2007, 07:05:10 PM »
I can't answer your question, but I have another one to add. What would the part number be for the spacers that would go on the front coils? I want to level my sx/4 out now that the rear is up so high. May be this goes in a different topic.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2007, 11:46:01 PM »
Glad I found this post my rears are sagging to the point an alignment was hurting.  Saw eagle88, I believe, used a pickup helper spring.  I found someone in Texas selling them on e-bay for 49.96(included shipping) to my home, saved my real tight budget for now.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2007, 12:15:25 AM »
I believe that somewhere in one of these threads, the answer to the Cherokee spring question is...Yes, but, you have to remember to change the shackles and the bushings too.  Because, I believe the Cherokee springs are a bit wider that the AMC springs.  However, they are the same length.  I hope this helps.  Doug or Gil or anyone who has more experience, please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2007, 07:25:32 AM »
IIRC the front bushing size is the main difference.
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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #42 on: March 23, 2007, 12:44:07 PM »
I got my engine, trans, t-case, etc. from someone here on the site (I'll have to remember his username) and he's building a BIG Eagle. He used Cherokee rear springs and did something with the shackles and such. Worked pretty great and the back was TALL after that. He's going with a V8 and the front is getting a solid axle, so everything up front is being fabbed, but the Cherokee springs in the rear looked pretty easy to do. I'll have to find out more info and try to get some pics.
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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2009, 01:30:25 PM »
In addition to all of these extra leaf endeavors you can also get very decent coil overs for the Eagle. I have a pair on mine now and my car was raised 4 inches from what it was sitting before, not to mention it was stiffened up a fair bit (but not to much, still got the big boat ride). Fairly cheap to, I think 200 dollars CND was what I paid for them, and you can get them from Napa.
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Re: Rear Spring Lift
« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2009, 12:57:31 PM »
I have been getting into my SX/4 to find out what needs to be done to make a good winter car/fun toy. The back springs were old and typically saggy. Turns out one of the rear leafs was broken. Guess that new spring set is going to be needed..... although I'm curious about a coil over conversion - I'm not afraid to weld on the car - I just don't necessarily know how much I need to fabricate to get the linkages right. Guess I need to do some more reading!

 

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