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    Default Stupid or Ingenius?

    I know I'm definitely not the first to think of this, but I may be the first person I know that may try it. I'm contemplating putting leaf springs on the rear of my TJ. It doesn't seem that it'd be that hard of a change. Just take a few days of leave after parts procurement and a lot of grinding wheels.

    Get four shackle mounts, four shackles, two rear 4.5" lifted leaf packs, and perches for the axle. Grind off the control arm brackets, spring cups on the axle, weld on shackle points, perches and mount. I know I'm probably overlooking stuff, and I'm pretty sure I'd lose the rear trackbar (fine with me). One more thing to grind off then....anywho. Thoughts?

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    Go to www.midwestjeepthing.com and do a search on the topic or post the same question there. There is a guy named "Bushwacker" and another named "Chrispy" that have done the conversions before. There should be an old archived tread covering it as well. Also check the archives at Pirate4x4.

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    This might be a silly question but i cant resist. Why?

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    Thanks a lot Jeff. I'll try that today.

    Hitechredneck--Not silly at all as I've asked before. I heard it increases stability considerably on the TJ. Also, I think that taking care of them and re setting them up would be easy. I may be wrong on all of this, so I'm hoping people will comment their opinion.

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    Maybe i just cant see it. I dont see how a set of leaf springs in the back will be more stable then a nicely set up triangulated 4link in the rear. Im triangulated front and rear and its solid as a rock going down the road at highway speeds. Im no suspension expert by any means i just see it as a down grade. But i have never run it or seen it in person other then on a other trucks/wj,xj which is like apples to oranges. So it very well could be my narrow minded "leaf springs are old school 1970 equipment" lol hell i say go for it and let us know how it is. :-)

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    Look at the cost of triangulated and leaf spring set ups though. That's the selling point for this set up. I have no idea how to do triangulated set up, and I'd be very very interested, but with the cost of long arms and triangulation versus the cost of leaf springs, it may be the way to go.

    Brad Kilby ran leaf springs on his first TJ and has a great write up on it, but he hasn't run it since. The guys that do run leaf springs in the back haven't posted up yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitechredneck View Post
    This might be a silly question but i cant resist. Why?

    I have to ask as well...Chris if you want a Real jeep (all real jeeps are leaf sprung) then just go buy one. Don't try and make that new fangled jeep into a half breed...

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    I've said it before, and i"m sure I'll say it again:

    I regret ever selling my YJ every day.

    I can see the advantage of both. I can't buy another jeep for me, and I can throw leafs in the back of mine. Or, I could just wait until my Scrambler gets shipped to me in June

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    Well my take is, what type of wheeling you do will depend upon what you should do,
    rock climbing you may wish to keep the coils, mud running you may wish to change out to leafs, coils= sag / leafs= stability, just my take

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    That's exactly what I was trying to get at, just couldn't articulate the thought process yet. I don't do anything as of yet that really flexes out the jeep. I'm not trying to make a centerfold photo in a jeep rag, and I'm not going out to win trophies. I'm just looking to make my jeep that much more comfortable and easier to maintain. It'll be a little rougher on bumps and I may lose a little flex, but the maintenance, cost, and ease of options for later projects may offset the loss.

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