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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCHarleyJeepGuy View Post
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    You can always go wide open hard-core to allow for a longer AND easier stretch later...Keep the control arms and go with quarter elliptical springs! Saweeeeet!!!
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    Yes XJ's are half breeds on leaf rears and coil fronts.
    Really the best reason to do something like that is if you plan on having a lot of heavy crap on your rear.

    If you are still in the area while you do it, I'll help. Might not know what I'm doing but I'm pretty sure I can at least hold the axle while we f it up right.

    One thing you might consider is find an axle the same size to practice with. I know a few places on Craigslist that have XJ axles for sale. Also I think DJ (djsxj) on NovaJeepers has a 8.25 laying around for an XJ. Aren't they the same width as you would require? Cause if so then the only 'true' adjustments would be your frame mounting. You could possible leave the old mounts in place incase you don't like what you have created.

    Also since your saying this as a cost cutting thing, you have to consider most lift kits take into account a stock setup. So you would be buying piecemeal (higher cost possibly).
    Realistically go drive some XJ's, their front set up is like a TJ (many of the parts are interchangeable. That and with the leaf in the back you will get a feel for the ride comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theyeti1775 View Post
    Yes XJ's are half breeds on leaf rears and coil fronts.
    Really the best reason to do something like that is if you plan on having a lot of heavy crap on your rear.

    If you are still in the area while you do it, I'll help. Might not know what I'm doing but I'm pretty sure I can at least hold the axle while we f it up right.

    One thing you might consider is find an axle the same size to practice with. I know a few places on Craigslist that have XJ axles for sale. Also I think DJ (djsxj) on NovaJeepers has a 8.25 laying around for an XJ. Aren't they the same width as you would require? Cause if so then the only 'true' adjustments would be your frame mounting. You could possible leave the old mounts in place incase you don't like what you have created.

    Also since your saying this as a cost cutting thing, you have to consider most lift kits take into account a stock setup. So you would be buying piecemeal (higher cost possibly).
    Realistically go drive some XJ's, their front set up is like a TJ (many of the parts are interchangeable. That and with the leaf in the back you will get a feel for the ride comfort.

    I agree completely...start with an XJ rear axle to get all of your positioning of your spring perches (unless you were going to be bold enough to try the 1/4 ellipticals).
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    Never even heard of 1/4 ellipticals. I'll search them.

    I figure I can take the measurements of a YJ as they're only .1" difference wheelbase wise. I don't think that riding around in an XJ will give me an accurate picture due to it being a completely different beast all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korisu56 View Post
    Never even heard of 1/4 ellipticals. I'll search them.

    I figure I can take the measurements of a YJ as they're only .1" difference wheelbase wise. I don't think that riding around in an XJ will give me an accurate picture due to it being a completely different beast all together.

    My opinion would be to locate the rear shackle as absolutely far back as you can (on the rear bumper if you beef it up and build one to accomodate it) and get the stretching done the first time around if you are going to do it. Relocate tank or go to a fuel cell, but just do it right the first time.

    BTF has a better than average 1/4 ellip set up if you want to take a gander to give you a better idea about what it is.

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    I'm not going to stretch it the first time around strictly because the cost would kill me. However, i can easily stretch it out later buy just moving the rear shackle mount back and getting XJ leaf packs. For now, though, if I just get YJ leafs and do a SOA, it should sit level where I'm at.

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    How much are you looking to spend doing this whole rear leaf spring thing? where does the cap out on to expensive kick in? do you already have your jeep lifted? if so how much?

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    I have 4.5" RE SF kit on 35's. Everything is probably going to run at a cap of 500 bucks. The most expensive part is going to be the traction bar. That can be made, but I'd rather not.

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    sounds good cant wait to see it all done and hear a review to find out if i wasted a ton of money on my long arm set up....lmao

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    Yeah, the only problem is going to be finding HALF a long arm kit for just the front

    I'm probably going to be slowly procuring parts to hide from Jen . Also, I think I can get some free YJ stock leaf springs to be the tester set.

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