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Leaf Springs-enlighten Me

Discussion in 'Flat Fender Tech' started by 73 cj5, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Dec 10, 2018
    tarry99

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    YES , and as you mentioned ...............as long as the spring perches are part of the remodel. I've used several OEM offset center bolts springs and had some custom ones built by Deaver to accomplish different spring rates but mostly for the rear.............Although they can add some interesting effects to ride at either end...............just be mindful as it may also change your caster and pinion angles......... at either end..
     
  2. Dec 11, 2018
    Keys5a

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    My '66 already has a shackle reversal, and extended about 2" forward of the stock location. The reversal already make some different effects, but not bad, just different. The rearward pivot of the front spring will need to be fabricated, so my plan was to set that height to give about 5-6 degrees caster.
    -Donny
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

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    In my experience, those flat overload springs are horrendous rock grabbers (and ugly!). Because you'd be mounting them up front where the weight won't change much with load, you would probably be fine deleting them.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2018
    jeepermc

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    See this thread- 1948 Cj2a- Labor Of Love

    You can also check out my Perkins CJ6 thread. New Perkins CJ-6 We only had to replace from the crossmember forward on that one. At this point, I wouldn't do it any other way than full replacement if you want it to last long term.
     
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  5. Dec 12, 2018
    73 cj5

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    I plan to do what you did on the CJ6. Just lop off the frame after some measuring and I have to extend it a few inches aswell to fit the YJ springs.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2018
    jeepermc

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    You won't regret it. You get a really clean look, and you won't have to worry about that section again.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

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    Found a better flex pic taken a few seconds before the other pic I posted.

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  8. Dec 18, 2018
    73 cj5

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    Show off :p
     
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  9. Dec 19, 2018
    fhoehle

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    I have had excellent service from my BDS springs so far on my CJ6. They also have an excellent warranty. I drive it a lot, as long as the salt is not on the road. They flex well off road and handle well on road.
     
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  10. Dec 22, 2018
    sterlclan

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    the bds 2.5 springs settle into about a stock height after a little use, flex nice and don't ride too bad either.
     
  11. Dec 24, 2018
    fhoehle

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    I thought it was the weight of my Jeep flattening them out more (4000+ lbs). I guess it would be around a stock "good" arch to my BDS springs now. Guess it is not just mine.
     
  12. Jan 12, 2019
    a3dhunter

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    I'm running bds 3.5" yj springs on my cj3b and 37" tires. I modified the rear fender opening and extended the wheelbase to 85". Total frame length is 130".

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  13. Jan 12, 2019
    a3dhunter

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  14. Feb 2, 2019
    70cj5134f

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    Love my YJ conversion. RC, 2in lift, with the short spring removed.
    Great off road, can fly through the cow tromped farm lanes. Nice flex.
    But on road manners are a bit scary , in the curves.
    90 % off road, 10% ,on road.
    If i used it much more ,(over 35-40mph, id have to build anti sway bars with disconnects.
     

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