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Old September 13th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default ZJ 5.5 short arm lift. what springs should i use?

I am getting ready to do a 5.5" short arm lift on my zj. I will be using the stock uppers, fabbing adjustable lowers and a wheel to wheel tie rod to replace the factory setup. i am dropping the t-case and adding a steering stabilizer in the front making new trackbars and extending my brakelines.. this setup will be running 33" tires. My question is since this will stay my DD i want springs and shocks that ride good on the highway. I am thinking that i will avoid rusty's since they are so soft.

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Old September 13th, 2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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First: You don't need to drop the Tcase. The Jeep is long enough that you won't have any issues. In my old Jeep I used BDS springs because I think the front was like $150 and then did a F>R swap with spacers in the back to make up the difference.
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First: You don't need to drop the Tcase. The Jeep is long enough that you won't have any issues. In my old Jeep I used BDS springs because I think the front was like $150 and then did a F>R swap with spacers in the back to make up the difference.
yeah, i dont want spacers, if i did i would just block the 3 inch springs i already have. i am going with 5.5 inch springs front and rear. if its worth the time and effort, its worth doing it right.
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5.5 rear springs from BDS were I think $150 as well.

O and nothing at that height and short arms, adjustable or not, is going to ride well. You will now be using your bushings as shocks.
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5.5 rear springs from BDS were I think $150 as well.

O and nothing at that height and short arms, adjustable or not, is going to ride well. You will now be using your bushings as shocks.
i know, but i dont have the time to have my jeep torn apart to do long arms right now. I am going to build longarms in december when i am on break for 3 weeks.
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i am going with 5.5 inch springs front and rear. if its worth the time and effort, its worth doing it right.
if you're doing the long arm in December, do your lift then 1x=cheaper.
Mine had 6.5" on short arms and rode worse than my J20 ( tank)
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my Rusty's springs are comfy on the road and just right off, as for shocks, I'm using Procomp es9000 extendeds(35")
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if you're doing the long arm in December, do your lift then 1x=cheaper.
Mine had 6.5" on short arms and rode worse than my J20 ( tank)
i have my own shop, and can make all of my parts. basically the only cost i will have is for items that i cannot produce myself. the lower arms i am making this month will be used when making my long arms, or i can sell them. i will not go over 5.5 inches, as there is no need. for now i am just going to do control arms and leave it untrimmed with 31's for deer season muddyness even with 31's i need the adjustable arms, since the axles need to be re centered. mostly i wanted an idea what springs and shocks would be ideal so that i could start looking for someone who will get them for me at cost.
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