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soberidiot22
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Joined: 22 Sep 2006
Location: Hicktown, WI

PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:10 am    Post subject: Leaf Springs Reply with quote

I looked around a little bit and couldnt find any write ups on this so i decided to post this.

Recently my Beloved Cherokee got in an accident and smashed up the rear quarterpanel and tire. My rear passenger side leaf spring snapped and shot through my floorboard. My axle looks to be shifted to the passenger side about 3 inches.

I was wondering if anyone has any expierence with leaf springs that they could share with me to make this project easier.

i also jumped a curb which ripped my drive shaft off the transfer case.

i have brand new tires now which one is shot but and least i got the road hazard sales at my local farm and fleet so i get a free replacement $120 tire.

thanks for any advice you can give me
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Tardis
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Location: Ohio

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same thing happened to my friends 89' XJ, and his Jeep ended up at our friends body shop on the frame machine. XJ's are uni-bodys; if the rear body/suspension on you're XJ is severely damaged/tweeked, it needs to go on a frame machine to get 'properly' straightened. Check your axle tube/hubs and make sure they aren't bent. Also check the drivers leaf spring center pin and shackles, and make sure they aren't bent, broken, tweeked before you start so you know what to buy.
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Drake69
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, taking a side shot like that and forcing the pack through the floorboard? The frame is definitely not gonna be happy. Fortunately you can put your XJ up on a frame rack and straighten it out, but you're gonna have to go over the u-Bolts, axle shaft, shackles and mounts, shocks and shock mounts, hubs, t-case, and the entire driveshaft with a fine-tooth comb for metal warping or fractures (and that's not even mentioning the remains of those leaf packs!!!). Pay particular attention to everything that fastens directly to the body/frame like upper shock bolts, mount points on the front of the rear leaf pack, and the rear shackle points to see if the housings are bent/pulled through. And definitely don't forget your rear brake lines. They'll have most likely been yanked by the side travel of the axle and close to getting sprung if not sprung already.

It also won't hurt to look over the front linkage stuff. A shot like that could easily loosen up anything on your front end. Everything from the upper and lower control arms to steering linkage should be checked for bent/sprung housings.
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soberidiot22
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so heres the deal. overall i got very very lucky. my shakle was bent and fortunatly my frame wasnt tweaked at all.
my brake lines are all in place and my new leaf is installed.

it only took me 4 hours in a shop. i had access to a torch which was a life saver because on the back shackle i couldnt get the bolt out due to my hitch.
after i installed the leaf my axle went back to normal and now im going to have to do the other side.

thanks for the advice
kyle
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Tardis
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear it's all good. Post some pic's if you have a chance.
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