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TheBrat97
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:26 am    Post subject: Add-A-Leaf Question Reply with quote

I'd like to throw some 2" AAL's under my 97 XJ...but my stock leaf springs are almost completely flat. Is this normal and would AAL's fit right?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AAL's will set you up right for a while but if your stock leaves are already sagging now it will just be a matter of time before you start to sag again. You might as well put the money down now a go with new spring packs.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about 2" blocks? I'm on a tight budget.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are just postponing the inevitable, and spending good money on temporary solution/s at best. If rear springs are sagging that much, it is a bad idea to install AAL, or blocks.

If you really can't afford new replacement springs, just get used stock springs and postpone any lift ideas until budget allows.

Starting any lift is not a real wise budget conscious decision.
"a tight budget" is NOT the way to begin ANY lift project!

(IMHO - for what that's worth!)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't agree more jppilot. Blocks, shackles, and AALs are just bandaids to the problem. When you install a lift you still have to account for needing to spend money if you need to take it somewhere for some reason or need to rent extra tools to extract a stuck bolt or something.

I don't know how much of a budget you are on but I would recomend this:
http://rustysoffroad.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=300SP&Category_Code=sus_xj_kit

Keep in mind that there are a large selection of lift kits out there and this is only my recomendation. Just remember that if you buy a lift that dosen't come with shocks they will probably add another 150 bucks on it. The Rusty's lift comes complete with shocks and spring packs so no more sag.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto on all of the above. You do not want to go into this on a tight budget. You need to have wiggle room for the unexpected "gotchas". Upper shock bolts snap, leaf spring retaining nuts break their welds, etc, etc. XJ's are notorious for sticky bolts that end up being problems.

If your springs are sagging, the last thing you want to do is put blocks in. They are known to cause axle wrap on a good spring, much less a sagged one. As for AAL's, whether it's installed on a good spring or a sagged one, a lift adding AAL will eventually sag.

If you are on a budget, I would do something like this...at least to the rear.
http://www.rocklizardfabrications.com/home_brew_budget_boost.htm

A set of new HD leaf springs will run you $130-$150. You could prolly find a good used set at a boneyard cheaper. Adding the main and secondary leafs from the old springs will cost you nothing but a saturday afternoon with some power tools (or a hacksaw). Throw some 2" coil spacers in the front (maybe $50) along with some new (longer) shocks and your set. I ran a similar setup under my Jeep for about a year. Worked like a champ.
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TheBrat97
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the link viper posted...$418 is nothing for what you get especially since it comes with shocks. 'Preciate the help guys.
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