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One more try on factory isolators and do I need them.


 
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garubi
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:46 am    Post subject: One more try on factory isolators and do I need them. Reply with quote

I posted this in the TJ forum, but I think I should have been over here because I didn't get a single response. Here it is:

I am going to put a set of 2.25 inch coil spacers on my 04 TJ Rubicon. I am also looking to add a winch. It already sits low in the front. I have a set of 1.5 inch spacers in the basement also. I was thinking that I could take out the .75 inch factory isolators and replace then with the 1.5 inch spacers and the 2.25 spacers stacked on top and this would give me .75 more lift in the front to help level the thing out and offset the sag from the weight of the winch when I add it.

Is this a bad idea? Is this a safe idea? I know you have to stack the factory isolators with the spacer lift anyway, so is there a reason I have to use the factory spacers or that I couldn't just use the set up described? I wheel at Tellico a lot, so it will get fully flexed while the sway is discoed. I just want to make sure it is safe and that there isn't some other mechanical problem I haven't considered with doing this (vibes, death wobble, etc) since this would basically be 3 inches of lift on the front from spacers (2.25 on the rear).

Also, will the bump stop extensions that come with the 2.25 inch spacers be enough or would I need to get bumpstops for a 3 inch lift or something?

Thanks for any advice. Obviously, I'm new at this and only have limited mechanical ability or experience and I can't afford to mess anything up or create any safety issues.

Jon
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your asking would or should you stack spacers? My opinion is NO.

Do you really the stock isolators? Well no, but what do you think is going to yeild a smoother ride. Rubber or hard poly pucks? The rubber. Its not much but it does offer some dampining.

You could remove the isolators and stack on a 1.5-inch spacer and I've seen it done many times so you gain some height and get rid of the loose rubber.

Honestly to do it right. Leave the isolator. Install the coils you want to accomidate for your height. Adjust your height with spacers and remove the rubber one if you desire.

If its a matter of timing and cost. Meaning your not gettig your winch in a while or whatever you could stack, but honestly I wouldn't do it. Its just an opinion of course. Is it a danger, well you do and well have to objects rubbing on each other opposed to a coil contacting.
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