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Old 07-06-2007, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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crappy rear suspension

i just got this xj and i need some help from you guys on what to do with this rear suspension.

the front works really well, i was actually impressed. this is just past gatekeeper at the con last weekend.


but the rear is crap


someone suggested the boomerang shackles, but another said not to waste the money. my plans include the box 4 rocks and possibly full width. but for now i would just like to get a little more out of the rear.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get some softer rear springs with a slightly longer main leaf, boomerang shackles and stiffer front springs to force the rear to work more.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think I passed you on 50 South going through Sac on Sunday. I was in my white XJ as well.

We need more info. What shocks and length? What brand springs and lift?
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you don't mind spending the money, Deaver makes a real cool spherical bearing to replace the standard bushing in their rear leafs.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i just got this thing so im not sure about all the details, but the shocks weren't the problem because the rear springs didnt move at all. i know it has the rubicon express long arm kit, so i think the rear springs are rubicon express, but again, not sure.

nemo, you have the white 2door?
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nemo, you have the white 2door?
Yes.

Are the shocks the correct length? The pics show an 8.8 rear with modified shock mounts. Are you using lift blocks?
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are the shocks the correct length?

The pics show an 8.8 rear with modified shock mounts. Are you using lift blocks?
1" lift blocks
shocks on level ground have about 6" to go each way, dont really see a problem there.
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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With my experience on my XJ, the only way to really get the rear to work is with the front end up in the air and really unsprung, this is 4.5" lift (1.5" drop shackle and AAL)

I would definatly see what springs your using, the may not be RE leafs, from what I've seen those are way softer then that.



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Old 07-07-2007, 12:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks like you need to do what I did...

http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthrea...=shackle+angle

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With my experience on my XJ, the only way to really get the rear to work is with the front end up in the air and really unsprung,
YOu need more expereince than one xj then. You can build a really flexy leaf pack from junkyard springs and Deaver spring liner.
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YOu need more expereince than one xj then. You can build a really flexy leaf pack from junkyard springs and Deaver spring liner.
Well if you noticed I said experience on MY xj with AAL's, that the only way to get it to flex somewhat was to do that.

Although it doesn't matter anyways on mine it's all getting swapped out soon anyways
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ditch the rear sway bar


edit - serious note - ditch the lift blocks and look into a non-Add a leaf spring set...
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Maybe a shot in the dark, But are you sure your rear sway bar isnt hooked up?
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Old 07-07-2007, 02:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Looks like you need to do what I did...

http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthrea...=shackle+angle

that looks like it worked pretty good. i will definately try that first.

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ditch the rear sway bar


edit - serious note - ditch the lift blocks and look into a non-Add a leaf spring set...
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Maybe a shot in the dark, But are you sure your rear sway bar isnt hooked up?

no rear sway bar guys , apparently just shitty shackle angle
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Old 07-07-2007, 07:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This is my old XJ with RE 5.5 long arm, 8" coils in front 5.5" springs in the rear, no blocks and no sway bars. I did add HD shackles. I think they are RE too. I had 35" Baja Claws on at the time of the pic's.




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