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Old 07-05-2011, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yj stretch brackets

So Im looking at stretching my yj using cherokee springs and I know BT makes a kit. But.... I wanna fab my own rear bumper and mounts for the springs. What tabs/parts did you use and where did you get them from? Yes I searched and found some info but limited. Thanks for the help or any advice
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really nothing nothing at all. Page 2 stretching my YJ
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup I actually read that and got some tips. Im def on a learning curve with the leaf springs. I seen ruffstuff has tabs so i'll have to call them up and see what they have to say to use.
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I'm looking at this too... Cheapest way I've seen to stretch wheelbase.

I also got a link to copperheadfab.com where the parts are $20 (minus bumper, but with summit bushings). Also enter "Pirate" in coupon code area for 8% off...

I'm probably going to end up making my own spring pack using the ones I've got and used xj's... I'm also considering moving the front (of the rear) shackle hangers back as well...
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok ill play. xj springs on a YJ are ease to do. Take 4"x3/16 flat stock shape it like the stock cross member, weld or bolt it on ( I would weld) get some shackel hangers from Dan at ruffstuff, move your tank, trim your finders, mount the shocks, new brake lines and a driveline and your done. its really just that easy. oh and you're going to want a traction bar of some kind with the XJ springs. good luck
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I'm assuming it is going to be spring over?? What if you just relocated your stock springs back (bracket). I've been looking into doing this. You gain 6" with the XJ springs. That will give you 99 inch WB. I found some 1.5" YJ springs for spring over, I'm going to move my brackets back and go for 10" total.
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yeah I am doing a spring over.. Its gonna be a nice gain for sure. I am finding out more and more info on it and ways people do it. I am trying to do a build with buying as little as possible. I see some guys use a bar to prevent axel wrap and some don't. Whats the pro's and con's in using one? As of now I plan to build one but just curious.
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I'm assuming it is going to be spring over?? What if you just relocated your stock springs back (bracket). I've been looking into doing this. You gain 6" with the XJ springs. That will give you 99 inch WB. I found some 1.5" YJ springs for spring over, I'm going to move my brackets back and go for 10" total.
How are you going to deal with the fact that the frame arches up just rear of the front hanger?

I was thinking this would work too (and allow me to use the same springs I have now...) Blue Torch Fab offers the spring hangers (front of the rear set) so maybe it's possible to weld them part way up that arch.
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no reason to relocate the YJ rear front mounts in an xj leaf stretch

if you do then you are moving the rear more the 5-6"
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yeah I am doing a spring over.. Its gonna be a nice gain for sure. I am finding out more and more info on it and ways people do it. I am trying to do a build with buying as little as possible. I see some guys use a bar to prevent axel wrap and some don't. Whats the pro's and con's in using one? As of now I plan to build one but just curious.
Pro's - your pinion will no longer point at the back seat wen you press the gas pedal down. Wheel hop diminishes significantly.


Con's - you need to make sure your axle housing is securely mounted to the tubes. With the anti-wrap bar being on only one side you run the risk of spinning the tubes in the housing. I fixed that on mine by welding the housing to the tubes as well as adding a truss over the housing to connect both sides together.
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no reason to relocate the YJ rear front mounts in an xj leaf stretch

if you do then you are moving the rear more the 5-6"
I was gona move the mount without using the XJ springs. The rear spring mount can easily be moved back 8", right before the arch. Looking at it, it looks like it is doable, but I haven't done it yet. Plus I know the Rubicon Express sells 1.5" YJ springs meant for springs overs, I don't want to mix and match springs, ya know!
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i used modified rear cj7 spring hanger brackets. I was going to weld them to my rear crossmember but the stock one just looks too flimsy. I cut a window in the rear crossmember so I can get a wrench inside the frame to hold a washer and nut. There is already a welded nut inside the frame. I drilled an offset hole in the spring hanger to use that mounting point. I used 52" chevy springs that are not offset like XJ springs
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