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Old 06-16-2018, 12:48 PM   #1
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Need some opinions, Iíve got an 1980 CJ7, spring over ,lifted,on 37s. Iím going to but it back to more street friendly, spring under, with a 4in lift and 33s. My question is what order should I do it in. I know Iíve got to have the spring perches moved. Do I need to have the lift kit ready to mount when I have them moved?

 

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Old 06-16-2018, 12:59 PM   #2
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Need some opinions, Iíve got an 1980 CJ7, spring over ,lifted,on 37s. Iím going to but it back to more street friendly, spring under, with a 4in lift and 33s. My question is what order should I do it in. I know Iíve got to have the spring perches moved. Do I need to have the lift kit ready to mount when I have them moved?
I suspect you will need the lift installed before moving the perches. You need VERY accurate measurements to get the caster angle and driveline angles correct.
All mine are stock height with 31Ē tires. VERY nice on the street / highway and plenty of clearance / traction offroad. Save yourself time money & work. Leave it stock with 31s.
The last time I was stuck was in the late 70ís with skinny factory tires in mud. Pretty funny... the guy that rescued me had to winch himself into where I got stuck then winch himself back out!
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Old 06-16-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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Thatís what I was thinking. Also doing an engine swap, Q4 6.0 replacing a 350. Figure Iíll need that done first before the lift to get the angles also.

 

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Old 06-16-2018, 05:32 PM   #4
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When you set the front and rear pinion angles. Make sure the springs are under the jeeps weight, and remember the springs are going to 'settle'(flatten out)some.
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:59 PM   #5
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Need some opinions, Iíve got an 1980 CJ7, spring over ,lifted,on 37s. Iím going to but it back to more street friendly, spring under, with a 4in lift and 33s. My question is what order should I do it in. I know Iíve got to have the spring perches moved. Do I need to have the lift kit ready to mount when I have them moved?

I would have the lift kit ready to put in. The perches need to be tacked on, then text fit with the new springs in SUA configuration, then the perches may need to be adjusted to get the caster /pinion angles correct.

What gears and axles do you have with the 37s? If it's been properly regeared for the tires, it may end up being too low with the 33s


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Old 06-16-2018, 11:51 PM   #6
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I would have the lift kit ready to put in. The perches need to be tacked on, then text fit with the new springs in SUA configuration, then the perches may need to be adjusted to get the caster /pinion angles correct.

What gears and axles do you have with the 37s? If it's been properly regeared for the tires, it may end up being too low with the 33s


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In the real world, they donít even need to be tacked. As Lumpy pointed out, the suspension needs to be loaded for accurate measurements. The U bolts will hold everything in place well enough to measure, adjust & measure again. Then simply mark them or tack them in place. Take it apart, do the final welding & painting, then reassemble.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:56 AM   #7
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Itís got Dana 44 front and rear. Itís gonna have to be revealed, Iím putting a 6.0 in it and using it for mostly street.

 

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Old 06-17-2018, 11:14 AM   #8
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Itís got Dana 44 front and rear. Itís gonna have to be revealed, Iím putting a 6.0 in it and using it for mostly street.
If itís intended primarily for street use, why is it lifted at all?
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If itís intended primarily for street use, why is it lifted at all?
Way easier, to get in and out of the mall parking lots.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:31 PM   #10
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The PO had it lifted and 37s for off roading. Iím redoing it and I like the look of the 4in with 33s.

 

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