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  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    What you want to do puts you into area of custom fabrication. The 'down and dirty' way to do it is to mount the axles over the springs, with large lift blocks under them, and to extend the shackles. You can then add a body lift to give even more tire clearance. You'll then need the steering and axle location components extended and strengthened, together with alterations to their geometry to compensate for the changes made with the lift.

    To do it properly, you'll need a custom installation of heavy duty (or military) axles, a custom and maybe hydraulic steering system, custom leaf springs or an air suspension, etc., etc.

    The first option won't be cheap, the second will require a very large wallet!

    Either option will require a good understanding of the systems and skills required to complete the work. Neither option will give you a vehicle that's comfortable or easy to drive.
  • erykeryk Posts: 6
    so what can i do that will be prity comfortable and not changing the axle. do you no how much of a lift i will i get if i just do the leaf over and a shackle kit with no blocks . also if i do the leaf over will i have to change the angle of the drive shaft or should i keep them under and get a regular lift kit
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    Steve, where is that. I just clicked on the IMG link. Most sites let you browse right to your file when your posting. I should have realized when I couldn't browse that it wouldn't work...
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Why not try a different approach? It sounds like the kind of Jeep you want is the type that is often used for articles in magazines like Off Road, and Four Wheeler.

    Check out the magazines until you find a Jeep that's similar to what you want to do, then study how it was built. Also check out the catalogs from the various Jeep suppliers to get an idea of the various lift kits available.

    An alternative approach might be to decide what size wheel/tire combination you want (or can afford), and work backward from there.

    To answer your specific question about doing a 'leaf over', not only will you have to change the driveshaft angle, you'll have to realign the hubs to correct the caster as well. There's a lot more work to a 'leaf over' than first appears.
  • erykeryk Posts: 6
    ok thank you that helps
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    You should see it at the bottom of the post window (but it doesn't show up if you just reply to a post - it has to be a new post). So go to the end of the messages and keep going just past the Message box and Emotorcons.

    This is about as clear as the mud in Turkey Bay, right? :shades:

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Need help navigating? stever@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • I love Bilstein shocks and have used them on my 97 grand cherokee with great success. But, I like stiff and firm riding vehicles.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I don't see anything that allows a poster to upload a picture to this forum directly from his/her hard drive. I see the IMG button, but the pic would still have to be hosted on the Net somewhere and its URL typed in before the pic would show up in the forum here.

    Is Edmunds now hosting pics somewhere?

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    Well, I just got back from vacation so it's probably just me. I guess it must just be for hosts at the moment. I think there's a memo about it in my in-box somewhere.

    Nevermind (for a little while at least). :confuse:

    There's a lot of cool stuff in the pipeline around here; implementing stuff is the hard part when you have a couple of million posts to work around.

    Steve, Host

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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Well, maybe one of these days, huh, Steve?

    Just got back from vacation? How's the re-training going? :)

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    lol, obviously my head's still on vacation. Even on my good days I have trouble remembering what's what!

    Maybe you can hook Keats up with a hosting site?

    Steve, Host

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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You can get photos hosted at Photobucket.com. They have free accounts.

    What you want is a place where "hot links" are allowed (if I am using the right term). This means that the host site allows you to type the photo's URL on some other website, and that makes the picture show up on that other website automatically.

    Lots of sites DO NOT allow hot links, because every time someone on that other website calls up the page where the picture shows up, that is a "hit" on their server. I'm sure no expert on web stuff, but I do know that there is such a thing as bandwidth, and that limits the amount of "traffic" that a website can handle at once. So, allowing hot links opens up your website to extra traffic, and that can cause a "traffic jam."

    You can upgrade to a "paid" account at Photobucket, but I haven't been a member long enough to try to even find out what you get when you actually pay for an account. I'm just beginning to use my free account.

    Let me see if I can make one of my pics that is hosted at Photobucket show up here. This will be my first attempt to do that with the Photobucket account. Drum roll please....

    image

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Ok, at Photobucket, you get a free 25MB account. Each picture can be no more than 250KB, but you can upload pics bigger than that. They have software that downsizes the file to less than 250KB, if the file is bigger than that to start with.

    If you get the paid account, you can have 250 MB instead of 25 MB. The paid account is $25 per year.

    Photobucket is associated with e-Bay somehow.

    Tomster

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • gman1259gman1259 Posts: 209
    THis is a cool picture! A great shot.
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    It is getting time to give Red Ryder a spring cleaning and wax job. I have been using Turtle Wax. It does a good job but I am tired of trying to clean the white residue out of the recesses around the bolts and other places where it collects.

    What is a good wax that does not leave the residue?

    Terry
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Whoa, Terry, that REALLY brings back some memories!

    I can remember the washing, waxing, and wet paper towel bug gut removal at rest stop days, but they seem to be in the distant past.

    Clean that puppy up good, Terry. Drive Red around Chi Town with pride.

    When ya gonna be down this way? Would love to either have you join me on the trails at Turkey Bay in your Jeep, or you could ride with me, if you don't want to take Red out there.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • dave__dave__ Posts: 80
    I really like Mequiar's Tech Wax. It's still the kind you apply and let dry to a haze but the haze is light and removal is much easier than regular wax. I bought my Jeep last fall and waxed it twice before the weather got too cold. Even after a few salt coverings it still beads when I wash it.

    Yesterday was my first topless day of the season! :) :) :)

    It's supposed to rain today so the top's back up. Come on summer!!!

    Yours in Jeep Coolness,

    Dave
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    Terry, I use Zymol. It's expensive for wax, but it's 100 percent carnuba and goes on and off in a straight motion and it's very easy to use. It's very thin and imparts a great shine to the clear coat.
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    another (althoguh expensive) option is Zaino. Great stuff.

    -twylie
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ............. for anyone interested in Zanio there's a 'Topic' here on Edmunds devoted solely to it, and you wouldn't believe it's size!
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