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post #1 of 5 Old 12-30-2009, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Why spacers and not stiffer springs?

It seems like a lot of people choose to simply add a spacer to compensate for weight-induced spring sag rather than getting "stiffer" springs (I'm avoiding using terms like "spring rate" so as not to abuse them).

Usually if someone was having ride height issues they would just buy a set of springs that put them at the desired ride height without compressing the coils excessively. Coilovers allow you to adjust your ride height, but they also kind of mask the issue if your springs aren't right for your weight.

Is preloading the springs not as big of a deal with a 4X4? I mean imports burn rice close to the ground, so there's not much room for suspension travel- which makes coil length important.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-30-2009, 11:52 AM
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A/ Spacers are cheap.

B/ There are not a lot of options for spring rates for the JK.
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C) The actual lift you get with a specific spring may not be sufficient, or may be too much, to level the Jeep - then you're back where you started but with a lighter wallet.

D) As a result of 'C', you'll want to try something else to fine tune. Please see 'A' and 'B'.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-30-2009, 06:01 PM
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Spacers will increase the ride height (if shock extensions or longer shocks are used) without affecting the ride characteristics or spring rate of the spring used. The other alternative is simple a longer spring with the same spring rate.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-30-2009, 08:02 PM
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i go with springs..spacers will give out and sag the stock springs faster over time and body roll and rides shitty..
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