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jeepinsl
September 16th, 2004, 08:58 AM
Does anyone have any experience with using coil spacers for a suspension lift. Here is the description from the person selling it:

They are made from "6061" billit aluminum. The kit comes with four billit aluminum coil spacers and four billit aluminun shock extensions. All mounting hardware included.

Any help would be appreciated.

yogi
September 16th, 2004, 09:30 AM
i have a 2in coil spacer set up on my wifes zj they work fine for putting 31in tires on and she is not offroading it.just a cheap way of rasing your rig.wont flex like bigger springs though.make sure you put longer shocks on also :D



yogi

JohnnyJ
September 16th, 2004, 12:59 PM
most spacers that I have seen are made from poly (wont bother misspelling the rest of it..) so it's interesting to hear that some are billet Al. I wouldn't pay a premium for them, the poly ones get the job done.

I know on leaf sprung vehicles, that people have problems in the past with lift blocks and degree wedges made of Al breaking (but it might not be the same as 6061); but I can't say for certain that it would be a problem on coil springers. But iirc, the 1.5" blocks on the rear of my wag are Al, and I haven't problems and have been running them for a couple of years.

kerryann
September 16th, 2004, 01:50 PM
What kinda vehicle are you running? I have three inch metal spacers right now in my TJ. They actually work fine, even though most people wouldn't recommend them. I haven't had any issues with them what so ever. Becca Ann also runs them without issues.
A new set of shocks can be purchased from Jeeperz Creeperz for like 120 dollars. I would recommend new beefier shocks. It helps the drive a lot. Bec ran stock shocks for a while and it was an awful ride.
I will be getting rid of my metal spacers soon if you want a set. They are in perfect shape.

jeepinsl
September 16th, 2004, 02:29 PM
I have a stock 99 TJ that I want to put them on. Just trying to get the most bang for the least buck. Thanks for all of the input. I am new at this. Went to the Mounds last week for my first ever off road experience.

kerryann
September 16th, 2004, 02:47 PM
Here's a pic of my jeep on 35s with the spacers
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-8/814950/pic.jpg

Again though, I would recommend longer shocks.

T-way
September 16th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Originally posted by kerryann@Sep 16 2004, 02:47 PM
Here's a pic of my jeep on 35s with the spacers
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-8/814950/pic.jpg

Again though, I would recommend longer shocks.
Further proof that, even when faced with a challenging obstacle, ladies will stop to talk to a guy wearing camo!!!!
:lol:

kerryann
September 16th, 2004, 08:25 PM
Just remember that I almost ran you over right after this picture :unsure: :P

T-way
September 17th, 2004, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by kerryann@Sep 16 2004, 08:25 PM
Just remember that I almost ran you over right after this picture :unsure: :P
Was it something I said.........

or the fact that this was the first time you had done any "real" wheeling (other than The Mounds)????.......................

or just because you're a woman driver?????
:blink:

(Oh man am I gonna get clobbered for that last one!!!)
:P

kerryann
September 17th, 2004, 09:41 AM
I think it was because I had a really bad spotter.. :o

T-way
September 18th, 2004, 12:11 AM
Originally posted by kerryann@Sep 17 2004, 09:41 AM
I think it was because I had a really bad spotter.. :o
Holy cow!!!

I think we've got a winner!!!!

:D

lgottler
September 18th, 2004, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by jeepinsl@Sep 16 2004, 08:58 AM
Does anyone have any experience with using coil spacers for a suspension lift. Here is the description from the person selling it:

They are made from "6061" billit aluminum. The kit comes with four billit aluminum coil spacers and four billit aluminun shock extensions. All mounting hardware included.

Any help would be appreciated.
A few small opinions from me.

I would only use coil spacers to "level" a vehicle never exceeding 1-2" max.

Reason: A spring is designed with a working range. This range usually has a height of the spring associated with deformation. Similarly springs have a collapsed height which is just when all the wires in the spring collapse and hit each other. With too large of a coil spacer, and no care taken to extending bumpstops, you could easily over compress a spring and deform it (make it not go back as high) which would seem like sagging of the springs.

With a few inches of additional compression, you may or may not reach this critical spring height and create a problem. If you go large, 3-4" I'd bet you would deform the spring...


When I say "deform" I mean, you compressed past the design point. Now, it may not do anything at all to the spring! It could cause premature failure of the spring! Or it could make the spring not make your Jeep sit as high. Depends on your spring.


What I do know is that I've "deformed" 2 sets of coils on my old Cherokee, I've broken one rear coil on my TJ and deformed the other. My issues were with 2" spacers and not doing anything to the bumpstops. Once I addressed the bumpstops, it made the springs compress in a "normal" range. I had been running the same height and same springs for 2 years without those problems coming back.


Good Luck!

Lucas

Creative Fab
October 17th, 2004, 11:01 PM
If you would rather have a set of poly spacers give me a shout. I am a Rubicon Express dealer and can offer you a good price on coil spacers and shocks or even a new coil lift for when you end up like the rest of us and are truly addicted to spending every cent on your Jeep!

Pat Kinne
Ironman Offroad
989 832 7538
Ironmanent@hotmail.com