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Lowering My 1975 Cj5

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Lockman, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Jan 1, 2019
    Lockman

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    I Bought this Jeep with a 4 " lift . It's too high for this Ol' man & his Girl ! I've got the Tires & wheels for sale & I want to go back to 15" tires & Wheels I would like to drop it to a 2" or Stock ? What advice can any one offer ? I can post more Pics , If it would help. Thanks, in advance.....
     
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    FinoCJ

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    For clarification purposes...is it still set up with springs under the axle? Swapping back to stock height or less lift springs is pretty easy. If it's spring over its a bit more work. Also what length shackle do you have...they may well be a bit longer and going a bit shorter to stock length may also help. Finally you could consider removing a leaf from the spring pack so it settles down more under the jeeps weight.
     
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    :pics:
     
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    Lockman

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    Starting to get the hang of this.... Thanks for your patience, ITLKSEZ I Really appreciate your reply..... Anyway , it is setup with Springs under the Axel. Looks to be a 4" Shackle , Center of bolt to bolt ? Thanks...........Pictures are Here. I'm sorry, I've had a difficult time navigating the Pic's posting process. I'm doing it thru 'Albums" now.
     
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    Alan28

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    you can use ' upload a file' just on the right of the 'post reply' button but you must adapt the size of the pic, around 200ko that is very easy.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    Judging by what I can see, the springs don't look to have much of a lift at all, but it's hard to tell in a picture. The shackles are longer than stock, but even 2" of increased shackle height will only gain you 1" of lift, so that isn't giving you a significant amount. Maybe start with the proper size tires and see where you end up?
     
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    I agree that the springs seem pretty flat and stockish. Also agree about the shackles. I am curious to see the frame where the springs mount and the shackles mount.

    Tires don't look huge either, maybe 31s. But add it all together and you might be 2-3" taller than stock between the longer shackles and taller tires.

    Lets see where the springs mount if you can get a shot of that.
     
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    FinoCJ

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    I concur with both of the above...spring under with fairly flat, non arched springs....I think oem shackle length would be 2.75" bolt to bolt so there is a little lift there...1/2 to 3/4 inch. Wonder what size tire has been stuffed in there? Does it have a body lift?
     
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    Lockman

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    This Frame was modified awhile ago. IE: The front was extended with box channels, to make room for a 400R GM Overdrive Tranny. Anyway , thanks for all your interest, help , & suggestions. Here's the other Pics you've wondered about.........
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    I spy 31x10.50s.

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    wheelie

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    I see nothing on the spring mount areas in their current position, that would raise the jeep though, they have been modified to some degree.

    I do see aftermarket body mounts that appear to be much thicker than the factory pieces. So, it seems to me that there is a bit of a body lift. Maybe an inch or a bit more. Unless the intermediate mounts are different from the early mounts. Entirely possible. I don't know that much about the intermediates.
     
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    Hellion

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    How tall are you and your missus? :whistle:

    Admittedly, you have to step (up and over) higher than normal compared to a common automobile even at the same floor height because the Jeep has a raised entryway.

    I do hereby request a side view of the entire Jeep (preferably with a yardstick placed in the center of the wheel wells).

    Them's are some purdy red leaf springs though. :sneak:
     
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    I see the front driveshaft rubs on the bell housing.
     
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    Lockman

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    Thanks for noticing that! I discovered missing bump stops from the PO. asked about that in a thread awhile ago? Anyway, installing them soon. More pics ....
     
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    Lockman

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    Purdy Short.... I will fulfill yur request , but it will be with a Tape Measure ( Me Ma broke the last one over my behind, years back ! ) LoL.
     
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    Hellion

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    Them red propeller shafts are purdy too. Why I've never seen a Jeep so clean on its underbelly that you could eat off'n it. :beer:

    I'm enjoying these pics, man.
     
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    don87401

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    When I had my CJ5 (82) I had to add a step to stand on to get my hind end up over door curve to get in, I fear I will have the same issue with my CJ6. Both Jeeps are/were lifted 4". The "hump" was just to far from the ground to "bounce" up and over.
     
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