Originally Posted by rts23msu
Hi guys. New member 1st post. I recently purchased this samurai already built. It supposedly has YJ springs. They are SOA. Im not sure what BS the rims are but they stick out fairly far. I have attached a couple pics. Can someone help me out with any modifications i can do to stop rubbing. They rub the wheel well when wheel is turned (not even fully turned) especially everytime i hit a pothole turning in my neighborhood. DOnt think i could ever take it offroad this way.
Also the front springs look very flat to me. Is this normal for samurais?
Flat gives a better ride... SOA is nice... as is the shackle reversal. I didn't do all that... yet... but do have 33" rubbers also. I run a 8000lb Ramsey and a sno-way plow all after extending the frame and adding a wench mounts from frame rail to rail. I DID re-drill the holes in the spring perch so the axle sits forward as much as possible. Remember, the spring bolt indexes in the perch and dictates the axle location. Looks like you have enough lift, its just the tire is too far back.
Have you thought about running a little longer, reinforced in the middle shackle? The springs do look a little long to me. Can the front spring mounts be moved forward any? Can you post a pict of that.
The issue with the shackle reversal is when you hit a bump, the axle moves back. This gives a little nicer ride but as you see, it hits the back of the fender.
Also I have seen (but can't remember where) a spring mount that lets the axle drop more... would go in the front, opposite the shackle end, that will move the spring forward and gives about an inch lift. That sounds about what you need. Personally, I would re-drill the mount first. Free fix and may be the amount you need.