Originally Posted by bigredsj
So longer shocks won't help?
I have heard u can use front and rear yj leafs on with missing links which work well , but I was woundering what else I need eg brake lines , longer shocks etc , can anyone help cheers
Sorry, from your initial post I figured you knew you needed to go longer but were looking for additional ideas.
My trail rig is running the YJ conversion with Trail Tough Missing links and your right, it gives plenty of articulation. I am running Nissan front brake lines up front and a Suzuki fron line extension in back for the rear brakes. As for shocks, I am running Rancho adjustables out back and Deutschtecs (sp) out front. They are the longest they make. You can go much cheaper if you just get the measurements after you set up the suspension.
Once the rig is sitting the way you want, drive it into a ditch diagonally. Make sure that one set of diagonal tires are off the ground or close to it. This means the front has a wheel fully stuffed and the other wheel fully extended. The rear tires will be the same but opposite.You can then measure the full extension and compression needed of both the front and rear shocks. I would add an inch to the extension and subtract an inch from the compression as a buffer.
You can then head to a local parts store and ask to check out their catalogs to find a size shock that will fit the front specs and the back specs. For a budget build, I have picked up shocks that met my specs for as little as US$10 each...
I usually stretch out a suspension in the driveway before taking it out on the trail. This gives me an idea what the suspension will look like at the extremes.
This will also allow you to see if the lift has stretched the driveshaft fartherther than safe. You can see if you need driveshaft spacers or even longer driveshafts.