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#1 09-30-2013 12:05:21

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
Posts: 107

Sagging rear on Cherokee

One thing I've seen with plenty of Cherokee's around where I live is the rear end sags. I have this problem. I don't know if it's a problem due-to shocks or springs. Both are also pretty expensive.

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Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

#2 09-30-2013 14:33:06

rich
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Posts: 17

Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

Check your springs for "negative" bend John. If the leaf springs are almost straight, you have bad springs. Leaf springs should always have that bow in them, or "positive" bend. If the springs are negative, no shocks are gonna help you. New springs really aren't that expensive unless you're going for more lift, then kits can cost you.

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#3 10-01-2013 10:39:56

Kacul
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Registered: 03-25-2009
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Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

i have that problem, what im doing temporarily, until i can get new leafs, my mechanic added another leaf. its a stiffer ride, but for my setup, its now a lot better.

i had the neg bend. but now its back to pos.

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#4 10-01-2013 12:38:28

BigMike
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Registered: 05-27-2009
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Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

My '92 was sagging also, it was the leaf springs. I installed some Helwig 550 half-leafs. Not too expensive at all but makes the ride a little stiff. But I sometimes fill the back up with camping gear, no problems.
For shocks I run Edelbrock Performer IAS.

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#5 10-03-2013 08:33:22

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

Thanks guys. I just read this thread first and I definitely need new leaf springs. I always thought they should "bow" in their shape. Mine are straight. I'm actually not looking for any lift. I was, but that's when I thought the rear end was supposed to look how it does. I might just go for a 2" lift still so I can run 30" tires and have a little extra height for wheel travel.

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#6 10-04-2013 14:41:53

john
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

With this set-up, how stiff is the ride? 90% of my driving is through town or highway. I only go offroad about once or twice a month. Those Helwig leafs, are they normal leaf springs or something that goes with the ones you already have? What do they cost?

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#7 10-07-2013 08:48:55

adg53xj
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Registered: 01-20-2010
Posts: 20

Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

factory 'up country' springs will give you a 1" lift; maybe that's all you need.

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#8 10-08-2013 14:16:55

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
Posts: 213

Re: Sagging rear on Cherokee

There is an easy fix you can all do. 

Springs loose their temper over a period of time, particularly if they flex a lot in comparison to the full amount of travel they are capable of.  At best, the spring compresses half of its travel with just the weight of the jeep on them.  The fix is to remove the springs and take them to a spring factory and have them rebuilt.  It is usually not very expensive.  The thing you can do is ask them to put in "an inch over arch".  This is done commonly and will give you one inch higher in the rear when it is done.  I have done this many times when setting up custom suspensions and is a common practice.

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