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tkdcoop
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4/29/2002
14:52:35

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Hello, could anyone please tell me if adding a coil spacer 2-3" to the front coils of a 97 dakota affect the suspension travel/motion at all? Will I loose some of the available movement? I've been doing some research on this site and have found some that say yes and some that say no. Oh, mine is a 2 wheeler also. Thanks.



TallQuad
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4/29/2002
21:01:30

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Nope! Will be the same basically.



tkdcoop
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4/30/2002
09:38:23

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Thanks, say TallQuad, I'm thinking of going with the 2" coil spacers, do I need to do anything with any steering components or balljoints? As you can tell, I'm new to this so thanks again for your help.



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4/30/2002
11:45:17

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No... but you will need a coil compressor to get those spacers in. And a pair of strong arms!! Nothing needs to be changed or added with spacers, although, you might need an alignment.



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5/01/2002
01:21:02

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I have had the 2" coil spacers for a year now. They do effect the suspension. You will lose some up travel because there is a bump stop from over extending the front suspension. If you remove those bump stops, I think you will need longer shocks. I don't have much up travel at all, it doesn't bother me, my front wheels come off the ground quite a bit on the freeway. It lessens the swaying a bit.

As far as installation, I did it all by myself with no coil spring compressor. It was a little tricky with no compressor. If it is not too much trouble rent a compressor at Auto Zone, I think it is free.

You will need an alignment, because it changes the center of gravity.

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tkdcoop
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5/01/2002
09:01:03

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Wes, are you saying that I will only need new shocks if I remove the bump stops? And what exactly do you mean when you say that your front wheels come off the ground while on freeway? Thanks for your input.



NJQUAD2BY
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5/24/2002
11:26:16

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Is the lift gained by the coil spacers worth the trouble of needing an alignment and the loss of wheel travel? Tires coming off the road does not sound good.
Any opinions?



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5/24/2002
20:42:21

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The tires don't come off the road (at least mine don't). An alignment isn't always necessary but it is a good thing to check once in a while no matter what lift you have. For the price of 2" coils... theres nothing close. A 3" body would be next in line.



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2/10/2011
10:20:57

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i have a 96 grand cherokee zj and right now everything is stock, but i really want to add just a little height for bigger tires and more clearance. ive been looking at coil spacers because they're cheap and i dont have a lot to spend. would 2" coil spacers installed require new shocks? i know the ride and the way it'll drive will change but im just looking to save money from unnecessary spending. Im thinking of adding the spacers to front and rear. what do you guys think? im new at all this



other bill
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2/10/2011
15:12:23

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You may get by driving it on the street with the existing shocks, but if you take it off road, the shocks will be what limits the downward travel of each wheel. Something will ultimately give out...be it the end of a shock, the seals, a shock mount...

Looks like the lift you speak of can be bought (with shocks) for as low as $218 and on up to a grand. Rocky Mountain Suspension has good selection.http://www.rockymountainsusp.com/jeep_GrCher.htm



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