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Old 01-11-2007, 07:46 PM
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96 Jeep Cherokee sits crooked

Today I was cleaning some usual junk out of the back of my Jeep (mostly reciepts and little stuff) and happened to notice that the drivers side appeared a little lower than the passenger side.

1. what causes this? Could being parked with the suspension articulated on a snowbank cause this? (I did this a couple times when I couldn't find a parking spot)

2. Is there a way to re-arch the spring? Or will I have to save up and splurge and get a mild (2-inch) lift

3. I just had two questions. Thought I'd give people a reason to rag a little on me.

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I was going to say check the shock, but forget it. Get the lift kit!!


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I was going to say check the shock, but forget it. Get the lift kit!!


Shocks don't hold up weight. Only dampen spring action.

Skip the lift kit, it will not fix the problem of one side lower than the other.

It could be the front spring making the rear end one side lower.

I've seen people switch the springs right to left. And NO, it probably won't hang the other way because the left side of the vehicle is probably heavier.
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Old 01-12-2007, 03:00 PM
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I did some towing with my jeep. I noticed the back sagged a little after the years I drove it. Actually with the trucks I've had I've noticed that too. I think those leaf springs just let the butt sag after years of use. One side sitting lower (left to right) is odd though... First place to look is a broken spring, I'd say.... and xntrik is right, it could be a coil in the front as well...

How does the car handle? Does it pull, is it loose on the highway? What does the tire wear look like?

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Shocks don't hold up weight. Only dampen spring action.

Skip the lift kit, it will not fix the problem of one side lower than the other.

It could be the front spring making the rear end one side lower.

I've seen people switch the springs right to left. And NO, it probably won't hang the other way because the left side of the vehicle is probably heavier.
Thinking back, years ago I saw a brand new Ford LTD that hung to the driver's side about 5/8 inch at the wheel wells. We installed new rear coils, no help, then new front coils, no help. We ended up installing a coil spreader in the left front spring and it cured it. Everybody was happy, even though it was a "non standard" cure. Last time I saw the car it had 70,000 miles on it and still had the spreader.
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Most cars, over the years, develop a driver's side droop since that is where there is always an extra 100-400 pounds of driver every time the car is in use.
In some communities cars seen to have a driver's side and tail droop. This from carrying driver's always and huge quantities of dope or fat women in the trunk or back seat. Small cars usually show this droop before larger cars, i.e the Geo Metro Convertible owned by the fat guy next door VS the Impala SS across the street driven by the widow Weaver.
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The spring is probably sagging, best bet is to replace, most places that re-arch will not gurantee it and I was told by a guy who has been in the spring industry for 30 years swapping springs is a waste of time.
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:38 PM
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You see this a lot on older Jeeps, the springs just get tired. The lift kit cured my problem, and it sure looks cool.
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You see this a lot on older Jeeps, the springs just get tired. The lift kit cured my problem, and it sure looks cool.
which jeep do you have? what lift kit? I was thinkin about the 2" kit with new leafs and coils (no shackles or donut spacers)... 1996 Cherokee

It's a lot pricer than the basic shackles or AAL (add a leaf) kits, but new springs ought to fix the tired ones, im thinkin. If it sits crooked, I'll try the other ways people have suggested here.

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:55 AM
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I got the 2" kit from 4wd.com, they are reasonable and good to work with. I would do this rather than add a leaf, then you have new springs that should be good for a long time. Mine was for a wrangler.

My catalogs don't show any Cherokee stuff, but search the web, there are some kits out there. 4wd Hardware offers a 3" kit, Tuff Country a 3.5", Old Man Emu a 2.5".... those are reputable names. $500-$700 and you have confidence in your suspension pieces for 10 or 15 years.
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I have to agee with what Pasadenahotrod said. sagging on the drivers side is usually due to the rig only having the driver in it most of the time. bigger the driver, more noticable the sag. I weigh 260 so I know from where I speak buy from years of experience working on front ends and suspensions I can safely tell you that a lot of vehicles don't sit square from the day they left the factory.

Park the jeep on a level area, Bounce the corners by hand a bit to settle it out and then measure it at all 4 corners, same spot on each wheel well works good, then see exactly what the difference is and go from there.

The lift kit with it's new springs should fix it or if you don't want to lift it take it to a good spring shop and have them rework the springs.
Most major cities have at least one automotive spring shop around.
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