How to Convert the Coil Springs in a Jeep CJ7

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The Jeep CJ, also known as the Civilian Jeep, is a compact SUV that was manufactured as a military vehicle and as an off-road vehicle. To get more handling out of your Jeep CJ, you can upgrade the coil springs. To enhance the handling of the CJ and to convert the coil springs, you will have to remove several components first to gain access to the Jeep's coil springs. Performing a coil spring conversion on the Jeep CJ is a fairly straightforward job requiring some basic tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack stands
  • Lug nut tool
  • Wrench
  • Coil spring compressor
  • Torque wrench
  • Park your CJ on a level surface.

  • Raise the hood and prop it open. Remove the upper stud nut, retainer and grommet from the CJ's struts, using a wrench.

  • Raise your CJ's front end with a jack. Position jack stands under the front end of the vehicle for support.

  • Remove the front wheels from your CJ by unscrewing the lug nuts, using a lug nut wrench.

  • Remove the sway bar links using a wrench. Remove your CJ's front shock absorbers.

  • Remove the coil spring clip away from your CJ's coil spring seat, using a wrench. Slide the coil spring off.

  • Attach the new coil spring using a coil spring compressor. Tighten the spring using your hands. Attach a coil spring clamp. Tighten the spring clip bolt at 16 foot-pounds using a torque wrench.

  • Reattach the shock absorbers and the wheels. Lower your CJ off of the jack stands. Reattach the sway bar links, upper stud nut, retainer and grommet. Close your CJ's hood.

References

  • "Jeep CJ-7: Haynes Service and Repair Manual"; John H. Haynes
  • Photo Credit extreme off-road image by krysek from Fotolia.com
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