Sorry for the late reply! First off, congratulations on your purchase. I don't know why, but owning and driving my old Jeep is so satisfying. I'm sure you feel the same way.
I am very happy with my setup. I wanted something that left the Jeep with a look similar to stock, but with just a bit more clearance. The 30x9.5 tires have been perfect for me. No rubbing at all, even when the suspension is fully compressed.
The springs have been amazing and look/feel just like new. If I was to do it again, I would ask Alcan to add a little more rake in the rear, like you mentioned. But, I am totally happy with my setup. Here's what I'd do, if I was to order a set of Alcans and I lived all the way in AUS. I would pull a rear leaf pack off and get the eye-to-eye measurement as well and the vertical measurement of the spring. I would use that to help Bill (at Alcan) ensure that you get the right length. I think there are minor variances in spring length over the years and his database (3x5 card hand written in the 80s) showed a shorter eye-to-eye than mine but about 2 inches. Long story short, if you both agree on what that measurement is, before he makes the springs, it will probably save you the headache.
On shocks, I've been running some inexpensive Gabriel Guardian shocks. I'm happy with them but they aren't a fancy shock by any means. In the past, I have run Bilstein 5100 and 7100 series shocks. They were good too. None of the shock setups I've had so far have impressed me to the point of making me a true fan yet. I'm going to try some custom valved Icon shocks on my Land Cruiser here soon. If that doesn't work, I think I'll just run cheap shock from there on out.
Post up and let me know if you have any questions and I'll be sure to get back to you! By the way, I just took the Waggy out of winter storage last weekend so I'll be doing more Jeep stuff soon!
Hi Lumpski, I'm located in Australia and have recently purchased a 1982 NT Cherokee 4 door, 360, 727, NP208. It's a one owner, 130,000km no rust with a set of 235/75 R15's dated 1989 and still have 40% tread. I've spent a few hours looking over your very impressive and informative thread, you certainly go on some nice road trips!
I'm considering a lift on my rig and will most likely copy your 2" Alcan with 30 X 9.5" tires. I just have a few questions if that's ok.
Did the 30" tires rub before you installed the lift? I'm a bit concerned about driving around on my 30 year old tires, the Alcan Springs will take about 3 months to fabricate and ship to Australia.
Are you happy with the lift and tire size combo?
You added a leaf on the rear from your old Spring pack to increase the rake. Are you happy with that or would you recommend requesting Alcan to add the 1/2" into the rear springs?
I'm a bit concerned about the problem you had fitting the rear springs. Did Alcan have any reason the main leaves were the wrong size? I won't be able to drive them back like you did so I need to be very accurate with my order
Any other tip you have would be greatly appreciated, shocks, bushings etc.
Thanks in advance,
1989 Grand Wagoneer - Rebuilt 360, 2" Alcans, 10" travel Gabriel Guadian shocks.
1996 Land Cruiser - 1HD-T Diesel, Gturbo (23psi), Wholesale Automatics 442f, F/R ARBs, 35" Duratracs, ARB Rear Bumper, OME 2" lift, home built sliders and aluminum belly skid
2000 Honda Civic - Integra GSR engine, transmission, shift linkage and axles, 200hp, 33 combined mpg
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 - 437hp/447ft-lb