View Full Version : leafs in a cherokee?

08-02-2006, 06:54 PM
is it even remotley possible to have front leafs in a cherokee and have it structurally sound? i'm gonna look at one that has the swap done, i'm new to jeeps, so i don't quite know my $hit yet. seems like an extreme thing to do on a unibody.

08-02-2006, 08:05 PM

Work in progress, looks like it should be a nice setup he has.

08-02-2006, 08:58 PM
Here is some information about Leaves

Here is what a friend of mine did after someone else started a leaf conversion.


Mike's is a better plan IMHO

08-02-2006, 09:08 PM
Ah, the debate as to of why to or not... Hmm.

Anyways, just to point it out, the first link is NOT a cherokee [22]

But close enough.

Anyways, NAXJA has the better information on how to. But I figure it's pretty much self-explainitory as long as you build it right. Helpful, aren't I?

08-02-2006, 09:23 PM
which link is not a Cherokee?

There is alot that can be done badly... if you want leaf springs buy somthing with leaf springs

08-02-2006, 09:38 PM

Work in progress, looks like it should be a nice setup he has.

That, is, as near as I can tell, not a cherokee. [f]

08-02-2006, 10:20 PM
thanks guys, just wanted to check if it was one of those things that is an extremley bad thing to do, but it looks like a few people have done it, with good results.

I like the idea of leafs, I know how leafs work, and I also haven't done anything with coils yet. Leafs are simple, and less expensive. I could go on a rant for a while, but then some TJ owner would go on an eaqually long rant, and then it just gets ugly.

08-02-2006, 10:33 PM
Research a bunch. It'll save you much pain.

08-02-2006, 10:47 PM
I run a CJ with leaf springs and wheeled coil sprung rigs so when I say why would you want to get rid of coil springs when the truck is already equipped with them is beyond me, I am speaking with experience, I would much rather have coils in a trail truck even in a mud truck (just the link set configuration and spring rate would be different than trail set ups) granted the Jeep link configuration is not the best but switch it to long radius style arms and keep the coils will still work better than leaf springs will IMO. My next buildup is gonna be with coils and radius arm frt and triangulated 4 link rear in a CJ 7 body

08-03-2006, 10:13 PM
the swap has already been done, i'm just looking at the truck as a possibility for a new toy. its hard to not look at a jeep with 10in lift and a 350

08-03-2006, 11:13 PM
Hmmm, I must have missed the part that says "this is not a Cherokee, just looks like one"! :D

So, it's a Commanche then? Besides a box, what's the difference? Still unibody, right?

08-04-2006, 03:45 PM
From about half way through the doors foreward they are almost identical to a 4-dr cherokee. From there back they get a little funny. The uniframe widens, then all of a sudden it becomes a full frame when the cab ends!

Maybe you can see:


The rear end really has nothing in common with cherokees.

But for the sake of the front leafs, it is a cherokee. There is a few differences in the stock LCA mounts, but they're cut off anyways.

08-04-2006, 04:09 PM
the truck you are looking at irs red?
if so it was built buy tim built toys has toyota diffs and has been owned buy two of my frends