I know Rancho makes a 3" kit for Grands but I saw on their aplicaation guide it looks like they have a part number for a 2" spring as well. Does anyone know if this actually exists? Is anyone running this spring? Any info would be helpful. Thanks.
Why go to the expense and effort to only put a 2" spring on. If you only want 2" of lift get a Teraflex Budget Boost. Easier job and very likely will much less. The Rancho springs don't have a real good reputation anyway.
I have the Rancho system. They give you an option to have 3" in the front and 2" in the rear. I went with this selection and have had no problems with it so far. I also tow a 21 foot Stratus bass boat with a 225 hp Johnson on the back and it didn't weigh down the springs that much at all. I went with the 2 in the rear because I didn't want to ride around with the bottom-end sitting up. If you measure a stock ZJ, the rear is 1/2" higher than the front anyway. So therefore, the front of mine is now 1/2 inch higher than the rear. Looks more level now though because of the slanted window style the ZJ has.
I ran the Rancho 3" on my '95 ZJ for about 4 years w/ no problems. It had sagged just a little to about 2.5" in that amount of time. I really liked it b/c the springs were stiffer and made the ZJ handle a lot more sporty on the road. I also ran RS9k's. Lots of people don't like Rancho, but of the people I know who've ran the kit.. nobody has complained about it's performance.
I just replaced the 2" Rancho rears with my 4.0L stock, non-Up Country fronts (which resulted in about 3.5" over stock in the rear). I personally like the look of being a little higher in the rear than the front (like a stock ZJ). The stock fronts in the rear seem to be a little stiffer than the Rancho 2" springs, and the only other difference I have noticed is that I didn't have noticeable axle shift with the 2" Rancho springs, but I do with the stock fronts. Other than that, mine is pretty much the Rancho kit - control arms, front springs, and RS5000 shocks. I had some initial alignment issues, but 3 trips back to the shop and they got it right. I would have loved to do RE, Teraflex, or Rusty's, but the Rancho kit works just fine for the mild 'wheeling I do and the 24 mile commute I have every day.
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