I researched leaf springs extensively before I decided upon the Skyjacker springs. I was looking
for the softest spring rates that I could find because I really liked the factory ride quality. Most
aftermarket manufacturers sell springs with mugh higher spring rates than the factory, and many of them
don't include the nice features found on the factory springs. Things like anti-friction pads, tapered
leaves, loose clamps, etc, are left off of some aftermarket springs. Check out my spring rate page here.
I'm very pleased with the Skyjacker springs as they are well made and include anti-friction pads, tapered
leaves, and loose spring clamps. The spring clamps actually have about 1/2" of vertical space to let the
leaves fan out during extension. But as you can see in the pics, the front of my Scrambler isn't 2" higher
than before the lift. Skyjacker sells a fitted add-a-leaf that I might try, but using it will increase
the spring rate.
I also installed the Skyjacker 2" double-disconnect swaybar links which should allow much more wheel
travel on the front axle. With the potential for more wheel travel, I also needed longer shocks. I
found a pair of shocks at NAPA for the rear which have 10" of travel and bolted in without modification.
Then I swapped the stock rear shocks, which have about 8" of travel, to the front. My axles have
spring-over perches welded on the axle tubes which act like bumpstop extensions of about 3/4" so the
rear shocks, having a longer compressed length than the factory front shocks, should work well on the front.