Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1984-1998

Leaf Springs

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Removal & Installation



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the Cherokee/Wagoneer rear suspension



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the Comanche rear suspension

Leaf springs are used on Cherokee, Wagoneer and Comanche models.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Be sure to support the rear axle with a jackstand

  1. Take up the weight of the axle with a floor jack.
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  3. Disconnect the shock absorbers at the axle.
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  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar links (if equipped) at the spring plate.
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  7. Remove the spring bracket U-bolts and spring plates.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the rear spring-to-shackel bolt ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then the front spring-to-shackel bolt

  1. Remove the rear spring-to-shackle bolt, then the front spring-to-shackle bolt.
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  3. Lower the axle and remove the spring.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Position the spring on the axle, then align the ends of the spring with the shackles.
  2.  
  3. Install the shackle bolts, then the spring bracket U-bolts. Tighten the shackle bolts to 111 ft. lbs. (151 Nm) on 1984-88 models, 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm) on 1989 models and 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) on 1990-98 models. Tighten the U-bolt nuts to 52 ft. lbs. (71 Nm) for Cherokee and Wagoneer or 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm) on Comanche.
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  5. Connect the stabilizer bar to the spring plate.
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  7. Connect the shock absorbers to the axle.
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  9. Install the wheels, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Double check the tightness of the fasteners.
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