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Old 10-01-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question how to make a TJ handle rough roads ?

I need help trying to figure out what I can do to make our '01 TJ handle rough, rutted roads much better than it does.

it slams from side to side pretty badly on the rough stuff. I know I should find softer and longer springs, and great shocks, but what should I do with the sway bars, disconnect them, or find lighter ones?

and will flex arms help at all?

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Dropping the tire pressure to around 15 to 20 on rough roads make all the difference. Also, if your suspension is too tight, it might not get better.

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Old 10-01-2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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coilovers, hhmmm.... good idea. have to see what the cost is to get the cutting and welding done.
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It's kinda high.
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:55 PM   #6
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Go to leaf springs......
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:20 PM   #7
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They say the H-3's handle those types of roads really well....

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Put it in drive and go. Works every time.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:35 PM   #9
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rough, rutted roads much better than it does.

If you're on that kind of road how much comfort do you want?
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I have my front sway bar disconnected. It was quite an improvement as ride quality goes.. (just drive a bit slower untill you're used to it)

The best improvement was when driving on surfaces that change angle side to side quite a bit. Instead of it all moving with the road, it shifts side to side a lot less so it rides a lot smoother. I'd say disconnect it and see how you like it (just be careful when getting used to the swaying)

The rear sway bar is quite soft so i didnt bother messing with that one.
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I don't even connect my sway bars anymore. I like the ride better on and off road.
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I don't even connect my sway bars anymore. I like the ride better on and off road.
Exactly my point Its a jeep after all you're not suppose to corner at full speed.. turn w/ the the speed written in the yellow signs and you'll be happy.
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Dropping the tire pressure to around 15 to 20 on rough roads make all the difference. Also, if your suspension is too tight, it might not get better.
Would have to agree here. Would say the number one thing you can do is drop the PSI. I usually run in the 11-13 range (and don't have bead locks yet). Undoing the front swaybar will help also, but tire pressure would be my first suggestion.
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But dropping the tire pressure will lower mpg though correct?
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But dropping the tire pressure will lower mpg though correct?
Absolutely.

Certainly would not suggest running low pressure onroad. We are talking offroad, right?

Low PSI onroad would lower mpg and would make for a potentially dangerous ride: it'll feel like you are sloshing around while driving. I've done it by accident before and it is not a fun feeling.
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You can run w/ out a sway bar on and offroad...
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i drap my air pressure down th 12 psi it works good and the fox racing shocks help a lot
not to mention the terra flex gives a very soft ride
if I ride the pavement with my sway bar disconnected it feels like I'm going to roll on a right or left hand turn (no faster then 3mph)

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