I am rebuilding a 1988 YJ. I have replaced the entire suspension with new springs, shocks, etc. HOWEVER, it seems you can feel every pebble you hit on the road! How can I make this a more comfortable "street" ride yet let me do some light "mudding". I am not into rock-climbing!
Experiment with the tire pressures. You don't have to run the max recommended which is what most places air you up to. My 88 on a RC lift runs at 30 lbs and no trac bars. More comfortable than 35 psi. Loosen up your shackles and cycle the suspension find a curb or a big rock and get them to flex. Retorque on the ground at 45 ft/lbs. I found the stock shackles just didn't seem to flex so I bought some booms and after install it was a real noticeable difference. On the trail I get down as low as 15 usually 20 psi to save my sidewalls or a belt separrating. It is a matter of experimentation on your Jeep and your lift to get the comfort.
89 2.5 TBI, 4" RC lift, 1" Booms, SYE, Adams Driveshafts front and rear, Ford 8.8 with 4:88s, BFG 33X12.50X15, and a ton of other stuff.
Thanks a lot! changing the torque on the shackles helped a lot. I tried taking off the Track Bars but put them back on as I didn't feel comfortable with the ride. Like someone said: IT'S A JEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I love it!
Nitro shocks or heavy duty shocks can cause a hard ride too. Some of the lift kits come with shocks that are too stiff for a 2900 lb. Wrangler. I found reg. hydraulic shocks gave mine a much better ride. I also removed my front track bar permanently, I only remove the rear track bar when off roading, due to the roads where I live are very curvy. So with the front sway bar and rear track bar installed , it handles much better on the roads. I also never run more than 28-30 psi tire pressure. 15-20 lbs. when off roading
Just keep in mind that a Jeep Wrangler does not weigh much, just 2950lbs. stock, so it requires less tire pressure, spring capacity, shock pressure, etc. than say a 5000# plus truck.
Although I personally run my 3/8ths thick, custom made, greasable shackles torqued at 35-40 lbs., I personally do not see where shackle bolt torque would effect ride that much, due to the fact the pin rotates inside the bushing and the Shackle Bolt torque is applied against the outer ends of the bushing pin, not the bushing or the leaf spring. Now, stock shackles are rounded, concave, and shaped to the stock bushing, so I could see that maybe making a difference with torque settings.
94' YJ Sahara 4.0, AX15, Dana 30&35, 2.5" spring lift, 31x10.50's on 15x10's Smitty XRC Front bumper,XRC 8000lb. winch, Smitty Rock Crawler Classic rear bumper,Smitty soft top and pocket brief top, poly bushings throughout..considering SBC transplant.
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