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Old 08-12-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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softer suspension

I like to ride the dirt roads in the mountains nothing real rough. The suspension on my jeep beats me to death. Ideas on a cheap way to make it a little more comfortable ride. 89 yj with small body lift

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Old 08-12-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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I got a 92 and it rides terrible. If u get a lift u can get easy ride springs which I believe will help a lot.

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Old 08-12-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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what shocks are you running right now? its a leaf sprung rig its never going to be soft or smooth
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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Stop hauling butt and slow down.

The more you offroad, the softer the suspension will get. If it's a stock Jeep and it hasn't really ever been offroad-ed then the springs are going to be stiff.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:20 PM   #5
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Buy a Buick.

J/k, honestly the tires you choose will make a big difference. A tire with a lighter load rating will have a softer sidewall and a smoother ride.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Throw the torsion bars in the trash.Leave the front sway bar connected.I have had mine set up this way for a long time.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:40 AM   #7
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^ tracbars, yjs don't have torsion bars
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #8
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Air your tires down or do a soa lift with either stock springs or old man emue springs
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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I'd run a rancho shock that is adjustable. Try running it down the rough roads without shocks and see if that's the issue.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:06 PM   #10
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First reduce the air pressure in the tyres and see how that hoes.

If that doesn't work take the pressure back up and check the alignment, especially the castor, at full tyre pressure.

If that don't work, see your shock and spring specialist
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:07 PM   #11
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Have someone look at your shackles while you jump on the bumper. If they are not moving it's an issue may be seized up. They should pivot along with some deflection in the spring.

The suggestion to air down is a must good compressor $100 plus deflator $35.

Stock shocks don't do it try something better I got Billstien 5100s $275 delivered from a guy named Kolak@aol.com

Maybe some new comfortable seats???

If you lift it all there are a couple brands with good rides.
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:18 PM   #12
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Any lift spring, even if they "claim" soft ride, will ride stiffer than a stock spring. Because it's an ached spring. Arched means stiffness.

Taking the track bars off will allow for better articulation, but it doesn't do a whole lot to change the ride on a stock suspension.

Airing down on the tires helps a little too, but it doesn't change the stiffness of the springs.

You have 2 choices, sell the YJ and buy a TJ or JK, cause they have coils and provide a much better ride. OR...Deal with what you have.

You have a YJ, it rides like a tank, has the aerodynamics of a brick, and usually has something wrong with it. You aren't going to get a car style ride, You aren't going to get miraculous fuel mileage, and you are going to be constantly dumping money into it.
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Any lift spring, even if they "claim" soft ride, will ride stiffer than a stock spring. Because it's an ached spring. Arched means stiffness.

Taking the track bars off will allow for better articulation, but it doesn't do a whole lot to change the ride on a stock suspension.

Airing down on the tires helps a little too, but it doesn't change the stiffness of the springs.

You have 2 choices, sell the YJ and buy a TJ or JK, cause they have coils and provide a much better ride. OR...Deal with what you have.

You have a YJ, it rides like a tank, has the aerodynamics of a brick, and usually has something wrong with it. You aren't going to get a car style ride, You aren't going to get miraculous fuel mileage, and you are going to be constantly dumping money into it.
I agree
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:05 PM   #14
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Everything said here are great suggestions. I took off my track bars, run 30 psi in the tires and I replaced my shocks with cheap Monroe Matics from O'Reillys. It really softened up the ride (as much as a leaf can be soft). Mind you I am running a stock suspension. I must have read a 1000 posts on shocks. Cheapo worked best for the road. May not hold up so well off road though.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #15
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Make sure your shackle bolts aren't zinging tight to allow them to actually move

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