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Old 07-24-2014, 10:28 PM   #1
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Softest riding shock for 4" lifted YJ

Can anyone tell me what the absolute softest riding shock would be for a YJ w/4" lift kit? Im not sure what brand the lift kit is I bought it with it already installed. It rides pretty rough right now so I thought Id start by changing the shocks first and see e ht that does.

Thanks any help is appreciated

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Old 07-25-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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Springs and shocks work together - it's more likely that your springs are causing the rough ride. To test, just take your shocks off and go for a short (and careful) drive. It'll tell you immediately if its the springs.

BDS, OME and Rubicon Express springs are all frequently recommended.

OME and Bilstein shocks are also frequently recommended.

I have Rubicon Express 2.5" springs + Bilstein shocks, and am very happy with the ride.

Lower lift springs will have less arch and flex more and give you a softer ride. You may want to consider dropping down to 2.5" springs + 1" body lift + lift shackles if the soft ride is very important to you.

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Old 07-25-2014, 08:09 AM   #3
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if you have the money king or fox dual resivor shocks will help.. As you can adjust them with a knob turn to how u want..
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
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Changing the shocks will not take the stiffness out of the ride.

A shock is designed to limit the speed on the movement of the spring. If the springs aren't moving due to they are a 4" lift spring, the most expensive shock in the world isn't going to help 1 bit.

Stan had it correct when he posted about BDS, OME, RE, and the likes. You pay a lot more money for a lift kit from these companies, mainly because they use a better style spring. One that has the amount of lift needed and still has good flex.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:29 AM   #5
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the guys are right, if your springs are stiff then new shocks won't help much, now if your ride is bouncy then shocks will help. don't forget the other cause of a rough ride like tire pressure to high, froze bushings in the leaf springs or track bars, shackles bolts torqued to high, etc.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:09 AM   #6
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That's why I decided to go with the 2" zone lift. I hear those BDS springs are nice and comfy and buy 3" lift over worn-in stockers. Plenty for my 31" Cepek tires.
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They are right that there is no substitute for quality springs, but till you fix that here are some things to check.
Take your track bars off and throw them in the trash

Make sure your spring bushings aren't binding or even rusted solid (as were mine) get greasable shackle bolts

Put locking nuts on your shackle bolts and don't over tighten them, many shackle bolt inserts do not stick out further than bushing so when the shackle bolt is tightened down it locks the bolt and bushing against the shackle allowing no flex or movement.

There are other things like opening up the spring clamps and putting a bolt through the ears of the clamp to allow spring seperation, but try these first and see if they help.

BTW you can't beat Bilstein shocks....well, maybe Fox is close, but I'd still do Bilstein.
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They are right that there is no substitute for quality springs, but till you fix that here are some things to check.
Take your track bars off and throw them in the trash

Make sure your spring bushings aren't binding or even rusted solid (as were mine) get greasable shackle bolts

Put locking nuts on your shackle bolts and don't over tighten them, many shackle bolt inserts do not stick out further than bushing so when the shackle bolt is tightened down it locks the bolt and bushing against the shackle allowing no flex or movement.

There are other things like opening up the spring clamps and putting a bolt through the ears of the clamp to allow spring seperation, but try these first and see if they help.

BTW you can't beat Bilstein shocks....well, maybe Fox is close, but I'd still do Bilstein.
All of these things sound like they could help out Ill try some of them and keep you guys posted.

You mentioned throwing the track bars in the trash whats the main benefit of doing this? I wondered why it had them anyway seeing as its a leaf spring vehicle, are they just for extra support?

BTW Im no newbie when it comes to suspension Im just a newbie when it comes to Jeeps, this is my first one. THANKS for all the help
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:18 AM   #9
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I removed the track bars made a huge difference, thanks for the suggestion. Gonna get some Bilstein shocks next.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:45 PM   #10
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The track bars were jeeps answer to the threat of lawsuit because of jeeps roll over numbers. Put an idiot behind the wheel of a short wheelbase high sitting jeep and roll over is a problem if you drive it like a Porsche, drive it like a jeep and no problem. The YJ was jeeps answer, track bars, wider longer stance than CJ's, lower profile. So what did us Jeep lover do????? remove the track bars, lift the jeep and take our YJ's anywhere we want.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:44 AM   #11
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One thing that was mentioned that WILL cause a rough ride id the shackle bolts. Check them and make sure they aren't torqued too tight as that WILL cause the suspension to NOT move properly. If they were torqued without the weight of the Jeep on the suspension, that'll also cause stiff ride/binding. Check your specs and check the torque on them.

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