Originally Posted by 4Jeepn
Well 1st, welcome and congrats on the cj. Post some pic's and we can help ya out a bit more. As for the SOA in the rear, you also need to think about some sort of traction bar back there, or when you do go offroad bad things will happen. Do the schackles look to be stock or after market.. either way are they real long or short? How about the shocks.. good condition or junk? CJ-5 can be a great trail jeep or driver.. my guess is that your ride issues are a combination stiff springs and bad shocks..
Thanks for welcoming me, and thanks for responding.
The springs are definitely not
stock. I would have to assume they are about 4" because it has 33s with no problems and a stock body mount height. Also, I bet the shocks are probably poor, too. But I think the main problem is that the springs are very very stiff, and with max weight on wheels or all weight off
wheels only shows about 1 inch of change in spring height. Furthermore, with one rear wheel 11-12" off ground, the other wheel does not get traction. No articulation whatsoever.
My first idea was to go to stock springs and get my lift from a SOA setup instead, hoping to keep same overall height, but with stock ride. Since then I have heard that axle wrap and wheel hop can be a serious concern. I now think that the way to go may be to just go with a better design lift spring (4" SuperLift SoftRides?) and hope to see a change in ride quality and flex.
My only problem now is to figure out what my present lift is, since I don't want to change the front out (seems to ride fine) at the moment. I wish I knew what the distance between frame and axle was on stock CJ springs for comparison, but so far cannot find a resource for that. If anyone knows, please post?