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Old 09-03-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Question HarsH Ride After Lift

I just installed a 2" Mopar lift kit (gained more like 2.7" in the front) on my 2013 JK Unlimited Saraha. The kit included performance shock, coil springs, adjustable track bar, steering dapening kit, and adjustments to correct the caster angle etc. All of the research I did said that this kit would improve both on and off road performance. However, this is not the case. What used to be a nice riding Jeep is now harsh and bumpy. You feel every road imperfection and bounce around over things like expansion joints. Is there anything I can do, short of replacing the shocks and/or coils, to improve the ride or is that how it will be with the lift kit I chose? It does not look like a AEV Geo-correction bracket is necessary as my lift should have kit corrected the angles. I am still running the original wheels and tires (at the recommended PSI) and plan on replacing them soon, but need to recharge the bank account before I can do any more modifications.

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Give it a little time, it will soften up a bit once the springs settle. By "improved" they may have meant the performance not the comfort. It probably doesnt dive as much braking or have as much body roll in turns. Go take a 90 degree corner at 30 mph and see how it feels. I bet more secure than it did before the lift.

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It will ride more firmly than what it did before. More like a Jeep than a car
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Most likely the shocks are the problem. I had the same issue with the Teraflex shocks that came with my lift kit. I ended up replacing it with Rancho and it helped tremendously.
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Most likely the shocks are the problem. I had the same issue with the Teraflex shocks that came with my lift kit. I ended up replacing it with Rancho and it helped tremendously.
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Give it a little time, it will soften up a bit once the springs settle. By "improved" they may have meant the performance not the comfort. It probably doesnt dive as much braking or have as much body roll in turns. Go take a 90 degree corner at 30 mph and see how it feels. I bet more secure than it did before the lift.
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Most likely the shocks are the problem. I had the same issue with the Teraflex shocks that came with my lift kit. I ended up replacing it with Rancho and it helped tremendously.
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if it still "harsh" after 1k or so miles, then lean towards the shocks being the culprit. Right now its hard to tell.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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The performance aspect is definitely improved, especially when cornering. I just did not expect it to take such a toll on the comfort aspect. It went from riding like any other SUV to riding like a stereotypical Jeep (hard and bouncy). Hopefully, it will settle down as mentioned in some of the other responses to this thread -- or I get used to it. If not, I will look into changing the shocks.
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Did you do wheels or tires with the lift?
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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No wheels or tires yet. If it would help ride, I would consider doing the upgrade sooner.
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Just curious why the kit would include caster correction (cam bolts?) at only 2" of lift.
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Just curious why the kit would include caster correction (cam bolts?) at only 2" of lift.
Not sure why but description said "adjustable alignment cams (at lower link arms-to-axel attachment points) correct caster angle".
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:02 PM   #12
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Did you get a front end alignment? Also give it time. I installed a 2" bds lift and did not like the ride after the install. but about a 1000 mile it ran great. Kind of Stiff when installed
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #13
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Yes, I had an alignment. Hopefully it settles in like yours (and others') did. Handling is much better so if it softens up a bit, it will be great. I'll update the post as time goes on.
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I just installed the teraflex leveling kit (spacers and longer sway bar connects) and jumped up to 33.8inch km2s and it also rides a rougher too. Just wondering if waiting 1k miles if the ride would soften up a bit as well. Or change shocks? Love the setup so I don't wanna change height or anything like that
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I just installed the teraflex leveling kit (spacers and longer sway bar connects) and jumped up to 33.8inch km2s and it also rides a rougher too. Just wondering if waiting 1k miles if the ride would soften up a bit as well. Or change shocks? Love the setup so I don't wanna change height or anything like that
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #16
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Haven't checked em yet actually... I know they take up to 80psi
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I just installed the teraflex leveling kit (spacers and longer sway bar connects) and jumped up to 33.8inch km2s and it also rides a rougher too. Just wondering if waiting 1k miles if the ride would soften up a bit as well. Or change shocks? Love the setup so I don't wanna change height or anything like that
First thing to check is tire pressure. Let us know.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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Tires and tire pressure...it's the same shocks and springs.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #19
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the performance aspect is definitely improved, especially when cornering. I just did not expect it to take such a toll on the comfort aspect. It went from riding like any other suv to riding like a stereotypical jeep (hard and bouncy). Hopefully, it will settle down as mentioned in some of the other responses to this thread -- or i get used to it. If not, i will look into changing the shocks.
it's not just any other suv, it is a frikkin jeep...
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Tires and tire pressure...it's the same shocks and springs.
This... I set my Nitto Trail Grapler 35s at 28 psi and honestly it drives better than stock.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #21
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Yea just checked em. They were at max psi 80lbs! Got em at 50 now and it def rides better. Thanks fellas
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50 is still a little high I think. try somewhere between 34 and 38.
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80?!?!?!!? wtf.

Like Fernin said, somewhere mid 30's should be good.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #24
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Yea it rode like it had bricks for tires! I thought about it but I have the 3.8l and she's already lacking in power with what, 202hp? Ha. How's the lower psi affect tread wear?
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Yikes 50 psi is still way too high. I recommend a max of the factory 35 and that is still even too high, somewhere around 30 would be best.
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28psi, you'll think you're in a Cadillac..

It should also help prevent premature tire wear(i.e. the center treads)

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