Camping TJ suspension/payload question - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today



Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-17-2017, 12:08 AM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
sls77066's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 86
sls77066 is on a distinguished road
Camping TJ suspension/payload question

Hey guys. For those of you who use your Jeep as an expedition vehicle what kind of suspension systems do you use? I have a stock 4L manual TJ I want to beef up. Lift and add some bigger rubber. My concern is more the amount of weight I can carry without sagging in the rear. Not the ammount of flex or articulation I can get. I'm a backpacker so I know how to pack light/minimal, but I'm sure there will be some comfort items, including another person. I see OME has a heavy duty option but is limited to 2" I'm trying to run 33s so that and a 1" BL might get me by. I also emailed zone and they said their front spring is rated to 158lbs and the rear 200.

Am I better off purchasing higher rated springs separately and putting together my own kit? I haven't found a "kit" yet that would suit my needs. What about spacers or airbags? I don't really know much about those.

With this build I am also factoring in the cost of an SYE/driveshaft and regearing.

Please excuse my ignorance. Still learning here. Any advice would be much appreciated before I max out my credit cards
sls77066 is offline   Quote
Old 02-17-2017, 09:49 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
T.Wagner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 1,284
T.Wagner is on a distinguished road
If you call DPG off-road I believe that he (Drik I think is his name) can help you custom pick springs to match your payload. I think they sell a lot of OME lift kits which many consider the best for smaller lifts.

__________________
2005 Jeep Wrangler X
4.0L / 6-speed
31s on 2" BDS Lift
Front Aussie/Rear TrueTrac
T.Wagner is offline   Quote
Old 02-17-2017, 12:28 PM
Thread Starter
  #3
Jeeper
 
sls77066's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 86
sls77066 is on a distinguished road
Thanks I'll give that a shot. I've definitely been looking at the ome ultimate kit. 1,400 is a lot but hey you get what you pay for I suppose.

Are there any downsides to using spacers if I notice some sagging?
sls77066 is offline   Quote
 
Old 02-17-2017, 01:17 PM   #4
Mostly old school..!

5-Year WF Supporting Member
 
Water Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Now searching for rocks in Sumner, TX
Posts: 12,149
Water Dog is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by sls77066 View Post
Thanks I'll give that a shot. I've definitely been looking at the ome ultimate kit. 1,400 is a lot but hey you get what you pay for I suppose.

Are there any downsides to using spacers if I notice some sagging?
Normally a 1" leveling spacer is not a big deal, but call DPG, and talk to Dirk. If you go to their higher spring rates in the rear, it may be just what you need. Add a 1.25" body lift and the OME springs should be fine for your 33's.
__________________
Dennis
Water Dog is offline   Quote
Old 02-17-2017, 01:38 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
ooohhhno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: St. George, UT - jeeping heaven
Posts: 45
ooohhhno is on a distinguished road
Hi,

I have an 04 TJ with a 2" TeraFlex BB (spacers) with original springs and Teraflex 9500vss shocks. The shocks are not heavy duty, just an average decent shock for the TJ. Have a winch and heavy bumper on front and a heavy rear bumper with hitch on the rear. 31" tires. My wife and I in the front and a 70 lb dog in the back along with all our 4x4 gear in the back (at least 100 lbs of gear). We don't seem to have sag. Shocks ride well, firm but not hard riding by any means. I would think with some good heavy-duty shocks you probably wouldn't have to worry about anything other than your original springs. Just my opinion with my experience with my TJ and an older TJ I use to own. As far as airbags go, that may be over-kill. I have never bottomed out yet.

Stan
04 TJ
ooohhhno is offline   Quote
Old 02-17-2017, 03:37 PM
Thread Starter
  #6
Jeeper
 
sls77066's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 86
sls77066 is on a distinguished road
I emailed Dirk, he said we can speak monday when he's back in the office but they can definitely help me find the appropriate springs to accommodate me. Yea airbags might be overkill if I can just get some heavier springs. Not like I plan on hauling cement blocks or anything, so some good springs should do the trick.

Thanks all.

sls77066 is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:43 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner