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Old 01-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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How does your lifted TJ ride? Best lift shocks/springs

Hey everyone I want to know how your lifted TJs ride on and off road, what lift kits you have, and what you think is the best lift kit or spring/shock combination.

My tj is a 98 that came with an unidentified 4 inch lift when i bought it. I have taken out the transmission drop, put in a Tom woods driveshaft and SYE, and control arms. Frankly im posting today to say my tj rides like crap, i feel every single flaw in the road and it really feels like my frame is welded to the axles. Offroad is ok but Its time to upgrade, i really think this lift might just be something someone took off a truck and put on because it is unreal how stiff it rides.

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I purchased my TJ and it came with a 3.5" suspension lift from an unknown brand. The PO had recently installed ProComp ES3000 shocks on the Jeep. The Jeep rides like crap as well, similar to what you are describing. The ES3000 procomps are good for offroading, which I do little of, and are designed for heavier vehicles IMO. I will tough it out until I can't stand it anymore and then buy a set of Rancho9000XL shocks (the adjustable ones) to soften up the ride. My current set up would be considered "jarring". For example, going over those little mini speed bumps, instead of the shocks absorbing the majority of the speed bump, my entire Jeep simply lifts skyward and slams back down on the asphalt. Not pleasant.

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Old 01-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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My zone 4.25" kit rides great...

top two shocks i read about are Rancho's and OME
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:01 PM   #5
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i have a 4 inch procomp and the ride is a little harder than stock, but it was on the cheap side only $600 installed. it does ok offroad so i'm happy with it for now
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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Im debating on buying a whole new kit, it probably couldn't hurt... Those ranchos are pretty pricey, but the way it rides I honestly think it will save me the money on having to replace other parts!
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #7
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I just installed Ranchos last weekend. I think I finally have a setting that suits me. 5 up front and 4 in the back. I might still play around at bit with those numbers to have fun.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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I've got a 2" BB on mine I think and it's kind of bouncy on the road. I'm saving for a OME lift eventually.
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I went with OME--the little lift---quoted at 2" closer to 3"--best mod I have done. Lasst GF preferred to ride in my TJ rather than her WJ, AFTER the lift and she had a bad back! 'nuff said
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:28 PM   #10
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if u drive on the road EVER stay away from pro comp es3000s horrible ride.
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I have a "custom" lift of crap I threw together 2 pro comp springs, 2 Rustys springs, and Trailmaster shocks...mine rides like $h!t. About as smooth as a skateboard on a gravel road
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I have the Rough Country 3.25 suspension lift with their 2.2 shocks, I HATE THE RIDE ON THE ROAD. The parking lot at my school has diagonal speed bumps, in a normal truck/suv they're annoying but tolerable. In my TJ, its like tectonic plates going 90 miles an hour are crashing into eachother under me.... DONT get this lift.
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I went with OME--the little lift---quoted at 2" closer to 3"--best mod I have done. Lasst GF preferred to ride in my TJ rather than her WJ, AFTER the lift and she had a bad back! 'nuff said
That's not how she got a bad back, ...just sayin'
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I went with OME--the little lift---quoted at 2" closer to 3"--best mod I have done. Lasst GF preferred to ride in my TJ rather than her WJ, AFTER the lift and she had a bad back! 'nuff said
That's confusing, you say it's the best mod you've ever done, but then you say the last GF now say's she had a bad back. so is that good or bad?
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My 04 Rubi has a 4.5" RE short arm lift it rides extreamly smooth once I removed the RE shocks and replaced with cheaper Skyjacker shocks. I am running BFG ATs 33.5 x15 which also help with a smooth ride. I am about to move up to 35s so I will see how it rides after they are imstalled.
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if u drive on the road EVER stay away from pro comp es3000s horrible ride.
^THIS!

Screw it this thread has convinced me. I am buying me some rancho9000XLs. What is the tax return for anyways?

To the poster who said they have the Ranchos already, how does it ride over potholes, and speedbumps, and does it feel like the body is going to roll over because of the spring rate?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:18 PM   #17
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I just put on a Zone 2" BB with Nitro shocks and love the ride. So much better then before.

I do hear a lot of good things about Rancho and OME but for the price I can't say enough great things about these Zones.
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Mine has an unknown lift and unknown shocks, I bought it that way. I'd guess the lift is probably Pro Comp, and the shocks are painted all black (they might be stock for all I know).

In any case, it rides a lot stiffer than I'd like, and I'm sure harsher than it could.

SYE/CV driveshaft is my first mod, shocks and control arms will be the second.
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^THIS!

Screw it this thread has convinced me. I am buying me some rancho9000XLs. What is the tax return for anyways?

To the poster who said they have the Ranchos already, how does it ride over potholes, and speedbumps, and does it feel like the body is going to roll over because of the spring rate?
You can adjust them to make any condition better. 9 settings 1 through 9 with 1 being the softest. The day I put them on I left them at the lowest setting and it rolled all over the place. Kinda scary when you take traffic circles fast. It was almost as bad as when I was driving without a front swaybar while my new links were in the mail. The next day, I put the front at 5 and left the rear on 1. It was much better but I found that when I stopped, the back bounced up and down for a second or so. I then set the back at 4 (left the front at 5) and I think that's my sweet spot. I'll probably do a little more tuning over the next week or so just to see if it can get better.


As for the potholes, I don't have many around me but the roads in the Baltimore area have to be some of the worst in the country. They are always getting torn up from plows and I swear there are a few speed bumps one part of a highway on my way to work that were not there before our earthquake last year. I'm not kidding. I've taken them at less than 20mph and they still hurt my back. They didn't feel too nice at 60mph either before I changed out my coils and shocks. Just changing they coils helped but the shocks helped a lot. Now those bumps are more like seams in the roadway. Then there are sections of concrete that is all chewed up around an interstate around turns. I used to feel like I was skipping sideways driving through those sections. Now I feel like my tires stay on the ground better.
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Just lifted Brutus last week with a 2" coil spring spacer lift from Teraflex. Very happy with the lift and the resultant ride, which isn't appreciably different from stock...a tad loose at the top on some turning maneuvers but nothing worthy of any concern. Up enough to consider 33's when these 31" BGF KM2's wear out.
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I have a Full traction 6" long arm the ride is good but is loose in the rear on the street. My buddy has Sky-Jacker 4" short arm his jeep is tight in the handling on and off road, but feels like your riding in a tank off road.
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6.5" here. Rusty's long arm kit sitting on 38's. Rides well on road and great off road. My daily driver.
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Mine rides awesome.
Haha of course it does. Custom LCOG suspension. I've seen your build thread, it's impressive to say the least.
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Rancho 2 1/2 " lift with a JKS 1 1/4" BL and a 1" MML with Rancho 5000's shocks on BFG 33x10.5x15's on my 97 Sport. I like the stiffer ride but it still rides twice as smooth as the stock suspension. Added JKS adjustable Quicker Disconnects to get the Sway bar links back to ten degrees and a JKS adjustable front Track bar. Hardly and body lean on a curve at highway speed.
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That's confusing, you say it's the best mod you've ever done, but then you say the last GF now say's she had a bad back. so is that good or bad?
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That's not how she got a bad back, ...just sayin'
Bad back was from an accident she had prior to my meeting her. She had purchased a WJ (after her accident) so that it had a better ride---and still 4wd---and didn't bother her back. (as much)

After OME kit was installed on my TJ she liked to ride in the TJ more than her WJ.
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Three inch Savvy springs with Bilstien 5100 shocks ,rides nicer than the wife's 06 explorer
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Like an old wood roller coaster when it hits the brakes at the end of the ride!! Shakey Loud and Fun!

4"rcd lift, 3in body lift (being removed this week!!) 33x13.5 swampers.

Its my first jeep and I just got it!
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I am not sure what model of ranchos I has but they were purchased about 5 years ago and they were adjustable. I'm not sure if mine were just faulty shock or Rancho is just retarded. They were not gas filled, when I pulled them out the first time the collapsed and never recoiled. They just made a steering stabilizer with shock mounts. Upgraded to bilstein 5100's and couldn't be happier. Huge improvement on and off-road. I've heard the yellow 4600 bilsteins ride better on pavement but to soft off-road
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You can adjust them to make any condition better. 9 settings 1 through 9 with 1 being the softest. The day I put them on I left them at the lowest setting and it rolled all over the place. Kinda scary when you take traffic circles fast. It was almost as bad as when I was driving without a front swaybar while my new links were in the mail. The next day, I put the front at 5 and left the rear on 1. It was much better but I found that when I stopped, the back bounced up and down for a second or so. I then set the back at 4 (left the front at 5) and I think that's my sweet spot. I'll probably do a little more tuning over the next week or so just to see if it can get better.


As for the potholes, I don't have many around me but the roads in the Baltimore area have to be some of the worst in the country. They are always getting torn up from plows and I swear there are a few speed bumps one part of a highway on my way to work that were not there before our earthquake last year. I'm not kidding. I've taken them at less than 20mph and they still hurt my back. They didn't feel too nice at 60mph either before I changed out my coils and shocks. Just changing they coils helped but the shocks helped a lot. Now those bumps are more like seams in the roadway. Then there are sections of concrete that is all chewed up around an interstate around turns. I used to feel like I was skipping sideways driving through those sections. Now I feel like my tires stay on the ground better.
Thanks, this is really helpful. Sounds like the Rancho9000s are the way to go for the ride I am looking for. Will post up after I get them on in another month or two.
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I have a 2in bds suspension lift on 31s. The bumpy ride makes it all that much more fun

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