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Old 11-11-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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I bought a TJ about two months ago, and I can't stand how much body roll it has. My YJ was nothing like manly because of the leaf springs I would assume. Is a lot of body roll normal? It just doesn't feel comfortable driving down the highway. Thoughts? solutions?

Also, I have thought about added some 31" tires with -12 offest to give it a little more stabilty, as I plan on towing my snowmobiles with it.

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Old 11-11-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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are the front swaybars connected? is there a lift?

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Old 11-11-2008, 09:11 PM   #3
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its completely stock.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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That is weird my 97 tj is like a tank I can take turns at 40 and it is still stable. I have a class A road race license and my mustang that is built for road race felt it has more!! Check your sway bars
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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ok, sorry if this is a dumb question, but what should I be checking for?
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:23 PM   #6
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x2 on sway bars follow the peice that is under the plastic on your front bumper also check the tire pressure i rode in onewith a body lift and it was terrible just like you are saying
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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................or worn out shocks.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:06 PM   #8
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Look like everything is connected. But it looks like the bushing are pretty much wore out, does anyone know of a kit that replaces all the bushings for front end swaybar and compents? Also, whats a good shock kit?

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I have an '06 that had the very same problem. I would drive down the street and just go over a bump or through a valley pan and it seemed like the jeep would pivot between the right rear and the left front....kinda un-nerving. I replaced the shocks and it took care of the problem. You might want to check your rear track bar and make sure it's not loose while you're doing this. My recent exprerience with replacing shocks taught me to stay away from Skyjacker. You have to assemble the bushings, and mine crumbled like candle wax. The bushings I did get to work disinigrated within two days. Hope this helps you.
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thanks for the tips. I can literly make my jeep rock side to side with one finger!
What kind of shocks did you get? Was the install pretty straight foward, any special tools?

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I have an '06 that had the very same problem. I would drive down the street and just go over a bump or through a valley pan and it seemed like the jeep would pivot between the right rear and the left front....kinda un-nerving. I replaced the shocks and it took care of the problem. You might want to check your rear track bar and make sure it's not loose while you're doing this. My recent exprerience with replacing shocks taught me to stay away from Skyjacker. You have to assemble the bushings, and mine crumbled like candle wax. The bushings I did get to work disinigrated within two days. Hope this helps you.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:29 PM   #11
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I went with Ranchos just because of past satisfaction with them, but there are a ton of good ones out there. The installation isn't that bad....but then again I had to do it all over again within a couple of days, so I'm what you might call "SCHOOLED" on it. However, and I can't enphasize this enough, if your instability problem persists, keep digging. Don't "just live with it".
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:38 PM   #12
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Just my .02, be careful and select a high quality shock. You get what you pay for in this area. Also, you need to consider what your application is: Road only, off-road only or something that does both.

I'm running with the Rubicon Express mono-tube shocks for my DD. I off-road on the weekends and have a very short commute on the weekdays. They have a nice compromise of on-road manners and really good off-road performance. Be careful what you select. Some shocks are off-road only and you will leave your kidneys on the county highway for sure.
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Just my .02, be careful and select a high quality shock. You get what you pay for in this area. Also, you need to consider what your application is: Road only, off-road only or something that does both.

I'm running with the Rubicon Express mono-tube shocks for my DD. I off-road on the weekends and have a very short commute on the weekdays. They have a nice compromise of on-road manners and really good off-road performance. Be careful what you select. Some shocks are off-road only and you will leave your kidneys on the county highway for sure.
I don't do much off-roading. I bought this jeep for a dd and to pull my two snowmobiles in the winter. I just want to be more stable feeling, its a jeep i don't expect it to ride like a car. What kind i.e. brand and model for my application?

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Keep in mind, just because shocks are harder does not mean you will have less lean. For example my rough country shocks were hard as hell but leaned a ton. Now that i replaced them with my OME shocks, they are much softer on holes however when cornering they are much harder so my rig feels much much more stable on turns. I believe OME shocks are self adjusting.

Also if you do decide to lift it at a point, the new lift kit should come with pretty much everything you need so.. think forward, are you going to lift it? if yes then buy once...

If you are not lifting it i'd still recommend OME shocks. I love mine.
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I have an '06 that had the very same problem. I would drive down the street and just go over a bump or through a valley pan and it seemed like the jeep would pivot between the right rear and the left front....kinda un-nerving. I replaced the shocks and it took care of the problem. You might want to check your rear track bar and make sure it's not loose while you're doing this. My recent exprerience with replacing shocks taught me to stay away from Skyjacker. You have to assemble the bushings, and mine crumbled like candle wax. The bushings I did get to work disinigrated within two days. Hope this helps you.
Hmmm. never heard of that. i have had an excellent experience with skyjacker. their hydro shocks are very nice. probably not the best choice if most of your driving is on the road and you like the ride a little stiffer
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Brewski, you should feel so lucky, you are the only good review of skyjacker shocks i've seen in a while.
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ive gotten longer life out of my napa shocks than i did out of skyjackers......the skyjackers would fade first trip out
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Brewski, you should feel so lucky, you are the only good review of skyjacker shocks i've seen in a while.
well i do feel lucky, but it seems to me that most bad reviews of skyjacker shocks are related to their nitro line. dont recall seeing any complaints about the hydros. my buddy has a set on his 8" lifted dodge ram 2500 that he has been running for almost six years. also most of the horror stories i hear are of the context "i know a guy who knows a guy that hated them" rarely have i seen complaints with first hand experience
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Well I had first had experience of them on the TJ I just sold a few months ago and I hated em. Dont get em wrong, Im glad they are workin out for ya brewski but on my old rig they just straight sucked. They rode like crap on the road, like they wernt properly valved or somethin. Then again, maybe I say that because Im now used to the emu's I have. But I remember wanting to change the shocks out really bad.
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old man emu shocks... best bang for buck... replace all bushings. make sure track bar is ok?
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I'm running Rancho's right now, nice shocks and steering stabilizer.
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I don't do much off-roading. I bought this jeep for a dd and to pull my two snowmobiles in the winter. I just want to be more stable feeling, its a jeep i don't expect it to ride like a car. What kind i.e. brand and model for my application?

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To be perfectly honest, I would also recommend the RE monotube shocks for the road. I've driven many miles on county and interstates and have zero (0) complaints. They are noticeably different than stock shocks but the ride quality is not harsh at all. In my opinion, it drives like a Jeep should should drive, slightly firm and assertive. Not bouncy or stiff and unforgiving to the point where your kidneys fall out and your CD player skips.

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