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Old 01-28-2013, 02:50 AM   #1
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Hi all!!

I had a few questions but Let me start off by saying this is my first jeep. I come from the slammed BMW scene to the raised jeep scene haha. I am a newbie when it comes to lift kits and offloading with large tires.
I will use this jeep for daily driving and little to no wheeling.
Here are the specs... 2003 sport with 4" lift (not sure what suspension it's running) 5 speed, 33" tires

My question is how can I get a smoother ride, I know it's a jeep and I love the stiffness but daym I feel like something's wrong with mine. I'd fee@ it if I go over a penny. And the squeaks and noises from suspension are unbearable. Can I change out the shocks may e they're blown?
Any help would be awesome, let me know what you think of the car!
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:57 AM   #2
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Looks like you could use a set of bilstien 5100 or OME nitro charger or ranch rs9000 shocks. That should help alot

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:18 AM   #3
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They lifted it without extending the front (probably rear also) sway bar links. At least need to get the proper length ones for your lift height, that will help a lot with the ride. Many options and upgrades available for that, and every other issue you'll have. Welcome to the disease.
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Looks like you could use a set of bilstien 5100 or OME nitro charger or ranch rs9000 shocks. That should help alot
Awesome! Ill look into it
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They lifted it without extending the front (probably rear also) sway bar links. At least need to get the proper length ones for your lift height, that will help a lot with the ride. Many options and upgrades available for that, and every other issue you'll have. Welcome to the disease.
Sweet.. Can you guide me to the right direction to sway bar links for a 4" lift. Hopefully they're not too pricy haha. Thanks for your help

And if you had to pick one which do you think I should go with? Some new shocks like bilstein 5100 or the proper length sway bar links
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Sweet.. Can you guide me to the right direction to sway bar links for a 4" lift. Hopefully they're not too pricy haha. Thanks for your help

And if you had to pick one which do you think I should go with? Some new shocks like bilstein 5100 or the proper length sway bar links
Extended sway bar links don't cost much, wouldn't settle for one or the other. You'll find there are necessities and wants... The more you read, drive, and wheel, the more the wants become necessities. You need extended sway bar links, preferably adjustable. Cheap. Then you'll see there are adjustable quick disco's for a little more, and you'll want them. Then you'll learn their downfalls and wish you just went with the Antirock to start with. So you'll go from free (parts from someone that has already done this) to a few dollars for the bare minimum, to $300ish to do it right. Disease. (Same with a lift) I'll see if I can find you a link to plain Jane extended sway bar links when I get to work, if no one has offered you theirs by then.
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Not much to add here, just think it's funny that two of the first three shots are at a gas station.

Nice Jeep!
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Extended sway bar links don't cost much, wouldn't settle for one or the other. You'll find there are necessities and wants... The more you read, drive, and wheel, the more the wants become necessities. You need extended sway bar links, preferably adjustable. Cheap. Then you'll see there are adjustable quick disco's for a little more, and you'll want them. Then you'll learn their downfalls and wish you just went with the Antirock to start with. So you'll go from free (parts from someone that has already done this) to a few dollars for the bare minimum, to $300ish to do it right. Disease. (Same with a lift) I'll see if I can find you a link to plain Jane extended sway bar links when I get to work, if no one has offered you theirs by then.
Haha tell me about it I've been the same way with all my previous cars. However my budget dosnt allow me anymore

I just really want to fix the way it rides. I can tell previous owner did a half ass job with the suspension looking at some of the set ups on the forums.

But if I can change the sway bar links and the shocks to the bilsteins. U think ill have a pretty decent ride. I'm not expecting a good ride its just mines horrible and harsh and noisy right now
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If it were mine, I would get good shocks and links as mentioned above. If you still have squeaks, then you may need to replace the bushings in the control arms.

Also you might disconnect the swaybar links at the axle and take it for a "nice and easy" test drive around your neighborhood/street. The feel of the vehicle will change drastically (will feel like a slinky), but it should tell you something about how the short links are impacting your ride.
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If it were mine, I would get good shocks and links as mentioned above. If you still have squeaks, then you may need to replace the bushings in the control arms.

Also you might disconnect the swaybar links at the axle and take it for a "nice and easy" test drive around your neighborhood/street. The feel of the vehicle will change drastically (will feel like a slinky), but it should tell you something about how the short links are impacting your ride.
Thanks for all the replies! I, pretty set on bilstein 5100 shocks. However I dont know much about sway bar links and where to get them from

Looks like previous Owner spray painted the shocks black
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The lift is probably a SkyJacker or a Rancho lift (that pic of a shock is a Skyjacker Hydro).

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:56 PM   #12
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The lift is probably a SkyJacker or a Rancho lift (that pic of a shock is a Skyjacker Hydro).

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Awesome I'm gonna go ahead and order those links and see how it works out


It said sold as pairs so I would get 1 front sway bar links for front and 1 for rear. Correct?

For 3-4 inch lift

So a total of $80 not bad
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Not much to add here, just think it's funny that two of the first three shots are at a gas station.

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Thanks brotha! Yeah first thing I did when I got the car was go get some gas not looking forward to visiting the pump every 2 days
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Sorry, this is the first chance I got to get on here at work, it's been one of those days. Those look like decent options above, especially if you aren't off road much. There will always be a way to upgrade something, that's for sure. Ones for 3-4" lift will be better than what you have, adjustable ones even better. Enjoy your Jeep and start saving money... You will find out soon enough it's a Jeep, not a car. Jeep is a four letter word.
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Sorry, this is the first chance I got to get on here at work, it's been one of those days. Those look like decent options above, especially if you aren't off road much. There will always be a way to upgrade something, that's for sure. Ones for 3-4" lift will be better than what you have, adjustable ones even better. Enjoy your Jeep and start saving money... You will find out soon enough it's a Jeep, not a car. Jeep is a four letter word.
Thank you!!! Before I check out... Is this correct?
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Is it just me or does that frame look very new compared to everything else. And it might just be the camera angle but it looks unpainted to.
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Is it just me or does that frame look very new compared to everything else. And it might just be the camera angle but it looks unpainted to.
I noticed that too, odd because its painted on the other side. That is raw metal
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Anyone else notice the rubicon stickers on the good and the sport stickers on the side?
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Anyone else notice the rubicon stickers on the good and the sport stickers on the side?
Did now.
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Anyone else notice the rubicon stickers on the good and the sport stickers on the side?
Yeah unfortunately the poser before me painted that on. It's a sport not a rubicon. It almost stopped me from buying the car but ill get over it
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Someone please tell me if I'm ordering the right ones before I checkout
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Bump up for some confirmation before I order
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I don't think anyone will answer because you called your jeep a "car" blasphemy! Lol
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To answer your question- if you do indeed have a 4in lift, the parts in the screen shot are correct....

....and it's NOT a car!!! Lol
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haha, im sorry for calling my jeep a car! wont happen again
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Just ordered a set of bilstein 5100 shocks and front and rear extended sway bar links! super excited to put them in.


UPDATE - previous owner had the 33" tires filled to 35 psi!! so i lowered them to 27 all around and that seemed to make a pretty big difference in the ride. hopeing with the sways and shocks i should be golden!!

thanks for all the help
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Besides the shocks n swaybar links besure to check all the bushings, everywhere. N grease all fittings. From what u said it may not have been maintained properly.
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Besides the shocks n swaybar links besure to check all the bushings, everywhere. N grease all fittings. From what u said it may not have been maintained properly.
Thanks for the info! Ill check those out as well
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Just ordered those sways realized how is it going to fit. The top part ofthe sway is vertically bolted
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