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Old 02-25-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
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New shocks needed here?

Hiya----spanking new Wrangler owner here.

As someone entirely unfamiliar with the Jeep ride/ experience, is it normal for a Jeep to bounce as well as jostle to & fro every time it hits the smallest bump, pot hole in the road?

I'm coming from a Dodge Caravan (family man!) that seemed to handle that sort stuff with considerably more ease, cushion....

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Old 02-25-2011, 03:09 AM   #2
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yes its very normal for your jeep to bounce over everything. My 02 wrangler with a 3.5 inch lift and 33' tires bounce every where. hitting some speed bumps feels like i just ran over a boulder. But at the same time if it seems way over-welming there might be a problem with your shocks. Get it checked if your still concerned.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:10 AM   #3
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Wow great find on the jeep...19,000 miles! First check your the links on your front sway bars and make sure they are not broken. Second, check the air pressure in your tires to be sure all tires are the same, I run about 27 psi for a softer ride. Shocks would be the third to check.
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Yep, check the air in the tires. They're probably over inflated.....
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:00 PM   #5
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Thanks very much everyone for your welcome & feedback---it's much appreciated!

PS Texas T., oh yeah i know it's apples & oranges but i assumed since they're built tough that a Jeep's suspensions/ shocks would absorb or ignore more of the little stuff...
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If you think stock ride height is bad, wait until you lift one of these things x2 on tire pressure and sway bar end links... Changing worn bushings in the front of mine made a big difference in the on-road manners...
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I own both a Caravan and a Jeep. Shocks will do wonders for you. I had the stock shocks on it and it was a bit of a more bouncy ride than the van, but once I put on my Rancho 9000 adjustables I must say that there is not much of a difference between the van and my Jeep. It is all about shocks in my opinion. I will never run anything but Rancho 9000s ever again.
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Rancho 9000 Shocks

How durable are the knobs on the 9000's? I read a few posts about the knobs breaking off. Thanks.

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I own both a Caravan and a Jeep. Shocks will do wonders for you. I had the stock shocks on it and it was a bit of a more bouncy ride than the van, but once I put on my Rancho 9000 adjustables I must say that there is not much of a difference between the van and my Jeep. It is all about shocks in my opinion. I will never run anything but Rancho 9000s ever again.

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