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Old 12-01-2009, 09:28 AM   #1
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New suspension ?

Im fairly new at this stuff and have had my YJ prolly 6 months and I cant tolerate the ride.You hit a bump and your head almost hits the roof.
Im thinking of replacing my suspension springs and shocks.
It may just be the shocks, or possibly the springs but it rides terrible.

Im not sure exactally what I have but think its 2-3" spring lift maybe procomp ?
But the shocks are pro comp explorers, 31" tires and I would like to keep similar height.
I have posted pics before and the general feedback was to first replace the shocks, but I dont really want to have the same problem if the springs are bad. You can bounce on the bumper and it seems to bounce right back.

I was looking at the OME stuff, looks like I can get springs and shocks for under a grand. If this will make it ride good I will do it.
But reading the thread lift reviews it looks like many are having good luck with other brands and are cheaper.

If I do it all would spring lift be the best bet ?

Is OME really worth the extra ?

Thanks in advance, crs

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Old 12-01-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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It's a Jeep! It's always going to have a harsh ride. Further, it is a leaf sprung jeep. It will bump and hop, and new shocks aren't going to change that. The shock mostly dampens your spring and keeps it from bouncing. If your rig is lifted, the ride will be harder, as the extra arch in the springs is tighter than the OEM. From what I've read, the OEM springs are superior is quality and ride to most if not all lifts, but you sacrifice the room to fit those 31s. The biggest you can go with the stock ride is 30", and even with those, I get a little spring rub at full turn. A little more offset on the wheels would fix this. 31's or bigger will rub the flares or more. Some people use a shackle to get the extra inch they need, but that's not a great way to keep your ride and handling.

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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I understand the leaf spring will be rough, but I cant imagine this rough.
I have trouble getting enough speed to climb small sand hills becasuse it will throw me out.
The guy at OME said the new springs and shocks would definately help the ride, but he is a salesman.
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What kinda air presure are you running? I have a 92 with 4 in lift and it bounces all over the place, when off road, they are stiff! the higher they are the harder the ride. my advice wear your seat belt and expect bruises!
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:24 PM   #5
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I had it as low as 25lbs.
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I hate to tell you this, but you're kinda outta luck on this one. Leaf spring are always going to be rough.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:32 PM   #7
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Offroad you are better lowering that tire pressure below 20PSI. That will soften the bumps some and give you better traction on loose stuff. I like 12-15PSI all around offroad, but go back to 30-32 on the pavement. Oh, and always wear your seatbelt. Don't be like the guy in that video, jumping out into the downhill path of his rig when he got scared by the lean on a hill.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:54 PM   #8
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pro comps shocks such i have heard nothing but bad things about them. i would try a different shock first but usually with the lift springs the ride is harsher. but that's kinda ridicules for it to be that bad.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:34 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replys, thats kindof what I thought there is a bump where the road meets bridge we cross alot, seems like the whole Jeep comes off the road at maybe 40 mph.

So is it better to keep the suspension stock and do a body lift to run the larger tires ?
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:43 AM   #10
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get an air ride seat . HEHE
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:54 AM   #11
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well i would keep the lift u have ... but if u want to get rid of it i would be happy to take it off ur hands lol. but seriously try different shocks before u go to far and see if it don't help.
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no body lift!!!! soa or coils would be best but thats big bux. try for a shackle reversal. it helped out a hell of a lot on my yj.

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