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Old 06-16-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Softest shocks possible!!!

Hey, I know this question has been asked, but I never found a definite answer to it. I have Rough Country Nitro Shocks on my 95 right now. They are too stiff for the street, too stiff on rocks, even dirt.. i swear i would feel a penny if i ran it over...it's that bad (and yes all of my suspension is torqued to specification). The trails by me are mostly rocks the size of baseballs and basketballs and they cover all the trails i go on. This causes me to have to go about 5 mph the entire time in 4 low to make sure i dont rattle the whole car to bits...my freakin hard top shakes around because of it! I need to know FOR SURE what the softest shock I can get is. I don't really do boulder crawling or anything like that, i just need a comfortable ride on the trails because I take it to a cliff jumping spot every weekend. SO... softest shock possible for a 4" lift. Hopefully someone can help before I need to take out a bigger health insurance plan to hit up the Chiropractor.

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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For me it was always the Rancho 9000's set on the softest setting.

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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What PSI are you running in tires
Also why 4-lo mine seems to ride stiffer in 4 lo
just a thought
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:16 AM   #4
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So the rancho 9000's are adjustable? that would be excellent!

Exact PSI i'm not sure, but from fully inflated, I de-inflate for 10 seconds on each tire. The reason I run 4 low alot is because i have the 4 cylinder and if im going up an incline and my tires are on rocks, i simply don't have the immediate power to get over it... then if i do get the power to get over it, im OVERpowered and go flying into the next rock. The trails around here are really shitty.. all washed away.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:22 AM   #5
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10 seconds of deflating a 33" tire is about 3 psi from where you started. air down to at least 10 psi on the trail (takes a while)

a 4" spring under lift will be stiff, rancho 9000 are great shocks, old man emu is another option.

what springs do you have? rough country? never had problems with them on yj parts.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:59 AM   #6
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My springs are rough country.. they get the job done, but of course theyre not the best quality.. a little noisy. I really wish i had coils up front but oh well. Ill try deflating much more next time and give it a go.. for now I think ill try out the rancho's. Do you know where to get the best price? First place I look is always quadratec, but sometimes theyre not always the lowest
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:37 AM   #7
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I was just looking on the rancho site. Is there any benefit for a remote reservoir setup or is that a waste of money on a wrangler? I know they only have it listed for the tj though.. is there really much difference tho?
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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Actually when I looked into it more, they don't offer a 9000xl on the yj with a 4" lift, only up to 3".. guess ill check out emu
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:48 PM   #9
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Re-torque your shackles to 40ft/lbs. Normally the lift instructions say torque to 90ft/lbs. I run at 40 and it makes a big difference.. I am also looking for softer shocks.. Post your findings when you get yours.

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