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Old 11-08-2013, 08:07 AM
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Best riding CJ-7?

This thread has been done before but can I get opinions on best riding stock or slightly lifted CJ-7 suspensions. Right now my 7 sits as the day it was born 34 yrs ago but on 31's and aluminum slots. My plan is OME 1" or 2.5" lift and that's it or the OME kit with shackle reverse and OME with YJ springs. Any Ideas? is it worth it to go with the shackle reverse and yJ kit? The highway crew here moves the pot holes on my daily commute and deepens them as required to bounce me off the seat. I know that a CJ wills always be a little rough but how much can it be improved? How about shocks, I have heard good things about OME and Bilstiens are there any others? Thanks, John
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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of course others may have different opinions but I have never had any lifted springs that rode as good as stock springs..And,yj springs ride better than cj springs..If all I wanted was an inch or 2 I would consider a small body lift and maybe even a little bit on the shackles

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Definitely go with the YJ spring conversion. The springs are much softer even with a lift than CJ springs.
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Avoid the rough country springs.They call them that for a reason. I put 2 1/2" lift on mine with reverse shackles and its bumpy. if I ever do over Ill do spring over with stock or wider springs.
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I have had great performance and ride using lift springs from Hell Creek Suspension, they set theirs with a off-set arch that helps with drive line angle alighment. I have run these in Moab on several killer trails and they stood the test.

Running a total suspension lift of 3.5
Body Lift of 1.5
Spinning some modest 33's
4.2 L /TBI/Locked/ T8 trans.
I get good arliculation and tire clearance.
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BDS 2 inch Monroe 13 inch shocks for F250 or 350 ( they were cheap) bias 34 swampers at 22 psi on fiberglass 2a = not the smoothest but ok. Tires at 15 make huge difference. Would like to see what more vehicle specific shocks would do.

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