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03-01-2014 10:17 AM
Wingsnut72 My rubi unlimited new rode like a Cadillac when compared to my old ford ranger. Since buying my jeep I have dynomatted the floors, put in the hothead headliners, and put in Daystar 3/4" coilspring spacers. Now it's a dream to drive!
03-01-2014 08:00 AM
joe buell
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Originally Posted by Springtail View Post
Happy wife = Happy life

Just sayin'

Doc
Springtail I know I'm off topic but I just had to say wow I had a Suzuki just like your avatar pic it was the greatest 4x4 I ever had before my JK of course but I would love to have one of those again .
02-28-2014 06:51 PM
Mody n Domy Rancho 9000XL Ive had mine on for 30,000 miles and the ride is great have them set on 2 but have the option to adjust when off road.
02-28-2014 03:11 PM
HK_Runner The stock ride is very good. When we put on stiffer springs, stiffer shocks, and stiffer tires, things slowly become stiffer and stiffer. I am stock now with my new 2014. Will truss, do RCVs, etc...mainly to protect the hosing and make sure we don't get stranded somewhere remote. I am still holding off on the lift/tires (I have most of it from the last one). The only downside, obviously, is clearance.
02-28-2014 02:25 PM
JustinCHorst I find the ride very comfortable and i ride a lot in more expensive "nicer" cars......I'm talking stock of course with proper air pressure... Once modified all bets are off, some will claim a better ride and i believe some achieve that, however with my last 4 wranglers modified suspension height never gave me as nice of a ride as stock even with some decently expensive setups... My newly ordered JKUW will remain stock in the suspension department.
02-28-2014 01:53 PM
Springtail Happy wife = Happy life

Just sayin'


Doc
02-28-2014 01:47 PM
ocd_dave Personally I want to feel the road, I wish the steering didn't wander as much, but I knew what I was getting when I bought it
02-28-2014 01:43 PM
Jeep757 I've got an 08 mostly stock jku. Only things ive changed was the replacing the tie rod/ends and drag link, replaced shocks with rancho 9k's(5 front/3rear). Added a terafles leveling kit and put 285/75/16 falken rocky mtn tires(at 30psi).

Seems that every bump or diveation in the road I can feel through out the jeep(thru the steering, thru the seat etc). Its almost like none of the bumps are being absorbed so you feel the full hit.

Will swaping the leveling kit dor a coil spring lift smoothen it out? Do I need to replace the stock CA's? I have changed the stock trackbar bolts to 9/16 g8 ones.
07-03-2013 02:13 PM
BManz
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Originally Posted by terrabit View Post
but mass lends itself to inertia which would tend to reduce the influence of shock and vibration.
Not only that, but a vehicle with greater mass will suffer less in ride comfort/control after adding passengers than compared to a vehicle with much less mass since the percentage change to the suspension load will be less. The powertrain is also less affected percentage-wise so observed performance doesn't degrade as much either.

Take a ~4100 lb Wrangler and add four 160 lb adults. That's a 15.6% increased static load on the suspension. Small change in ride and performance.

Take a ~2300 lb Fiat 500 and add the same four 160 lb adults. Now you have a 27.8% increased static suspension load. Almost twice the static load and a very noticeable degradation in performance.

Curb weight is a huge reason why heavier vehicles ride and handle so much better when loaded with people/gear compared to lightweight vehicles. If a lightweight vehicle were to compensate, the ride would get stiffer and miserable when there's only the driver aboard.
07-03-2013 10:21 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by terrabit View Post

Busted!

I've studied some physics. I was just a little unsure of how the logic applied in this case. There are certainly physics at work but weight, or more appropriately mass, is not necessarily a bad thing in terms of facilitating a smooth or comfortable ride. In all likeliness it is a good thing. Not so much for wheeling, but mass lends itself to inertia which would tend to reduce the influence of shock and vibration.

Just sayin.
07-03-2013 09:59 AM
terrabit
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post

Sarcasm ?
Busted!

I've studied some physics. I was just a little unsure of how the logic applied in this case. There are certainly physics at work but weight, or more appropriately mass, is not necessarily a bad thing in terms of facilitating a smooth or comfortable ride. In all likeliness it is a good thing. Not so much for wheeling, but mass lends itself to inertia which would tend to reduce the influence of shock and vibration.

Just sayin.
07-03-2013 06:38 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by terrabit View Post

That's why Cadillacs are so smooth?
Sarcasm ?

I don't don't know about the lightweight thing. Def dealing with aftermarket coils/shocks. They seem to do better and rated for weight.
07-03-2013 02:24 AM
terrabit
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Originally Posted by Welding Rod View Post
A really good ride under all conditions requires low unsprung weight. It is a physics thing, and there is no way around it.

Sure soft shocks, low air pressure, low load range tires, taller tire sidewalls, soft springs, etc will help, but all else equal the ride can be much better with less unsprung weight.

This means lighter tires and/or wheels. This may the easiest way to achieve the greatest improvement.
That's why Cadillacs are so smooth?
07-02-2013 11:48 PM
m998dna
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Originally Posted by megax05 View Post
Well for the lift its 2.25 in front and 1.5 in rear because the front end is much more lower in my jeep.

I will try 28 psi and see if there is any changes about the wife I will park the jk for a week and use my old yj to let her know what is the stiff jeep like
2.25" is a lot of spacer ... is this on top of the OEM .5" rubber spring isolator? Did you install longer sway bar links? I've told myself never go more than 1.25" - 1.50" using spacers and always use the factory rubber spring isolator. You may want to consider the Rubicon Express 2.5" spring kit with OEM rubber isolator. Also install appropriate length sway bar links and Rancho RS9000 adjustable shocks with the setting on "1" and I'm confident you'll get a much better ride on the road.

The RE front springs for your JK are rated at 185 lbs/in. ...

I have Rubicon Express 4.5" springs (164 lbs/in.) on my Cherokee. I also have Rancho RS9000 shocks with the setting on "1" and it rides a hell of a lot better than my JKU10A. It really absorbes road imperfections, speed bumps, etc. -- but keep in mind I'm running RE Superflex arms with an additional 3/4" rubber isolator on top of the OEM 1/2" rubber isolator. This 5.25" combo works very well around city streets and on the highway.

Rubicon Express 2.5 Inch Standard Coil Lift Kit - No Shocks


Good luck whatever you do ...

.
07-02-2013 11:45 PM
jrussblues The factory shocks and springs are awful. Swap your spacer lift out for a nice coil spring lift with shocks and your wife will be much happier with the ride quality. It is important that you choose the right lift as different brands provide a different quality of ride.
07-02-2013 10:48 PM
Welding Rod A really good ride under all conditions requires low unsprung weight. It is a physics thing, and there is no way around it.

Sure soft shocks, low air pressure, low load range tires, taller tire sidewalls, soft springs, etc will help, but all else equal the ride can be much better with less unsprung weight.

This means lighter tires and/or wheels. This may the easiest way to achieve the greatest improvement.
07-02-2013 08:10 PM
flipmeover
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Originally Posted by dvitous View Post
Would it be easier just replacing the wife?

Just wonderin...
rofl
07-02-2013 08:06 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post

Sorry, I hope I didn't offend you or your Rubi! My point wasn't to say rubicons suck or anything. The point I was trying to make was that things can be changed to make it a COMPLETELY different experience.
Not at all
07-02-2013 07:45 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
yep .... The BF mud tires can be rough and follow ruts in the road more then a street tire.
Too much air pressure for sure can cause issues.
Sorry, I hope I didn't offend you or your Rubi! My point wasn't to say rubicons suck or anything. The point I was trying to make was that things can be changed to make it a COMPLETELY different experience.
07-02-2013 07:37 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post

Maybe they had the tires over/under inflated? Who knows what the poor thing had been through. We weren't ever considering buying it, so we never checked mileage or anything. We went for the test ride to check leg room, headroom and to make sure the kids wouldn't kill each other in the backseat if they didn't have their own 'personal space'.

But, bottom line I think it can be made comfortable if you try. That was the main point I was trying to make. Just has to find the right combination to make his wife happy. Unless he really doesn't want her in his jeep!
yep .... The BF mud tires can be rough and follow ruts in the road more then a street tire.
Too much air pressure for sure can cause issues.
07-02-2013 07:25 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Oh ok... The only real difference in rubi/sport is the shocks.
Most people seem to like the more controlled stiffer ride with good shocks
Maybe they had the tires over/under inflated? Who knows what the poor thing had been through. We weren't ever considering buying it, so we never checked mileage or anything. We went for the test ride to check leg room, headroom and to make sure the kids wouldn't kill each other in the backseat if they didn't have their own 'personal space'.

But, bottom line I think it can be made comfortable if you try. That was the main point I was trying to make. Just has to find the right combination to make his wife happy. Unless he really doesn't want her in his jeep!
07-02-2013 07:04 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post

The rubicon was a 4 door and and ours is a Sport-S.
Oh ok... The only real difference in rubi/sport is the shocks.
Most people seem to like the more controlled stiffer ride with good shocks
07-02-2013 06:58 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Was the rubi a 2 door or 4 door ?
And what model is your JKU ?
The rubicon was a 4 door and and ours is a Sport-S.
07-02-2013 06:56 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Rancho View Post

How many miles on the JK?
Shocks do help, especially our adjustable ones, the RS9000XL.

Aren't happy with them, return them for a refund in the first 90 days...
Rancho Suspension: Warranty & Ride Guarantee

A monotube will have a firmer ride btw.
I think I see a pattern here
07-02-2013 06:55 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post
Figured since no women have chimed in, I would.

When we went and test drove a stock rubicon at the dealership I HATED it!!! It was the worst feeling thing ever. I wanted to tell Mike not to buy a jeep, but I knew that's the only thing he wanted.

When we picked up his JKU, the ride was COMPLETELY different than the rubicon. I couldn't believe how different it was. I fell in love! So much so that now I want one of my own!

Rode it stock for about a week and changed to 33" tires. No noticeable ride difference. Still comfortable. Then added a 2.5" teraflex lift and the rancho 9100 shocks. It still rides like a dream, except when the idiots overinflate the tires when they rotate them, or when he forgets to adjust the shocks back after wheeling. But within the first five miles you know it's time to change them back, and its easy enough to do.

I swore when I got my odyssey exl that I would never want anything else, unless it was a touring model. But now that I've seen how comfortably a jeep can ride and been able to wheel in the sugar sand, I can't wait to get one of myself. I love being able to see over the other cars and the steel bumpers make me feel safer. We live in West Palm Beach and have snowbirds here half the year and we need some extra protection!

I hope you can get your jeep issue worked out so that your wife falls in love with it as much as you. But then you'd better be ready to buy her one of her own! It's addicting!
Was the rubi a 2 door or 4 door ?
And what model is your JKU ?
07-02-2013 06:21 PM
StarBrite Figured since no women have chimed in, I would.

When we went and test drove a stock rubicon at the dealership I HATED it!!! It was the worst feeling thing ever. I wanted to tell Mike not to buy a jeep, but I knew that's the only thing he wanted.

When we picked up his JKU, the ride was COMPLETELY different than the rubicon. I couldn't believe how different it was. I fell in love! So much so that now I want one of my own!

Rode it stock for about a week and changed to 33" tires. No noticeable ride difference. Still comfortable. Then added a 2.5" teraflex lift and the rancho 9100 shocks. It still rides like a dream, except when the idiots overinflate the tires when they rotate them, or when he forgets to adjust the shocks back after wheeling. But within the first five miles you know it's time to change them back, and its easy enough to do.

I swore when I got my odyssey exl that I would never want anything else, unless it was a touring model. But now that I've seen how comfortably a jeep can ride and been able to wheel in the sugar sand, I can't wait to get one of myself. I love being able to see over the other cars and the steel bumpers make me feel safer. We live in West Palm Beach and have snowbirds here half the year and we need some extra protection!

I hope you can get your jeep issue worked out so that your wife falls in love with it as much as you. But then you'd better be ready to buy her one of her own! It's addicting!
07-02-2013 05:53 PM
Rancho
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Originally Posted by megax05 View Post
I recently lifted my jk with a spacer lift and the ride quality is same as stock however is there a way to improve the comfortability cause my wife is complaining about the ride stiffness we used to had a comfy Mazda cx7.
How many miles on the JK?
Shocks do help, especially our adjustable ones, the RS9000XL.

Aren't happy with them, return them for a refund in the first 90 days...
Rancho Suspension: Warranty & Ride Guarantee

A monotube will have a firmer ride btw.
07-02-2013 05:15 PM
Plasticpirogue
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Originally Posted by Nashorn101 View Post
This!
When I moved from my beloved 2000 TJ to the JK I thought I was in a limo.
07-02-2013 12:33 PM
TOK My mind is actually boggling at this... When I test drove my JK, I was amazed at how well a coil sprung Jeep could ride, and at least 4 people (not all enthusiasts) have commented about it being way more comfortable and smooth than expected.

Take her for a 10 minute ride in a leaf sprung Jeep and she'll never complain again.
07-02-2013 12:28 PM
dvitous Would it be easier just replacing the wife?

Just wonderin...
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