What can I do to get better road handling from my 03 jeep?
11-21-2005 05:19 PM
Well, the first thing that ran through my mind was "Jeeps aren't built to handle well on the road...", but since everyone uses their Jeep differently... My first suggestion would be to replace the anti-sway bars front and rear. This will give you less body roll around corners. (Anyone have sites for these)? The next thing would be to put shorter springs in it to get it closer to the ground... I am not sure if these are made for Wranglers, but I know that people have done this, so someone must. Hope this gets you going in the right direction. If you are looking for better handling, and want a Jeep, you may want to buy a used Grand Cherokee, they can be made to handle much better than a Wrangler!
11-21-2005 06:52 PM
what don't you like about it? What is it doing or not doing? What would you like it to do?
11-21-2005 08:42 PM
You could lower it. :eek:
11-22-2005 05:21 AM
11-24-2005 10:26 AM
A company called Addco makes swaybars for Wranglers.
Their website is: www.addco.net
4 Wheel Drive Hardware carries their swaybars www.4wd.com
I have been looking to buy the rear swaybar myself. The factory rear bar is 9/16" and the Addco is 3/4". I beleive the factory front is 1 1/8" and the Addco is 1 1/4". The added beef of the Addco bars will reduce lean/roll in corners. Get some firmer shocks and you would be set.
11-28-2005 08:08 AM
Thanks for the advice. The shocks and sway bar tips should do it. I'm not fussy and I love my 03 TJ, but I would like less sway on the road.
11-28-2005 11:48 AM
Another way to make it feel like it handles better is to drive around in a lifted Jeep for a while. When I went from my SOA YJ without swaybars or trackbars to my stock '03 Rubicon, the Rubi handled like it was on rails in comparison! :D
12-27-2005 09:16 PM
My 01 handled great until I went from 26" Dia. Wheels to 12" wide 33's I could power slide it with the itty bitty tires but would never try it with the 33"s. I also have the 2" lift and soon will be installing a SYE so that I can raise the jeep another 2" I almost need a step now but will need one with the next 2" you have to realize that you can't do things that Bypass the Law of physics. You can get Hurt or killed just by running off the edge of the road and jerking the Wheel to regain control. I had a Bronco that I put 35's on and Ford refused to work on it after that Something about Hight Rollover Risk.. You Just have to have common Sense and not exceed your comfort Factor...Just my 2 cents.. I lost a friend on a curve where he crossed back over to the other side of the road and his Jeep rolled 2times in the ditch.. He was not wearing a seat belt either. So Just think before you act....Sorry i know this is not Sunday..LOL