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Old 12-17-2016, 06:54 AM
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Looking for "Less is more" in suspension

Hello again jeepers from the other side of the pond! So i was able to tackle my "vibration" from my new wheels and tires. Now that they are properly balanced I can analyze the actual ride quality. Yesterday I drove 400 miles on the Autobahn (Germany) and I can contest that they take care of the roads here. HOWEVER, upgrading from the P225 75 R16 to the 285 70 R17 every bump or crack seems like I'm hitting the infamous Michigan potholes. Basically its harsh and rough as hell, sometimes painful.

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I like the look I have now with NO Lift. I think once I add Metalcloak flares I will like the wheel to fender clearance. So with minimal lift (MAX 2 inches) how can I soften the ride? Im open to long arm kit to help with the swaying all over the lane (or short arm if that would help). I am mechanically inclined however I would prefer no welding as I would have to pay a hefty price here in Germany.
I dont do any Rock Crawling so no need for insane flex. I only really ride trails ( or off the trail over logs and such) and primarily Autobahn use while traveling Europe.

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I forgot to mention I have no additional mods that are adding to the stock weight. So to clarify I have stock plastic fenders, bumpers etc.. Only weight addition is the larger tires and the wheels.

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Old 12-17-2016, 08:59 AM   #4
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Tires should not be that bad. Try lowering the air pressure to 30 PSI per tire
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Phone should not be that bad. Try lowering the air pressure to 30 PSI per tire
I will give it a try, thanks for the tip.

Anyone else have any input as far as how to soften up the ride and improve road handling?

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Old 12-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #6
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what shocks are you running? might try a adjustable like the rancho 9000's. they are supposed to have a very soft setting for highway driving
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My Jeep is as stock as stock can be for being 2 years old. So stock shocks!

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Replied to PM. I agree on PSI and shocks. If you have the black shocks the reds or a better shock will help a ton. Whats odd, the black shocks suck but should not be harsh. If anything mushy with a lot of body roll.

As far as suspension anything you do will firm up the ride as far as coils. If you want a small lift, install a leveling kit (2"/1") which will retain the stock softer coils.
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Check PSI. 30-32psi max


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I'll check the psi tomorrow so I have accurate info. Yes black shocks. How about just adding the jku rubi springs as well to get "lift"? Update in the AM gents! Thank you for your assistance thus far

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Your stock shocks, unless blown would be good. My Sahara rode great stock with 33's. If you were local you could have my springs and shocks


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My first thought was PSI too because I had the same problem. Upgraded to 285/75/17 from stock with no other mods and dang it was harsh at around 36-38 psi. Dropped it to 30-32 and that made a world of difference.
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Concentrate on the wheels and tires as that is the only change you made. Going from a 75 series sidewall to a 70 series will stiffen the ride somewhat just by itself. You also increased your unsprung weight which also contributes to reduced ride quality.

Sadly, any time you change from the stock configuation, something will deteriorate. In this case it's the ride quality.
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better shocks for the heavier un sprung weight and adjust your air pressure.
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My first thought was PSI too because I had the same problem. Upgraded to 285/75/17 from stock with no other mods and dang it was harsh at around 36-38 psi. Dropped it to 30-32 and that made a world of difference.
Like you my tires were at 38 PSI, So I dropped it down to 32 and it really did make a hell of a difference! Ill still most likely look around for the Rubicon suspension just to see if I can get any additional lift and maybe an even softer ride. Thank you everyone for the assistance. I successfully drove to italy on a 5 hour drive and I didn't feel like it was beating the hell out of me. On to the next upgrades :beer drinking:


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