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Old 11-20-2015, 05:38 PM
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Suspension replacement without the lift

Ok here is my situation:

With my JKU Sport I mostly keep it to daily driving but a few weekends a month I will hit some logging trails and fields so I really only deal with mud, creek beds, stumps, and some deep ruts.

Being in the North East I won't be rock crawling and i dont feel a need to lift my vehicle because i rarely need extra clearence with the obstacles I face.

How much of a beating can the factory suspension take?

Also, because I don't want to lift is there an aftermarket beefier suspension out there that doesn't require me to lift my vehicle? Ranchos? Bilsteins? Or swap to a Rubicon Suspension?

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Old 11-20-2015, 06:30 PM   #2
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The factory suspension would be fine for you. You could swap out to Rubi shocks if you want a cheap upgrade. But otherwise you'll be fine.

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The factory suspension would be fine for you. You could swap out to Rubi shocks if you want a cheap upgrade. But otherwise you'll be fine.
Rubitrux has the Rubi suspension take offs for $199 free shipping.
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The only difference in the Rubicon suspension from your Sport is the shocks.

If you want to upgrade the shocks, and you can get them cheap enough, then go for it. A set of Rancho 5000X shocks would be a better choice for under $200.

Otherwise, spend a year driving it the way it is and you'll see what does and doesn't work for your situation.

And yes, the stock suspension is quite durable and should last you a long time.

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The only difference in the Rubicon suspension from your Sport is the shocks.

If you want to upgrade the shocks, and you can get them cheap enough, then go for it. A set of Rancho 5000X shocks would be a better choice for under $200.

Otherwise, spend a year driving it the way it is and you'll see what does and doesn't work for your situation.

And yes, the stock suspension is quite durable and should last you a long time.

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Thanks for the advice. Yeah I like your thinking, drive it with the stock suspension until I have the desire to upgrade or until my suspension is shot.
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I agree with the others, run it fully stock for a while, these things are way more capable than you think.

As for the Rubi take off shocks: unless they are free I wouldn't waste my time. While they are a little stiffer than the non-Rubi versions, the quality really isn't there. Mine were completely shot before I hit 30,000 miles. Super unimpressed.
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:11 AM
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So if I wanted a better performing suspension that doesn't mean lifting my Jeep what do you folks suggest?
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:06 AM   #8
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Exactly as above.. keep stock suspension, and maybe add a slightly larger tire. Cut fenders or get flat fenders for clearance if needed for tires, and wheel away. If and when you wear them out, or desire a little more height, go with a known brand 2 inch kit if (anything). You can also use a small lift to compensate for adding weight if you ever start adding bumpers, winch, etc etc
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If you want to keep it the stock height and don't plan on going much bigger on the tires, then just upgrading the shocks is a good option. All the other components are fine and won't wear out anytime soon.

Rancho 5000X or 9000XL shocks would be a great upgrade and they do make shocks that will fit the stock suspension.

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