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Old 08-28-2019, 11:01 AM
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Favorite YJ Shocks Suggestions for 4" lift

Recently got a 1988 YJ 6cyl that already has a 4" skyjacker sport lift on it, running GRABBER A/TX - SIZE: LT30X9.5R15 Tires. Shocks look like old Skyjackers or Ranchos that I'd like to swap. Wondering what people prefer for a more all around comfortable ride. It's my dailey city driver that I like to take out to the trail on weekends, etc. Would like something I think a bit softer, or just far better at absorbing the average bumps that have been currently sending me flying.

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Chances are it's the leaf springs that are giving you the firm ride. I'm pretty sure everyone that get's into a new-to-them YJ says "Holy Hell, what's wrong with the suspension?"(also, "what's wrong with the steering") Then you get used to it.
* Drop your tire PSI down to the low-mid 20s and try it again.

*Also the F/R track bars should be removed and the sway bar removed when off-roading (Or all the time)

* The shackle bolts should be somewhat loose to allow the spring eyes to move easily between them

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The never ending threads about how can I get my lifted leaf sprung YJ to ride like a Cadillac. Then what follows is the never ending responses about if you want it to ride better, sell it and buy a coil sprung TJ. Probably most of the time you buy a lifted YJ, the reason it is for sale is because the PO (or his wife) can't stand riding in it. I've been down that road and I believe that with suspension systems you get what you pay for. If you want to spend $400 on a 4 inch lift suspension, you better be 21 years old and have quick reflexes to dodge every pebble in the road and tell all your friends your jeep drives great. There are all kinds of recommendations for what cheap lift kits or springs to buy and get the best ride from. Shocks are important too. Do your home work. Be willing to spend some money to do it right. Your suspension is critical to the handling of your jeep and your comfort. My suggestions for your research. Look at the number of leafs in the spring pack. The fewer the leafs the harsher the ride is going to be. The springs on the front of my YJ have 9 leafs. Couple that with some custom built shocks and the front suspension of my YJ is more comfortable than my 2014 Ford Escape. What I am saying is Custom springs and custom shocks will get you closer to that suspension you wish your jeep had but you better open your wallet to get there.
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What leaf springs have NINE leaves???? Inquiring minds want to know.
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I did a lot of research when I went looking for suspensions for the YJ. There are a couple companies out there that build custom leaf spring suspensions. Not just generic spring packs but tell them what engine you have , how much weight out on the front bumper with the winch, tire size and weight. My lift is 4.5 inches. I went with Deaver springs and have never regretted the expense. Like I said, I have been down that road of 4 leaf suspension lifts. Never going back. I'm 62 years old now and probably wouldn't own a lifted YJ if not for Deaver springs. And of course the custom built King shocks that make the whole suspension what I want.
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Get a set of mono tube shocks that valved to springs you have. Then torque all the shackles to spec. To many times the shackled are tightened way to much resulting in a harsh ride.
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