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Old 03-21-2011, 10:10 AM
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ride quality

i have some questions on ride quality for a YJ..
is there anyway to make the ride any better and if so how much would it cost to do so and what would i need?

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i have some questions on ride quality for a YJ..
is there anyway to make the ride any better and if so how much would it cost to do so and what would i need?
New springs, shocks and greasable shackles would be a great start. It cost me around $1000 to put these in myself. Of course I went with a 4" lift.

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Are your bushings shot? I just replaced my shocks and installed greasable bushings (for leaf spring eyes and shackles) and the ride is SOOOOO much better. It had a 2.5" lift when I bought it and the springs are fine... my bushings and shocks however were totally shot. I plan on staying with my 32's and finding out what type of wheeling I'll be doing before looking at changing the lift.

The real question comes down to whether you ever plan to lift it, or run bigger tires if it already is. If so or if you are even pondering new leafs get the lift kit, if you feel like running the tires you've got and the springs are in good shape new bushings and shocks should be all you need. It'll be the same amount of work either way unless you are going bigger in which case get ready to spend some dough (Slip yoke eliminator, brake lines, pitman arm, new tires, rims, etc.).
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91 Utah YJ is right. Try greasing everything. You may have some tight or pinned suspension components. Get some good penetrating oil and spray all of your shackle links, bushings, etc. Next, with your jeep sitting level, loosen (DO NOT REMOVE) all of your shackle points/bushing screws. Once everything is loose, let the suspension cycle. I usually jump on each bumper corner a few times. As best you can, grease all your points and bushings and then re-tighten to spec. Go drive it. If that didn't work, follow 91 Utah YJ's advice and check your shocks.
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And remember, it's still a Jeep
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The easiest way to get better ride quality out of a YJ, is to trade it in on a JK. I rode around in my buds 2010 Sahara, holy cow. The only reason i remebered it was a jeep was people in other ones waving at us..
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thanks for the advice guys! do you think you could send me a link to a website that sells some of this stuff?
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The easiest way to get better ride quality out of a YJ, is to trade it in on a JK. I rode around in my buds 2010 Sahara, holy cow. The only reason i remebered it was a jeep was people in other ones waving at us..
Pyro, while I will agree that the JK drives better than the YJ, I do not prefer the handling characteristics or the power. I have owned three JKs (one 2-door and two 4-doors) both Rubicons and Sport models. I have also owned CJs, YJs and TJs. The TJ is still my favorite ride out of all models. I guess it all depends on your preferences. Me personally, you can have the 3.8 L EGT V6 engine. I will buy a minivan if I want that engine. IMHO.
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i wish i could trade in my YJ for a JK but that probably wont happen
but i would much rather have a 4.0 then the 3.8!
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i wish i could trade in my YJ for a JK but that probably wont happen
but i would much rather have a 4.0 then the 3.8!
If you did trade, you would have pros and cons. Everytime I bought a new JK and it was my DD, I just could not do mods to it like a good used YJ or TJ.
I think it was the warranty factor mixed with the lien holder issue
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I wouldn't want to trade my YJ in on a JK. Don't get me wrong, they are really nice jeeps but every time i see one they look the same. Here comes another JK with 2.5" budget lift and 35's woohoo. TJ's are just now kinda coming out of that stage where none of them have really got a warranty left and not every single TJ seems to look identical...IMHO. The YJ and CJ, while not as safe and maybe lacking in the ride quality department are all around the easiest to own. Mods are inexpensive and can be worked on anywhere.
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amen to that.

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