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Old 09-08-2009, 12:13 PM
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very stiff ride ?

I just picked up a 1990 Wrangler and am a newby.
We are having a great time wheeling around but the ride seems rough.

I believe it has a lift, but not sure what kind.
It has 31" tires and looks to be rancho shocks.
Is a rough ride typical of some of these lift kits ?
I see other threads about lifts some seem to be better than others.
Is there something I can do to make it softer, Im running the tires at only 20lbs.
Thanks in advance.

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if u have the racho's they should be adjustable make sure they are down all the way

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20 is low
I know you are trying for a soft ride
but I would inflate too 30
It looks like you have a lift
it hard to see 2 1/2 maybe
check shocks

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most of the problems that the yj has are contributed to the front shackle positioning. the actual geometry is all messed up for driving it around on the street. for some hard core rock crawling its decent. i my self have the shackle reversal kit. it made the ride much much much much smoother, the shackles moving the direction that the car is makes it easier for the shackle to pivot. any replacement spring that you are going to use that is a spring under axle is going to have a fairly heavy curve to it, so it is going to be fairly stiff. shocks are not a very heavy contributer to a bumpy ride, but they will contribute to a very bouncy ride. i have no shocks in the rear of my yj. very bouncy.

edit, also the less air you run in your tires the smoother the ride, but the more sloshy the steering will be, plus you will loose some mpg. and vice versa.
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:53 AM
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Thanks for all the info guys. I looked it over more and it has the 2" lift block that goes under the spring and it has pro comp explorer shocks, dont look to be adjustable.

I guess it is bouncy, maybe the shocks are work out...

So the shackle is the bracket that connects the spring to the frame ?

Please excuse my ignorance, not up to speed on all the terminology as of yet.
There is a kit that will reverse this ? Any links you would recommend ?

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Welcome,nice looking jeep. Some pics would be helpful. Blocks? they should be a spring under, blocks would lower it?
Take some pics and I am sure somone here can give you a hand.
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:31 PM
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Thanks, will get some pics this weekend.


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Welcome,nice looking jeep. Some pics would be helpful. Blocks? they should be a spring under, blocks would lower it?
Take some pics and I am sure somone here can give you a hand.
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Well part of the rough ride would be the pro comp shocks. As stated post some pics and we can help some more. The best cheap shocks I have run are from Rustys offroad, if your on a budget.
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cool beans, was hoping it could be fixed.
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+1 on the pro comp crap.
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yeah... pro comp isn't well know for shocks... plus a YJ is going to ride a bit rough from the start... its cool to be square though
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A winch on the front, would soften that end up.

Maybe a tire swing & a toolbox on the back.

The extra capacity for weight, can come in handy when your loaded up for a wheeling trip. You just need to deal with the stiff ride in some way when not loaded.

Do you have any friends who are a little overweight?
Shoehorn them into the back seat, & you will have your softer ride!
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:38 AM
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the previous owner said it had a 2" lift and pointed at the block assembly under the axle in the front. Not sure, hope the pics help show what im talking about.

Riding in it now after all the comments it seems like maybe just to bouncy ?


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Do the pics show enough to tell if there is a lift ?

Thinking about replacing the shocks first, they have alot of miles on them but Im not sure what size lift it has.
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definitely a lift cant tell how big and u have rancho shocks it looks like check and see if their is adjustment knobs because it really helps a lot or it did for me
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Hard to say what you have exactly,but it does have a front track bar relocation bracket on it and bumpstop extensions. I agree with you start with getting rid of those shocks.
Good looking jeep.
cut those u-bolts's down so they do not hang up when you wheel.
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with those being 31s id guess ~2-3 inches. im thinking its replacement leafs because i count 3 on your front, and stock they had 4 in front. if its bouncy, replace the shocks. if its jarring, it could be just from stiff springs......
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Id say its mainly bouncy, but not rigid or jarring.
They are definately pro comp explorer shocks, I read that on them.

again thanks for the input, all good stuff !!
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ok first off! ditch the track bar relocation brackets! they screw up steering geometry! i hate when companys include them in the kits. track bar and drag link should be as close to parallel as possible. on a yj you dont need it. you can just take it off, as well as the sway bar. that will help with some of the ride. it wont transfer as much push to the frame. i have the pro comp shocks right now, well in the front. the rear ones are just not there. lol. they are really rough. and it looks to be a 2" lift. i can recomend the re SK010502RXJ they work really really well, a little expencive but nice! other wise go for the rancho's. there a little cheaper.
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I will look into that...and thanks!!

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ok first off! ditch the track bar relocation brackets! they screw up steering geometry! i hate when companys include them in the kits. track bar and drag link should be as close to parallel as possible. on a yj you dont need it. you can just take it off, as well as the sway bar. that will help with some of the ride. it wont transfer as much push to the frame. i have the pro comp shocks right now, well in the front. the rear ones are just not there. lol. they are really rough. and it looks to be a 2" lift. i can recomend the re SK010502RXJ they work really really well, a little expencive but nice! other wise go for the rancho's. there a little cheaper.

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