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Soft ride suspension

Discussion in 'Wrangler YJ (1986-1995)' started by candyman, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Oct 11, 2016 at 4:01 AM
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    candyman

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    I have 1991 Wrangler and am looking to soften the ride a little. The front leaf springs look almost flat. I am not a rock climber, just want to explore back woods some. I like the looks of 30" tires and want to avoid full 4" lift so wife and I don't have to CLIMB into jeep. Just an easy get in / get out type height. any suggestions?
     
  2. Oct 12, 2016 at 1:34 AM
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    Rubicon Express makes a decent kit...

    Most kits are 2.5 " or better..
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2016 at 10:08 AM
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    Beyond just replacing the springs with another stock set, there are springs available with as little as 1.5" of lift which "may" meet your needs for ride height.

    However, if you are trying to stay where you are at for lift, have you considered a performance set of shocks. The differences in ride from stock (let alone old and worn out) shocks and something like a set of Bilstein 5100 series is night and day. I would place odds that performance shocks will make a bigger difference than new performance springs.

    Of course, there are a plethora of 2.5" kits with new springs AND shocks if that suits your needs for ease of entry/exit of your rig.

    Good luck and Wheel Safe!!
     
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  4. Oct 12, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    This is kindof my specialty, making CJ/YJ comfort ride suspensions. I have had JK owners impressed with the ride of my CJ you see in my avatar. 1st you can run 30x10.50s on a stock suspension. To soften your ride run 5leaf springs in back and 4 in front, and for a really soft ride you can run 4leafs at all for corners if you are not pulling any trailers. If you want to lift your jeep I would go with Old Man Emu (OME) 2.5 in lift springs. 5 leaf in the rear and 4 leaf in the front, and if you really want it soft and don't plan on pulling a trailer, you can do like my buddy and run 4leaf at all for corners (gives crazy flex too). With this lift you can fit 32x10.50x15. You can squeeze 33s on, but you'll rub under flex. I tore up a fender doing that. If you want 33's you should add either a 1in body lift, or 2in shackles which will give you another inch of lift for a total of 3.5in of lift; some use a 1in transfer case drop, but I try to avoid them. I don't usually use body lifts, and some states, like Utah, only allow 1 in body lifts, but in your case the 1 inch body lift might be better as you may not need to perform a slip yoke eliminator (SYE) conversion on your transfer case (inexpensive, but a lot of work). If you do go with the full 3.5 in suspension springs+shackles you pretty much have to run the SYE to prevent driveline vibrations. If you just run the 2.5 in lift you can run the stock driveline. you will need to either remove your trac bars, or make a bracket to relocate them on your axle to keep the correct geometry. That is pretty much it. Check out rocky-road.com Oh I almost forgot . Richard is right about the shocks and if there are a lot of miles on the springs then a new set of stock springs will most likely help.
     
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  5. Oct 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
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    ^^^^now there is a man with a plan^^^^
     
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  6. Oct 13, 2016 at 10:19 PM
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    • Wow, this is really great advise! I really do appreciate it. Thanks!
     
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  7. Oct 14, 2016 at 8:51 AM
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    Your welcome. Give us some before and after pictures please.
     
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