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Softer ride?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by steven nieto, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. Sep 6, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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    steven nieto

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    I hAVE A 2004 JEEP WRAGLER WITH A 4" LIFT AND WANT TO KNOW HOW CAN I GET A SOFTER RIDE..
     
  2. Sep 6, 2018 at 7:34 PM
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    Welcome! A softer ride can be subjective as Wranglers are not known for a cushy ride and 4" lifts will have HD springs, larger tires, HD shocks and HD suspension components. Post a few pics of your TJ and some information about your lift, tires and shocks. For example some load range E tires can ride more stiff than the lower ranges.
     
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    Steven, welcome to Jeeps.net.

    One way to make the ride better is with a long arm suspension. The steeper the control arms the harder it is for the suspension to cycle over bumps. Make the control arms longer and mount them further back and they will be at less of an angle.
    In lieu of long arms control arm drop brackets will bring the angle of the control arms down and can allow the use of stock length control arms. Depending on what kind of off roading you do, lowering the lower control arm mounting points will create a place to get hung up or drag over obstacles.

    Feel free to post up a picture of your rig.
     
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  4. Sep 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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    I live in south florida so I don't really do any off roading, so I'm just looking for a smooth ride on regular roads and highways.
     
  6. Sep 7, 2018 at 6:40 PM
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    Welcome to the forum @steven nieto. Can ya give us an idea of what lift you have installed. In other words. Who's lift do you have? Teraflex...Rubicon Express etc. With that info. We can determine what components you have installed. And we can go from there.
    Nice rig BTW.
     
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  7. Sep 8, 2018 at 5:42 AM
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    I got the jeep from a friend he took it to a place here in the keys the shocks are rough country n2.0
     
  8. Sep 8, 2018 at 5:51 AM
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  9. Sep 8, 2018 at 6:17 AM
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    I'd maybe look into some softer springs. That would go a long way. Actually you could get rid of those rough country shocks and put any other shock on and that would be a huge improvement
     
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    What springs and shocks do you recommend
     
  11. Sep 9, 2018 at 3:48 AM
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    Achieving a softer ride would mean using other components which are not currently on your vehicle. Replace the 4 inch coil springs with a 2 or less coil springs. Adding polyurethane spacers when installing the springs will cushion the ride also.

    Getting rid of the knobby type tires would be a great improvement to the ride as one would need to locate a more road worthy type tire. Keeping the tire at it's peak inflation setting would be suggested. Wheels could be hindering your weight distribution also. if the wheels are to heavy, or have the incorrect offset (ET) One could end up having ride quality issues thereafter.

    As for the shocks, all bets are off or its fair game territory as there are too many to choose from. I think it would be best side to acquire a shock which uses multiple settings or stiffness rates this way you can fine tune the ride based on your setup.

    In other words, all things considered and accounted for. Eliminating one item isn't enough, one would need to view the total package of things that would improve the handing and ride comfort. Simply replacing one item may not be enough.
     
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  12. Sep 9, 2018 at 7:54 PM
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    Just out of curiosity. What air pressure do you got in your tires? If you have E rated tires try lowering the psi by about 5 pounds in each tire and take it for a spin. Keep doing that till you see a little bit if improvement. That's not gonna fix the problem but it will definitely help take some of the roughness out of the ride. Right now I have E rated tires and they call for them to be aired up to 60 pounds or something crazy like that. I said screw that and only put 32 pounds in each tire. Makes a huge difference. But I'm gonna say maybe look for some 600# springs and a new set of shocks. Teraflex has a good selection of cool springs. I think what I have on my rig are Zone offroad 700# springs and they ride pretty good. But I got steel bumpers so I got a little extra weight to carry around
     
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