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Posted: 11/03/18 09:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As others have said, shocks, tires, and tire pressure are the place to start (and stop). Springs don’t really effect the ride quality as much as you’d think. They mostly hold the vehicle at a particular height. Shocks do the most controlling up and down. Variable rate springs in particular are of minimal value. Having said that, you should get a tolerable ride from that LJ, but it will never match a uni-body passenger car (i.e. CRV, Equinox, Edge). I tow a modified TJ (Wrangler) for off-roading trips and a CRV for any other outings. Wouldn’t consider a Wrangler unless it would be used off road.

BTW – that LJ will never go down in value. It's much sought after for a starting point for off-road builds (perfect "in between" 103 inch wheelbase).


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Look on wranglertjforum.com and you will find that people love the ride of the Rancho RS5000x. They say it is a much smoother ride on road, and it is tuned perfect for the TJ/LJ. They are also reasonably priced at about $50 each.

Make sure it is the X, that is the one you want.

I'll be putting them on my TJ when I put a better lift on it.


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Posted: 11/04/18 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CVD wrote:

As others have said, shocks, tires, and tire pressure are the place to start (and stop). Springs don’t really effect the ride quality as much as you’d think. They mostly hold the vehicle at a particular height.


Oh I would have to completely disagree - ride starts with the springs and cheap aftermarket springs equal terrible ride. A lot of science goes into the rate of compression of those springs and how they rebound. Going from a factory spring to a cheap aftermarket is the fastest way to learn to hate your TJ, especially when you feel the cracks in the road through your neck.


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I haven't owned a Jeep in ages but stiff suspension and Jeep just doesn't seem to mesh.
The MB Jeep I had on the flight lien in Nam, you could walk it up a wall. Rough roads were not as smooth as my F150 but it had suspension travel and did not beat me to death.
If you can tow it get a 4x4(necessary for being towed F150. My 05, Saddie, takes RxR tracks and everything else like it wasn't there. It is two wheel drive 4 door cab though. The new light weight easily bent aluminum ones, I'm not sure. Try it out first.

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Mile High wrote:

CVD wrote:

As others have said, shocks, tires, and tire pressure are the place to start (and stop). Springs don’t really effect the ride quality as much as you’d think. They mostly hold the vehicle at a particular height.


Oh I would have to completely disagree - ride starts with the springs and cheap aftermarket springs equal terrible ride. A lot of science goes into the rate of compression of those springs and how they rebound. Going from a factory spring to a cheap aftermarket is the fastest way to learn to hate your TJ, especially when you feel the cracks in the road through your neck.


OP is talking about improving ride with stock ride height, I assume stock OEM springs & shocks. "Upgradjng" the worn shocks would be worthwhile (think he's now done that).  Not much improvement should be expected from different springs, would only do so if he's looking for lift.

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There's so many good ideas here it's going to take some time to research the options.

Thanks for the replies! I never thought this question would generate so much interest.

I'm thinking I'll just buy a Costco seat cushion... till I get new JL car fever.





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Traded mine for a 2018 GMC Canyon. Night and Day difference. Much more comfortable and quiet ride.


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LJ's are HIGHLY sought after in the off-roading community. If you aren't using it in that capacity you can sell it and make top dollar.


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mc.cc wrote:

Traded mine for a 2018 GMC Canyon. Night and Day difference. Much more comfortable and quiet ride.

Depending on what you had, an 18 JL Wrangler is a world of difference, too. However, no off road vehicle of which there are few, is to be compared to an over the road vehicle.


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Fixed the problem. Jeep rides much better now. All it took was buying a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited 4 door. [emoticon]

It really is much better in many respects. Thanks to those who suggested that upgrade.

Now the towing set up begins.

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