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Unread 03-22-2007, 09:42 PM   #1
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Anyway to my my jeep drive smoother?

Its weird and i guess its just the way older jeeps are but sometimes i swear it rides better off road than on paved roads. Or maybe i just need bushings. I have gabriel gas rider shocks and all my fittings have been grease twice since last summer. My dad was telling me some of my bushings where hard and cracked. Could that be why it rides ruff?

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Unread 03-23-2007, 08:55 AM   #2
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Jeep... ride smooth?

There are a few ways to smooth the on road ride, most of them are expensive (OME lift kit).

My stock 89 XJ rides pretty nice with it's Monroe gas charged shocks and stock size tires.

My 92 Laredo is stiffer riding, somewhat rough riding at city speeds on rough streets, but rides pretty smooth at highway speeds. I've also found that if I don't take it offroad and flex the suspension at least once a month it stiffens up. On the road your suspension will flex very little because of the smoother terain that it has to deal with. When you go offroad you are using the full potential of movement.

If you're going to replace bushings, go with factory rubber bushings for a softer ride. Poly bushings will be stiffer. You could also try lubing all the bushings with something like FluidFilm, which I find is really good for rubber parts.
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Unread 03-23-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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It's a JEEP!
I would make sure the air pressure is correct in the tires and make sure that the shocks are good.
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