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Unread 01-20-2015, 12:50 PM   #1
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Cold weather = Rough ride??

I have been forced to DD the old beast this winter. Something I noticed as the weather started to turn cold was the ride getting a little rougher. Kind of felt like the tracbar fairy snuck the tracbars back into my jeep.

At first I just thought, oh everything is so cold, maybe its stiff. Maybe the grease in the bushings is like molasses.

Then today I Decided to drive up on an 18" or so tall rock, been meaning to check a few clearances. Long story short I lifted a back tire off the ground! The other side was still a long way from being stuffed. the front tire up on the rock was still 3-4" from getting into the fender(my bumpstop) so I really wasnt flexed all that much.

Anybody have a clue whats going on here? Im starting to feel like my rear shocks have failed me or frozen up or something.

(and to prevent these types of answers my shackles are at 35 ft lbs, all bushings are new and greased 3x in the last year)

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Unread 01-21-2015, 05:28 AM   #2
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Guess its not so common by the lack of a response. I'll probably pull the rear shocks this weekend and see if something is wrong with em
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Unread 01-21-2015, 05:31 AM   #3
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Ive noticed a stiffer ride in the cold but never lost a noticeable amount of flex because of it
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Unread 01-21-2015, 10:39 AM   #4
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It's writing like a wooden horse. It reminds me of the time that I bent my rear shock and it seized. I have some old pro Comp shocks in the scrap pile from someone else's project I might have to use those
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Yeah the temps shouldnt make that big of a difference. Mine as well try the shocks if you have them
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Unread 01-21-2015, 10:49 AM   #6
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common up here in Canada for the white body 'nitro' shocks to suck balls when its cold. i think extreme cold does something to them then they are never the same.
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Unread 01-21-2015, 11:28 AM   #7
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I have noticed the same but always attributed it to the tires being cold and hard, I'll have to look more closely. What kind of shocks are you running? I can't see gas shocks being affected, but I guess oil could thicken if it were really cold.
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Unread 01-21-2015, 12:46 PM   #8
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they are the cheap ford truck shocks from ashlands thread. only about a year old though. monroe $25 specials

I found a few ways to write it off at first too. maybe the roads are buckled a bit from the cold, cracks are bigger, tires are stiffer etc. In the end its getting worse even though we have warmed to the 30's.
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I'd blame it on the tires to some extent, but even just pulling the bottom bolts will show if it's anything to do with shocks.

Mine rides like a rock on cold mornings but is better on warm days too.
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