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Unread 10-05-2003, 08:19 AM   #1
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Road test update

Well - in the quest to find a way to create a smoother riding Jeep - one that doesn't shake every filling loose in your mouth, I have removed my shocks.

Currently - no sway-bars, no track-bars, no shocks - only a set of springs between the frame and axle.

The ride is fairly smooth - but there is a bit of residual shake when hitting large bumps at highway speeds. At times it feels like the Jeep is going to go out of control, but hasn't in the last 3 days.

While the shocks were off - a quick RTI test showed a score of 843 - but the limiting factor was not a raised tire, but my bushwacker flares being crunched by my mini-tires (35" MT's). While my Jeep was all twisted out, a few measurements were taken for new shocks.

The idea of a set of Rancho 9000 shocks is going through my head - but with a best price of $129 per shock, it might be out of my league for a few more months. Considering a set of $20 shocks to sit between my frame and axle for the short-term.

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Unread 10-05-2003, 11:52 AM   #2
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35s? you must be preparing for snowfall, LoL. Keep us posted on what you do. Just outta curiousity Naekid, is that thing your DD? when you go wheeling, is it a trailer queen or do you drive it there and back?
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Unread 10-05-2003, 12:18 PM   #3
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Hey Loopy,

The only kind of trailering that my Jeep is involved in is towing my camping trailer or my boat trailer. My Jeep has never been on a trailer being towed for as long as I have owned it. It has been on the back of tow-trucks - but that was after it was damaged.

My Jeep is my Daily Driver - I use it to goto the movies, for groceries, fresh BBQ gas ... and on all the trails that I can find.

I put my hard-top and hard-doors on with my little 35" tires to prepare for winter time again. The evenings were getting a little chilly driving on the highways (65mph and higher) at mid-night (between 2 to 4 degrees over freezing). Also, I drove my Jeep 8hrs over 3 mountain passes for my Dad's wedding that happened Sept 13. I then drove 8hrs back to Calgary. Only 4 full tanks of gas for the entire round trip. I didn't want the power sucking 38" tires for that trip.
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Unread 10-05-2003, 02:46 PM   #4
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Got a question. If I take my shocks off, do you think that the axle wrap problem I have now will be increased? I still want to do a SOA for the lift. But for the search for a better ride in our YJ's, I was wondering about doing this deal until funds become available.

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Unread 10-05-2003, 04:08 PM   #5
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Talk about a ball-busting ride! As you guys know the shocks for the most part are the main thing controlling the axle down travel and when you go over a bump, your Jeep is going to slam down pretty hard. I ran without shocks once and damn near lost control everytime I went over a bridge. The rear end would slam down so hard the entire Jeep would bounch around the road. Good luck with your testing NaeKid and keep us posted.

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Unread 10-06-2003, 10:51 PM   #6
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Well, my testing has concluded with a final highway run at 65mph (and higher) for 45 minutes one way.

Once I reached my friends place (where 1/2 my tools are located) I then swapped in a new set of shocks.

Measured my flex numbers and found that a set of stock YJ shocks would work on the front and a set of 1994 Dodge Ram 1/2ton shocks would work on the rear end.

I find the ride from the front-end is fairly good - a little jumpy at times, but controllable.

The rear-end the shocks seem to be a little stiff for the weight of my Jeep, so I will check out another set of shocks.

Will update again later after more testing.
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