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Unread 11-26-2007, 11:14 PM   #1
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Smoother ride?

Ok, I've read a few posts about how to make my ride smoother, removing track bars seems to be a favorite, I can't seem to find how much I should torque my shackle bolts to? I know that Jeeps don't ride smooth, but stuff will go flying if I hit even small bumps. My lowered Dakota rides smoother than this and it only has a few inches of suspension travel, any help would be great
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Unread 11-26-2007, 11:45 PM   #2
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same here, would like a slightly softer ride for such a new car well 2001. But you hit little bump and its like going offroading so stiff
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Unread 11-26-2007, 11:58 PM   #3
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a lubricated and functioning track bar wont create a harsher ride. it really only limits off road flex but not small amounts of axle movement.

number one offender is frozen spring bushings. the bolt and sleeve can rust together. when the rust "grows" it binds up the bushing itself. pull everything apart and make sure everything is free to move and grease liberally. allot of people say to leave the shackle bolts loose. this is not proper. if designed properly you should be able to torque them down fully and still be able to move freely. the movement should take place between the bushing sleeve and the rubber/poly bushing, not the metal sleeve and the bolt. guaranteed someone wont read this and will advise to only torque them down to 35 lbs in the next couple of posts.

shocks can be harsh as well. most off road shocks are designed for a wide variety of applications and tend to be a bit stiff for light weight jeeps. take one or more off and drive around the block you will feel a difference. 5150 light valved are very smooth.
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Unread 11-27-2007, 12:18 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure Haynes says shackle bolts get torqued to 95 ft/lbs and frame bolts to 105 ft/lbs. Definitely check your bushings and grease em to allow fluid movement. Also, try playing around with tire pressure.
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Unread 11-27-2007, 02:15 AM   #5
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Torque specs above are correct.
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Unread 11-27-2007, 07:27 AM   #6
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Jeep goes far above the need torque for the shackles.

Torque them 45 ft lbs front and rear, 60 main bolts.
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