Pro Comp springs ride rough. Why do you think the bump stops are too long? You can pull that lower extender off if you want, but it's not hurting anything. Your shackles are probably way too tight, loosen them and torque them to about 45 ft.lbs.
Originally Posted by George Orwell
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Those don't look a whole lot different than mine. I'm running 31's on stock suspension, no rubbing or anything. Best thing I *ever* did for the ride is to remove the track bars especially. Those make the ride especially rough. Removing the sway bars allowed it to actually flex enough to hit the bump stops.
Here's an easy way to check: Clean off the bump stops with a dry rag. Then rub a bunch of chalk into the tips of them. Then go for a drive. Anyplace where the chalk rubs off will tell you they were hitting there. The bigger it rubs off, the harder it was hitting.
I'm in the process of removing my sway bar, not sure about trac bar yet. I will try the chalk thing as well.
If nothing works, I'll be looking for new suspension components.
The trac bars will make a bigger difference in my experience - because they tie the axles directly to the frame, so you get to feel every little pebble. Suspension tends to work a lot better when its actually allowed to suspend.
Loosen the shackles , Ditch the Trackbars, Buy some Swaybar disco's that will help the ride, and flex some. Procomp springs are not known for flex or ride. Once the procomp springs start to sag replace them with OME 36R springs. You'll love the flex, and ride after the OME install.
But will the tracy bar affect daily driving? Don't you need it to keep the axle centered or something? Can it cause long term problems.
It makes the daily driving *much* smoother if you take them off, so yeah it does affect it. No you don't need them to keep the axle centered, never did. Just look at any other truck with leaf springs. Next time you see a dodge ram or a chevy or a ford, look how the rear axle is setup. The springs have a pin thru the center of them which locks into a hole in the spring mount on the axle housing. Nope, no long term problems. People ran without track bars since cars were invented almost.
The only reason we have them is because of idiots with lawyers. Same reason why they put automatic shut-off on the lawnmowers nowdays - because some idiot back in 1985 tried to clear his mower out and got his hand chopped off. He sued the mower company and won. (yes, I was turning wrenches and welding for a living back then)
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I know Pro Comp sucks, would not have been my first choice. I was told on my local forum to loosen shackles, I'll be doing that with my dad this weekend.
Someone also suggested removing the bump stops to see how it drives and then adjust them accordingly.
Good advise in this thread and I agree with most of it. There is no need to mess with the bump stops. They have nothing at all to do with a rough ride. Leave them be and don't waste your time. the springs do not hit the bump stops normally.
spend your time loosening the shackle bolts and removing both trac bars. I have never owned a jeep with sway bars on it, I can only tell you then are not needed.
From the pictures those springs, bumps, and shocks all look newer to me.
I agree with Poke, most of your components look like they don't have much age on them. In addition to all the other good advice about softening your ride, if you are wondering how much lift is actually on there, park on level ground and measure from the ground to the bottom of your rocker panels. Stock is 18" IIRC. Just as an FYI, I am SOA with 2.5" springs and 1" of BL built into my body mounts, no trac bars or sway bar, and have no problems with body roll. I will say I have learned to adjust my driving based on what vehicle I'm driving too in my many years.