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post #1 of 25 Old 03-08-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Better Leaf Setup?

So now that I have my front pretty much squared away....the rear end is driving me bonkers....the ride is horrible, the creaking and moaning and popping is terrible. So before I go any further this is my rear setup.
3.5" pro comp full leak packs with a rusty's 1" shackle and RC 2.2 shocks.....What is the most ideal (not talking deaver or alcan leaves) rear setup for a good ride since this is my daily driver. Keeping the 4.5" of lift in the rear.


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post #2 of 25 Old 03-08-2013, 02:36 PM
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shackle relocation boxes... night and day difference.. and loose the cheap shocks.
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shackle relocation boxes... night and day difference.. and loose the cheap shocks.
This. Relocations or slider boxes w/ a good shock. Try a Bilstein 5100.
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Shocks are half your ride quality.


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All of these play a part. First of all, pro comp has no place on jeeps IMO. Some decent leafs and shocks will ride fine. Shackle relocation brackets will also help

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92 xj here, I have the same ride problem, I have brand new hd leafs in the back with 1" blocks for a 3" lift total, brand new monroe sensatracs (longer with bpe's) rides better with about 150 lbs thrown in the back, I'm running 31" wrangler authorities with about 18lbs air. I would love a better ride. What brand/source shackle relocation brackets do you guys recommend ?
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I'd recommend you get rid of the blocks.


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I guess my thing is, I just don't want to buy new shock and shackle relocation boxes and then come to find out, it was my leafs the whole time.

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post #9 of 25 Old 03-09-2013, 12:13 PM
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OME Med duty leaves- +2"
Shackle Boxes- +1.5"
OME AAl- +1"
Your choice of shackle- +.5-1+"

Oh and a decent shock I can reccomend OME Sports and I hear Bilsteins aren't bad either.

I'll gaurantee that combo will ride just about as good as you can get, with out going obnoxious of course, and flex like the dikkens also.

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I think I'm going to start with removing the rear shocks and seeing if that is where the noise is coming from....it seems me loading down the back of the jeep with heavy bags of stuff has helped some...but we will see.

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Keep the leafs. Fix the leaf bushings as that's probably where your popping is coming from, then shocks and shackle relocation brackets.

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Keep the leafs. Fix the leaf bushings as that's probably where your popping is coming from, then shocks and shackle relocation brackets.
X2. Even the best leaf springs wont be at their best if shackle angle is poor and your shocks are valved for a dump truck.

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How do you guys feel about the RC shackle relocation brackets?

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X2. Even the best leaf springs wont be at their best if shackle angle is poor and your shocks are valved for a dump truck.
This is so very true.

I've seen the FST low pro boxes and RC on 2 different rigs locally. I prefer the FST over RC since it will not raise the rear, just give you an adjustable shackle angle.

And I am running RE 3.5" leafs with a shackle. Not the best but its at 5" now with a tire carrier. Paired that with Fox 2.0 shocks and the ride is a lot better over the generic white body shocks I had. Next is the FST low pro shackle box.
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Im running 4.5" RC leaf packs, .5" block, JKS boomerang shackle and RC relocation brackets with Skyjacker M95s, sit about ~6" of lift (shackle is moved up for greater angle and less lift added) and love the ride. Granted with you wanting to keep it 4.5" of lift you would be better off running a 2.5" leaf pack with my same set up and get about the same amount of lift. plus with with the flatter spring it would ride a lot better. The RC shackle boxes work great I had to trim mine for more shackle swing but other then that they are not bad for the price. Just remember, semi flat spring, 45* shackle angle and good shocks will give the best ride and great flex.

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