I drive LOTS of Miles. But Want to put 31s on. What to buy to maximize comfort?
So here's the deal. I daily drive my 92xj 4.0 AW4 (3.55 Chrysler 8.25) 75 miles a day. That's a lot of driving. It's ALL highway. Around 80mph (Detroit police don't care). My Jeep now is stock with 215s. And the ride is comfortable, safe, and reliable.
Now, I want to give her a little bit of a lift and some tires. So I bought the kit in the attachment (cost me $290). And I plan to grab some 31s.
My question is this: since I drive so much on the highway, how do I maximize comfort and minimize wear and tear on my suspension. I want this lift to have as little effect on durability/smoothness as possible. I'm fine with a firm ride, but not vibrations/shakes.
What do you recommend? What is not included in this kit that I'll need to make this happen? Thank you all for your time.
It says Rough Country. Prepare your butt for the oncoming pain and anything included in that kit should be thrown out. If you really want to use those parts adding a full set of adjustable control arms will help with getting the axles positioned perfectly for a better ride.
Rubicon Express' front drop brackets will put the control arms into a good angle for ride smoothness, but the brackets are designed for 5.5" lifts. A 3" lift is the in between area where getting the control arms at good angles with aftermarket parts is more difficult.
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
1997 Jeep Comanche - 4.7L Stroker, Lifted, "Restored", and soon to be supercharged.
2000 Jeep Cherokee - Dimples, Factory Stock
do not listen to the naysayers! i have the exact same set up on my '97 and endure the same bombed out, metro detroit roads as you. i added 2" coil spring spacers up front and dakota bastard pack leafs out back and when everything settled i am at a total of 4.5 inches of lift on true 31" (30.5 inch actual) tires. i would rate my ride quality as firm more so than soft but not painful or uncomfortable. coming from a guy with 2 bad discs in his back you can take it as a fair rating. i can drive 3 or 4 hours on the freeway before i need to stop and stretch. i also pull my 2600# camper once in a while and it works just fine. a few tips...if those shocks are the hydro this or that you need to ditch them, way harsh. i have the rc n2.0 shocks and they are night and day different. much plusher ride quality and still kick azz offroad. bilsteins would be the bomb if you have the cash-got those on my ram and the ride is just silly. i added a durango steering box with a jcr steering box brace. a must have with the bigger tires and mich roads in my opinion. i also added an iro double shear track bar and their hd tie rod as well. tightens up the front end like new.(i also replaced all ball joints,tie rods, wheel bearings, etc with moog parts). i would also look into some adjustable upper control arms just to simplify the caster angle adjustment. (i welded up the holes in my stockers and measured what i needed, and drilled new holes).i did need to add a sye to mine because of the lift but if you stay at the 3" lift you can probably get away with a transfer case drop if you run into vibes. i can set the cruise at 70 on the freeway, turn on the a/c and it goes straight and true and smooth and works just fine. i have ridden in set ups with way more money into them and mine rides, handles, and drives way better. and i get a true 15 to 16 mpg doing it...
Im with this guy. Some of us have better things to throw money at (like house payments and ect).
Your lift is fine and should do the ticket. Ive ran the same lift with no problems and passed friends broken down with 35's on the trail .
Seems like alot of people suffer from "little-man syndrome" if ya catch my drift.
if you are looking for a smoother riding tire, try to find some 16's or 17's with the equivalency of a 31 (i think its 265). you can get them in something a little tamer and smoother since a lot of newer trucks come with them.
I been running 30x9.5 for 6+ years, been happy with them. Not all that much less height but much less of a contact patch it keeps your rpm range/rolling resistance more optimum for fuel efficiency. Also easier on the rest of your components as well.
I drive 72 miles every day. All highway. I also drive 520 miles across the state every other weekend. I have a '96 with a 2" AAL budget lift and Cooper Discoverer 31x10.5. The ride is absolutely perfect and I love it. I can go 90mph over a bump without a single vibration and it drives like butter. The tires are fantastic and have a 55,000 mile warranty. I also get 18mpg at ~80mph.
1996 Cherokee winter daily/funmobile
1991 Civic hatchback summer daily/weekend racer
-best of 11.73 @125mph with full interior and street tires