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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #4981
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Stupid question time (hand raised from the dimly-lit back of the class)

Are you referring to the shaft of the shocks, or axle shafts?

I'm quite a bit interested in how this turns out - your comment about handling over pot holes got my attention. As I'm relatively new to the Jeep thing (at least with a TJ), I had just assumed it was a combination of short wheel base and "it's a Jeep, of course it rides rough." But ever since I bought mine it's had a pretty rough ride; even after changing all my shocks last year it's still pretty rough going over holes and bumps. Jarring, I think, is the best word to describe it. So this has me thinking, is it something else? Something in the axle?
I doubt its anything in the axle , if it was you would hear it . When I had stock shocks , stock springs and the stock sway bar my jeep was rough . The ride after I lifted it and added the antirock was much better , less choppy is the description I would use .

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Unread 06-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #4982
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Stupid question time (hand raised from the dimly-lit back of the class) Are you referring to the shaft of the shocks, or axle shafts?
Any question that helps you or someone else to better understand a concept is NOT a stupid question. I'm referring to the shocks, here; if there was an axle issue, I don't think it would manifest in a rough/jarring ride. I think I'm likely dealing with a combination of damaged shocks, heavier-than-they-should-be spring rates and stock control arm bushings that are absolutely dead. Also, the stock swaybar in the front probably isn't helping.

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I'm quite a bit interested in how this turns out - your comment about handling over pot holes got my attention. As I'm relatively new to the Jeep thing (at least with a TJ), I had just assumed it was a combination of short wheel base and "it's a Jeep, of course it rides rough." But ever since I bought mine it's had a pretty rough ride; even after changing all my shocks last year it's still pretty rough going over holes and bumps. Jarring, I think, is the best word to describe it. So this has me thinking, is it something else? Something in the axle?
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I doubt its anything in the axle , if it was you would hear it . When I had stock shocks , stock springs and the stock sway bar my jeep was rough . The ride after I lifted it and added the antirock was much better , less choppy is the description I would use .
I'm with Beasley on this one; if you had an axle issue you would probably know it just as clearly as you knew about that pinion bearing you fixed. Ride quality issues are usually suspension-related.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #4983
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When your back gets better just pull a shock off and push it down and see if it seems normal.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #4984
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When your back gets better just pull a shock off and push it down and see if it seems normal.
That's the plan.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 02:33 PM   #4985
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I don't know if it's the same with your rig as mine, but my stock CA bushing are in dire need of replacement, but my ride isn't rough, the zj just likes to wonder across the road not giving a hoot who's around or how drunk it makes you look. But then again, I don't have a front sway bar either
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Unread 06-24-2013, 04:05 PM   #4986
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I don't know if it's the same with your rig as mine, but my stock CA bushing are in dire need of replacement, but my ride isn't rough, the zj just likes to wonder across the road not giving a hoot who's around or how drunk it makes you look. But then again, I don't have a front sway bar either
I don't know that mine are worn too badly, but I do know that they don't support the concept of "articulation"...so they might be having some kind of effect on the ride quality.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #4987
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I don't know that mine are worn too badly, but I do know that they don't support the concept of "articulation"...so they might be having some kind of effect on the ride quality.
Makes sense!! Thanks for helping "special" wheeler
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Unread 06-25-2013, 09:32 AM   #4988
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Makes sense!! Thanks for helping "special" wheeler
Special wheeler...

Today's Jeeping: HOPEFULLY pulling a front shock, as my back is doing a bit better...but I haven't gotten an e-mail back from ARB after answering their last round of questions. I think I'll post another one to them when I have something to report about the condition of the shocks.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #4989
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Your pile o'parts is building up over here , when are you heading over ? Take it easy on your back , don't re-gimp yourself .
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Unread 06-25-2013, 12:13 PM   #4990
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Your pile o'parts is building up over here , when are you heading over ? Take it easy on your back , don't re-gimp yourself .
I guess I need to turn some pig into barbeque and bring it your way, then.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #4991
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I dearly love good bbq ...we are here all week . If you come over can you grab a t case in Pfafftown for me ?
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I doubt its anything in the axle , if it was you would hear it . When I had stock shocks , stock springs and the stock sway bar my jeep was rough . The ride after I lifted it and added the antirock was much better , less choppy is the description I would use .

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Any question that helps you or someone else to better understand a concept is NOT a stupid question. I'm referring to the shocks, here; if there was an axle issue, I don't think it would manifest in a rough/jarring ride. I think I'm likely dealing with a combination of damaged shocks, heavier-than-they-should-be spring rates and stock control arm bushings that are absolutely dead. Also, the stock swaybar in the front probably isn't helping.


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I'm with Beasley on this one; if you had an axle issue you would probably know it just as clearly as you knew about that pinion bearing you fixed. Ride quality issues are usually suspension-related.

Many thanks for the input good sirs. Once this blasted (read: costly) wedding is over with I'll see if I can scrape a few pennies together for some new springs and shocks.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #4993
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I dearly love good bbq ...we are here all week . If you come over can you grab a t case in Pfafftown for me ?
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Many thanks for the input good sirs. Once this blasted (read: costly) wedding is over with I'll see if I can scrape a few pennies together for some new springs and shocks.
She's keeping you? I thought she had better taste than that...

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Unread 06-26-2013, 09:56 AM   #4994
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Today's Jeeping: I didn't get around to pulling a shock yet, but since I'm a bit more mobile - at least for today - I'm going to take a stab at it as soon as the weather cools later. Wish me luck with that.
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Unread 06-26-2013, 10:03 AM   #4995
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Its nice out til 10 am or so then its sizzling . I guess your waiting until 7pm or so now ?
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