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Unread 02-11-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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Suspension Travel

Hey there, I'm new to this forum, and also new to owning a Jeep TJ. I have bought a 2003 Jeep TJ sport, with a 2.5" rough country spring lift kit in it. The rear shocks are no good anymore, and I have ordered new ones. The ones I ordered are 21.5" Extended, and 13.5" collapsed. When the Jeep is at a stand still the shocks are 15.5" Eye to Eye. I guess what I need to ask, is 2" enough up-travel for every day driving around town and highway? I will do some offroading, but for the most part it will be around town. OR do I need to get shorter shocks, so that the up and down travel are close to equal? Please help me understand this. Thank you in advance

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Unread 02-11-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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More than likely the 2" will not be enough up travel.
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Unread 02-11-2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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how much space is the rear bumps. you do not want the shock to become the bump stop.
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Unread 02-11-2014, 08:10 PM   #4
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2" is not enough uptravel.

You want at least 4" for a comfortable ride around town.

Do you still have 2.5" of lift from the RC springs? Sounds like they may have sagged a little. If you measure the rear springs with the Jeep sitting at ride height, do they measure around 10.5"?
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Unread 02-12-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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2" is not enough uptravel. You want at least 4" for a comfortable ride around town. Do you still have 2.5" of lift from the RC springs? Sounds like they may have sagged a little. If you measure the rear springs with the Jeep sitting at ride height, do they measure around 10.5"?
I measured the rear spring and it is only sitting about 9.75". Because if this should I try for shorter springs to get more up travel? The bumps have way too long of a gap, they're measuring roughly 6". Any thoughts from here? The shocks I have ordered, and only 2" of up travel, are bilstein and have total travel of 8". The next size smaller only have 6" of travel. If I put the smaller ones in, then I would have more up travel, but not as much down travel. Thanks for all of the help this far!!
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I measured the rear spring and it is only sitting about 9.75". Because if this should I try for shorter springs to get more up travel? The bumps have way too long of a gap, they're measuring roughly 6". Any thoughts from here? The shocks I have ordered, and only 2" of up travel, are bilstein and have total travel of 8". The next size smaller only have 6" of travel. If I put the smaller ones in, then I would have more up travel, but not as much down travel. Thanks for all of the help this far!!
Shorter springs will give you less room for uptravel.

Your bumpstops need extended. It sounds like they were left alone when the lift was put on.
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