Highway Ride: Overland vs Limited
Over the past 2 years I've had 2 different jeeps: a 2011 Limited that was t-boned when the other driver ran a red light totaling the vehicle. That truck was replaced by a 2012 Overland.
I've had the Overland for about 8 months and the truck has about 20K miles on it. Most of my miles are highway miles and at least once a month we take it for a 500 mile round trip. During the first month of owning the Overland I noticed a difference in ride and stability vs the Limited. I've found that I greatly prefer the Limited's ride. The Overland ride seems less controlled. The truck seems to bounce and sway over uneven payment. I live on Long Island and the roads leading into NYC aren't maintained very well. In areas where the Limited could be driven at 75-80 MPH with some confidence I find that I'm driving the Overland slower. The Overland feels less connected to the road.
At first I thought all of this was in my head due to the accident, but after driving a friend's 2010 Laredo it has reenforced my belief that it's my truck's suspension or tires. The Overland is more prone to directional changes and body pitch than my friend's Laredo and my previous Limited. I have tried several different tire pressure settings in an attempt to change the ride. I have gone as high as 40PSI in all tires and as low as 34PSI. None of the pressure settings have improved the "seat of the pants" feeling.
I'd really like some input on this before I do something drastic like sell the truck. I've had zero problems with my QuadraLift complying with what I ask it to do: Up and down at the touch of a button, aero ride height engages around 65, and normal ride height is reengaged under that speed. The truck has some rake to it when I park it, but I've seen other trucks in parking lots that look about the same. I don't think the tires are out of balance or alignment. There is no shake on even pavement and the truck doesn't pull or drift in either direction.
Please allow me your thoughts.