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post #1 of 8 Old 02-19-2008, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hard hard ride

Hi all…. My first post.

I have a Jeep CJ7 with a 4 inch lift all done by new leaf-springs. I also have a front reverse shackle kit and Rancho 9000 shocks. The shocks are turned down to number 1, the softest setting. I also have 33 inch tires.

What I am looking for is info on how to make it ride softer in the dirt… the smallest of pebbles want to shack your teeth out..

Any suggestions other then a major suspension overhaul…


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post #2 of 8 Old 02-19-2008, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by tiorocky View Post
I have a Jeep CJ7
Lol, there's your problem. Seriously though,what brand of springs? Some are notorious for having very stiff ride characteristics.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-19-2008, 04:36 PM
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and how tight are your shackle bolts? and what PSI are you running in your tire? for that matter, what kind of tires?


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post #4 of 8 Old 02-19-2008, 04:37 PM
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haha, welcome to the CJ world for the most part. I've heard the YJ conversation helps the ride but maybe someone here who has done it can better answer that for you.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-19-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure, a few years back I had a 4 inch lift just using extended shackles… I took it to a reputable place and had them place stock shackles on it and installed lift using leaf springs…

Today I purchased a Chevy 350 and order headers, engine mounts and new radiator. I was hoping I could do something with the suspension while it’s apart for the engine change. One of my disadvantages is I live in La Paz Mexico… tuff getting parts shipped here…
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Not new to this… I purchased the Jeep in 1986 when it was sold as a roll over at three months old… $1,500 back then from the insurance company…

General tires lowered to 26/28 psi… suggested 40 psi
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-20-2008, 12:03 AM
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As has already been stated...tire pressure (sounds like you're okay there), shackles too tight, crappy brand of springs. You need to find out what springs you have...if you've got something like Pro-Comp there ain't much you can do with them.

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