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Unread 09-27-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Suspension tips for a CJ7

Hi, please I need your advice,

I recently restored a CJ7 '86 and part of the upgrades was the suspension, I installed a RoughCountry 2.5 lift to fit 33 BFG MTs. Te problem I am having is that the suspension is way to hard and on the road the Jeep is waaay too bumpy.

I used to have previous to this CJ-7 a '05 Wrangler X with OME 2.5 springs and shock, I know it's "impossible" to have the same ride and feeling as a TJ on the CJ-7 but, is there any way to make the ride more comfortable in this way?...

Regarding the shock absorber, there no specific brand (Monroe) and I think more street use...and well, tires are 33" R16 running at 33 PSI

Any advice is more than welcome"

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Unread 09-28-2011, 07:36 AM   #2
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shackle reversal made a HUGE difference on mine rides like a caddy in comparison to how it did
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Unread 09-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #3
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Nice looking Jeep! You might try running less pressure in the tires. I only run about 20psi in my 35's and it was a huge difference vs the 35psi I was running. I also think that if you do a search you will find the Rough Country springs are considered pretty stiff compared to others.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:25 AM   #4
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The 2.5" OME YJ springs and OME shocks sure smoothed the ride of mine over the worn out stock suspension.

Here's my install thread:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ol...stall-1245523/

Adding a little more weight to your rig may also help. I noticed mine was less "jumpy" when I put the hard top and a heavy Warn winch back on her.

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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:15 AM   #5
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Rough Country is just simply a stiff spring. I don't think your going to change that much. I've had them on for 12 years now and their still stiff.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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35psi makes my jeep ride like crap on rough roads. I run about 25 and it rides pretty nice.

Also check to be sure you didn't over tighten your shackle bolts.

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Unread 09-28-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Something about your jeep I really like. RC makes stiff springs, and that's that. You could also check your shackles. If they're tightened too much they'll limit the movement of the spring.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #8
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Hi, please I need your advice,

I recently restored a CJ7 '86 and part of the upgrades was the suspension, I installed a RoughCountry 2.5 lift to fit 33 BFG MTs. Te problem I am having is that the suspension is way to hard and on the road the Jeep is waaay too bumpy.

I used to have previous to this CJ-7 a '05 Wrangler X with OME 2.5 springs and shock, I know it's "impossible" to have the same ride and feeling as a TJ on the CJ-7 but, is there any way to make the ride more comfortable in this way?...

Regarding the shock absorber, there no specific brand (Monroe) and I think more street use...and well, tires are 33" R16 running at 33 PSI

Any advice is more than welcome"

Here is a Photo of my new toy

A question for the CJ experts out there...In this picture are steps to get into the jeep. I just picked up a heep for parts and it had these steps. The guy selling it said that they were Laredo package side steps and were apparently worth saving? Anyone know?
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Unread 09-28-2011, 04:46 PM   #9
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They are Laredo side steps. I used to have them but kept smashing them on rocks and eventually took them off. If you don't want them, there are plenty of people out there looking for them. Not sure how much they are worth, but no need to throw away perfectly good parts.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 07:50 PM   #10
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I salvage all I can. I know some must die so others can live, but I also can't see scrapping perfectly good parts.

Well if anyone has any more insight let me know. I'm sure I'll let the ultimate capitalistic society of eBay dictate their value.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #11
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They are Laredo side steps. I used to have them but kept smashing them on rocks and eventually took them off. If you don't want them, there are plenty of people out there looking for them. Not sure how much they are worth, but no need to throw away perfectly good parts.
Did only Laredos have those steps? Wonder if it was also a factory upgrade. Mine had them, still laying in the garage after YJ tub swap.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #12
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There were Running Boards and there were Steps. The Steps have two styles, diamond and smooth. They were fitted to Laredos but you coud have them dealer installed on any model.

With the proliferation of side mouldings after market there are better solutions to how your lady friends get into a CJ with modesty intact. Mine is a push up or a pull in.
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Unread 09-29-2011, 08:06 AM   #13
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I just sold a pair of those steps. They're highly sought after. A pair just sold on eBay for $160.
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Unread 09-29-2011, 01:34 PM   #14
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I like the combination of the step and front fender flare, like that they keep a similar line.
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