What suspension would you try to imitate or retrofit to your CJ.
The only requirements are,
1: must ride much smoother on the street then those 4" lifted leaf springs.
2: should cost less then the jeep itself LOL....
3: have some way to incorporate dual stage air bags so you can go from almost stock to 4"+ lift...
4: driveshaft concerns and transfer case placement don't matter!!!
5: lastly I would like to keep most of the exterior uncut and stock appearing.
Tube rock fenders are ok but I don't want to make a naked tube buggy either..
So what is the smoothest riding suspension that gives really decent articulation on the trail????
And by smoothest I mean so you can drive 100 miles to the trail on pavement and not feel exhausted!!!
I know CJ's are a rough tough vehicle but my first long trip wore me out....
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Hmmmmmmmm..... Didn't know that is why I asked......
I already have lotsa big tough airbags, valves and such.
Tubing bender, mig welder, Bench top and larger mill, a tiny metal lathe and a metal band saw....
Lets just say I am bored and want to cut up some DOM to play with on the old jeep frame in the driveway....
Maybe I am tired of building Battle bots and want to weld steel instead of AL and TI...
(I still have a few plates / sheets of TI if any body wants to make a killer skid plate LOL...)
Do you prefer the 4 link or the TJ style suspension....
If you don't have a preference or think it is ridiculous then who cares... Just play along and have some fun at
the expense of a crazy person :}
P.S. Lets not worry about cost then.... go for it... unlimited budget but streetable at 70 mph on highway....
For extreme use; 4 link, coil overs, on 38 to 42 inch tires, with body mods and a full cage (its simpler to install than a TJ style suspension).
For a less extreme CJ; SOA with soft flat springs. (you do need to increase the size of the rear wheel wells for 33" and larger tires). A half step can be done by four linking the rear with either separate coils or coil overs.
Forget the airbags/air shocks go with what has been proven to work well. If you want a variable height vehicle resign yourself to compromised performance.
If you want a TJ suspension get a TJ its the easiest riding, best performing, small, stock, 4wd vehicle, IMO.
...a well prepped, well driven, vehicle should do well in any terrain, including the highway.
Carburetors became obsolete during the last century... do what ever it takes to get fuel injection...It makes bigger grins off road.
You want it to be comfortable do a full coil conversion long arm front and rear and nice cushy shocks. Thats going to be your only solution. Forget the pipe dream of using air bags. Not going to happen. With all the work and money your going to need to put into it, just buy a Rubicon The 4.0 has plenty of power to turn big tires just gear it right.