Rusty, glad to hear it. I'm sure you will be happy with the BDS shocks. Keep us informed on how you like them. Also, I would recommend putting in a short bumpstop extension. Even though BDS doesn't include them I think you could bottom out your BDS shocks without them.
I put about 600 miles on my setup over the weekend. Mostly Interstate cruising, but I did drive on a couple miles of low maintenance gravel roads. My Jeep was loaded down with my family and camping gear for the highway cruising. I had the shocks at #3 for most of the trip. With the extra weight things felt very smooth on the highway.
I also left it at #3 when I did my low maint road driving. I was alone at this time and only had a light load. But I was actually pretty happy with how it handled offroad. Somehow, it feels smoother offroad than it does on the road. I did a little flexing with the sway bar connected and I felt that the stiffer rear springs worked very well with the swaybar stiffness. The road I was on had some deep ruts in it and I made it a point to cut across the ruts at a good pace. I found the setup to be very stable across these ruts with minimal side to side bobble. I was impressed with this stability and it made me feel I might have a better setup than I realized.
For my return trip home I put the shocks at #2 on the front and #3 on the rear. This felt even a little more balanced for me. I think if I had a winch or heavy bumper upfront the spring rates would be about perfect for an LJ.
Overall, I feel that my Jeep is well balanced and mostly void of the back and forth flopping I felt from factory. In fact, I'm beginning to wonder if my setup may actually be better than factory. But I had just gotten so used to the factory setup, that I think thats how things should be. I have a feeling that if I drove a factory Jeep and my Jeep side by side with no preconceived notions of how the Jeep should feel, I would probably prefer my setup. I think it may just feel stiff and unnatural to me because I have been driving a factory Jeep setup for about 7 years (2 Jeeps). So anything outside of the factory bobbing feels unnatural to me.
Also is it possible that the springs can soften up a bit after they break in? My setup now feels similar on #3 to what it did before on #2.
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Last edited by Fargo; 07-06-2010 at 09:39 PM.