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post #1 of 12 Old 08-19-2004, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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need a smoother ride

allright guys, this is getting rediculous. every little bump/crack in the road that i go over makes my whole jeep BOUNCE!!! not to mention the death wobble that i get at 42-50 mph. i have to get this worked out. any suggestions? steering stabilizers? i have a 2"BB and 31" tires. i just rotated my tires, which helped. thanks for everyone's help.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-19-2004, 07:38 AM
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Tighten the bolts on the track bar. Have you done an alignment? What shocks are your running? How much air are you running in the tires?

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With regards to smoothing the ride out, your two biggest things (setup as your Jeep is) are the tire pressure, and the shocks.
As was already asked,
- What tire pressure are you running
- What shocks are you running.

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A steering stabilizer (or lack of one), will neither cause, nor prevent, death wobble.


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thanks for your help guys, i am not sure what pressure my tires are at right now, will check at lunch. still have stock shocks and it's probably a smart move to get some new ones. any suggestions?
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depends how much you are looking to spend...but i hear OME shocks are pretty good, and not too too pricey.


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post #6 of 12 Old 08-19-2004, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rogasm
thanks for your help guys, i am not sure what pressure my tires are at right now, will check at lunch. still have stock shocks and it's probably a smart move to get some new ones. any suggestions?

Try balancing your tires. I was getting some bad wobble at about 45 mph and having the fronts balanced fixed that. Since you are running the factory springs and shocks, it's probably the tire pressure.

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I'm having the same issues after my BB install. It came with new shocks, D3000 or something like that. I lowered my tire pressure from 40 (shop pumped the up) to 30. That helped some, but the ride is still harsh & jarring. Will a different shock or different spring help? I drive 95% on-road.

I am going to lower the tranny this weekend to eliminate the vibration from the driveshaft.

I have a hard time with keeping the tires balanced. I just had them balanced along with an alignment last week, and the death wobble has come back strong 2 days afterwards. I've had them rebalanced 3 times since April, and each time, they needed it.

Does anyone know of an aftermarket seat that is built to absorb some of the jolts and soften the ride for the driver?
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-20-2004, 09:27 AM
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Mine rides like a cadillac on rx9000 shocks on the softest settings (9 firmness settings on each). Now I have the fronts at 1 and rears at 3 since I put the hard top back on. I do have a long arm lift though but the shocks are very nice.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-20-2004, 07:01 PM
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I put OME springs and shocks on my 04 and it made the ride much smoother.

Good shocks make a big difference.

I have heard complaints about the DT3000's being rough riders.

I also considered the Edlebrock's but the cost almost as much as OME's.

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Rancho RS9000X - $90 each but you can flip 'em to the softest setting when you want to and think you're in a Caddy...

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post #12 of 12 Old 08-21-2004, 06:08 PM
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Which are better, old man emu or the Rancho RS9000X? Not taking into account the price difference, which provides the smoothest ride plus longest travel?
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