This summer my suspension is getting torn out and I'm going to 4 link the back with JJs blah, blah. I'm looking through spring options and it's obviously between relocating the coils (involves moving buckets or mounting new ones) and outboarding the shocks, or coilovers.
I've seen discussions before that point out how coilovers have definite advantages on the road over air shocks when run on both axles but those were for people doing the front too, I would only put air shocks on the rear.
My idea is to run airshocks on outboarded towers that eliminates the need for coil buckets and so on. I know this isn't new territiry by any means but I couldn't find any info on the DDability of this. Does anyone have experience with how airshocks might handle on the road with a 4 link? There will be a sway bar on both axles (likely Antirock) and the front will be coil sprung.
air shocks would work fine. keep in mind you would have to find the right weight oil and pressure. from what i read air shock do not do well in rough terrain at speed and great for low speed crawling. your better option is to do a coilover shock if it is a dd.
* not to mention your quite limited to the carrying capacity..
I bought a pair of fox 16" 2.0 air shocks for my tj that isn't necessarily my DD but it's driven everywhere. Talked with a bunch of people who ran them and decided to sell them. Pretty much the 2.0s are meant for lightweight buggys and 2.5 are meant for anything more then that. I only talked to 1 person who had 2.5s on a tj with sway bars front and rear that liked them but it takes a lot of dialing in and messing with to get it right. If you carry any load or intend to pull anything then they aren't for you either.
Coilovers far outweigh air shocks in advantages. In my opinion it seems that unless you won't the front and rear to fight thereselves or have one end doing all the work, either stick to coils all around or run Coilover etc. on both ends. Air shocks don't belong on a full body rig in my opinion or the road.
I sold mine to a buddy of mine who put them on a tj with tons and 4ds he drives everyday. He only had them a few weeks before getting rid of them for coilovers, and only had them that long because he was saving up for coilovers. You could push up on one side and it would just stay there. He didnt have a sway bar or probably take a lot of time tuning but they sucked. He ran nothing in the rear but said that he could tell if he drove for a while it would fade some.
If your only running 33s anyways just stick to coils and 4-link it. I'd love ori/coilovers someday but my coils have been sufficient thus far and will do until I might someday need something more.
They are set up so there isnt a need for a swaybar, they are badass but they are $$$ with wait time. I've riden in a tj with coilovers without swaybars and the spring rates and valving he chose you couldn't tell he wasnt running any.
Just out of curiosity, why do you think you need coilovers/ORI's/air shox?
I love the simplicity of them... the idea of two shock mounting points and no coil buckets to fuss with. I obviously have no need for them with my currently stockish suspension geometry but after my rebuild I'll be craving the extra travel, dual rates ect ect.