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post #1 of 48 Old 02-10-2020, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Softer ride for 1994 xj

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I know xj is not cadillac and cant be cadillac but what shocks you prefer to get the most softer ride that you can get?


Monroe?


Ex owner has installed kyb excel g shocks and i know those are pretty stiff even in normal passenger vehicle.



I drive mostly in highways and bumby roads so i dont need rock solid suspension.



I also looked front coil springs at rockauto. There is heavy duty and regular duty. Is heavy duty spring allways like that upper picture and regular like second picture? Just asking so i can look which ones i have now.



Is there some other vehicles smoother springs that i can fit to my cherokee?

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post #2 of 48 Old 02-10-2020, 04:43 AM
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IMO the stock Cherokee suspension is too soft, so I doubt you need new coil springs. If you measure the suspension and the coil springs have not sagged, any they are still good. Shock absorber choice has the greatest effect upon the perceived ride quality, softer vs. firmer. I prefer DoetschTech DT3000 or BDS shocks.

HD vs. reg coil springs, is usually controlled by the thickness of the coil spring material, and how the coils are wound. The progressive rate coils in the first picture are designed to be softer as it first compresses on small bumps and to get firmer with more compression.
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post #4 of 48 Old 02-10-2020, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Im international buyer so rockauto is easiest and cheapest for me.



How about 2.5/2wd springs? Those are thinner. Compressed lenght is same but free lenght little less than 4.0/4wd springs.



This is my first jeep so i dont know what is normal ride feel but i need more softness 🙂
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I would start with better shocks, and then determine if new springs are necessary.

IMO shocks are probably the primary determination for the perceived quality of the ride. Some brands lift kit springs are firmer than others, but many shocks sold as suitable for an XJ Cherokee, are actually one-size-fits-none shocks that are actually meant for full sized trucks.

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Yeah its maybe the easiest and cheapest way to start.
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Having tried many different shocks like Zone, BDS, RC, RE, ProCrap, Skyjacker, Bilstein and others. I prefer my Rancho RS5000X shocks even over my much more expensive Rancho 9000XL adjustable ones. Around $180 for a full set. Shock choice is subjective.

p.s. My stock coils and leaf springs had zero sag after 20 years and 145,000 miles.
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Having tried many different shocks like Zone, BDS, RC, ProCrap, Skyjacker, Bilstein and others. I prefer my Rancho RS5000X shocks even over my much more expensive Rancho 9000XL adjustable ones. Around $180 for a full set. Shock choice is subjective.

p.s. My stock coils and leaf springs had zero sag after 20 years and 145,000 miles.
19 years and 215000, my 2001 is still at 17.5" front and down to 16.5 rear, rear springs are a bit flat but not quite to sag yet. Last 70000 miles on Les Schwab "Mountain Ryder XT" shocks. I wonder who actually manufactures them for Les?
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post #9 of 48 Old 02-13-2020, 06:43 AM
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What do you have for tires and what pressure are they at. This plays a big role in the ride also.

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For ride quality I would start from the ground up, tires then shocks and if still having issue springs.


The first thing you need to do is what rjbruzan suggest and check your air pressure. Then the condition of your tires and then the load rating.

Fi your tires are bad, you ride will be bad. If your tires are stock probably 32 PSI is were you should be. I they are oversized probably less. Check the load rating on your tires. Cherokees are light, you want a "C" rated tire.

Then shocks, search and ask for recommendations.

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I went with a Rubicon Express super ride lift with new coils,leafs,shocks and a few other parts and have been pleased with the results.
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Having tried many different shocks like Zone, BDS, RC, RE, ProCrap, Skyjacker, Bilstein and others. I prefer my Rancho RS5000X shocks even over my much more expensive Rancho 9000XL adjustable ones. Around $180 for a full set. Shock choice is subjective.

p.s. My stock coils and leaf springs had zero sag after 20 years and 145,000 miles.
sorry but those brands sounds like hd suspension or lifted vehicle suspension choices? Where are all normal brands?



I had ranchos on my 79 bronco and 93 explorer. Ride was very very stiff.
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I have 235/75/15 tyre sets, bf goodrich all terrain for summer and european stud tires for winter.

Tyre sets are ok, i had driven same brands on many american cars and same pressure.
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post #14 of 48 Old 02-15-2020, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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This old test gives also harsh ride for jeep

https://youtu.be/yaR_D49V6A0


Or is cherokee sport more stiffer model? I have limited.
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I have 235/75/15 tyre sets, bf goodrich all terrain for summer and european stud tires for winter.

Tyre sets are ok, i had driven same brands on many american cars and same pressure.
Look at the load rating on the tires, not the brand or style.

As far as the shocks? The ones Boogie mentions would be considered normal to people here. If you want more normal go to the dealership and see if they sell as stock replacements.
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