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post #1 of 22 Old 10-01-2021, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Lift Kit with Soft Ride

Planning on putting a lift kit on my CJ. I do not off road. Strictly street driven. Looking for the softest street ride 4" kit. Does anyone have experience with which is the softest riding 4" kit?

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-01-2021, 11:56 AM
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Not what you are asking, but I will tell you this; while there are definitely softer riding springs and shock choices, even the best kits cannot overcome improper installation, and overinflated too-stiff tires .

Be sure whatever kit you choose, you install the shackles to the proper torque. With properly greased bushings, and run tires designed for the weight of your Jeep, inflated only to the point of even wear, no more.

These things alone will make almost any spring /shock combination decent.

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post #3 of 22 Old 10-01-2021, 12:05 PM
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Definitely not Rancho, Rough Country, or Tuff Country. Cheap lift kits are cheap for a reason.

After quality leaf springs with the proper spring rate, your choice of tires, proper tire pressures, and the brand/type of shocks will have the greatest effect upon the ride quality. Gas filled shock tend to be firmer riding than standard hydraulic shocks. Choose good shocks. Load Range C tires are best for lighter 4x4's.

A front shackle reversal would be an excellent idea.

I have a BDS lift and BDS shocks on my 84 CJ-7, and Rubicon Express lift and DoetschTech DT3000 shocks on my XJ Cherokee.
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Rubicon Express or BDS.

As far as the softest ride…that will be YJ leafs on the front not CJ leafs.
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Old Man Emu for a YJ with the parts needed to convert to a CJ. I don't know if they make a 4" kit however. I honestly doubt it and any 4" is going to be stiff.
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"Lift" and "Soft" should not be in the same thread. Lift creates instability at road speeds, Soft makes it much worse.
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-02-2021, 05:15 AM
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"Lift" and "Soft" should not be in the same thread. Lift creates instability at road speeds, Soft makes it much worse.

How about Road Compliant?

I've had the SkyJacker "softride" 4" spring lift before and it was everything but soft. I blame that on the gas shocks that came with it. Made it a very harsh ride.

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Planning on putting a lift kit on my CJ. I do not off road. Strictly street driven. Looking for the softest street ride 4" kit. Does anyone have experience with which is the softest riding 4" kit?
There are other ways to get it taller. You could do 2.5" ARB OME springs, 1" body lift, and 1/2" shackle lift. I agree with the other posts that suggested the YJ conversion. With the above you could easily run 35's assuming you don't really off road, 33's would run fine on or off road. From my reading the ARB OME springs are the softest ride, but they don't offer a 4". I've read great things about BDS's ride and they do offer a 4".

I'm assuming you want the lifted look only, but with any kind of lift (4" or the above combo) that is going to include larger tires you will need to consider other things: gearing, strength of the steering components, steering/axle geometry, drive shafts, brake lines, shocks, etc. It's a rabbit hole once you start and if it isn't all taken care of they end up handling like crap.

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How about Road Compliant?

I've had the SkyJacker "softride" 4" spring lift before and it was everything but soft. I blame that on the gas shocks that came with it. Made it a very harsh ride.
Keith, maybe the high pressure shocks contributed to the harsh ride but a friend put the same springs o his CJ-7 along with the kit hydraullc shocks and as you say, the ride was anything but soft. After a couple months it seemed to "soften" a bit but his wife made him get rid of the springs so he went down to 2 1/2" Tuff Country which was noticeably softer.
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post #11 of 22 Old 10-03-2021, 09:20 AM
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Why do you need a 4" lift for a Jeep that you are not taking off road? Before doing it find a similarly lifted Jeep and get your significant other to attempt to mount and dismount. Ask her what she thinks.

I've never seen a speed bump in a mall parking lot that a 2.5" lift won't handle.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-05-2021, 05:16 PM
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My favorite choice that i currently have is a 4.5 inch Rubicon Extreme 2.5" wide leaf spring conversion with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Then add new Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 Tires (Mine are 35") and it a fairly comfortable ride. It not a soft as a TJ but it not very harsh either.
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-05-2021, 06:47 PM
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On my 82 CJ7, I have a 2.5” spring lift kit from Skyjacker and a 1” shackle lift that replaced an old similar setup and I can tell you:
Correct tire inflation will get you a softer ride than “soft” springs and shocks.
I’m running 33” tires at between 20 and 25 psi and she’s smooth on the roads.
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post #15 of 22 Old 10-06-2021, 06:06 AM
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I have used several brands and lift heights on my ‘84 CJ7 and my favorite is the 4.5” Rubicon Express. They are soft, yet predictable and flexible, but not so soft as to require the addition of a sway bar.
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