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post #16 of 20 Old 10-09-2015, 07:23 PM
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I have the H&R/5100 combo and it does improve the ride over stock, the have TJ specific and LJ specific springs IIRC


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post #17 of 20 Old 10-09-2015, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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My original thought was to do the H&R springs with about a .75 spacer on top to get me a hair under 2". But now looking at the BDS and OME being in a similar cost ballpark as the first option, I'm considering those more. But, I gotta admit, this won't see offroad much at all, so on-road manners are important to me.

I've seen that some say the BDS is stiff or the OME is stiff, but I know its all pretty relative. And shocks are the majority of the ride.

Just want to do this once and have a good result.
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-10-2015, 12:48 AM
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My original thought was to do the H&R springs with about a .75 spacer on top to get me a hair under 2". But now looking at the BDS and OME being in a similar cost ballpark as the first option, I'm considering those more. But, I gotta admit, this won't see offroad much at all, so on-road manners are important to me.

I've seen that some say the BDS is stiff or the OME is stiff, but I know its all pretty relative. And shocks are the majority of the ride.

Just want to do this once and have a good result.
Get the Rancho adjustable shocks. That way, you can dial the ride in just how you like it. I've put Zone hydro shocks on 3 of my Jeeps (current one also) and they ride as smooth as stock and are inexpensive.

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post #19 of 20 Old 10-10-2015, 08:44 PM
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dougiefresh131,
Lifts and ride quality, and looks, are such a personal decision, I know what you are going thru! I'll just give my experiences, and you can add them to your thinking.
I had a 97 TJ which I didn't want to lift much, but wanted to look good with 31's, and like you, ride nice on the road. I went with the H&R springs, which raised it virtually exactly 1" and 5100 shocks. I will say, it handled as close to what a Wrangler can be to a sports car, and the ride was better than stock. I really loved that setup.

This spring, I ran across an 04 LJ, softtop, and couldn't resist it! It had 82K miles on it and sat almost three inches higher in the back with stock springs. I consulted with Nick at Kolak Performance, a vendor on this forum, even emailed pics to him. Also, the stock springs still had readable factory numbers on tags wrapped around the springs. With those numbers, he determined both front and rear springs were the heaviest used on 04 TJ/LJ's. LJs' extra length tends to weight the front more, especially with a softtop. This one rode nice with the stock setup, just had too much front rake. The rear sat so high, it made my 31's look too small. Nick suggested going with OME 2.5" front springs, and staying with the stock rear springs, and if it wasn't perfect, OME makes 4mm and 10mm spring spacers to fine tune it a little. And I knew I wanted 5100 shocks again. Installed the front springs and the front sat just a wee bit higher than the rear. Used the OME 4mm (1/2") spacers in the rear and it came out perfect, and the ride and handling is just great!

To add just a little, I didn't have the back seat in all this time because I was contemplating whether I was going to Rhino line the interior. I decided to do that, and the weight of the Rhino lining(that stuff is heavy!) and that heavy a## rear seat, may have set the rear down enuf I might have to try the 10mm rear spring spacers!
So, it was level, rode great, but the 31's just looked too small. I didn't want to go wider with tires, but wanted about 33" height. BF Goodrich has redesigned their All Terrain Radials called KO2's. Supposed to be better in rain, an aggressive looking sidewall, and they came out with a 33x10.50x15, which is actually 32.5" tall. Looks good, I think, rides nice and are much quieter than my MTZ's!

If you, or anyone else for that matter, would like pics, just PM me. Posting pics to forums doesn't usually work for me.
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post #20 of 20 Old 10-11-2015, 10:27 AM
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I have an 06 LJ rubicon with 2" BDS Springs and bilsteins from Kolak. The ride is much improved compared to stock, and it gave me right at 2 inches lift over stock. My rig is a little on the heavy side though. Perfect amount of lift for 265/75r16 tires.

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