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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2002, 07:05 PM
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4 inch Rides like a buckboard

I recently purchased a rolled 86cj7 for salvage price(only the top and windsheild frame were bad), and it apparently has 4 inches under it with heckathorn shocks. The problem is it bounces horrible and has almost no articulation, causing wheelspin in SLIGHT off-camber position. Is this normal in a lifted CJ7? or is there something I can do to help?
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

I would say its the type of springs on it. I had 4inch BDS springs on my cj and it was bouncy but it had pretty good articulation.
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

sounds like you have terrible springs... ride in a cj with skyjacker 4" springs or anything quality and you'll see why they cost more..
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

Are you sure its not a 2 1/2" lift with an add a leaf. Even my stiff Pro-comp springs still articulate well. But I ran an add a leaf for a short time several years ago, you couldn't get that sucker to bend (it was the short, thick kind).
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

I'm not exactly sure how much or what kind of lift it is, all I know for sure is that there are poly bushings and no visible add a leaf so I assumed they were complete spring packs and not just an add a leaf. As for how much lift it has new 33" swamper TSL's on it so I assumed 4". The front sway bar is still attached so that hurts the articulation, but it just seems stiff overall; is it possible that the shocks are to short,long, or just plain wrong?
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

that's a Rough Country lift, do you wonder why it's called Rough now? these are really cheap lifts, about the same ride as ProComp, get some sway-bar disco's and see if that helps any. I had a friend with a CJ-5 and a 2.5 in Rough Country lift, that thing was all over the road if you hit a big bump!
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

I can second that. I had a rough country 3" lift on my Toyota. It cam with heckethorn shock and man was that a hard ride. I did everything I could to soften it up. The only thing that i came up with was to sell it and buy a Jeep.
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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

Check all the suspension bolts, particularly the shackles....if they are too tight, they will bind the poly bushings, reducing articulation and increasing harsh ride....

Or you could get some hefty inlaws to ride around everywhere you go.....

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Re: 4 inch Rides like a buckboard

I waited a year for my new Rancho lift to soften up- it never did so I removed the smallest leaf from all 4 spring packs and it helped soften the ride alot.
I still gave in and later swapped to Skyjacker springs.
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