Join Date: Nov 2001
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Softer ride springs
I've spent years making my Jeep reliable. Recently even replaced the frame with an AFW unit.
I swapped to a SBC TPI engine so I've got power.
I swapped to a fiberglass body which also lowered the center of gravity so I've got handling.
I added a winch just in case I'm the last one to leave the jobsite and find myself stuck in the mud.
NOW, I want to improve the ride. The ride of a Lincoln Towncar would be nice but I'd settle for that of a Taurus. The front's not too bad, but the rear bounces me around pretty bad. I think it got worse when I swapped to the fiberglass body, I lost about 100 - 150 pounds on the rear axle. I need to keep the stock height or I won't be able to park under the carport and I hate to scrape ice off windows in the morning. Actually, I need to lower the rear an inch or so to get it level. With the reduced rear weight, it looks like it's going downhill all the time.
I've replaced all the bushings and greased them well, that helped the ride some.
I've thought about de-arching the bottom leaf in the spring pack to work as an overload spring and not normally be in contact. The spring packs need to be rebuilt anyway, I've got a couple of the separator pads sticking out the sides a little and a couple of the clamps are loose.
I wondered about those J. C. Whitney 7 leaf packs. Since it says HD, I assumed it might be stiffer but if the leaves are thinner, it might be softer.
I've considered removing all but the main leaf (and maybe one other) to position the axle and adding coil overs. I think I'd also need traction bars to eliminate spring wrap.