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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-15-2003, 04:54 PM
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How to know when springs gone bad?

Hey guys. Just as the subject states just how do you know if your in need of new leaf springs? My cj5 rides hard even after I put new Rancho 5000 shocks. I can feel every little rock every little hole, I drive 90% of the time on dirt roads. Since this is my dd I would like a little smoother ride I know I will never have a caddy like ride but something a little smoother would be nice. Any ideas or suggestions. Oh if it matters its a 75, 304 no lift. thanks Eric [img]images/graemlins/givemebeer.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
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Re: How to know when springs gone bad?

From my understanding the RS 5000's are stiff shocks. I had the 5000's on my jeep up front but switched them out and it really improved the ride. You may want to go to the adjustable 9000's or similar. Good Luck!
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Re: How to know when springs gone bad?

Go with straight hydraulic shocks and make sure your shackles work properly. I've got 2 -73 CJ-5s and they ride pretty nice.
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Re: How to know when springs gone bad?

When springs go bad they sag and get a negative arch to them. My guess is your shocks are too stiff for what you'd like which is causing the rough ride. Bad springs don't get firmer.
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Re: How to know when springs gone bad?

I've got the Rancho RS5000 on the rear and Doetsh D3000 on the front. On rutted gravel roads the rear will "skitter about" and the front hold the line. The RS5000 are stiff and slow to react...I'll be changing my rear shocks out when the money tree blooms. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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