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Shocking confusion (another \"which shock\"...)
Here's the deal- I bought my g/f a '93 XJ, tossed a RE 3.5" lift on it and some 31" Kelly Safaris. I put ProComp ES3000s under it (I meant to order the 9000s but, well, screwed up and didn't notice 'till it was too late).
She loves the look, hates the ride. I can't blame her, my J10 rides better. I hear some people say Nitros are the only way to go, other say they increase the spring rate and make the ride stiffer (which makes sense to me as the RS5000 hydros on my MJ are disapointingly soft). I've heard that the ES1000s would be the softest shock to use, and others say they're absolute crap. Some say the ES9000 are softer than the ES3000, others say they're stiffer. Others tell me the RS5000s will feel the same as the ES3000s.
So, I'm confused as hell. I need to soften the ride on her Jeep. It's developing new squeaks and rattles from the harsh ride and I'm worries it'll cause an early death to something important.
How much would you blame this on the shock, and how much would you blame it on the lift? Anyone got a solution that doesn't involve bajaing the suspension into submission? Can anyone shed some truth on shocks and which would be appropriate for this application (almost entire street use).