Re: shockless Yj set-up....yay or nay??
Trust me, Truckboy, the 9000's are no gimmick. At their stiffest setting, yes they are kidney-jarring rough. They get so stiff that without a load in the Zuk, it gets downright bouncy on the highway, especially around bumpy turns.
Conversely, at their softest setting it's almost like having no shocks at all. I get a slow oscillating "wallowing" over bumps on the highway, like a Cadillac or Lincoln.
And of course, there are several settings in-between those two extremes, so I can tailor the ride and handling to the needs of the terrain. For example, while rockcrawling I like to set the shocks to be as stiff as they can be, for maximum control of body motions. It keeps the tires firmly planted on the ground, with no "heaving" of the body on the suspension when going over large rocks. It also really helps in off-camber situations. Conversely, when travelling at high speeds along rocky, bumpy, or washboarded dirt/gravel roads, I set the shocks to their softest setting (unless there are jumps involved) and let the body float over the "siezuring" wheels and I hardly feel anything. I just have to watch it on corners, because the body lean is wicked! 1 (the softest setting) is really too soft for most situations; it's akin to driving with no shocks! If I plan to do any jumps, I stiffen the shocks to 3 or 4 (out of 5). Most highway driving is at 2 for freeway cruising, 3 for in-town driving, and 4 for windy mountain highways. If I'm towing my trailer or hauling several people or heavy gear, I'll stiffen the shocks by 1 setting.
That's the beauty of the extra-cost in-cab remote adjustment controls for the shocks. It allows me to change the stiffness of the shocks on the fly to whatever I want them to be. I don't have to stop the truck, get out, and crawl under my truck to adjust them, I just press a button on my dash. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] And I don't have to hope that some "automatically adjusting" shocks will adjust to the right valving. I just put the 9000's at what I want, and it just plain works. I've had them for about 3-4 years now, and they still work as good as new.
I know they're expensive, as is the in-cab remote kit, but it's worth every penny!!! I won't go back to regular shocks again!
-- Geoff Beasley