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Removal of present lift and getting back to a tamer ride

chino1969

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I have a 2004 TJ I bought this past March that already had 4" of lift along with a very stiff suspension from PO. It is a 5 speed Sport with 33" tires, 4.56 gears and a Detroit True Trac LSD in rear, open diff. in front, 1" body lift and a skid plate 1" lower. This is more than I need and don't want to get into the SYE, custom drive shaft, etc.. This will be a daily driver for awhile with moderate off road use; mostly logging trails and back wood adventures. I am currently thinking about scrapping the existing lift and replacing with a 2" lift with Rancho 5000X shocks. I want to keep the 33" tires. Any ideas or suggestions greatly appreciated.

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I personally like the idea of 2" springs and some decent shocks (i.e. Rancho RS5000X). You'll likely still need a slight transfer case drop with 2" of lift (though a 1" MML might help to alleviate that a bit, but then you'll want to pair it with a 1" body lift if you go that route).

Also, if you're looking for a tamer ride, make sure you have C load rated tires, about 26 psi, and good shocks (as you already know).

What's with the red frame?
 
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I personally like the idea of 2" springs and some decent shocks (i.e. Rancho RS5000X). You'll likely still need a slight transfer case drop with 2" of lift (though a 1" MML might help to alleviate that a bit, but then you'll want to pair it with a 1" body lift if you go that route).

What's with the red frame?
That was some RustOleum rusty metal primer I sprayed on after wire brushing surface rust away.
 
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very interested in this thread and what the experts think.

I'm thinking about scrapping my 2.5 lift and going back to OEM. I kept all the OEM parts.

I'm old, my LJ has been in 4wd one time since 2011, that was just to see if it worked and I had to dig out the OM to get it out.

I know, I'm the lowest form of Jeeper, but I own it.
 

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I think I’m heading in this direction. I have everything except the tires. I’m on 2” bds lift w rancho 5000x shocks. I haven’t measured yet but the springs appear to have given more like a 2.5” lift. Makes my 31s look a bit small. I still had vibes with a 0.5” TC drop and I didn’t want to drop it any further hence then reason why I am currently installing a SYE so I can ditch any kind of TC drop. I’m still on the fence about a BL and MML. I’d like to go either 33/10.5 or 32/11.5.
 
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What shocks are on it now? I personally wouldn't spend money to replace serviceable parts.




Why not just get some 5000X shocks for the current setup? 🧐
The shocks are Rubicon Express and yes I am considering just replacing the shocks with Ranchos.
 
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How much added bump stop do your currently have? Would you consider adding a motor mount lift?
 

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I would say that the shocks and tires are like 75% of the ride quality. Maybe more. Unless the springs are ridiculously high spring weight they don't affect the smoothness of the ride. Just primarily the height.
Put Rancho 5000x and a good load C tire at proper inflation and you should have a decent ride irregardless of spring height.
 
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And people mock me for sticking with a stock ride height, but tall lifts just open a can o worms. 1"-2" springs and high clearance fenders for 33's is an option that avoids alot of that mess.
 

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Rubicon Express shocks suck, they're stiff as hell. Mine had those when I first got my Jeep. I later realized they were the reason mine rode so stiff. I later swapped to Skyjacker Hydro's and it improved quite a bit, then earlier this year, I swapped those for Rancho RS5000x shocks and the ride improved even more.
 

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I would say that the shocks and tires are like 75% of the ride quality. Maybe more. Unless the springs are ridiculously high spring weight they don't affect the smoothness of the ride. Just primarily the height.
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Shocks and tires are significantly more than 75%. Finding a ridiculously high spring rate to complain about in the first place is something that is ridiculously difficult to do.
 
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Rubicon Express shocks suck, they're stiff as hell. Mine had those when I first got my Jeep. I later realized they were the reason mine rode so stiff. I later swapped to Skyjacker Hydro's and it improved quite a bit, then earlier this year, I swapped those for Rancho RS5000x shocks and the ride improved even more.
Way too stiff for this old set of bones. I am leaning toward replacing the shocks with the Ranchos based on the good reviews I have read here.