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Springs: Which Springs Provide The Softest, Most Forgiving Ride?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by OverEngineer, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Sep 1, 2017
    OverEngineer

    OverEngineer Member

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    1970 CJ5 - I need to find the softest most forgiving ride I can for this CJ. Right now it is lifted and I need to solve that. For trails, I'd be willing to increase the ride height a bit, 1-2" if I had too. Are the stock 860 pound springs the way to go or, should I have Deaver racing or someone else make springs. I am interested in any opinions you folks can muster.
     
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    Focker

    Focker Rust Never Sleeps Staff Member Sponsor

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    timgr

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    There will always be a trade-off between body roll and spring stiffness. You can go very soft, but the Jeep probably will be undriveable on the street. With the springs as far inboard as they are, they need to be stiff to control body roll. The more height, the more roll... so increasing the ride height seems like the wrong approach. My advice - just don't have unrealistic expectations. I have the BDS 2.5" kit, and for me, with nice soft radial tires, the ride is fine ... for a Jeep.
     
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  4. Sep 1, 2017
    4wealn

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    I agree with timgr, I have the YJ conversion from RR and have 6" BDS spring under and the ride is great, even going down the street. It performs really well off road too.
    Just my .02.
     
  5. Sep 1, 2017
    Broylz

    Broylz Member

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    I have some 11 leaf 2.5 inch lift springs of some sort and they ride like an empty dump truck. It's pretty harsh. I've been debating YJ springs or coil conversion
     
  6. Sep 2, 2017
    sterlclan

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    love my bds
     
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  7. Sep 5, 2017
    Dauntless1971

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    Question if one is using a Dana 30 front axle on a 1971 CJ5 do you get the BDS kit for 72-75 or 69-71?
     
  8. Sep 5, 2017
    Rich M.

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    You will need the 69-71 springs but the ubolts and front spring plates for 72-75. The 30 has a larger axle tube od than the 27.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2017
    Beach66Bum

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    And another very happy owner with the 2.5" BDS suspension. Running 23575R15 tires. :)
     
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  10. Sep 6, 2017
    tarry99

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    A longer, wider, flatter spring is better........but where do you put it in a short wheelbase vehicle? Coil over shocks will allow the best tune-ability overall but in either case leafs or coil , a tune-able sway bar needs to be added to control body roll while on pavement..........weighing each corner of the vehicle and having custom springs made is a step in the right direction.............but , everything is still a compromise.........one guy loves this spring the next guy this spring but as always there is no two vehicles and driving styles that are alike..............suspension and getting that perfect ride are only limited by how much time & money you are willing to invest to get there.
     
  11. Sep 10, 2017
    don87401

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    I used custom built springs 4" lift from Alcan Springs for my 82 CJ5 I liked them. Road way better than the Rancho I had on at first. The set cost me $659 several years ago.
     
  12. Sep 11, 2017
    johneyboy03

    johneyboy03 The green beast

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    I'm running 5 inch lift with all corner coil spring. I run wide track axle. But with a sway bar it ride very well and i don't have any more body roll than stock CJ5
     
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    47v6

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    I run 4" lift wrangler springs on my CJ2a with NT d30 up front and a FF D44 in the rear. It rides on 35" tires. The springs have high arch and are stiff. The body roll is not bad at all. It rides like a jeep, not a car. To do it again, I would almost certainly go coil up front and flat wrangler SOA in the rear.
     
  14. Sep 20, 2017 at 7:43 PM
    bh10

    bh10 New Member

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    YJ Old Man Emu Conversion is the best leaf spring setup for CJ's.
     

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