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    4" Plush Ride Expectations

    Ok, let me just start by saying that I know ride is a personal preference and by the time I finish this post, I will likely be accused of blasphemy, WW3, WMDs and hating puppies. BTW, I love puppies.

    I recently have been going through some upgrades. I had an RC 3.5 lift on my jeep with the RC shocks. It didn't take long, but the ride quality deteriorated some, but it actually wasn't bad. In the process of gathering parts for my upgrades, I acquired some low mileage Fox 2.0 shocks and Evo 4" Plush ride coils (NIB). I quickly swapped in the shocks and noticed an immediate difference in ride quality and was highly impressed with the improvement.

    Next, I changed the coils when I did my axle swap. The 4" coils gave me nearly 2 inches height over the 3.5RC. I'm sure there will be more settling in and they will lose a bit of this but that's what I measure currently. Also, I will note that I am still running the stock rear control arms and have ordered longer, adjustable LCA/UCA to put the axle back in place. Running 37s, it's really close to the rock rails with stock arms (pic attached) and will be corrected. IMG_5010.jpg

    Here is said blasphemy. To me it doesn't ride as well as with the RC set up with the Fox upgrade. I'm hoping that some of this will be remedied by control arms getting the rear back in more correct position, but I'm not sure if I can count on that. Also, I am hoping with break-in time, they will get better. My best way to describe the current ride quality is that it's ok in terms of harshness, with a bit more jarring sensation on initial impact of things like road deviations or speed bumps at Home Depot. I have yet to find a suitable mall to really put it to the test, and unfortunately I'm out of the country for work and can't do much until I get back, except ask questions on forums and throw parts catalogs at it. I prefer the former.

    The questions will be asked so I will say that I followed the torque specs given in the write ups, but will double check when I get home to ensure none of the arms are over torqued and causing some of the harshness.

    So I guess I was expecting a much better ride over the previous setup, but currently a bit disappointed. Looking for ways to ensure that I have done due diligence in addressing installation QA and anything else plus any forum users experience on break in times and expectations, if any exist.

    Thanks and looking forward to experiences and suggestions.

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    When you installed the lift did you wait til torque your control arms till it was on the ground? Did you also give the Jeep a good shake down to help it settle a little during that process? The control arms could be binding a little

    As for the coils, just give them a little time. They should settle a hair under the weight of your Jeep
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    Quote Originally Posted by cozdude View Post
    When you installed the lift did you wait til torque your control arms till it was on the ground? Did you also give the Jeep a good shake down to help it settle a little during that process? The control arms could be binding a little

    As for the coils, just give them a little time. They should settle a hair under the weight of your Jeep
    I guess I should say the ride height at current level doesn't bother me. Just surprised at the gain over the 3.5RC. Settling in will be anticipated a bit more then? Thinking as it settles in it may soften up.

    Good point about torquing the bolts. I would say I got them "fairly" tight then did the final check to appropriate torque once on the ground. No qualms with going back and loosening them up and then doing over again, especially the front. The rears will be replaced soon. I ordered new and I see you sold the Synergy brand Cozdude 🤣

    Thanks for the reply and pointers


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    Quote Originally Posted by moteaux View Post
    I guess I should say the ride height at current level doesn't bother me. Just surprised at the gain over the 3.5RC. Settling in will be anticipated a bit more then? Thinking as it settles in it may soften up.

    Good point about torquing the bolts. I would say I got them "fairly" tight then did the final check to appropriate torque once on the ground. No qualms with going back and loosening them up and then doing over again, especially the front. The rears will be replaced soon. I ordered new and I see you sold the Synergy brand Cozdude 🤣

    Thanks for the reply and pointers


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    When you measured your ride height where did you measure? Did you measure the coil spring perch or did you use a fender?

    For the bolts I would just loosen them all on a flat surface, then you jump on the front and rear of the Jeep a couple times to help the bushings free up and it should let everything fall into place, then you can go back and torque it all to spec.

    Lol yes I sold the arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cozdude View Post
    When you measured your ride height where did you measure? Did you measure the coil spring perch or did you use a fender?
    This isn't my measurements, but like this. IMG_4889.JPG



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    4 inch lift on short arms, you will definitely feel the bumps and imperfections more IMO. Also, I'm assuming your already had a drag link flip with your previous lift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moteaux View Post
    This isn't my measurements, but like this. IMG_4889.JPG



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    Use this diagram to measure lift height instead
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    Can't help but great looking rig !

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    4 inch lift on short arms, you will definitely feel the bumps and imperfections more IMO. Also, I'm assuming your already had a drag link flip with your previous lift?
    Didn't have the flip before, but I do now with the current set up.


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    When you get back into town let me know. You can take mine for a spin and compare the two since we are both on 4" plush.
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