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Old 03-17-2010, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Doetsch-Tech 8000's TOO HARD!! What are you running?

I just installed new OME springs with slightly longer shackles for about 2.5 inches of lift on my 88.5 Samurai and am very pleased with them. These Doetsch-Tech 8000's I put in are valved MUCH harder than I want however. I am not rock crawling with my rig, I run old washboard logging roads a lot, as well as drive on pavement half the time. Looking for comfort with stability.

Thinking about some softer gas shocks... Any suggestions? Bilsteins or Ranchos??

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I am running 8000's on the front and Rancho adjustables on the rear... works beautifully with my setup (Crawler winch bumper/with winch up front, crawler rear bumper with swingout tire carrier and gas can w/33" swamper out back).

These are much heavier than stock bumpers.
What are you running for bumpers? How much weight are you putting on them?
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I still have the stock bumpers on... I will be adding the Shrockworks rock sliders, and a bush bar on the front with a small winch soon... I generally run with a bunch of gear in the back as well... You think once I add this weight the ride will be better?
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Definately.
Also, what pressure are you running on your tires? And what size are they?
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Im running 215/75 R15 BFG AT's @ 25 psi. I bring them down to 20 on the dirt
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Drive through a puddle and check the tread pattern on the dry stuff right after. You are running too much air for the weight of your vehicle. The plate on the side of the dash shows the recommended tire pressure. It should be 20PSI front and back, 22psi in back if fully loaded.
Different tires will vary the correct pressure so your pressure may be a little different.

You need to have a constant print all the way across the tread width (see tread pattern test above). Too much air and you will wear out the centers (and it will ride like a rock), too little pressure and you will wear out the edges.

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Thanks Bill!

I'll go find some puddles
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