Suspension Upgrade Opinions For A Roughly Original Scrambler

City
Greensboro
State
NC
#1
Hello all, I love my 8. I drive it damn near every day. Unrestored survivor from Arizona. That said, it seems about time to rebuild the suspension and there's so many options out there, I felt it best to consult with others to see their thoughts and experiences on their vehicles. I'm not wanting to build a climber, but I would also like a reliable suspension that can perform without concern on mild dirt trails and general off-road destinations in the mountains. Maybe a very small lift kit, but definitely no more than 4" for my needs.

Thoughts, pics of your setups, suggestions, discouragements, etc. are all welcome. IMG_3682.JPG
 

barrys

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
East Norriton
State
PA
#2
Old Man Emu. They seem to have about the best reputation out there. Supposed to have a great ride. The only downfall I have ever heard of them is the price but you do get what you pay for often.
 
City
White Rock
State
NM
#4
I have alcans with a MORE shackle reversal and Bilstein 5100s and I love the ride on pavement and it works great in the dirt. I dont have the sway bar but In hindsight given that i dont get to use it much beyond DD use anymore Id suggest keeping it.
 

don87401

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
SOA Member
City
Farmington
State
NM
#5
I am on 80's era Superlift Softride 4" in the Scrambler and they ride like there it is a solid block between the frame and axle. Had Alcan 4" on a CJ 5 loved them rode way better than the Scrambler. Neither was shackle reverse. As for Sway bars I had disconnects on both. The Scrambler I unhooked and rehooked a couple of times unhooked and removed the sway bar. The CJ 5 unhooked and rehooked a couple of times, hooked them up and never unhooked again as long as I owned it. I never really could tell any real difference in either rig with or with out. Good luck figuring out what you need, there are probably as many answer and there are rigs. Maybe a consensus will show up.
 

AdamH

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
Mt Holly
State
NC
#6
Not too far away from you. Welcome!

you can’t go wrong with OME or BDS. For the price you can’t beat the BDS 2” YJ conversion. I run that on my Scrambler and have installed it on many 7s and 8s at my shop.
 
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