Trailer towing suspension

8Mud

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96 XJ, I've got my hitch on and wiring in. Next step is new rear springs and shocks. I've been thinking of Up country packs (same price as stock) and some HD shocks. What shocks might work better with the trailer?
Most of my trailer towing (3/4 ton open trailer) is getting wood out of the forest for the fire place. I have about ten tons to move over moderate dirt (and mud) roads.
 

ParadiseXJ

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My 90 came with a tow package from the factory with air shocks and tranny cooler. I ended up putting an HD cooler on there. I have regular Monroe Ultra Truck Shocks now (not air shocks)
 

xjtrailrider

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The best springs I have found for the XJ and towing are the OME HD Dakar packs. You could add some air shocks but I don't think you will need them for those springs. I run the nitrochargers.
 

badron

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I look into my crystal ball and see that you use your XJ more as a pickup then a kiddy carriage. If so? A set of springs to fit the gob is called for. A full S10 basted pack or alike maybe needed.
Air shocks would be cheep, give a fare ride. But (IMO) Air shocks mounding points can not holdup to often and very heavy use.
Else any brand name HD shock will do fine.
X2 on the trany cooler if it"s a slush-o-matic your running.
 
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winterbeater

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Another way to go is with the AirLift or Firestone air bag systems. They don't use the shock mounting points to carry the load. I have the AirLifts on my Crown Vic for heavy hauling and had them on a Mustang years ago that I pulled a pretty heavy trailer with. You reduce the air pressure, you get your ride back. Summit was the cheapest place I found to get this stuff. I never bothered with the onboard compre$$or, just carried one to plug in to the cig lighter.
 

8Mud

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Thanx for the replies, I'd heard good things about Monroe, but they do change product lines periodically and it's been awhile since I have gotten any shocks.
I have two XJ's, the 96 needs springs anyway, both need shocks, both have True tracs in the rear (though the 88's Tru Trac is getting tired). Both already have tranny coolers. The 88 has some transfer front output shaft issues.
We use the 96 to get the wife back and forth to work. I use the 88 for hauling building materials and what not. I don't want to make the 96 too stiff.
I was thinking the 96 is a better bet for hauling after repairs, this round anyway. And I'll have the 88 handy if I get stuck.
This is kind of a last minute deal, I was going to shine on wood for this year, the price of permits had gone up 33% (100% in the last three years) and at the last minute the County manager knocked 33% off the price. It's late for wood cutting, it would have been much easier when the forest was frozen.
Kind of a unique situation here, most anything but stock needs some sort of approval (which can be expensive and/or iffy). So even if it isn't exactly stock, it has to look nearly stock, if they don't notice there is no foul.
Monroe rear air shocks are an option, there is an outlet nearby. Anybody have any experience with them?
I had Air lift on my last P.U., they worked well, but I doubt I can get them through inspection here.
 

rysam

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I have the Quadratec HD leaves and Procomp 9000 shocks on my 92, So far I have had no issues towing a 17' 1960's fiberglass boat.
 

8Mud

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I have the Quadratec HD leaves and Procomp 9000 shocks on my 92, So far I have had no issues towing a 17' 1960's fiberglass boat.
Thanx that is what I was hoping to hear, I can get the same packs here and the Pro comps, though I'm leaning towards Monroe air shocks (they are on sale now).
I've also got access to some RE packs, though I'm not certain which ones.
 
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