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Old 10-23-2006, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Coils or Air shocks?

Looking for a little bit of help. I am building a xj buggy. Plans as they sit are. HP60/ 14 bolt
low as possible. Maybe 4-5" lift
2dr chopped after driver seat, tube the rest.
40" MT/R
3 link front, 4 link rear.

All the parts are togethere and i have started the build. I keep banging my head on the wall over one thing though.

Should i run coils or air shocks. Coilovers are a little out of budget. I was thinking coils up front and air shocks in the rear to begin with. Then why not air shocks all the way around. Then coils all around would save a lot of money. I have seen a lot of coiled buggys go really well. Is there any downsides to a well set up coiled rig that air shocks would make better?

I am not in this for the "it looks cool" factor. Just as long as it works.

If i go coils in the rear, I would just brace and extend the rear of the frame from the seats to the rear end with 2x4 box. Then cage the rest. Not worried about wieght.

This rig is also only for rock crawling. Maybe a few street miles from one trail to another. Not at all worried about street manners though.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fighting the same problem myself.
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I figured a lot of poeple are... My wallet says coils all day long...
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would run air shox up front and keep the coiled rear

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Old 10-24-2006, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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From what i have read is that air shocks tend to get very stiff in the heat and ride like crap. But that is no personal experiance.
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