After setting up dual batteries and a home-fabbed cargo rack on my swing-away tire carrier on the Smittybilt rear bumper (all steel), my Sporty feels a bit heavy in the rear and the ride is a bit soft. I'm running the 105AA springs for the rear lift, which I've found to have a spring rate of approximately 160 LBS/in. I don't like the soft ride. It feels like the rear end is swaying with a bit of outward pitch when turning. So I'm trying to figure out the best way to stiffen it back up. I've researched the topic and found that either stiffer springs or stiffer shocks are the recommended fix. But which method seems to be a subject for debate. And none of the discussions are Sportage-specific. So which method do you think will do the job???

For springs, I could try 106AAs, which are stiffer. Or I could try an aftermarket spring set for the Jeep TJ/LJ. But they all provide lift, the minimum being 2 inches. I don't know how that will alter the lift on my Sporty. I don't want to take it much higher, though the extra weight from mods has dropped it about 1/2 inch already.

As for shocks, I think Dennis Thompson mentioned shocks for the front end of the Jeep TJ with 6 inch lift work great on the rear of the Sporty (he recommended monotubes). So perhaps a stiff-riding shock for the TJ might work?

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1997 Sportage 4x4, auto-trans, Warn manual hubs, 4" UPYOURKIA front lift, TJ 106AA rear springs, 2-5/8" body lift, 31x10.50 treads, SmittyBilt SRC front and XRC rear bumper, swing-out tire mount, OBX LSD front diff, Track Finder rear locker, 5.38 R&Ps and... really crappy gas mileage! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />