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Old 09-09-2019, 06:42 PM   #1
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1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L 5-spd - Any suggestions/comments/information about how to add some permanent weight at the back end? Already have adjustable air lift system installed on the rear which I use mainly for when I'm towing a 5x8 cargo trailer, but when driving just the Jeep it's a pretty harsh ride back there; recently I was hauling about 250-300# concrete mix and suddenly realized (yup, I'm a slooooow learner . . .) that additional weight significantly improved the overall ride. So now I'm wondering if there is some way to add permanent weight to the frame or some such.

Appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:24 PM   #2
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a sweet new swing away tire carrier bumper with a 31"+ tire....
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:59 AM   #3
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I built my speaker box to remedy this problem. Subs, amps, and box are ~200lbs.
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A set of steel bumps would definitely add some weight. Could also cut out your rockers and add 2x6 box steel about 3/16th or 1/4 in thick. Check out Gluckmysocks build. They also sell frame stiffeners that would help your cause. Just depends on how far you want to go and how much you want to spend.
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You could get a couple of Bullmastiffs and take them with you wherever you go. They will double as a theft deterrent.

Actually I was thinking of this too - Im installing new RE leaf springs with Skyjacker shocks and will want to load it down for a while to help break in and soften what is bound to be a stiff and bouncy ride.

I work with office furniture- file cabinets typically use weights to Lee from tipping over, called Ballast plates, which are just. 3/8 steel plates about 2x3.
Gonna see if I can scrounge some of those and just throw em in back. Extra weight without taking up space
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He he. 😄 I installed 3.5" RE rear leafs. Damn near 4.5" of lift. I have since installed all of the following: no lift shackle brackets, boomerang shackles, mid and rear frame stiffeners, custom rear 3" and 2" square tube rear bumper, rear tire carrier sporting a 305/75/16" Cooper sst, custom 3/16" gas tank skid, custom 2x6" rock sliders, and a rustys tcase skid plate. I also have front and rear riddler diff covers, but they don't count cause they are in unsprung weight. I figure close to 400 in extra weight. Ride is not bad. Lift is about where it should be.
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