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Old December 20th, 2015, 09:15 PM
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Best springs and shocks?

What are the best springs and shock
combo for a D90 ST (no lift). Looking for a good, smooth road ride to minimize the window rattle. Mostly a road warrior here.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:12 PM
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Chevy! No. Ford! You are all idiots. You must get a Ferrari.

This is about what you can expect as a response to your question. Nobody has done any real side by side and unbiased comparisons. Every response will be biased and based on very little comparison.

Choosing the best setup for what a person wants is very complex and requires a lot of questions to be answered.
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Chevy! No. Ford! You are all idiots. You must get a Ferrari. This is about what you can expect as a response to your question. Nobody has done any real side by side and unbiased comparisons. Every response will be biased and based on very little comparison. Choosing the best setup for what a person wants is very complex and requires a lot of questions to be answered.
oh stop it John. I want your opinion! Don't over think it.
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Stock- couple hundred engineers designed it to be used just as you plan.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:24 PM
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The new stock setup is quite nice. Shocks have come a long way, and the springs have always been great.
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Okay. Define "smooth road ride". Soft, firm, controlled, cushy? Is stock too stiff or too soft?
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I can tell you from my personal experience running Biilstein, OME and stock on 94 and 95 Defenders, the the stock set up is the best for on road performance. That is just my opinion though.

Zach makes a good point. My comparison was from stuff that is 20 years old now....

I am about to redo my suspension and am leaning toward OME as it seems to be the best for mostly on rod with occasional light off road.

John has a point too!
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From my limited experience in the racing world:

1. Springs set ride height and maximum compression for a given load.
2. Shocks set stiffness.

So if you want a softer ride, get non-gas charged emulsions that are valved to be sloppy soft. Your truck will corner like a container ship and float like a caddy on the highway.

You don't have to change the springs if the ride height is to your liking already.

My truck:
I run OME762 up front and TF027V in the rear all with spacers. You would think with these crazy spring rates, my truck would be incredibly stiff. Not so. I run an OME nitrocharger up front and cheapo RS5012's in the rear. The front is on the stiffer side but the rear is soft. I can shake my truck using the exocage up and down with my bare hands, and I am not a big guy!
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Stock springs with Bilsteins shocks.
Nuff said.
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Stock springs with Bilsteins shocks.
Chris - which Bilsteins? They make like..zillions
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Yeah you can get some real nice genuine progressive springs now which keep it at a similar height but give a nicer ride when loaded or unloaded.
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A set of spring isolators helps quite a bit too. AB has them as well as Rovah Farm and RN. They were stock on the Disco's.
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Stock- couple hundred engineers designed it to be used just as you plan.
No wonder rovers been in a financial mess for ever! It only takes a couple suspension techs worth their salt a few weeks to knock out a decent set-up. .........
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Perhaps, but imagine all the uses these trucks get- from family hauler to military duties! And everyone is a critic, so the proverbial compromise of doing everything well, but nothing great!!
Thats where the custom/aftermarket comes in, but the OP demands don't seem excessive over stock was my point...
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There are no hundreds of engineers involved. Defenders use the same suspension designed for the Range Rover in the sixties.
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