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SO WHAT DID WE DO?
After installing the front and rear kits, we went to one of Robby’s favorite
local spots; an area where we could do some proper overlanding, rock
crawling, and test these things out the right way. We filmed the whole
thing, and had Robby talking about his experience on camera. To test the
upgrade, he left his tires aired up (not what you typically do when rock
crawling) and quickly pointed out that, “it’s smoother out here than at 9
psi.” Then I heard a phrase from Robby we’ve been accustomed to hearing
(though never for the Jeep) — “It’s just a night and day difference.”
LEFT: SumoSprings SSF-403-54 on the front.
RIGHT: SumoSprings SSR-405-47 on the rear.
Robby maps trails, and in fact this was his 20-something-th time on this
trail which meant he knew it very well, and knew how fast he usually drove
on it. I sat in the passenger seat holding a camera while he told me that,
“usually a lot of this I would just crawl over, or down. But right now I don’t
really mind giving it some speed. I’m able to go a little faster. I have a lot
more confidence in taking some harder drops.”
I then asked him if he could feel the SumoSprings engaging and
working with the factory suspension to change the ride quality. The way he
a night and day
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explained it was that, “it’s weired because you know when it happens, but
it’s not harsh; it’s super soft. I can feel it, but it doesn’t shake me around.
Probably the best term is every confidence in the ride.” I knew what he was
feeling. I was feeling the same thing. It was pleasant. I was happy to be in
his Jeep. I had spent enough time in the friends Jeep to know how bad the
ride was without SumoSprings.
As we kept hauling over what was clearly supposed to be a slow crawled,
rock-infested dirt clearing, I wanted to know why Robby thought this was a
necessary upgrade for his Jeep. Without hesitating he told me that he had
“a lot of ability to feel like you’re in more control of how the Jeep’s moving,
and operating, and doing it’s own thing. It’s tighter, but softer; well
it’s weird because
you know when it
happens, but it’s
not harsh; it’s
BELOW: Robby takes drops on a familiar trail with more confidence.