Linear vs. Progressive Coil Springs for Jeep Wrangler

Linear vs. Progressive Coil Springs for Jeep Wrangler


From rocks and other obstacles to potholes and rough roads, you count on coil springs and shocks/struts to work together to dampen impacts and help keep your tires in contact with the road. Made of wound metal, coil springs compress and dampen road impacts to allow the frame and body of the vehicle to experience minimal disturbances when travelling over bumps.

Replacing the coil springs on your Jeep Wrangler can have a dramatic impact on its ride and handling. Whether you want to match the OE part or want to achieve improvements in performance, selecting the right replacement coil spring is crucial.


When picking a coil spring for your Jeep, you’ll have the choice between two main types – linear coil springs and progressive coil springs.

Linear Coil Springs

Also known as constant rate springs, these are the type of coil springs that most Jeeps come equipped with from the factory. Featuring evenly spaced coils for a uniform rate of compression, the spring compresses an amount proportional to the load being placed on the spring.

Delivering more of a soft-ride feel, linear springs can be a bit bouncy on off-camber obstacles. After installation, linear springs start off higher than advertised height and then settle to their ride height. Over time, they’re prone to sagging when under weight.

 Soft ride
 Good for everyday driving
 Replicates OE ride and handling

 Sags under weight of winches, bumpers and added accessories
 Not ideal for trail riding
 Can feel like a loss of control when going over off-camber obstacles
 Excessive tuning can eliminate soft ride leaving them too stiff

Progressive Coil Springs 

Also known as variable rate springs, this type of spring has coils that aren’t evenly spaced out. As the spring is compressed, the spring rate changes dynamically allowing it to have different spring rates. The spring is often divided into two sections. The top section has a tightly wound coil section that performs well on small bumps at lower speeds. Once the vehicle’s speed increases or it travels over more bumps, the coil will start to activate in the lower coils to help control the ride and feel.

Ideal for hardworking vehicles that tow, haul or go off-road, progressive coil springs can help reduce harshness and pitch and roll while helping to avoid bottoming out under various load conditions. Designed to deliver better handling on and off road, progressive coil springs can handle the added weight of bumpers, winches and other accessories.

 Delivers better ride control
 Good for on- and off-road use
 Good for use with bumpers, winches and other accessories
• Improved handling specifically with lifted vehicles

• Installation may require use of spring compressor
• Typically costs more than linear springs
• Firmer ride feel


Rancho offers replacement progressive coil springs that are specifically tuned to provide superior on- road comfort and off-road performance. Corner-specific progressive rate coil springs ensure that your vehicle maintains a level stance and ride even while under heavy load or towing.

Rancho Coil Springs for Jeep Wrangler
Part Number Application Position
RS80136 2018-2022 Jeep Wrangler JL (2-door; Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Front
RS80137 2018-2022 Jeep Wrangler JL (2-door; Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Rear
RS80142B 2020-2022 Jeep Wrangler JLU Diesel (Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Front
RS80143B 2020-2022 Jeep Wrangler JLU Diesel (Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Rear
RS80135B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (2-door) Rear
RS80134B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JKU (4-door) Rear
RS80133B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JKU (4-door) Front
RS80139 2020-2022 Jeep Gladiator JT Rear
RS80131B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Rear
RS80130B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Rear
RS80129B 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Front
RS6417B 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ Rear
RS6416B 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ Front
RS80128B 2018-2022 Jeep Wrangler JL (4-door; Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Front
RS80127B 2018-2022 Jeep Wrangler JL (4-door; Rubicon/non-Rubicon);
2020-2022 Jeep Gladiator JT
RS80126B 2018-2022 Jeep JL (4-door; Rubicon/non-Rubicon) Rear


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