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Yes its old shocks,the purpose of the shock is to slow down and control the rapid movement of the spring . The purpose of the spring is to control your ride height. If your vehicle is sagging the spring is no longer supporting the proper ride height and is considered worn and will need replacement. As for the bumpy there are all type of shocks designed for comfort, stiff or soft,
What the leveling system is is basically a height sensor for the rear height, air shocks, an air compressor and air lines. What happens is the height sensor knows what is considered a normal ride height. When people or items are added at the rear seat or trunk the vehicle sits lower. The air compressor will turn on and attempt to pump up the air shocks to raise the height to normal again so the rear end doesn't bottom out.
What can happen is the compressor fails to turn on due to a blown fuse, faulty compressor or defective height sensor. If the compressor turns on the shocks might not be able to pump up due to a line leak or air shock leak.
If you are able to look at the lines or shocks you might find a problem. Otherwise going to your mechanic and have him/her inspect the system to see what the problem might be and then deside if you want to fix it or have them do the repair. Because the light turns on periodically and goes out I would suspect a leak somewhere.
It's time to replace the rear shocks. There expensive like $250.00 and up each and if your not going to be towing, most people replace them with a good set of shocks and not the factor OEM air shock which you have for the auto ride height system. If your going to just buy and good set of normal gas shocks. Pull the fuse to the auto ride system so the light on the dash is off.
Good luck and hope this helps. The auto ride system was there for towing heavy trailers to keep the ride hight. The rear suspension is actually soft so you have a soft ride and the shock keeps it from bouncing. If your not towing heavy or carring heavy loads, you should be fine with a conventional gas shocks and you may find it better. I found the Monroe Reflex shocks to be more stable then the OEM around corners and highway driving.
Its likely that you got so used to the soft ride you had with old worn shocks that the new ones feel strange. You could buy a more inexpensive shock to restore that "old" feeling, but I don't think you really want that. One thing you should do though is to make sure by having a couple of people bounce the rear, that the shocks are not binding or are too long and bottoming out part way through the suspension travel. There is a part # stamped into the bottom of the shock just above the weld ...double check that part number to make sure you have the correct ones. Also check the standing height of the back end (compare the height of yours with others you find in parking lots...I have a 93, which measures 171/2" from center of rear wheel hub to edge of wheel flair.) If standing height is too low, shocks are not working at the center of travel but at the lower part. (likely you would have noticed this more with the old shocks though). Additionally, there are adjustable shocks available that you can "tune" to your comfort level...they usually have three settings ...you choose the one that suits you best. Hope something I said will give you a cure or an understandable reason for what you are feeling. Don't forget though that a Jeep is essentially a small truck, as such, it's going to ride like one!