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Old 11-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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2.5" Springs & shocks. What else needed?

I have a 1997 TJ 2.5L 5 speed project I'm working on. I'm going with a set of Rough Country 2.5" coil springs I have. I also have some new Zone shocks. Do I need to do anything with the track bars only going 2.5"? If so will adjustable track bars only work? The Jeep will have no rear plastic fenders and MCE flat fenders on the front. The tires will be 33x12.50-15.

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Bump. I would like to know this as well

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Old 12-02-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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in the rear, you should be able to get by with a rear track bar relocation bracket, i think OME has one for $20

in the front, you can drill a new hole in the track bar mount on the axle or get a new adj track bar, MC has a great one at a great price

you will also need to extend your front sway bar links and bumpstop accordingly
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With tires that wide, it might be required. You'll get some shifting, but it shouldn't be extreme. Your other option is to re-drill the mounting hole, but a) That weakens the mount, and b) It may not get you to the exact location you want to be. Even moving it over an inch and half makes a *big* difference to the axle position.
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With tires that wide, it might be required. You'll get some shifting, but it shouldn't be extreme. Your other option is to re-drill the mounting hole, but a) That weakens the mount, and b) It may not get you to the exact location you want to be. Even moving it over an inch and half makes a *big* difference to the axle position.
x2. Drilling a new hole in the front definitely weakens that mount. The Metalcloak tb is $160, which isn't bad. May also want to think of sway bar/links.

Edit: don't forget to bumpstop accordingly.
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The Metalcloak tb is $160, which isn't bad.
I wonder if I can get MC to match that price?

I just ordered mine from them @$199. Up from the $179 I saw a couple months ago. Where are they $160 at?
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wow, looks like it did go up, i got mine delivered back in august for $175.49

guess when the demand is as high as its been, you can raise the price a bit. its still well worth the $200
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I wonder if I can get MC to match that price?

I just ordered mine from them @$199. Up from the $179 I saw a couple months ago. Where are they $160 at?
Maybe I'm a little out of the loop... They were 160 when I was looking at them.
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It's all good. I almost ordered at the $17?.00 price, but I put it off. I've since bought the LJ and I just got all the fluids and consumables sorted out. Went to order the MC TB and bam! $199.00

I am confident that I will piece together a really nice setup though and I'm sure that this is a quality piece.
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I have this set set up rides nice
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I just got the springs and shocks put on today. I take some pics and post them in a bit. I have a Metalcloak front adjustable track bar NIB and a Rough Country rear adjustable track bar on it's way. I'm going to go out with a tape measure to see how far off the rears are. My tires came last week and my wheels come this week.
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Here are the pics. The mess in the driveway is from changing the water pump yesterday.


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one flare almost done, 3.5 to go

looks good man, time for some new meats
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one flare almost done, 3.5 to go

looks good man, time for some new meats
LOL, Flare's came that way. They are all coming off. I have a set of MCE flat fenders for the front and will run it with no rear flares. I have a set of 5 new 33x12.50x15 Hankook DynaPro MT's. My rims should be here this week. I'll post pics when I get them on.
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Rims came yesterday. I painted them and had the tires mounted today. Next will be removing the flare's and adding the flat fenders on the front. The Jeep is going to be painted flat OD green just like the wheels.




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Looks good. And actually looks taller than a 2.5 lift.
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Thanks...

I'm going to make it look some what military looking with the OD paint and some decals. That's why I chose these wheels. I thought they looked more like the old military Jeep wheels then others I looked at.
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I have a 1997 TJ 2.5L 5 speed project I'm working on. I'm going with a set of Rough Country 2.5" coil springs I have. I also have some new Zone shocks. Do I need to do anything with the track bars only going 2.5"? If so will adjustable track bars only work? The Jeep will have no rear plastic fenders and MCE flat fenders on the front. The tires will be 33x12.50-15.
I put the same springs on, got some rancho rs9000 shocks, rear track bar bracket (left the front alone, its barely off center)and then some sway bar discos from rc made for the 2.5" springs and that's it. I'm running 33x12.5 and they rub when stuffed into the fenders, but then again I've got stock fenders so you having tubes will probably alleviate the rubbing. You will probably need to also add some washers to the steering stops cause my tires rubbed on the lca when turning tight..
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I put the same springs on, got some rancho rs9000 shocks, rear track bar bracket (left the front alone, its barely off center)and then some sway bar discos from rc made for the 2.5" springs and that's it. I'm running 33x12.5 and they rub when stuffed into the fenders, but then again I've got stock fenders so you having tubes will probably alleviate the rubbing. You will probably need to also add some washers to the steering stops cause my tires rubbed on the lca when turning tight..
Yeah thanks.

I have a little rub when at full lock to the right. 4" back space was all I could find these rims in. I'll have to add a few washers. Right now my track bars are stock. I have not taken a tape measure to it yet. I do have a MC front track bar and a Rough Country rear track bar to go on but no bracket. I also have no discos yet either.
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Wow, nice transformation. Looking forward to the future changes
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Love the Hankook MTs. Have em on my TJ and just put a set on my JK
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So far I like the Hankook MT's. ( Only been a few days) They have the look I wanted. I have BFG MT's on my JKU and I like them but they give a more harsh ride on road.

The Jeep is in the shop today getting an alarm installed so I can feel safer parking it out on the street.

Looks like I'll have to start a build thread for my TJ. I'm not much of a writer or speller so it should be short and to the point. LOL

I just picked up my Dana 44 with 4.10 gears and stock locker out of a 2004 Rubicon yesterday.
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So far I like the Hankook MT's. ( Only been a few days) They have the look I wanted. I have BFG MT's on my JKU and I like them but they give a more harsh ride on road. The Jeep is in the shop today getting an alarm installed so I can feel safer parking it out on the street. Looks like I'll have to start a build thread for my TJ. I'm not much of a writer or speller so it should be short and to the point. LOL I just picked up my Dana 44 with 4.10 gears and stock locker out of a 2004 Rubicon yesterday.
How about we edit the first post and make this your build thread ?
Shaping up like one. Let me know and I can make it happen.

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