Hello everyone. I have been lurking and learning from the forum for a while and finally decided to join. I just bought a 2001 wrangler sport. Previous owner had a 4 inch bds lift installed by a local shop and put 33's on it about a year ago. It handles o.k. at low speeds but is all over the road at high speeds. I took it to my mechanic. He replaced the tie rod end that connects to the pitman arm and aligned it. He says the alignment is holding, but he cant adjust it as needed because the shop welded the lift vs installing a full kit with brackets.
It is better since the adjusment, however still doesn't drive like I want it to. Hoping someone here can look at pictures of the lift and help me assess the quality of the job.
I have an appointment with the company who installed the lift next week.
What is he saying they welded? The only thing that the instructions say to weld is the steering stabilizer mount on the axle side. It is shown in your picture, but it is not being used. Where is the other end of your steering stabilizer connected to?
When you say it is all over the road, what do you mean? Wobbles at certain speeds? Wandering? Is it the standard BDS system or the ultimate? Looks like the ultimate since it has adjustable lower control arms. Is there an adjustable rear track bar? Check this site to compare parts 1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ Standard 6.5" lift kit 467H | BDS Suspension Post more pictures and maybe the alignment numbers before and after the alignment. Could be as simple as the wrong tire pressure or, sadly, much more.
2003 TJ Sport, 42RLE Auto, 4.0L, Heated Seats, Remote Start, 3.5" Rancho Springs, Metal Cloak CAs and F&R Track Bar, RS9000XL Shocks, 33x12.5R15 DuraTrac, 4.88 Gears, SYE, Smittybuilt Classic Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier, Novak Cable Shift, Rusty's Tranny/Engine Skid, Cherry Bomb Cat Back
Supposedly the drop bracket at one end and the drop pitman arm are supposed to maintain correct geometry but I don't see the need for either to be honest. Maybe with a huge amount of lift, maybe. If it were my rig is start with those items like I stated. I think it's easier to eliminate known problem causing elements and then zero in on what issues present themselves after that.
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