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Old 03-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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Jeep Suspension Symmetry and Tire Clearance Question

I just installed a Rough Country 3.75" body (1.25") and suspension (2.5") lift on my 02' TJ.

Based on Rough Country's recommendation for the kit, I installed 33X12.5 " tires on a 15" rim with a 4.5 BS

I have clearance all the way around with no issues except:
1>The right front tire makes contact with the lower control arm when the steering wheel is turned to it's stop

2>The rear left tire has very little clearance (about 1/2") from the upper suspension bracket where the rear left suspension coil mounts. With original tire it was very close too.

The jeep has been aligned. I'm not too worried about the rear wheel, but am concerned about the contact of the right front tire at full right turn.

Can any adjustment be made to avoid contact? I'm I stuck with using spacers? Is the frame/suspension symmetry different from wheel well to wheel well? Why am I only getting contact on one side and why am I so close on the rear left?

Any insight from those more experienced would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 03-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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Have you tried to adjust the steering bump stop? I believe that is what it is called. It only lets you turn your wheel so far, it might need to be adjusted out that should stop you from rubbing

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:59 AM   #3
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Did you do anything to the track bar when you added the lift? Lifting will shift the axle over. You can move the axle by drilling a new hole for the track bar or get an adjustable track bar. It's not critical that the axle is centered perfectly. To stop the rub you can add a couple washers on the steering stop
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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4.5" back space just isn't quite enough for a 12.50 tire IMO. Go to a 4" or 3.75" BS and both of those problems will disappear.
Did you install adjustable track bars, or relocate the stock mounting points? Centering your axles will help.
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