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Old 01-21-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hello all! Though I have lurked here for some time now in anticipation of owning a jeep and have really enjoyed reading many of the threads, this is my first post! So I have a question...I am looking at a 2004 Rubicon with a Fabtech 6" long-arm suspension lift and 35" tires. I know 6" of lift is excessive for 35" tires. Plus this vehicle would be my daily driver, so there are some stability issues there as well. I would much rather have a 4" lift. Is reducing the lift as easy as replacing the springs with some that provide the desired height, or is there more to it than that? Thank you!

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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You would need a new lift. I'd say rear track bar bracket, sway bar linkages, control arms, springs, shocks, bump stops and a t case lowering kit if you don't have an SYE. But you could look to trade lifts on a local forum or craigslist.

Edit never mind t case kit I think Rubicons come with SYE.

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Contact fabtech and ask one of their tech people what is required to downsize. I have a full traction 6" kit and I know they also sell a 4" setup so I'm sure fabtech is similar.
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Well shoot. Thank y'all. I'll contact Fabtech and post their reply here.
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Edit never mind t case kit I think Rubicons come with SYE.
no....you can't eliminator something that was never there.
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no....you can't eliminator something that was never there.
Touché lol
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If the control arms and track bars are adjustable you should be able to get some 4" springs and maybe new shocks and swap them out.
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If it is set up right, I wouldn't screw with it. Not that much of a difference in height for the price...
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I sent Fabtech the details of the Jeep as well as what I was looking to do. Their tech manager got back with me this morning with the following:

"There is no way to do that without spending a ton of money, this kit was built specifically for 6 inches. I am sure professional fabricators can do almost anything if you pay them enough, but honestly I would buy another jeep. I do not know anyone that has ever attempted doing this, I would not for sure if it was me."

I think I will take his advice and just keep shopping.

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