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Old 10-25-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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rear track bar bracket = no more!

I bought my TJ back in April. It had a 4"-5" suspension lift and 35s on it when I bought it. I am currently in the process of removing the lift and dropping it down to stock height on 30" tires.....for now - will be going back up a little bit.

At first I was thinking the kit was Pro Comp, but after removing some of it today, I realize it is a Rough Country Series II kit.

I had the day off today so I started on the rear. I got the whole rear lift removed as well as the transfer case drop, and the stock parts installed. Along with the coil springs, shocks, sway bar links, and lower control arms, I had to remove the rear track bar.
Who ever it was that installed the kit tried one bolt on the TB bracket and decided to weld it on instead. Here is what is left....


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Point of the story, be reeeeeeally sure you plan to permanently keep the TB bracket if you're going to skip over those two extra bolts and go for the weld.

As soon as the stock pitman arm come in later this week, I will swap the front out. The reason I thought it was a Pro Comp kit is because it has a dropped pitman arm, but I suppose that was added later.

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Old 10-25-2010, 10:33 PM   #2
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Why would you drop the jeep if you don't mind me asking? a tj on 35's sounds amazing to me haha

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Old 10-26-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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I am bringing it down to stock for a few reasons.....

The current suspension rides like a brick. This is in part to the VERY stiff shocks. The lower control arms are extremely rigid and have already ripped the right front control arm mount from the axle (prior to me owning the Jeep).
The lift is also too tall for my liking. I prefer a lower lift and more body massaging to fit a larger tire.

The 35s were going bald and I was given a set of near brand new 30" tires on stock Ravines for free from a guy I installed a lift for. He also gave me his stock 06 LJ suspension, which is what I am currently installing in place of the lift.
I have no need to run 4" of lift with 30" tires. I would rather have a LOW stock suspension that rides decent and looks proportional, than continue with a harsh ride from the too tall lift.

This will get me down the road until I put together the suspension system that I want. It will look better, and ride/handle better.



Here it is on 35s with the lift -


Same lift on 30s -



It was too dark for pics of the rear lowered, yesterday. It was pretty funny driving it in to work this morning.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:18 AM   #4
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That looks like the bracket I just put on last weekend...I bolted mine one though.....The kit was a RC 3.25" lift........
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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Yeap...it is a Rough Country bracket. If you give it the chance, they are not difficult to install. I have installed several and they just take a slight amount of patience.
These guys just went the weld route. I can't say that welding it on is a bad idea, as it was not going anywhere at all, but it makes for quite an ordeal to remove when that day comes.

As soon as the front is done, I will be installing the JKS 1.25" body lift I've had for a while. There was no need installing it while the Jeep was already too tall.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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I am bringing it down to stock for a few reasons.....

The current suspension rides like a brick. This is in part to the VERY stiff shocks. The lower control arms are extremely rigid and have already ripped the right front control arm mount from the axle (prior to me owning the Jeep).
The lift is also too tall for my liking. I prefer a lower lift and more body massaging to fit a larger tire.

The 35s were going bald and I was given a set of near brand new 30" tires on stock Ravines for free from a guy I installed a lift for. He also gave me his stock 06 LJ suspension, which is what I am currently installing in place of the lift.
I have no need to run 4" of lift with 30" tires. I would rather have a LOW stock suspension that rides decent and looks proportional, than continue with a harsh ride from the too tall lift.

This will get me down the road until I put together the suspension system that I want. It will look better, and ride/handle better.



Here it is on 35s with the lift -


Same lift on 30s -



It was too dark for pics of the rear lowered, yesterday. It was pretty funny driving it in to work this morning.
Nevermind that 35's and 4.10's REALLY bring the suck.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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Saying 4.10s, 4cyl, and 35s was rough would be an understatement.

On top of the previous reasons mentioned, there is also a good feeling I have about basically starting my Jeep from scratch now. Anything I do from here out is essentially being built from a stock starting point.
Other than the lift and tires the only other thing not stock was the radio. I swapped that radio out for one that I've had for about 8 years and it was stollen last week, so now I am REALLY starting this built from scratch.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:35 PM   #8
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This is how it currently sits....


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