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Old 02-19-2014, 04:43 AM   #1
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upgrading from 2'' BB to 2.5'' OME springs

I already have 2'' Rubicon express shocks for 2'' lift
ext. bump stops front and rear
and sway bar extensions/discos.

are front and rear trac bars required for a 2.5'' heavy duty OME lift?

I've read the rear is somewhat needed but what's the real scoop? and what else will be needed to complete the lift for off-road use?


by the way I have 2000 tj with 2'' re bb, 1.25'' body lift and 33'' mtr's

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Old 02-19-2014, 05:13 AM   #2
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okay so I searched and pretty much bottom line is.....if I want to go over 2'' ill need to get a new trac bar bracket AND adjustable trac bar AND weld reinforcements for the rear bracket? is there anyone who hasn't had to weld and reinforce the bracket and is just running the bracket or an adj. bar? I plan on wheeling pretty hard so is it a good idea to just plan to do it?

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Old 02-19-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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I plan on wheeling pretty hard...
With that statement I would suggest getting really comfortable with spending money and fabricating/welding.

Both my previous TJ and now my current LJ were "upgraded" half-assed from their previous owners. Now that I have the exact vehicle I want I am going through with everything I planned out to create the capable machine I need. My LJ has ~2.5" springs on it (they were on it when I bought it) and the stock track bars were in place when I got it. The axles were shifted in a Z by about 1/4"-3/4". Both front and rear track bars had bushing issues and so I took the opportunity to upgrade. I could have very likely replaced the bushings for very little money, cycled the suspension, added bumpstop extensions to avoid hitting anything, and called it a day.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:34 PM   #4
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So your saying you had stock trac bars on 2.5""
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So your saying you had stock trac bars on 2.5""
Yes. The rear is still currently stock, but only because I need a day to cycle the axles, do my bumpstop extensions, and weld reinforcement on the Metal Cloak rear track bar bracket after I sort it all out. I have not cycled the suspension yet to see what hits with the stock rear trackbar, I assume it would bind at the mount but I could be wrong about that.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:45 PM   #6
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It seems all Jeeps are different with lifts. I lifted mine with a BDS 2" suspension lift which lifted the Jeep approx 2.75". I replaced nothing else, it has been a year with no issues.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:28 PM   #7
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The uses and terrain involved can be vastly different from Jeep to Jeep too.

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