Just bought the Jeep last Saturday and already draining the bank account on it. The PO installed a RC 4.5" lift himself. He stated the kit did not come with the trackbar drop brackets so, obviously, they are not installed. I contacted RC and they carry only the front bracket for individual sale.
I assume that without the drop bracket the Jeep would have some axle centering issues when the suspension is stressed or flexed.
Is the assumption correct?
The Jeep rides extremely rough. Could the trackbar issue contribute to that?
Reading through the Forum I discovered some things to do for the rough ride. I plan to loosen the shackles while lifted then tighten to torque of 65 # when lowered.
The Jeep is currently in the shop having the slave cylinder installed, clutch inspection and the exhaust manifold leak repaired.
The Jeep rides extremely rough because of the 4.5" lift. It's not a car, it is however a short wheel-based vehicle on arched springs. The best ride you will ever get out of a YJ is when it is on stock springs.
Track bars work on coil spring vehicles, they have no job at all on a leaf spring vehicle. Other than once they rust into place they have a tendency to stiffen the ride and limit flex.
65# is way to tight for a shackle bolt. I set the torque on mine to 40#, and I think that is still a little too tight.
'87 YJ, 4.2L built and bored, 8.5" of lift, 8.8 rear, AX15/NP 231, Tom Woods drive shafts, Flat fenders, 12,000LB winch, Custom bumpers, Rattle can paint job. Never completed...