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Old 02-26-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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93 YJ Rough Country Lift question

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.

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Randy

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Old 02-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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Don't worry about the track bars. They would only make your ride worse. The leaf springs keep the axle centered and there is no reason to have a track bar.

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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.
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Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards removing the trackbars.
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Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards removing the trackbars.
do it
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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Removed the track bars today. Took me about 15 minutes. The ride is much better now and the Jeep seems to handle about the same.

Thanks for the good advice.
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Best thing I have ever did suspension wise besides lift.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:39 PM   #8
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Would you advise removing them with only a 2 inch lift? I'm all for a better ride.
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #9
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Remove them with any lift including no lift.
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:24 PM   #10
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Thanks!
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:55 PM   #11
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Took mine off, way better.

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