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Old 03-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Rough ride after lift

Hey guys i just finished installing the RC 4 inch lift and it rides rough. I put on new steering stabliizer and everything. Its like i feel every bump and keep bouncing. Would the track bars still being on cause this? Should i remove them, would it even help?

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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I have the same lift and experienced the same problem. When I removed my track bars, it helped a lot. The biggest difference I've found was when I put the new tire carrier and spare on the back. That got rid of a lot of the bouncing. I think the shocks they send make it bounce more than it should. Plus their springs are known for being stiff and riding rough.

You did torque all the shackle bolts with the weight of the jeep on the ground, right? That will make it ride really rough as well.

And be prepared, there's going to be a lot of people bashing RC. Personally I enjoy my RC lift, if I wanted it to ride like a Cadillac I would have bought a Cadillac.

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Old 03-23-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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"Keeps bouncing" tells me your shocks aren't doing their job, are you using new ones or did you keep the old? A jarring ride could be lots of things. Take off your track bars, did your shackle bolt sleeves stick out further than the bushings? If not get wider sleeves or when you tighten up the shackles your binding up the bushings and bolt. If you have nylon locking nuts on the shackle bolts you may want to loosen them to about 40#. Having good springs and working suspension isn't about having a Cadillac ride, Jeeps don't need to ride like a brick. A good setup will ride comfortably and have lots of flex to keep your tires on the ground for traction.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:58 PM   #4
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New shocks they sent and yea i torqued them while it was grounded. The sleeves are longer than the bushings. I tightened them to 100# per specs.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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Let me reword that I just reread it. I hit a bump And its stiff like the axle doesnt want to flex so the whole cab and axle bounces. Sorry
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:26 PM   #6
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100# on the shackle bolts sounds way too high, I think stock was 65#. Are you sure the u bolts don't call for 100#? That still sounds high for those, I think factory is 90#, but it sounds a lot closer than 100# on the shackles. Try loosening your shackle bolts to 45# and see if it makes a difference. Also lose the track bars and make sure your front sway bar moves easily up and down.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:47 AM   #7
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100# on the shackle bolts sounds way too high, I think stock was 65#. Are you sure the u bolts don't call for 100#? That still sounds high for those, I think factory is 90#, but it sounds a lot closer than 100# on the shackles. Try loosening your shackle bolts to 45# and see if it makes a difference. Also lose the track bars and make sure your front sway bar moves easily up and down.
I will do that and report any changes
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100# on the shackle bolts sounds way too high, I think stock was 65#. Are you sure the u bolts don't call for 100#? That still sounds high for those, I think factory is 90#, but it sounds a lot closer than 100# on the shackles. Try loosening your shackle bolts to 45# and see if it makes a difference. Also lose the track bars and make sure your front sway bar moves easily up and down.
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Also torque everything with the jeep on the ground. I installed a rc 4.5" on my YJ a couple weeks ago and it rides nice and smooth.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:34 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info , I did not no that over tightening them would make a diference. I'm sprung over with buggy springs in the front and revolvers in the rear. I always thought it was do to them loading and unloading, I do have greese fittings on all bolts and nylock nuts , I'll give it a try makes sense
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rough country is a stiff lift system its cheap but sometimes we get what we pay for
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Yup my rc 4.5 is really smooth too, it's just probably all too tight.
The sway bar may be locked up, mine was.
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What do you expect from a lift with the name ROUGH in it
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:03 PM   #13
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What do you expect from a lift with the name ROUGH in it
Touché lol
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What do you expect from a lift with the name ROUGH in it
Makes me want to avoid BDS.
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It takes a while for the shocks and springs to wear in as well. Think of it like a new pair of shoes. I put around 1000 miles on my Jeep after the spring over before everything loosened up a little.

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