Originally Posted by jerryj
I had one installed w my 5.5 RE lift Was told I had to by Rubicon Express No issues.
Your RE 5.5" LA's requirement for a dropped Pitman arm has nothing to do with its 5.5" height, it's because it has the RE1611 dropped upper trackbar mount that your RE1610 track bar requires. And when the trackbar is dropped, the Pitman arm has to be dropped too so the trackbar and draglink remain parallel which prevents bump steer.
Conversely, no dropped Pitman arm should be used if the trackbar is not also dropped. Those two items need to match... dropped and dropped or undropped and undropped.
Meyers, very few suspension lifts ever need a dropped Pitman arm. With the above in mind, odds are you should not install a dropped Pitman arm even if it comes with the kit.
All older pre-97 Wranglers and CJs usually needed dropped Pitman arms when nearly any height suspension lift was installed. The '97 and newer TJ has a much improved geometry in its steering system that rarely needs a dropped Pitman arm and then usually only if the trackbar is also dropped.
Bump steer caused by installing a dropped Pitman arm when it was not required is not a problem you want to have.