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Old 08-02-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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RC 2.5" lift

Was looking at the Rough country 2.5" lift and ive seen people talking about the front/rear adjustable track bars....... are they needed?

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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all i needed was the rear trac bar relocation bracket, adjustable is more expensive but more worth it, your rear axle will most likely shift as mine did, my front didnt shift any at all but all jeeps are different

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Old 08-02-2011, 10:53 PM   #3
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Yea, Ill see what happens. Still deciding which lift I should get. Like the RC 2.5" lift but still seeing what else there is out there.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:47 AM   #4
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It's a good kit for the money. It gives you a decent base to build from.
The rear tracbar bracket will get the job done just fine. An aftermarket, adjustable unit is nice, but not really necessary.
I would definitely invest in a front adjustable tracbar though; it's the best way to dial in the front end.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:38 PM   #5
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Mine is adjustable in front and got the bracket in the rear. Im fine with it so far.
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Good, Will I need any special tools for the install? Ive heard about a spring compressor but is that really needed?
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #7
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Was looking at the Rough country 2.5" lift and ive seen people talking about the front/rear adjustable track bars....... are they needed?
with 2.5" of lift you do NOT, and I repeat DO NOT want an adjustable track bar unless you're prepared to adjust the bumpstop extensions accordingly. ALL aftermarket track bar create interference problems with either the differential cover or the tie-rod, usually requiring 2" or more of bumpstop extension in front. The highest clearance diff cover is the stock version, and the highest clearance track bars on the market right now are the Currie TJS/TJJ model (requires 2" front bumpstop extension to prevent hitting the stock diff cover) and the JKS new style (requires 2" front bumpstop extension to prevent hitting the tie-rod, or 1.25" bumpstop extension if used with a V8 ZJ tie-rod).

In the rear, you need to use the relocation bracket (even if you have an adjustable track bar). The stock bracket is closed on top and will cause binding with shocks longer than stock.

If you don't believe me or you think your junk is somehow different and works, I can assure you it doesn't. Read this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/lift...ml#post1354621

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Good, Will I need any special tools for the install? Ive heard about a spring compressor but is that really needed?
Some will tell you spring compressors aren't required, but I think they sure make life easier. I can have a springs out at least 20 minutes faster with spring compressors.
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It looks like the new Rough Country front adjustable track bar would clear pretty well.
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It looks like the new Rough Country front adjustable track bar would clear pretty well.
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It will definitely NOT work. Anything that is straight over the diff will hit for sure.

here's that RC bar denting a stock D44:


Rusty's - same design using the same 22mm tie-rod end.


Btw, 22mm tie-rod ends are not strong enough for track bar work.

Let's see why straight bars don't work.

Thats an old style JKS vs stock. Big difference in bend.



The old style JKS needed 2" of bumpstop extension to prevent hitting the diff cover.

So JKS redesigned the track bar to kick the bend way out front....but now it hits the tie-rod instead. Requires 2" of bumpstop extension.
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No need for the front tracbar. But a rear adjustable is nice to center the axle, it wont shift very much but im sure it will some.
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O man. I just remembered. my front adj. track bar came with a bracket that went on the frame where the old one went.
And mine does not hit any thing.
I will see if i can get a pick,
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Ive had that same lift on my jeep for about 7 months. It's pretty good for the money you spend but it's pretty stiff. You're going to definitely feel them bumps on the road and off the road but nobody buys a jeep for luxury anyway! My alignment was off after I put it on.
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O man. I just remembered. my front adj. track bar came with a bracket that went on the frame where the old one went.
And mine does not hit any thing.
I will see if i can get a pick,
if it looks like this, it hits the tie-rod pretty bad. and easy to see why....



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Ive had that same lift on my jeep for about 7 months. It's pretty good for the money you spend but it's pretty stiff. You're going to definitely feel them bumps on the road and off the road but nobody buys a jeep for luxury anyway! My alignment was off after I put it on.
the stiffness is likely due to the RC shocks being valved poorly, and/or the improper length they're known to use...then the shocks bottom out on the street over every bump...and they don't include bumpstop extensions....remember that when wondering why the shocks are leaking in a few months.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:05 PM   #14
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I'm going to have to agree with him. If you have more money get something better
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I didn't need a front one but I did get the relocation bracket for the rear.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:25 PM   #16
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Mine is different
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Mine is different
that one doesn't work either.



you've got the rub mark on your diff cover...you can see it in the pic.

hitting the diff cover:


needs at least 2" front bumpstop extensions:

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:39 PM   #19
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Only time i have noticed it hit was when i tried to take out the springs with out unbolting it. but unbolting the shocks.
I will say im not all that pleased with the kit i got. But mine rides great, really i think its a little soft.
Im probably going to be swapping out this kit. But it is ok for the price
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that one doesn't work either.



you've got the rub mark on your diff cover...you can see it in the pic.

hitting the diff cover:


needs at least 2" front bumpstop extensions:

Yea. seen that when i took that pick
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Im probably going to be swapping out this kit.
Lots of people do. The question then remains, why waste your hard earned money on something that needs replaced soon after installation?
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:40 PM   #23
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Have relocation bracket for rear on my Rancho 2.75" Lift. Stock up front works just fine.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:51 PM   #24
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I will have around 450-500 for the lift, 2"-3" is what im looking for.. If you got something good for that price range link me to it!
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someones gotta have their personal opinion on a good lift.
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someones gotta have their personal opinion on a good lift.
Look at RCD's 3", OME 2.5" or the Savvy/Currie 3".

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