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Old 02-13-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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RE 3.5 Installation Tomorrow

Well tomorrow Im going to install my Rubicon express 3.5" Superflex kit with OME shocks and put my new 33" BFG's on. I did not buy an adjustable tracking bar or Rear upper adjustable control arms, or sye, cv shaft etc.

Does anyone have any tips or advice before I get into this project?? Any Info or links is greatly appreciated. Ill be sure to post a bunch of pics when i'm finished!!

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Old 02-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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Hopefully you have the air tools to help make quick work of things.

Hit all the nut & bolts with PB blaster to night to let soak, to soak and pentrate any rust, will somewhat help make things easier. Also get so anti-seize to put on threads when re-installing, will also help in future.

Rear upper shock bolts and be a real pain the the arse...

I think you might need the front adj trackbar or you might have some geometry & steering issues. If you did not do the sye & cv, then hopefully you got the tcase drop spacer kit.

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Old 02-13-2009, 07:57 PM   #4
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I have a full garage of tools, pretty much everything but a Lift, I did give all the bolts a good spraying with liquid wrench when I got home from work tonight.
I believe the stock tracking bar can be used but a new mounting point on the axel needs to be drilled, Is this correct?

If that doesn't work I guess I can always cut the stock tracking bar and weld in a piece of round stock to make it longer.
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Hmm not sure on that one, I haven't seen or heard too many use the stock one, most usually upgrade or it comes with the kit normally. If you bought the RE 4.5 and subbed out the spring to get 3.5s it should have it. But if you got the straight 3.5 then yea it has to be bought separately.

Honestly the Front trackbar is a good investment & will save you lots of headaches down the road trying to get things to setup right.

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Old 02-13-2009, 08:05 PM   #6
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Yea I bought the 3.5 Superflex kit and they say that it comes with everything you need except for the shocks, I guess I will find out tomorrow. If I do end up modifying the Tracking bar I will be sure to take a bunch of pics.
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Do the RE instructions state anything about using or modifying the stock location of the trackbar.... Looking at mine, dont really see where you and relocate the mounting on the axle side since there only the one bracket at the far end.

With having the 3.5 springs, dont be surprised if you sit a little higher for a while, the RE spring tend ro run about 3/4" to 1" taller then listed. So your 3.5 might sit more like 4" or 4.25"
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:23 PM   #8
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I dont have the instructions right here in front of me and i havnt really looked at them yet, but according to this guy Rubicon Express 3.5" Super Flex Suspension Lift Installation - Jeep TJ
They say to drill a hole 3/4" towards the drivers side on the axel mounting point.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:28 PM   #9
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ahh ok, yea good tech site and good info.
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thanks for the replies man, ill be sure to post up some stuff tomorrow.
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I have 4.5" of lift and still the stock front TG. The axle is about 1" uncendered to the left. But I donīt have any steering issues.

I wouldnīt drill a new mounting hole for the stock TB. Thatīll make the whole mounting bracket at the axle weaker than before.
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If you don't have a front track bar with the 3.5" kit...You just drill a hole in the axle housing over 3/4" center to center to the driver side if I remember right...

I have the standared 3.5"RE lift without adj track bar or control ams...I found after the install I had to get a CV/SYE kit because I had vibes at 30mph and higher to freeway speeds...

Even with the basic kit that I have is a great kit and rides good with great flex for what I use it for...

The rear track bar relocator bracket that comes with the kit, a pain to install...I used a ratchet strap to move the axle from side to side to line up the track bar bolt hole with the bracket... I hope I explained it good for you...
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Good Luck!!!!

Takes lots of pics and give us the play by play!

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