For those of you not familiar with the term, charlie foxtrot, it means cluster f*ck.
So as i mentioned in another thread, in the midst of installing my 4" suspension lift, my mechanic and friend decides to hit his head hard enough to temporarily paralyze his legs ( he can move them now), but he had to be medflighted out.
His injuries aside, my jeep was left in pieces in his garage. So we set out on the task trying to install it ourselves. Because i had to go home from school in 3 days.
First a bolt on my skid plate had to be difficult, not the main plate but the one in front of that.
Pitman arm was stuck on there good, so we torched the hell out of it and swiftly knocked it off with a hammer.
that had delayed us quite a while. Tonight we got the whole front suspension on, mounted my new tires on the front, and realized my friend put one of the sway bar links on backwards, sweetness.
Took care of that tonight, im supposed to be going home tomorrow and i still have the whole rear end to do.
To make matters worse, my other friend ( the non hurt one) is the only one with the key. He works all day and doesnt know if he will come down in the evening, might opt to go out drinking instead, so i cant even go tinker at it on my own...
I'll post some pictures of the progress, or lack there of. Definitely consult you guys with any problems.
2003 TJ Sport 4.0 L
Rough Country 4" Suspension lift.
33x12.5 Trxus M/T's
Ininiti/ Kenwood Sound system w/ 900 W amp.
Airaid Cold Air Intake
RRC Front Grille Guard
It looks like the track bar. You should be able to put it into the original hole, your axle will just not be centered. Should be fine for getting you home but something I would take care of later. (may have to use ratchet straps to help pull things to where you can line up the bolt/hole)
The best way is always a new adjustable trackbar.
On most 3'' lift kits you need to drill the hole 3/4inch to the right of the factory hole.
Not sure on the 4'' lift. Did your lift come with install instructions? Should have the measurement in the instruction for the hole location.
And Yes you can put it back into the factory hole. As mentioned your axle will be un-centered but it will get you home no problem.
When mine had the drop bracket at the axle and it caused some (bump steer) problems. Here is a pic of mine with a new adj track bar. In the pic you can see the hole I drilled in the bracket at the axle which temporarily fixed my problem until I bought the new track bar. Mine is a 4" kit also and I believe I drilled the hole 3/4" over as was stated in a post above.
Why do they give you a drop pitman arm and the bracket if it will cause all these problems? bastards... lol
Its cheaper for them than a new high quality track bar
Originally Posted by 4point
I hate Rough Country! <they made my lift.
Originally Posted by charliefoxtrot
they made my lift too.... damn...
okay looks like we are all in the same boat here.
Did you get a drop bracket? (axle side)
Install that to get you home and until you can get your new track bar (Look at JKS, they have the best trackbars that i am aware off for few pennies more)
I have the drop bracket installed but the drop pitman arm is somewhere in my closet along with my new 2nd sets of RC springs and control arm bushings.
Anyhow installing the drop bracket and not the dropped pitman arm will cause bump steer, trying to use the stock hole for the trackbar axle side might not work either. When i did mine, it was way too much of an angle so the trackbar was hitting the top of the original bracket..
I'm surprised you are having problems, i installed mine alone with no problems (besides stripping the rear trackbar torx and using vicegrips to save my life).