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Old 09-20-2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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Trying to eliminate transfer case drop

I have the Rough Country 4 inch suspensioin lift on my TJ. I was wondering what all i need to do to eliminate the transfer case drop and get the extra clearance back. Do I need to have the sye and adjustable control arms?

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:25 AM   #2
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sye and adjustable control arms and a rear driveshaft

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:26 AM   #3
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uppers and lowers or just uppers?
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:34 AM   #4
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You only need adj. uppers with the SYE and dbl cardin shaft. It's nice to have both.

It's funny you should post this today.... I had a 1" T-case drop to eliminate my vibes on a 2" BB that I HATED. I decided to remove the T-case drop and remedy the angle issue with a 1" MML instead (moving fan shroud up 1/2" was only mod). ONLY reason I am saying this is because my tcase drop was only 1"... not 1.25" as most drops are.. therefore a 1"MML was ideal for me....it may NOT be for you.

You may get away with trying a MML, but SYE and dbl cardin shaft is the correct remedy for a 4" lift to rid your Jeep of the dreaded t-case drop junk.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:52 AM   #5
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Thanks, i have been hearing that the bushings in the rc lifts wear out quickly anyway so im thinking about using a different brand on the control arms.. I would most definately like to get that little bit of clearance back from the tc drop..
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:09 AM   #6
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I wonder if the adjustable uppers will work if i ever go to the long arm upgrade.. i hate to keep rebuying all the stuff cause i originally didnt know what i was doing...
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I wonder if the adjustable uppers will work if i ever go to the long arm upgrade.. i hate to keep rebuying all the stuff cause i originally didnt know what i was doing...
no, a long arm upgrade will include new upper control arms.

and saying adjusting the uppers is all thats required for the pinion angle is a bit deceiving. here's the problem - when you extend the uppers, you're lengthening the wheelbase slightly. if you're running 33s, you can get away with it, but if you're running 35" tires, you'll need adjustable lowers capable of being adjusted shorter than stock, or to cut some sheet metal off the rear wheelwell. in uptravel, the 35" tire will hit the back of the fenderwell on stock length lowers. additionally, many aftermarket diff covers will create interference with the gas tank skid on any control arms longer than stock in the rear. just some stuff to be aware of.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:32 AM   #8
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MAN, there sure is a lot of stuff to take into accoount..thats why you pay out the tail for 4x4 shop work....thanks
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:40 AM   #9
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MAN, there sure is a lot of stuff to take into accoount..thats why you pay out the tail for 4x4 shop work....thanks
No, you've got it wrong. Thats why YOU learn about suspensions and YOU do the work yourself. Unless you're physically unable to do the work yourself due to a disability or something - paying someone else to install a lift or set pinion angle is a complete waste of money. Do it yourself, then you know its done right.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:49 AM   #10
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yeah its just hard to do when you work away a lot
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I wonder if the adjustable uppers will work if i ever go to the long arm upgrade.. i hate to keep rebuying all the stuff cause i originally didnt know what i was doing...
Re-buying a pain for sure, but buy quality arms now (Rokmen, Currie, Savvy, JKS, etc) and if you ever go with a long arm setup, you should not have any trouble selling those arms for good money.

As mentioned, try learn to do it yourself. There is a reason these forums are so popular in the Jeep community....it's a bunch of people that have realized they can do things themselves cheaper and BETTER than a shop is going to.
I will make the general statement that 4x4 shops do NOT have your best interest in mind. They will do what is safe, but they are not always going to do what is proper.
There is always more than one way to romance a pig, but 9x out of 10, a shop is going to go take the route that equals higher margin and less output (physical and time) over an up-sale of something that is going to take them a half-day labor.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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I hear ya there! It doesnt seem like it would be too hard to change out the control arms but putting in the sye...idk about that

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