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Old 02-01-2015, 10:57 AM
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Rancho 2" lift installed. Initial thoughts

So I finally finished my install of the Rancho 2" lift as well. Took me about 11hrs by myself in the garage and trying to be meticulous and over cautious with every step.

1. Looks phenomenal will post pics tomorrow once the sun is back up
2. Quick test drive and felt good. Couple of weird noises that I needed to investigate

- loud click or knock when turning left. Crawled under and realized I forgot to tighten the track bar bolt on driver side. It was wobbly and I could see thread on bolt.

- clicking in rear when really jumping on it. Lower shock mounts seemed loose even after tightening to 74lbs per the instructions. Shock could be twisted and move a little in the mount. Going to tighten in the morning until they don't twist or rock in that lower mount

- also going to loosen all track bar and CA link bolts as well as bolts on lower control arms (didn't touch them during install) shake it up and re torque

3. Steering was a little loose so having an alignment done Monday to correct caster/ toe in etc

4. Issue or Not? Rear axle seems to be off about 1/2 inch towards the passenger side and front axle about off about 1/2 inch to the driver side

Ken thanks for your help earlier. Something tells me you will have some more feedback coming for me based on this post

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Well until he chimes in,, nice looking jeep, looking forward to seeing a few more pics.

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Congrats, looks good....!
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Looks amazing. Honestly ... Wait a week or two in case things settles. Alignment will only correct toe (if even out of range) and steering center. "IF" the steering is still flighty, a alignment check will show caster angle. look into drop brackets or front lower CA's to fix low caster.

Where are you measuring axle center ?
People often use the flares/body which is totally not accurate. Front measure from
The top of the coil perch to the tires mold line or tread groove.
Rear measure from the frame (grab the square hole with the tApe) and measure to the same mold line or tread groove.
2" the axles should not be that far off from center.
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Looks good! Isnt it the trackbar that centers the axle left to right?
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Looks good! Isnt it the trackbar that centers the axle left to right?
Yep
Front = adjustable track bar or bracket/DL flip
Rear = axle bracket
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Well done, looks fantastic!

You might just crawl under and run through the instructions again to verify you got it all tight...

As Ken suggests, let it settle in for a week of driving then do the loosen and re-tighten process on the control arms and trackbars.
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Re measured axle center as you advised Ken

Front: 1/4 inch towards driver side
Rear: 3/4 inch toward passenger side
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That seems really excessive specially in the rear.
Did you loosen up all the control arm and track Bar bolts,and tighten everything up back on the ground?
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How hArd was it installing the bump stops with those self tapping screws
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That seems really excessive specially in the rear. Did you loosen up all the control arm and track Bar bolts,and tighten everything up back on the ground?
Track bar bolts yes. Sway bar links (part that bolts to frame) yes. Control arms no. I assume it is just the 8 bolts (2each) on the long lower control arms?
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How hArd was it installing the bump stops with those self tapping screws
I measured and marked the center. Drilled small pilot hole then, then drilled the 5/16 before tapping the hole. Since I tapped the hole the bolt when right in no problem and used blue loc tite
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