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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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RE Drop Down Brakcets and Rock Crawling

Looking to get some feed back from those who are/have run drop down brackets and do heavy rock crawling.

I am running roughly 5" of lift and 33", may be upgrading to 36s soon if a deal is worked out on a trade.

I would prefer long arms but don't have cake for them. I'm possibly getting a set of used drop down brackets for real cheap $.

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Unread 06-07-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Looking to get some feed back from those who are/have run drop down brackets and do heavy rock crawling.
I had them for several years. They work well and hold up just fine in the rocks so long as you also have the support brackets.
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I've had the same set of TM drop brackets on my 96 XJ, 98 XJ, and now my 92 MJ. When they were on the XJs, I had the RE support brackets.

I've run them on the Rubicon Trail four times, Moab five times, along with Calico, Johnson Valley, et al.

Some people will say that the drop brackets hang too low and will get snagged on rocks. Which is true to some extent, I suppose. But as long as you keep your tires on TOP of the rocks where they're supposed to be, you'll be fine.
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I've had the same set of TM drop brackets on my 96 XJ, 98 XJ, and now my 92 MJ. When they were on the XJs, I had the RE support brackets.

I've run them on the Rubicon Trail four times, Moab five times, along with Calico, Johnson Valley, et al.

Some people will say that the drop brackets hang too low and will get snagged on rocks. Which is true to some extent, I suppose. But as long as you keep your tires on TOP of the rocks where they're supposed to be, you'll be fine.
As for keeping the tires on the rocks where they belong... I hear you... however the type of wheeling I do not one or two rocks in a location... is more of rock garden with large jagged rocks everywhere. (Which often requires me to drag my rig across)

So far I have clasped my tranny plan, unibody is flatted half way on one side (the other side isn't pretty), the exhaust though tucked is flattened a lot more than it was at the beginning of the season (has been taken off twice), and the rear passenger floor is push up about 2 or 3". And of course the stock TC cross member is flat, twisted, and in need of replacing. And this isn't everything...

(I have a bunch of guys helping me with a hybrid cage build... if time allows we are going to do the tc and tranny skid also)

And sometimes... rocks just don't let you stay on top of them! lol
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[s]I've run a search but haven't found anything yet... can someone help with a link to RE drop bracket install thread? [/s]

Thanks!

PS- Found a copy here http://www.greatlakesxj.com/tech/RE9900-9905.pdf
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