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Unread 04-27-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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4" rough country lift

I am looking at rough country's 4" lift kit for my yj. I know it says its a complete lift but im sure there are other things I am going to need. I am just looking for a little help on what would be good idea as what to plan on buying at the same time as the lift kit. thanks in advance for any help

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Unread 04-27-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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Beer?

Seriously though... it's a pretty complete kit. Some people go with a SYE and CV style drive shaft. But that's just more time and money to spend. I just used the t-case drop that came with the kit and it was fine.

Stock up on PB Blaster and cutting wheels for your angle grinder though. If you don't have an angle grinder at least go buy a $20 one at harbor freight. It will save you a lot of swear words on some of those rusty bolts. I ended up cutting several shackle bolts and I also just cut my shocks off.

Also, recruit as many helpers as possible. It's nice to have someone on each side at the same time to make it go twice as fast.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 05:59 PM   #3
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It has crap you DON'T need such as the track bar and sway bar extensions. (assuming you just toss em)
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:05 PM   #4
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band aids, cutting wheels, torches, pb blaster, lots of beer, safety glasses and a new tetanus shot. be prepared for everything to go wrong and the job wont be too bad.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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You should go ahead and order the grade 8 bolts kit that RC sells, or you could just change em out urself.. you need to get some automotive grease, i forget what its called. and Start PBing every bolt you are going to remove.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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Bolts and nuts for the frame mount ends of the springs were not included with my RC 4" Lift kit.

I ended up having to cut off all 4 as they were frozen to the old spring ends.

I forget the specs on those but I want to say 9/16 x 4 1/2"??

Some guys got replacement grade 8 stuff from Lowes, etc, but
I went to the dealer for them.

4pcs. J4007547 BOLT HEX 17014001 $7.20ea.

4pcs. 152350 NUT NONE 17015030 $4.56ea.

Total $47.40 + tax.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Bolts and nuts for the frame mount ends of the springs were not included with my RC 4" Lift kit.

I ended up having to cut off all 4 as they were frozen to the old spring ends.

I forget the specs on those but I want to say 9/16 x 4 1/2"??

Some guys got replacement grade 8 stuff from Lowes, etc, but
I went to the dealer for them.

4pcs. J4007547 BOLT HEX 17014001 $7.20ea.

4pcs. 152350 NUT NONE 17015030 $4.56ea.

Total $47.40 + tax.
$25 http://roughcountry.com/jeep_xtras_yj-bolts.html
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:48 PM   #8
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Im also doing this and was told to use a steering brace to run 33"s. Is it really need?
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:53 PM   #9
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Yeah, thanks Tom. Where were you 3 years ago???


I was in the middle of putting on my lift, Jeep stickin half out of the garage, no axles attached, no way to close the garage door, dealer had em in stock, whaddaya gonna do??

I could use that extra 25 bucks now, maybe get a half a gallon of gas or something....
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Unread 04-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #10
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Pbblast every bolt and nut you have to take off a wk before project, get a cutting torch if you can't break bolts free. You can buy the grade 8 spring bolt kit from them to save time but I was able to salvage all but 1 frame to spring bolt. Had to go to local bolt shop to get new 1. Get Helpers for time save. A steering brace as in steering stabilizer? I have a 4" rc lift running 33s with stock stabilizer but I may go on and buy a aftermarket 1 anyways.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #11
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Yeah, thanks Tom. Where were you 3 years ago???


I was in the middle of putting on my lift, Jeep stickin half out of the garage, no axles attached, no way to close the garage door, dealer had em in stock, whaddaya gonna do??

I could use that extra 25 bucks now, maybe get a half a gallon of gas or something....
I actually was gonna go the same route as you, but I ordered from Ryan, the RC representative on JF. He gives JF members a 10% discount and he suggested them. I dont know if he still does it, but look him up PO.
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Im also doing this and was told to use a steering brace to run 33"s. Is it really need?
never heard that. i run 33s on the 4" lift just fine.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #13
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I used the bolt kit from RC along with their steering stabilizer, no track bars/sway bars, TJ flares and run 35s

Don't mind the paint....in process of ODGing it

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Unread 04-28-2011, 08:54 AM   #14
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Im also doing this and was told to use a steering brace to run 33"s. Is it really need?
Im running one from RC, easy install bolts to the frame on the passenger side and uses a Ubolt to attach to the steering box just above the pitman arm.

I was told they are a good idea if you are running larger tires or putting stress on the stering linkage sine it evens out the load on the steering box from just the one side that is bolted to the frame. I saw some pictures where the steering box was pulled away from the frame without a brace.

Seems like cheap insurance.

On the RC Lift kit if you have any rust under there order the bolt kit with the lift to make it easirer on install day. Spray everything before and if if wont come off just cut it and replace the bolts.

I also replaced my steering stablizer since it was off during the install.

If you call Ryan Chase at RC directly and mention this forum you will get 10% off you purchase.
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Unread 04-28-2011, 10:14 AM   #15
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never heard that. i run 33s on the 4" lift just fine.
Yup. It's often thought that these braces were needed for CJ's and not our YJ's.
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