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Unread 08-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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ZJ Lift Question - Panhard Bar

Hello All! Newbie here. Recently Purchased a 96 Grand Cherokee 4.0 for My Son's First Vehicle (He Can't legally drive for a year and a half so I'm gonna have fun with it til' then!) We've done all the Minor Repairs to it (Fixed Trans Output Shaft Leak, Trans Pan Leak, Oil Pan Leak, Passenger Door Lock Actuator, and a few other small items) Now it's time to get it up in the air a bit and get some larger rubber on it! I've searched the Forum and read about the BB Lift and others. What I decided to go with is a Rough Country 3.5" Lift. It comes with: 4 Nitrogen Shocks, Taller Front Coil Springs, Existing Front Springs go to the Rear, Front and Rear Lower Control Arms, Rear Track Bar Bracket, Sway Bar Links/Extenders, Bump Stop Extenders.

My question is: What else do I need to do after installing all the new parts (Besides an alignment and bigger tires) Someone mentioned replacing the Panhard Bar with a Heavy Duty Adjustable One. Is this necessary? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks in Advance...

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Unread 08-23-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to JF!

An adjustable panhard bar isn't completely necessary as the kit tells you to drill a new hole, but most would advise against that. There are quite a few options that are pretty cheap, and come in handy if you ever want to go higher down the road.

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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the Reply Junkie... You mentioned quite a few Cheap Options... Can You elaborate, please?

Thanks Again... Ryan
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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:16 PM   #4
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Front and rear adjustable track bars would be the way to go. Don't cheap out on that. If you have ever had a track bar separate while you are driving you know what I am talking about.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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What about a Track Bar Relocation Bracket instead of drilling New Holes and weakening the Original Bracket? How important is it to have the Track Bar Adjustable?
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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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I haven't heard good things about any relocation brackets. They're just as weak as drilling the original mount. With that said I've never ran one myself, so I can't speak for everyone.

Thanks for clearing that up Polka. I meant that there are options that won't break the bank, but also of good quality. Nearly everyone will praise Iron Rock Offroad for their quality, service, and so on.

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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:52 PM   #7
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Cool Cool! Guess I'm ordering Adjustable Track Bars! Anything else You can think of that I may need that I didn't cover above?
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Unread 08-23-2013, 03:54 PM   #8
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I’ll second (or third) the recommendation to get front and rear adjustable trackbars. The brackets are weak and while drilling the existing front bracket is an option, it will result in the loss of strength in that bracket.

Also, since you have the 4.0, I would suggest looking around for a set of front springs from a 5.2L or simply getting a set of rear 3.5” lift coils. You’ll get closer to the full lift height that way and if you go with new rear springs, the ride will improve.

If you plan on offroading, you can also look at getting a set of quick disconnects for the front swaybar. I think Rough Country sells their own, but a lot of people use JKS and are very happy with them. I doubt you have one, but I’d also make sure that your front driveshaft is the u-joint type. The CV shaft will separate at your desired lift height.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 05:32 PM   #9
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id go for new 3.5 inch lift springs for the rear. it will ride alot nicer
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Unread 08-26-2013, 08:10 AM   #10
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Thanks Again for the Suggestions Guys... I will begin looking for a set of 5.2L Springs as Well as a Track Bar... I'll post Pics once I have some more posts (I Believe I have to have 25 posts before I can Post Pics on the Forum?)
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Unread 09-23-2013, 01:05 PM   #11
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So I just got back from a trip to Big Bear here in SoCal, and after rock crawling and beating the crap out of my 5.2 zj the rear panhard bar bracket peeled off the frame... Really a scary feeling when your rear end is no longer rolling, but shifting side to side. We rigged up a bunch of tie downs just to limp the jeep home. I'd suggest not going cheap on this piece of equipment. Or get an on board welder.

I'm looking to fab up a beefy bracket and get an adjustable bar.
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