Rough Country 4 inch kit rides bad
I am a mechanic at a jeep dealership. I had to do an alignment on an 01 grand Cherokee with a rough country 4 inch lift. The customer brought it in to have the steering box replaced and the mechanic who did it asked me to do the alignment since I have a 2000 lifted grand Cherokee. I have a 3 inch IRO lift. Even with a bad rear ball joint and upper control arm bushings my grand Cherokee still rides better than the 01 I had to work on. I got the alignment in as good as I could but the owner brought it back because the steering wheel was off and it pulled to the right. This thing did have a dropped pitman arm and dual steering stabilizers. The camber on the left side was out slightly. Is a dropped pitman arm necessary for this lift? It was a real bear to get the alignment right especially the steering wheel. All the tie rods and ball joints were good. Mine was easy to align compared to this one.
I have a 4in rough country lift on my 99 and I dont know another lifted jeep that can drive in a straight line with no hands on the wheel. I know they dont come with a track bar in the 4in kit, instead a spacer with a tiny bolt holding everything together. It steered like garbage until I replaced the track bar with the right track bar and steering stabilizer. I had constant death wobble and the little bolt snapped on me while driving! did the this jeep have a track bar or stock with a spacer? that fixed my issues, maybe it can help narrow the problem
Originally Posted by metalhead View Post
Originally Posted by Panocha View Post
my RC 4 inch rides near stock and steers perfect now with all new ball joints and TRE... im using the RC shocks.. I did the alingment in the drive way and then took it to a shop and they said it was perfect.... steers straight and does not pull at all.... Yes it is a bit stiffer then stock but not much...
My RC lift rode decent in the beginning too. Then the bushings wore out and the shocks started to age and I started to replace everything. Never rode terrible and for the money I was happy for the two years I had it. Could it of been better? Absolutely, but a it's a cheap kit. The biggest difference between high dollar kits and cheaper ones are the bushings and joints and that's why I replaced it all. And the terrible RC trackbar, that made a huge difference.
my RC 4 inch long arm (bought not built) on my Black 04 Overland rides near stock and steers perfect I am using the RC shocks and one is leaking. Steers straight and does not pull at all. Yes it is a bit stiffer then stock but not much. Overall I am satisfied and glad a good mechanic installed it.
A set of Bilsteins will dramatically improve the ride quality and handling of the RC lift. I still have them on special so send me a PM if you'd like to get a set.
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