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Unread 09-28-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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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.

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Unread 09-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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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
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Unread 09-28-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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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.
Drop Pittman arm is not necessary. Chances are if it has a drop Pittman, it has a drop trackbar bracket. Ditch them both. But, doing so will require an adjustable trackback. As for ride quality, chances are he has cheap shocks. Upgrading to bilsteins is going to be the only way to make a significant improvement.

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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
Mine drove perfectly straight on 4.5" short arms. No hands on the wheel and only one stabilizer.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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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...
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Unread 09-29-2013, 08:18 AM   #5
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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.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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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.
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Unread 09-29-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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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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