post #1 of Old 01-02-2012, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
Family98TJ
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OME 2 inch Track Bar Bracket vs Rough Country 4 inch

Hello list. I am a new member currently installing an OME 2 inch suspension kit on my 98 TJ. This Jeep had a Rough country 4 inch kit with a rear track bar bracket already installed and a front adjustable track bar. I'm almost finished with the swap (reading forum posts has been a lot of help), and noticed that the installed RC bracket has a space of about 1/2 inch (can get a 3/8 drive square end between the installed mounting end of the track bar and the bracket) of possible adjustment. So the 2 inch OME bracket could probably only lower the mounting point of the bracket about 1/2 over the 4 inch RC bracket before the mounting end of the track bar would touch the bracket. This doesn't seem like enough adjustment to make it worth swapping the brackets. I still need to swap out the 4 inch drop pitman arm for a stock and adjust the front track bar, but I am thinking of leaving the rear track bar and the transfer case plate (has a piece of 1-1 1/2 inch square tube spacer) alone. Any advice?

BTW, I did the water pump and new belt last week with help from the list posts, and that went well with no leaks yet. Installed the gasket dry per the FSM and list posts. I have some pictures of the old factory vs new water pump which was supposed to be factory original from an online Jeep/Chrysler dealer source. There are some differences in the pumps.

Thanks in advance
Greg

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post #2 of Old 01-02-2012, 08:50 AM
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Hook it up to the existing bracket and see if the rear is located where it should be if not switch it . Its a shame you had a drop pitman arm installed to begin with as you will not be able to get a true comparison of the two lift kits . It should not of been installed with the 4" kit either and ruined your steering geometry with out a drop bracket on the frame end of the front track bar . That removed alone will make a world of a difference
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