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post #1 of 9 Old 04-08-2021, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Right hand drive limitations

I'm shopping for a TJ and found a couple that are just right except they are right hand drive. I've had a right hand drive vehicle before so it isn't a problem for my plans in itself. What I'm wondering is: Will I be limiting my options for lift and aftermarket mods by getting a right hand drive model?
Not sure if the steering gear being on the right will limit which lifts will work etc...

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-08-2021, 12:50 PM
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The steering and track bars are the only areas lift will differ. If you stick with stock steering Crown/RT Offroad do standard and heavy duty steering parts. The track bars run from opposite sides of the axle. For 4 inch lifts track bar relocation brackets are available that go on the frame side. The Front can have the axle side bracket drilled and the trackbar moved over the same way as it's done on LHD TJs. RHD adjustable track bars would be harder to come by.
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NotURMailman's build thread.
https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/r...thread-757968/

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TheBoogieman is a jerk.
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The steering and track bars are the only areas lift will differ. If you stick with stock steering Crown/RT Offroad do standard and heavy duty steering parts. The track bars run from opposite sides of the axle. For 4 inch lifts track bar relocation brackets are available that go on the frame side. The Front can have the axle side bracket drilled and the trackbar moved over the same way as it's done on LHD TJs. RHD adjustable track bars would be harder to come by.
You can drill a new hole in the rear axle bracket too.

There's enough room to center the axle up with a 4" lift.

edit: me stupid, read following posts.
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You can drill a new hole in the rear axle bracket too.

There's enough room to center the axle up with a 4" lift.

I can see from the brackets on my rear axle that there is enough room to do that on the LHD axle mount, but if you have a look where the RHD track bar mount is near the pumpkin, there isn't enough material to do that.
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I can see from the brackets on my rear axle that there is enough room to do that on the LHD axle mount, but if you have a look where the RHD track bar mount is near the pumpkin, there isn't enough material to do that.
Thanks for correcting me. I forgot that RHD trackbar bracket is entirely different and not just a flipped version of the LHD bracket.
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A lot of the people who drill/weld trackbar mounts get bad results. An OP who needs to ask the question probably doesn't want to go there.

Plan on a 1.25" BL, and limit suspension lift to 1" or 2"

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Thanks to everyone for their help with this...I didn't want to limit my options so fortunately before I pulled the trigger on one of the RHD drive Jeeps I found a 2003 TJ Sahara left-hand-drive in EXCELLENT condition as a base for my build. Of course, I'll have tons of questions about that now

Thanks again guys.

-Randy
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A lot of the people who drill/weld trackbar mounts get bad results. An OP who needs to ask the question probably doesn't want to go there.

Plan on a 1.25" BL, and limit suspension lift to 1" or 2"
On a LHD, no problem at all drilling a new hole in the rear. It's not a steering axle so the track bar doesn't see much stress.

Front is a different story.
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